A sensational century from the bat and a brilliant bowling display saw Ben Stokes lightning up the Emirates Old Trafford, helping England clinch an innings-and-85-run victory on Day 3 of the second Test to level the ongoing three-match series.

James Anderson (3/30), Stuart Broad (1/24) and Ollie Robinson (4/43) were outstanding in the morning as South Africa slipped from their overnight score of 23-0 to 54-3.

Then, Rassie van Der Dussen (41 off 132) and Keegan Petersen (42 off 159) shared a vital fourth-wicket stand of 87 from 261 balls before Stokes (2/30) removed Van der Dussen and Petersen to help the hosts comeback in the game.

The tourists went on to lose their final seven wickets for 38 runs as England stormed to an innings win, just over a week after suffering a similar loss at Lord’s in the opening match.

The hosts dominated in Manchester Test right from the beginning with a humungous 415/9 declared in their sole innings. Captain Stokes hit his 12th Test hundred and wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes his second and then dismissed the visitors in 85.1 overs in their second innings.

“It has been incredible. It was an amazing atmosphere to be a part of. To come back from last week’s disappointment at Lord’s and put in the performance we have this week, it gives us a lot of confidence back and sets things up nicely for the last game,” said Stokes after the match.

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