England is closing in on a series-clinching win over South Africa after a superb bowling effort on the fourth day of the third Test at the Kia Oval.
South Africa was outscored for 169 by the host team’s bowling, leaving 130 runs needed for a 2-1 victory.
Ben Stokes, James Anderson, and Ollie Robinson each took two wickets, while Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes each took three as a team for England.
England stormed to 97-0 in 17 overs during the chase, setting the stage for a Sunday finish, and were only stopped by the waning light.
In only 36 balls, Zak Crawley hit his first fifty in 17 Test innings, and he finished 57 not out. Alongside him will be undefeated Alex Lees, who has 32 points and needs 33 more to win.
Following the conclusion of their first innings for 158 earlier in the day, England batted again that day.
As part of a six-wicket collapse for 29 runs, England lost its last three wickets in 16 legal deliveries after resuming on 154-7.
Before England’s talented bowlers came to work, South Africa erased the deficit of 40 runs for the cost of only one wicket and was undoubtedly in control at 83-1.