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Sunday, December 20, 2009

South Africa regain initiative after top order wobble

England 356 & 1/11 (6.0 ov) require another 353 runs with 9 wickets in hand to beat South Africa 418 & 7/301dec (85.5 ov, H Amla 100, AB deVilliers 64, M Boucher 63*): T1 D4 at Centurion

Hashim Amla's 100/213b (10x4) was the cornerstone of a South African revival from the valley of 4/46 to the uplands of 7/301. At this point Graham Smith declared setting the visitors 364 to win, which they reduced to 353 but lost a wicket doing so.

Looks like a South African win but I wouldn't rule out a draw. An England victory isn't out of the question but will require the remaining specialist batters to lift their games.


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