What a dramatic finish to the third test match between England and South Africa! This is the second time in this test series England has batted down till the last over of the 5th day in a test match and saved the match. Number 11 batsman Graham Onions batted out the last over for the second time in the series as England escaped with a draw on the fifth day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.
England ended up the 5th day with a total of 296 for 9. When Paul Collingwood (40) and Ian Bell (78) batted together for almost four hours in a sixth wicket partnership it almost seemed that England will manage a comfortable draw. But England found themselves in trouble when Collingwood fell to part time off-spinner JP Duminy with more than 13 overs to go. Very soon England saw their wickets tumbling and they had just one wicket left in the end with 17 balls to go. But somehow Onions and Graeme Swann survived against Dale Steyn and Morkel and managed a draw.
The result meant England will go into the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg next Thursday with an unbeatable 1-0 lead.
Source: Cricket Nirvana
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