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England face desperate fight to save Test

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 14:49 [IST]
 
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England fight to save third Test

Cape Town: England are struggling hard to save the third Test after ending day four on 132-3 needing 466 to beat South Africa.

England must realistically bat out 90 overs on the final day to save the Test. Any hopes of victory having disappeared in the final session with the wickets of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen.

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Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook saw off the first 36.3 overs, but both fell midway through the final session after putting on 101 for the first wicket. England must realistically bat out 90 overs on the final day to save the Test.

England's hopes of saving the match suffered a major blow shortly before the close when Kevin Pietersen was leg before wicket to Dale Steyn, two balls into the fast bowler's last spell of the day.

The Proteas had declared on 447-7 some 40 minutes after lunch, leaving England more than a day and a half to survive.

Captain Smith made 183 off 272 balls with 25 fours.

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