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#SAvsEng: Day 2 Wrap
Ben Stoke was the star of the show on day 2 at Newlands.
CAPE TOWN – Ben Stokes continued his onslaught from day 1.
The all-rounder was in a belligerent mood in the morning session bringing up an incredible double century before lunch.
The all rounder began the day on 74* but in a special two hours, he made the second fastest ever double century in Test cricket.
There were ominous signs from the first over as Stokes and his partner Jonny Bairstow made 50 runs within the first 5 overs of the day.
The hosts had no answers to the assault from Stokes with Bairstow who was proving to be the perfect foil as he quietly got to his 50.
England went into lunch on 513/5 with Stokes on 205* and Bairstow 95*, there was a 196 runs in the first session.
After lunch, the relentless attack of English pair was sustained as they powered their way to over 600 with Bairstow notching up his maiden test century.
Stokes was finally run out on 258 with England declaring shortly afterwards, not before allowing Bairstow the opportunity get to the milestone of 150 which he duly obliged ending up on 150 not out.
Englands final total was a mammoth 629/6 as the South African attack took a hammering.
South Africa came out to bat knowing they had to face a tricky period before the tea break.
Stiaan Van Zyl was out with the score on just 7 courtesy of a run out which brought the under pressure captain Hashim Amla to the crease.
Amla and opener Dean Elgar stifled the tourists momentum from earlier in the day and batted out a 77 run partnership before Elgar was dismissed for 44.
This brought AB de Villiers to the wicket joining Amla, they took the hosts to 100 as de Villiers was dropped in the slips.
Thereafter the experienced pair looked at ease in their surroundings safely negotiating South Africa to stums withut any loss of wickets whilst in the process taking their partnership to over 50.
South Africa ended on 141/2, with Amla reaching a much needed half century ending on 64* and de Villiers on 25*.
With the Proteas two most successful batsmen at the crease, they will hope that the pair can take them well into Day 3 as they look to overcome their first of avoiding the follow on.