Duminy keeps South Africa in it

Updated: August 17, 2012

JP Duminy struck a resilient half century to help South Africa recover from a woeful start to reach stumps at 263 for seven on day one of the final test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.

The left-hander was eventually out for 61 off 158 deliveries after the Proteas had slipped to 54 for four early on in a match they must avoid defeat to clinch the series and the world number one ranking.

Steven Finn was the chief destroyer for the hosts with his three wickets early on, before ending as the second best bowler with three for 68.

He was only topped by a superb James Anderson’s three for 58, but the English are unlikely to be entirely satisfied after allowing the South Africans to escape a wretched start.

Duminy’s main support cast came from Jacques Rudolph (42 off 103 balls) and the unexpected exploits of Vernon Philander, who surpassed his previous best 29 with an unbeaten 46 off 64 balls.

South Africa 262 for 7 (Rudolph 61, Philander 46*) v England