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Saturday, January 16, 2010

South Africa take lead despite rain and (maybe) umpires

South Africa 2/215 (63.2 ov, G Smith 105, H Amla 73*) lead England 180 by 35 runs with 8 first innings wickets in hand: T4 D3 at Johannesburg.

Graeme Smith, who survived a confident appeal for a catch behind the wicket at 15, and Hashim Amla took South Africa to a narrow lead on another rain shortened day. If we accept the umpires' decision (which England don't as they've lodged an appealagainst it) Smith's 105/187b (16x4) was a masterly innings. Amla has looked good too for his 73*/132b (8x4) and he's still there.

More rain is forecast, though I expect for the next few hours we'll hear more about the not out call than any other aspect of the match.


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