England lost two wickets in three hours but Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell drop anchor to stay in with an outside chance of saving the third Test against South Africa.
Sixth wicket pair battle to save Test
Set a world-record 466 to win, England knew at start of play on the final day at Newlands the best they could possibly hope for was to close out a stalemate in another famous rearguard and therefore stay 1-0 up with one match to play. By mid-afternoon, overnight pair Jonathan Trott and James Anderson were the only departures - Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell guiding their team to 205 for five in an unbroken stand of 45 in 22 overs, with another 48 still to survive. Bidding to repeat the great escapes pulled off at Cardiff and Centurion last year, Trott and Anderson kept South Africa at bay for the first 11 overs. However, after 45 minutes of concentration, Anderson lost his wicket for nine to a stroke of misfortune.
Lining up a sweep at a Paul Harris full toss, he under-edged the ball down on to his boot and then saw it fly back up to be brilliantly caught one-handed at backward short-leg by Ashwell Prince. New batsman Collingwood rightly reviewed and survived Tony Hill's decision when South Africa thought Harris had him caught at slip first ball. But Trott fell for 42 to a beauty from Dale Steyn, which ripped back off the pitch to beat him through the gate on the back foot and knock back off-stump. England needed their last two specialists, Collingwood and Bell, not only to get set but stay that way. They were all determination, and had to be when South Africa took the second new ball at 180 for five straight after lunch. Steyn and Morne Morkel induced all manner of plays and misses and other scrapes, some painful - but none managed the crucial desired effect of another wicket. * PA Sport