Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KP Pietersen
81(143) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0
JH Kallis
120(225) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 4 1 3 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

GP Swann
O45.2
M10
R110
W5
Eco2.42
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
F de Wet
O23.0
M8
R55
W4
Eco2.39
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
96 | (maiden) | ENG: 228/9

  • G Onions1 (12b)
  • PD Collingwood26 (99b)
  • M Ntini18-7-41-0
  • M Morkel18-3-46-2

Don't forget to read Andrew Miller's bulletin, which is being furiously hacked out as we speak, check out the gallery and discuss all the drama on our Facebook page. That's it from me, Sahil, and I hope you'll join us again on Boxing day for the second Test, until then, have a very merry Christmas.

Graeme Smith looks happy and confident, despite coming so close and, rather touchingly, wishes the country a 'safe Christmas'.

Strauss describes it as a 'crazy last hour' and Swann looks more relieved than thrilled as he collects his man-of-the-match award, saying "we're single handedly keeping Test cricket alive".

Makhaya Ntini is awarded, slightly bizarrely, with a personalised beer-fridge, to commemorate his 100th Test as he sounds positive looking ahead to the Boxing day Test.

Ian Bishop, heading the presentation ceremony declares we have witnessed "the best of Test match cricket today," and how right he is.

South Africa were superb, they recognised the slightest hint of an opportunity when Pietersen ran himself out, and burst through to open up the Test match.

Graeme Swann, who saved Strauss's blushes in South Africa's first innings, with five wickets before rescuing England from 242 for 8, with a sparkling 85, is awarded man of the match for his efforts.

Well, what sublime Test-match drama. At tea England were entertaining thoughts of a late run chase, with Pietersen and Trott going along well. Then a suicidal run out and some inspired new-ball bowling from Freidel de Wet on debut, blasted through England's middle order and tail. Collingwood, a man cut entirely from steel, stood firm throughout.

95.6
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, outside off stump on a good length and Onions gets solidly behind it to save the game for his side! Match drawn. Onions punches the air and looks to the England dressing room! Collingwood goes over to congratulate his Durham team-mate, and the players exchange hand shakes. South Africa are obviously despondent as they make their way off the field.

Morkel moves in from mid off to a catching position on the off side

95.5
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, this time it's just outside off stump, Onions gets a solid defence on it
95.4
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, oh my goodness! Absolute grubber and dead straight. Onions jams a bat down, somehow, so close
95.3
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, shortish, would have gone over the stumps from that length, and Onions gets solidly behind it
95.2
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, oh so close! Fuller, and Onions plays at it and it whistles agonisingly close to the outside edge
95.1
0
Ntini to Onions, no run, starts slightly wide of off stump, Onions plays at it and it comes off the inside edge, safely

Well, after a spell of 7 overs 3 for 11, de Wet gives way to Ntini, in his 100th Test, for the final over.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KP Pietersen
81(143) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0
JH Kallis
120(225) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 4 1 3 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

GP Swann
O45.2
M10
R110
W5
Eco2.42
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
F de Wet
O23.0
M8
R55
W4
Eco2.39
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF