At the end of the Day 3, South Africa reached 145 for three, having suffered the loss of their opening batsmen early on and relying on a half century by Hashim Amla to steady the ship. Amla recorded his fifty in the final over of the day, and his partnership of 81 with Jacques Kallis (31) for the third wicket ensured the visitors had a lead of 139 at the close of play, though the latter had been sent packing 15 minutes before the end.
The Proteas only needed six runs to overhaul England’s lead, after Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn each bagged four wickets as England were all out for 315 an hour before tea. Jonny Bairstow, who started the day on 72, could not reach his century, and fell for 95 before lunch. The tail-enders persevered though, taking the score past South Africa’s 309 in the 106th over, with Graeme Swann paying no attention to the intimidation tactics being employed against him.
South Africa’s innings began well, and they made it to tea on 33 without any loss after 15 overs, Smith and Alviro Petersen taking care to defend their scalps as they went into the lead. However, they have lost three wickets afterwards. Steyn came in as the night watchman to see out the last few overs, and got smacked on the same hand Anderson had hit him on in the first innings. But he prevailed, and he and Amla saw the day to a close without further jolt. South Africa will look to bat and survive through at least two sessions on day 4. Every day of Test cricket is predictable and brings more excitement with it. It aims to test the character, patience and temperament of all cricketers. Hope that Day 4 brings an extra dose of excitement in the game.
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