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England forces thrilling draw with South Africa

Published: Monday, December 21, 2009, 10:59 [IST]
 
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England escape with draw

Pretoria: England pulled off a great escape on the final day of the opening Test against South Africa, with Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions earning an unlikely draw in Pretoria.

England lost five wickets for 13 runs in the final session of the match at SuperSport Park to leave the team on 219-9 chasing 364. That left Collingwood and Onions to bat through 3.1 overs from fast bowlers Friedel de Wet, Morne Morkel and Makhaya Ntini.

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England tailender, Onions faced the entire last over from Ntini, punching the air after the sixth ball to celebrate England heading to the second test from Saturday in Durban still level in the four-match series.

De Wet bowled with accuracy and hostility with the second new ball to take 4-55.

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