London: The England cricket team on Monday defeated the South African team in the 3rd and final Test by 9 wickets to wrap the series by 2-1. The Ben Stokes-led side was clinical in the match that was reduced to three days and dominated the visitors at Kennington Oval, London. England chased the target of 130 in the final innings, riding on the back of openers- Zak Crawley and Alex Lees.
However, the foundation was built by the England bowlers, who were clinical in both innings. Ollie Robinson scalped a five-wicket haul in the first innings while Stuart Broad picked four. In the second innings too, England bowlers tasted success. Robinson was awarded player of the match.
Also, Kagiso Rabada showed his class throughout the series and was adjudged as the Player of the series. He is the joint highest wicket-taker of the series with 9 wickets. Broad has also achieved a historic feat as he surpassed Glenn McGrath in the list of highest wicket-takers in test cricket.
England had won the toss and invited South Africa to bat on a pitch that offered help to the bowlers. But even before the batters could have acclimatised to the pitch, the bowlers sent them packing. Within the first 70 minutes of the match, South Africa lost half a dozen players, sending shockwaves into the camp. Robinson was breathing fire as he claimed four of them. The visitors managed only 118 in the first innings as Robinson scalped a five-for and Broad picked four wickets.