Thursday 7 January 2010 

Resilient Bell & Collingwood Raise Survival Hopes

Resilient Bell & Collingwood Raise Survival Hopes
Resilient Bell & Collingwood Raise Survival Hopes
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South Africa 291 & 447-7 dec. (Smith 183, Amla 95) v
England 273 (Cook 65) & 230-5 (Cook 55)

Third Test, Cape Town, day five: tea

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell dug in to add 51 runs between lunch and tea to move England closer to saving the third Test against South Africa on the final day in Cape Town.

England lost the wickets of nightwatchman James Anderson and number three batsman Jonathan Trott before lunch but Collingwood, on 31 and Bell, on 38, steered England to 230 for five, frustrating South Africa.

Anderson stuck around for 52 balls in making nine runs before he swept Paul Harris onto his boot and into the hands of Ashwell Prince, who took a superb diving catch.

Trott made 42 in 99 balls but could do little about his dismissal, Dale Steyn getting one to nip back and rip out his off-stump.

That left Collingwood and Bell exposed to the new ball but despite an outstanding spell from Steyn, the pair showed plenty of resilience and no little skill in keeping their wickets intact, Collingwood facing 135 deliveries and Bell 111.

England lead the series 1-0.

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