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England Draws Second Test Match; South Africa Keeps 1-0 Lead

August 06, 2012

England drew the second cricket Test match with South Africa, which retains a 1-0 lead in the three- game series as it tries to replace its rival at the top of the world rankings.

Both sides had an outside chance of winning when South Africa declared at 258-9 after tea on the final day at Headingley, Leeds. Stuart Broad took five wickets and batsman Kevin Pietersen added three. That left England an unlikely victory target of 253.

After re-jigging the batting order, the hosts lost the wickets of opener Pietersen, for 12, captain Andrew Strauss, 22, and Alastair Cook, 46, to leave them on 90-3. Matt Prior was moved up the order but was run out for 7, leaving England focusing on not losing rather than winning.

Jonathan Trott, on 30, and Ian Bell, with 3 off 34 balls, saw the hosts to safety, ending on 130-4 just after 7:30 p.m.

The visitors had resumed on 39-0 in their second innings this morning after rain restricted play yesterday. The only dismissal in the first session was Jacques Rudolph, leg-before- wicket to Pietersen for 69.

Pietersen struck twice again after lunch, having both captain Graeme Smith (52 runs) and Hashim Amla (28) caught out. AB de Villiers, on 44, and JP Duminy then went in consecutive balls to Broad, before Vernon Philander (6) and Jacques Kallis (27) went to the same bowler. Smith declared after the quick exits of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Pietersen’s Wickets

Man of the match Pietersen, who scored 149 in the first innings, finished on 3-52, with Broad 5-69.

England was dismissed yesterday for 425, Pietersen failing to add to his overnight score. Prior made 68 to help his team post 425, a six-run lead. Alviro Petersen scored 182 in the visitors’ first-innings 419.

South Africa won the first match at the Oval in London by an innings and 12 runs. It could leapfrog No. 1 England in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings by winning the series. The final Test starts Aug. 16 at Lord’s in London.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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