ProteaFire was alive and kicking yesterday at Newlands stadium, and Hashim Amla stoked the fire with his incredible composure despite being under a lot of pressure.

The Protea captain batted through the entire day and gave South Africa a fighting chance after England pummelled our bowling attack and declared on 629/6.

Amla racked up 157 runs having started on 64, and his partnership with AB de Villiers produced 183 runs. South Africa only lost one wicket and ended the day on 353/3.

A couple of drop catches worked in our favour, to keep Amla at the helm. There is still a long way to go, but yesterday’s performance has given us all hope.

After day 2 of the test, the support for the Proteas may have floundered, but Newlands showed strong support for our boys. Here are some of the scenes from yesterday:

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