1st Test, Centurion, Dec 16-20 2009, England tour of South Africa
418 & 301/7d
(96 ov, target 364)
356 & 228/9
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

England escape in grandstand finale

Kevin Pietersen injected England's innings with some much-needed confidence following the early dismissal of both overnight batsmen

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Scorecard summary
South Africa418(153.2 overs)1st Innings
Graeme Swann5/110(45.2)
England356(104 overs)1st Innings
South Africa301/7d(85.5 overs)2nd Innings
Hashim Amla100 (213)
James Anderson4/73(20.5)
Stuart Broad2/58(16)
England228/9(96 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 96Maiden
ENG: 228/9CRR: 2.37 
Graham Onions1 (12)
Paul Collingwood26 (99)
Makhaya Ntini18-7-41-0
Morne Morkel18-3-46-2

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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.

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

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

end of over 956 runs
ENG: 228/9CRR: 2.4 
Paul Collingwood26 (99)
Graham Onions1 (6)
Morne Morkel18-3-46-2
Friedel de Wet23-8-55-4
Morkel to Collingwood, no run
short delivery, Collingwood rises with it and tries to drop it into the off side for one, but the fielders swarm in so Onions will have strike for the final over
Morkel to Collingwood, FOUR runs
Collingwood clips firmly into the leg side from a full delivery, he set off for one, but the ball ran away to the boundary
Morkel to Onions, 1 run
goes for the yorker, but it was a full toss and Onions pushes it out to mid on. The batsmen cross so Collingwood has two deliveries to find the single that will give him the strike
Morkel to Onions, no run
shortish and wide of off stump, Morkel just needs to get one up and hitting the stumps, Onions thinks about playing, absurdly, but reconsiders and leaves it alone at the last moment
Morkel to Onions, no run
too wide from Morkel, and Onions leaves it

Onions fiddles with his arm guard and looks nervous, as well he might

Morkel to Onions, no run
Onions leaps back to defend a good length delivery on off stump

Man comes up very close on the off side

Morkel to Onions, 1 no ball
no ball again, Onions rises with a good-length ball and defends
end of over 944 runs
ENG: 222/9CRR: 2.36 
Paul Collingwood22 (97)
Graham Onions0 (1)
Friedel de Wet23-8-55-4
Morne Morkel17-3-40-2
de Wet to Collingwood, FOUR runs
angled in at the body, and Collingwood succeeds in pushing it into the leg side, but it runs away for four. Not many South African fielders chasing that!

Collingwood and Onions convene for a crisis meeting, how will they get this run?

de Wet to Collingwood, no run
Collingwood defends solidly into the off side, but no single is there

South Africa want to prevent the single, fine leg is up

de Wet to Collingwood, no run
solidly forward and defending, Boucher cheering on, and Smith taking his time
de Wet to Collingwood, no run
slightly wider of the crease, angling in, but wide enough for Collingwood to leave it alone. He fenced at one during the Cardiff epic to get out, and he doesn't want to here
de Wet to Collingwood, no run
This is wide of off and Collingwood, who looks calm, somehow, shoulders arms

When will Collingwood take the single?

Best performances - batsmen
JH Kallis
120 runs (225)
16 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
34 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
HM Amla
100 runs (213)
10 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
34 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann
PL Harris
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Graeme Swann
Series result4-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1942
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days16,17,18,19,20 December 2009 (5-day match)
Test debut
Friedel de Wet
Aleem Dar
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Amiesh Saheba
Reserve Umpire
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama