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South Africa gambles, 309-6 on Day 1 of 2nd test vs England

AP  |  Nottingham (England) 

came through two difficult periods to reach 309-6 against at stumps on Day 1 of the second test today, suggesting the Proteas' gamble to bat first in difficult conditions may have paid off.

was 66-2 before a 113-run partnership between Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

Then, Stuart Broad (3-47) and Ben Stokes (2-77) combined to take four wickets early in the final session for but South Africa, at 235-6, came back again with an unbroken 74-run stand between bowlers Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.

Returning captain Faf du Plessis trusted his batting lineup on a cloudy morning at Bridge, choosing to bat in what appeared to be difficult conditions.

got what it wanted after said he would have bowled anyway, yet despite having the South Africans on the ropes early in the final session, when De Kock fell first ball after tea, the home team couldn't force home its advantage.

still leads the four-test series after a convincing 211-run win at Lord's in the first game.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 23:48 IST