Amla, rain hold up England

London, August 9:

Rain and a fine innings by Hashim Amla slowed England’s progress on the third day of the final Test against South Africa at the Oval.

Amla made 71 not out as South Africa reached 110-2 in their second innings, still 12 behind England’s first innings total. No play was possible between lunch and tea after only 17.5 overs were played before the lunch.

Amla was the mainstay of the South African innings. Rain stopped play eight minutes before the lunch.

Overnight batsmen Neil McKenzie and Amla took the total from the overnight 37-1 to 82 before England struck. Stuart Broad replaced Anderson and with his fourth delivery bowled McKenzie (29) off an inside edge.