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Thursday, January 07, 2010

South Africa retain ascendancy: T3 D4

England 273 & 3/132 (51 ov, A Cook 55) require a further 334 runs with 7 wickets in hand to beat South Africa 291 & 7/ 447d (111.2 ov, G Smith 183, H Amla 95) : T3 D4 at Cape Town

Today South Africa batted on, without being too particular as the day went on about losing wickets, before declaring. The centrepiece of their formidable total was of course Graeme Smith's masterly 183/273b (25x4). They left England to make 466 on a pitch which seems to be holding up quite well though against an attack with two top quality bowlers in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

At 3/132 (after passing 100 without losing a wicket) England are in strife. Can they hang on for a draw? Highly improbable Can they win? Even with the recent precedent of Australia defeating Pakistan in mind, it's difficult - very difficult - to see how. Who might be their Smith and Amla equivalents?


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