Wednesday 6 January 2010 

England Begin Pursuit Of 466 To Beat South Africa

England Begin Pursuit Of 466 To Beat South Africa
England Begin Pursuit Of 466 To Beat South Africa
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South Africa 291 & 447-7 dec . (Smith 183, Amla 95) v
England 273 (Prior 76, Cook 65, Morkel 5-54) & 38-0
Third Test, Cape Town, day four

England reached tea on day four of the third Test against South Africa on 38 without loss after South Africa's declaration asked them to chase 466 to win.

South African captain Graeme Smith missed out on scoring a third double-century against England but his 183 ensured that his side were well ahead before the declaration came with his side on 447 for seven after lunch.

Smith was finally caught by Paul Collingwood off Graham Onions having faced 273 deliveries and hit 25 fours and put his side well ahead.

South Africa managed to add 85 runs in the morning session, which also saw England dismiss Jacques Kallis for 46 when he edged James Anderson to Matthew Prior.

After lunch, AB de Villiers (34), JP Duminy (36 not out) and Mark Boucher (15) accelerated before the declaration that left England requiring a world record to win the game or four and a half sessions to save the game.

They started strongly, openers Andrew Strauss (15 not out) and Alastair Cook (21 not out) resisting a strong new-ball examination from Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Friedel de Wet.

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