England survive! It's outside off stump, left alone and Onions punches the air!
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.
One ball and no nails left.
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
another great ball, sterling stuff, yorker but Onions digs it out. Just two chances left
great change of length, fuller Onions digs it out. 3 more!
short, straight, Onions hops back, gets himself in line and drops it out on the off side
outside off stump, Onions flinches at it, but misses. 5 to go
Short gully, three slips, two gullies, short leg in place
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?
fired in short, angling in, and Swann crouches under it
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
full, slightly leg sided, Swann jabs a bat down at it and he collects a pointless couple through mid on
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.
short, outside off, Swann sways away
Two overs left, Steyn here, and Morkel the last.
great ball, speared in at Onions heading towards his head, its fended off and loops agonisingly short of the two gully fielders
speared full and down the leg side, good plan from Morkel, looking for the yoker, but it is another ball negotiated for Onions
rising delivery on off stump, probably no need to play, Onions rises with it and drops it into the off side
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
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!
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.
Morkel replaces Steyn, big move, Morkel will have two overs here to win the game.
Swann is well forward defending with all the confidence in the world
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.
|Newlands, Cape Town|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England led the 4-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1946|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||3,4,5,6,7 January 2010 - day (5-day match)|
'What would we say if it was Pakistan?'
Newlands resistance better than Durban ton - Bell
Friedel de Wet struggling for final Test
Stuart Broad 'astonished' by tampering charges
|GP Swann||not out||10||8|
|G Onions||not out||0||11|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 4, nb 1, w 1)|
|Total||296(9 wkts; 141 ovs)|