South Africa vs. England, 2nd Test, Day 3- Kevin Peterson ignites the Test Match
Leeds: Kevin Pieterson did it for England what Alviro Peterson did for South Africa, steering the whole innings single handedly and keeping his team well in hunt for saving the World’s no.1 status. On the third day, as England batsman fought hard to occupy the crease before each one of them gave up to South African bowlers, Kevin Peterson used his International experience and his slick wrists to launch an counter attack against South Africa, that ensure England can still win the test and level the series.
Peterson’s 149 came up in just 212 balls, at a 70 plus strike rate which included 22 4’s and one 6. Peterson was involved in a 147 runs partnership with debutant James Taylor for the fifth wicket. Taylor too showed a lot of patience, making 34 from 104 deliveries before becoming a victim to Morne Morkel. But England’s desperate requirement of runs was fulfilled by Peterson’s aggressive century which ultimately put the game in balance. He went after the bowlers and by the close of play, South Africa reached 351-5, still trailing by 68 runs in the game. Wicket keeper Matt Prior was not out on 20. South Africa will need to ensure that they get Peterson early on the fourth day and aim settle for a draw. Their Skipper Graeme Smith was injured when he was chasing the ball near the boundary rope. He walked off the field and it seems it had developed a knee injury.
MATCH SUMMARY Stumps, Day 3
SOUTH AFRICA 139.2 OVERS 419
A Peterson 182 (365) S Broad 3-96
G Smith 52 (93) J Anderson 2-61
J Duminy 48*(94) S Finn 2-118
ENGLAND 105 OVERS 351-5
K Peterson 149*(212) D Steyn 2-92
SOUTH AFRICA ARE 68 RUNS AHEAD