England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Lord's, 1st dayAfrica Struggle Against Anderson, Finn17-Aug-2012 02:02:00 GMT
London: James Anderson and Steven Finn both took three wickets as England had the better of the first day of the final Test against South Africa at Lord's.
Though the Proteas recovered from 54-4, Anderson struck with the second new ball to leave the tourists 262-7 at the close.
Earlier, Finn took advantage of some helpful overhead conditions and a little good fortune to run through the visitors' top order.
JP Duminy (61) and Vernon Philander (46 not out) were able to lead the fightback as batting became easier when the grey clouds parted, but Anderson returned late in the day to remove Duminy.
That wicket capped a much-needed good day for England, who require victory in order to avoid suffering their first home series defeat since 2008 and, more importantly, losing their place at the top of the Test rankings to South Africa.
Captain Andrew Strauss, becoming only the ninth Englishman to play 100 Tests.
Opposite number Graeme Smith, captain for a record 94th Test, drove at a wide one from Anderson and was given out caught behind on review, before Finn took over.
The tall Middlesex paceman, preferred to Tim Bresnan on his home ground, twice benefited from reviews of gloved catches down the leg side to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
The first, off Alviro Petersen, was straightforward, but the second, which accounted for Jacques Kallis, needed numerous television replays.
Although there was no HotSpot mark on Kallis's glove, TV umpire Rod Tucker decided that the ball had made contact, but even then there was the question of whether the hand was on the bat.
In between, Finn produced the ball of the day, nipping one down the slope to bowl Hashim Amla through bat and pad in what was a spell of three wickets in seven deliveries.
Needing to rebuild, South Africa were aided by rain that came at lunch, clearing the clouds and delaying play for 15 minutes.
England v South Africa
19-23 July: First Test, The Oval - South Africa won by an innings and 12 runs
2-6 August: Second Test, Headingley - Draw
16-20 August: Third Test, Lord's
In the afternoon sun, Jacques Rudolph and AB de Villiers were able to consolidate in a stand of 51, De Villiers looking fluent until he edged Anderson to second slip, with Alastair Cook diving low to his left to cling on to a sharp chance.
However, with Duminy coming in at seven, the depth of South Africa's batting was used to full effect as he and Rudolph combined to add 48 for the sixth wicket.
The left-handers looked untroubled until Rudolph attempted to whip the recalled Graeme Swann across the line, only succeeding in inside-edging on to his stumps, giving the England off-spinner his first Test wicket since May.
Again England came up against strong South Africa resistance, as Vernon Philander joined Duminy.
A partnership of 72 was built quickly as England awaited the arrival of the second new ball, which yielded an instant reward.
South Africa 262 for 7 (Duminy 61, Philander 46*, Anderson 3-58, Finn 3-68)