Amla makes century, De Villiers falls for 88

CAPE TOWN: Captain Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten century on the third day of the second test against England and AB de Villiers made 88 as South Africa reached tea on 290 for three on Monday.

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Amla scored his first hundred for more than a year and De Villiers reached 8,000 test runs before he pulled a short ball from Steven Finn to James Anderson at mid-wicket just before the interval.

South Africa trailed the touring side by 339 runs, 140 short of avoiding the follow-on, with Amla on 132 not out and Faf du Plessis on 15.

The 31-year-old De Villiers joined Jacques Kallis (13,206) and Graeme Smith (9,253) on the list of South Africans with more than 8,000 test runs.

England, 1-0 up in the series, bowled good lines and with spells of aggression on a pitch that offered little assistance and in hot temperatures of over 30 degrees celsius.

The third day, however, provided none of the fireworks of Sunday when Stokes and Jonny Bairstow smashed the ball to all corners of the picturesque ground.