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Proteas hammer England by 340 runs to win second Test

South Africa went into the second Test wounded, following their 211-run loss in the first match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The Proteas celebrate their win against England on 17 July 2017. Picture:Twitter/@ICC

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas, under the guidance of Faf du Plessis, proved their mettle at Trentbridge with an emphatic 340-run win over England, to level the four-match Test series 1-1.

South Africa went into the second Test wounded following their 211-run loss in the first match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The visitors were bowled out for 335 in the first innings, with Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander scoring 78, 68 and 54. They then dismissed the English for 205 to take a lead of 130 into the second innings.

Scores of 87, 80 and 63 from Amla, Dean Elgar and du Plessis put the Proteas well into the driving seat, as they declared on 343/9 in the second innings, setting the home side a target of 474 to win the match with a good two days left in the Test.

Led by Philander, the South African bowling attack came out guns blazing on day four as they cleaned England up for just 133 runs well before the close of play.

‘Big Vern’ completed his man of the match performance with figures of 3/24 and was sufficiently aided by Keshav Maharaj, who took three wicketsm as well and Chris Morris and Duanne Olivier who chipped in with two wickets apiece.

The third match now moves on to the Oval on 27 July, where the Proteas have fond memories - it's where Amla made history in 2012 by scoring an unbeaten 311 runs, the most by any South African player in history.

The boys will be boosted by the return of star bowler Kagiso Rabada, who was suspended for the second match because of his use of foul language in the opening game.

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