August 6, 2012
Second Test, Headingley
Day 4: South Africa 419 & 39-0 v England 425
The second Test match at Headingley is heading for a draw after torrential rain interrupted large parts of day 4.
England were eventually all out for 425 in their first innings handing them a lead of six runs. Kevin Pietersen was out second ball of the day after a blistering 149 had entertained the Headingley crown on Saturday.
England were thankful for a first innings lead that was largely down to Matt Prior who made a valuable 68 as he batted with the tail. Imran Tahir finished with figures of 3-92 from 23.4 overs as he dismissed Prior, Stuart Broad, and last man James Anderson.
There was only 17 more overs possible in the day after a heavy storm had hit Leeds. In that time South Africa had reached 37-0.
If England are to force a result they must hope for early wickets and will need some assistance from South Africa’s batsman on what is still a good batting surface.
The Scoop 06/08/12