Fantasy AnalysisAnderson hadn't bowled competitively since the second Test against Pakistan at Lord's in their innings victory. However, after about six weeks on the sidelines, Anderson seemed to comfortably work through his overs and is on track to feature with the new ball against India in August. Anderson will hope his opening ball partner, Stuart Broad, is also able to regain fitness in time as England's attack has been hit or miss of late and the lack of their frontline seamers would only weaken that further.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter struggling in the first innings to get much of anything going between he and Tabraiz Shamsi, the two spinners in the squad, Maharaj started to get his lines right and was rewarded with wickets after not taking any in 17 overs in the first innings. Maharaj finished with his fourth-career four-for, his first in eight innings when he took four for 102 at Durban against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter struggling against the West Indies, taking just three wickets across four innings, Perera found another gear against the flummoxed South African batsmen. In the first innings, he took his fifth-career four-for and followed that up with his best bowled innings, a 14 over spell that ended the match after just three days and put South Africa to bed in fewer than 30 overs. This was his first 10 wicket haul since August 2016 when he took 10 for 99 against Australia on the same ground.
Fantasy AnalysisRabada was sidelined for three months with a back injury coming out of the home Australia series and got 11 warm-up overs in during the tour match prior to the start of this series. However, he looked back to his normal, incisive self as he ran through Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in Sri Lanka's middle order in the span of three balls en route to his sixth-career four-for and finished the match with seven wickets to bring him on 150 wickets in 31 Tests.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter fracturing his finger at the beginning of May, he made his return to competitive cricket for Sri Lanka A in Chittagong at the end of June and put up a thumping 161 in one of his three innings two match series and proved his fitness for the South Africa series. On what served to be a tricky pitch, Karunaratne was absolutely outstanding, shielding the lower order as South Africa started to make a breakthrough, he continued to work hard en route to recording his eight century in his 50th Test, with four of those going for scores of 150-plus while adding on his 15th fifty in the second innings to receive his second Man of the Match award.
Fantasy AnalysisPlunkett had a brilliant day with the ball for the home side. Even though the right-am looked in red-hot form right from the word go, but mainly did damage in his second and third spell by claiming wickets of dangers MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. It was the third time in last six matches in the 50-over format when Plunkett managed to claim three or more wickets for England.
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