Friday 15 January 2010 

Smith And Amla Ensure It Is South Africa's Morning

Smith And Amla Ensure It Is South Africa's Morning
Smith And Amla Ensure It Is South Africa's Morning
© REUTERS/Philip Brown (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

England 180 (Collingwood 47, Steyn 5-51, Morkel 3-39) v
South Africa 160-1 (Smith 85no, Amla 52no)

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day two: lunch

South Africa were fast approaching first-innings parity with England thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla on day two of the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.

In an extended session, England, bowled out for 180 on day one, could only take the wicket of Ashwell Prince for 19 before South Africa reached lunch on 160 for one.

England did strike swiftly to get rid of Prince, Graeme Swann taking the catch off the bowling of James Anderson having made 19 but Smith and Amla then added 124 for the second wicket, playing much as they did in Cape Town, when Smith scored 183 and Amla 95 to put South Africa in a dominant position.

England thought they had the wicket of Smith when a strong appeal for a catch behind off Ryan Sidebottom was turned down, first by the on-field umpire and then on review by Daryl Harper.

Smith had moved on to 85 from 155 balls at lunch with Amla on 52 from 80 balls.

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