Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
141 | (maiden) | ENG: 296/9

  • Graham Onions0 (11b)
  • Graeme Swann10 (8b)
  • Morne Morkel28-9-51-1
  • Dale Steyn35-11-74-2

Andrew Miller is hammering his match report, and there is, as ever, the Facebook page. Another thriller, and I need a lie-down. Thanks for all the emails, that is it from me, Sahil Dutta, and from Andrew Miller. I hope you'll join us January 14 for the final Test of this magnificent series.

Smith looks exhausted, as well he might be, he has had a marathon match, barely left the field. He says it will take a while to work out how the dressing room feels here, and rues the missing 'knock-out blow' for South Africa. He thanks the fans for their support and says South Africa have 'a few questions to answer' at the Wanderers but is confident of levelling the series.

Strauss arrives for the presentation, greeted with plenty of cheers from the Barmy Army. He has a broad grin and says that Collingwood and Bell produced something 'special' to save his side here. He credits South Africa for fighting their way so close to the finish line and says that the game of cricket, not any ball tampering issues, will be in the headlines tomorrow. Quite right.

Plenty of credit must go to Paul Collingwood, who, when England needed another rearguard, arrived at the wicket armed with a sack of bricks and built an unbreachable wall that repelled everything South Africa threw at him for 276 minutes. Ian Bell played a huge innings under intense pressure. South Africa had to battle 22 yards of remorselessly flat, spirit-sapping earth, as they almost drew level in the series with fantastic bowling from Steyn.

Match drawn This, yet again, has been epic drama. South Africa look deflated, Smith rueful, but they stormed back into this match with one hour to go. The players shake hands, as well they might, they have provided a magnificent spectacle here. Wonderful Test match and today's duel between Steyn and Collingwood stirred memories of Atherton and Donald at Trent Bridge in 1998. These sides can barely be separated and it's made for a thrilling series.

140.6
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, England survive! It's outside off stump, left alone and Onions punches the air!

One ball and no nails left.

140.5
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, short it is, Onions gets it an awkward position and it flies near to his gloves through to Boucher. Big appeal, given not out, but Smith reviews... and it's not given. Past close to the gloves but there was clear daylight.

Smith comes up for a chat. Possibly advising Morkel to shove it short

140.4
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, another great ball, sterling stuff, yorker but Onions digs it out. Just two chances left
140.3
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, great change of length, fuller Onions digs it out. 3 more!
140.2
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, short, straight, Onions hops back, gets himself in line and drops it out on the off side
140.1
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, outside off stump, Onions flinches at it, but misses. 5 to go

Short gully, three slips, two gullies, short leg in place

END OF OVER:
140 | 6 Runs | ENG: 296/9

  • Graeme Swann10 (8b)
  • Graham Onions0 (5b)
  • Dale Steyn35-11-74-2
  • Morne Morkel27-8-51-1
139.6
0
Steyn to Swann, no run, no, it is short, outside off and flies past Swann who sways inside it. Completes a fantastic day of bowling for Steyn.

Can Swann find one here to get the strike? Where? Surely not?

139.5
0
Steyn to Swann, no run, fired in short, angling in, and Swann crouches under it
139.4
4
Steyn to Swann, FOUR runs, great bowling in the circumstances, full and straight, Swann meets it with the fullest of faces and it runs away to the mid off boundary
139.3
2
Steyn to Swann, 2 runs, full, slightly leg sided, Swann jabs a bat down at it and he collects a pointless couple through mid on
139.2
0
Steyn to Swann, no run, great bowling, bang on the stumps, Swann blocks it away

Nervous, twitching England dressing room. Steyn has a problem, he appears to have pulled his hamstring. What else could happen here!? Smith is in discussions with his bowler, Kallis is warming up at second slip. Steyn won't have any of that though. Grabs a drinks and he's ready.

139.1
0
Steyn to Swann, no run, short, outside off, Swann sways away

Two overs left, Steyn here, and Morkel the last.

END OF OVER:
139 | (wicket maiden) | ENG: 290/9

  • Graham Onions0 (5b)
  • Graeme Swann4 (2b)
  • Morne Morkel27-8-51-1
  • Paul Harris40-14-85-3
138.6
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, great ball, speared in at Onions heading towards his head, its fended off and loops agonisingly short of the two gully fielders
138.5
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, speared full and down the leg side, good plan from Morkel, looking for the yoker, but it is another ball negotiated for Onions
138.4
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, rising delivery on off stump, probably no need to play, Onions rises with it and drops it into the off side
138.3
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, massive, massive appeal from a fuller ball that crashes into Onions' pads, but it is high and sliding down leg, not even Harper got that wrong
138.2
0
Morkel to Onions, no run, outside off stump, huge roar from the crowd as Morkel runs up, Onions shoulders arms

17 balls left to go, unbelievable cricket. Morkel has done the trick!

138.1
W
Morkel to Bell, OUT, Inspired move! Bell has gone! Oh dear, that is tragedy for Bell. It was outside off he could have left it alone, but had a fiddle at it and it goes through to Smith.

IR Bell c Smith b Morkel 78 (286m 213b 10x4 0x6) SR: 36.61

Morkel replaces Steyn, big move, Morkel will have two overs here to win the game.

END OF OVER:
138 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 290/8

  • Graeme Swann4 (2b)
  • Ian Bell78 (212b)
  • Paul Harris40-14-85-3
  • Dale Steyn34-11-68-2
137.6
0
Harris to Swann, no run, Swann is well forward defending with all the confidence in the world
137.5
4
Harris to Swann, FOUR runs, shorter, Swann stands up and thumps it through the off side for four

20 deliveries to go, and Graeme Swann strides out to the middle. He has done so much this series and he has a massive job to do here. Two slips, two silly points, a leg slip, a leg gully and a short leg in place.

137.4
W
Harris to Broad, OUT, review Harris gets it right this time! Drags his length back, Broad lunges forward again and it raps off the glove and it's given out. Broad reviews, hoping his glove was off the bat. It's not, he's gone and the England a teetering on the brink here

SCJ Broad c de Villiers b Harris 0 (33m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

137.3
0
Harris to Broad, no run, full on off stump, Broad limp-bats it out in front of him
137.2
0
Harris to Broad, no run, too full again, Broad can easily pat this down from under his eyes

England 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st101AJ StraussAN Cook
2nd6AJ StraussIJL Trott
3rd22KP PietersenIJL Trott
4th24IJL TrottJM Anderson
5th7PD CollingwoodIJL Trott
6th112PD CollingwoodIR Bell
7th6IR BellMJ Prior
8th8IR BellSCJ Broad
9th4GP SwannIR Bell
10th6GP SwannG Onions