CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):South Africa showed some fight in the second Test yesterday, with Hashim Amla’s 157 not out helping cut England’s lead to 276 as the home team reached 353-3 at stumps on the third day.Amla, the South Africa captain, eased the pressure on himself and his top-ranked team with his 24th Test century and first since December 2014.He shared partnerships of 183 with A.B. de Villiers (88) and an unbroken 85 with Faf du Plessis. South Africa lost just one wicket for 212 runs on the day.England, after a huge first-innings total of 629-6 declared, were finding it tough to take wickets on a serene batting pitch at Newlands, which has been so good for the batsmen that 982 runs were scored over three days.”Tricky day for us,” England fast bowler Steven Finn said. “One wicket in a day is obviously not ideal for what we wanted from this day … but we’re still a long way ahead in the game.”England also already lead the four-match series 1-0, leaving South Africa effectively batting to stay alive in the contest.”We were behind the eight ball on day one,” Du Plessis said. “England played really well and we needed a really resilient performance to get back in the Test match and that’s what we did.”England’s lone breakthrough came just before tea when De Villiers, looking to push on, mistimed a pull shot off Finn. The ball flew to James Anderson, who knocked it up in the air at midwicket and completed the catch.Frustratingly for England, both Amla and De Villiers should have been out much earlier but for dropped catches. Joe Root put De Villiers down at slip off the bowling of Anderson late on the second day and very early in De Villiers’ knock. In a twist of irony, Anderson dropped Amla off Root’s bowling when the South African skipper was on 76. Amla was dropped again on 120 by Nick Compton.”Obviously we’re disappointed to not take them but no one means to drop catches,” Finn said.De Villiers hit 12 fours and a six, while Amla returned to form with a big century, hitting 21 fours.With South Africa in a slump, Amla’s lack of form and captaincy had come under scrutiny. When he passed 50, it was for the first time since the New Year test in Cape Town a year ago, ending a drought of 11 innings without a meaningful score.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Captain Mashrafe Mortaza inspired Bangladesh to a 34-run victory against England in the second one-day international yesterday.Mortaza hit a 29-ball 44 as Bangladesh accelerated to 238-8 in testing conditions and then claimed 4-29 to bowl out England for 204 in 44.4 overs.The three-match series is level at 1-1.Mahmudullah set the platform for Mashrafe with a superb 75.Jos Buttler scored a run-a-ball 57 for England, while Jonny Bairstow made 35. Adil Rashid (33 not out) refused to give up, adding two significant partnerships after his team was reduced to 132-8.Bangladesh held its nerve as Mortaza fittingly sealed the deal with the wicket of last man Jake Ball.Fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed took 3-47.England found itself vulnerable on a pitch that was slower than the one used in the first match.Mortaza admirably moved the ball both ways to spark the top-order collapse. He made the initial breakthrough with the wicket of James Vince (5).Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling, dismissed Ben Duckett through the gate for a duck. Mortaza then struck twice, dismissing Jason Roy (13) and Ben Stokes (0).England was reduced to 26-4, but Buttler and Bairstow combined for a 79-run partnership. It came to an end after Bairstow’s expansive drive against Ahmed cost his wicket.But the biggest blow for England came when Ahmed won a video review to remove Buttler, who tried to flick a length ball. Buttler appeared angered by something that had been said to him and was slow to leave the pitch.At 132-8, victory looked unlikely despite more than 20 overs still to be bowled. Rashid gave England fresh hope, adding 27 with David Willey (9) before sharing 45 runs off 37 balls with Jake Ball (28 off 22).Mortaza broke the resistance to help his side stay alive in the series.Earlier, Mahmudullah held together the innings after England captain Buttler opted to bowl first.Mortaza’s late surge helped give the Bangladesh bowlers something to defend.Mortaza added 69 runs off eight overs with Nasir Hossain after Bangladesh found itself on 169-7.SHORT BALLSFast-bowler Chris Woakes had used short balls to good effect to remove the two openers -Tamim Iqbal (14) and Imrul Kayes (11).Ball dismissed Sabbir Rahman (3) to leave Bangladesh 39-3 before Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim combined for a 50-run partnership.Rahim played an injudicious pull off Ball to throw away his wicket, leaving Mahmudullah to dig in deep.Mahmudullah hit six fours in his 88-ball knock before giving away his wicket while trying to paddle-sweep against leg-spinner Rashid.Mortaza smashed a six on only the second ball he faced. He hit two fours and three sixes before being run out on the penultimate ball.Mosaddek Hossain contributed 29, while Nasir Hossain was 27 not out.Fast bowlers Woakes and Ball, and leg-spinner Rashid, claimed two wickets apiece.ScoreboardBangladesh InningsTamim Iqbal c Ali Woakes 14Imrul Kayes c Willey b Woakes 11Sabbir Rahman b Ball 3Mahmudullah lbw b Rashid 75Mushfiqur Rahim c Ali b Ball 21Shakib Al Hasan c Buttler b Stokes 3Mosaddek Hossain c Ali b Rashid 29Nasir Hossain not out 27Mashrafe Mortaza run out 44Shafiul Islam not out 0Extras: (4lb, 6w,1nb) 11TOTAL: (For 8 wickets) 238Overs: 50Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-26, 3-39, 4-89, 5-113, 6-161, 7-169, 8-238.Bowling: Chris Woakes 9-0-40-2, David Willey 8-1-36-0 (3w), Adil Rashid 10-0-53-2 (2w), Jake Ball 8-0-44-2 (1w), Ben Stokes 6-1-22-1 (1nb) , Moeen Ali 9-0-39-0.England InningsJason Roy lbw b Mortaza 13James Vince c M Hossai b Mortaza 5Ben Duckett b Al Hasan 0Jonny Bairstow c Rahim b Ahmed 35Ben Stokes b Mortaza 0Jos Buttler lbw b Ahmed 57Moeen Ali c Al Hasan b N Hossain 4Chris Woakes c Rahim b Ahmed 7Adil Rashid not out 33David Willey lbw b M Hossain 9Jake Ball c N Hossain b Mortaza 28Extras: (7lb, 6w) 13TOTAL: (all out) 204Overs: 44.4Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-14, 3-24, 4-26, 5-105, 6-120, 7-123, 8-130, 9-159, 10-204.Bowling: Shakib Al Hasan 9-0-50-1 (1w), Mashrafe Mortaza 8.4-0-29-4 (1w), Shafiul Islam 8-0-37-0 (1w), Taskin Ahmed 8-0-47-3 (3w), Nasir Hossain 10-1-29-1, Mosaddek Hossain 1-0-5-1.Toss: won by England.