Rain hampers England's hopes
August 05, 2012 17:47:11 UK
Rain has hampered England's bid to win the second Test against South Africa.
The second Test between England and South Africa at Headingley appears to be heading for a draw after play on day four was abandoned due to heavy rain.
South Africa went into an early lunch on 5-0 in their second innings due to a first downpour in Leeds which resulted in an hour of play being lost during the morning session.
In the afternoon session, Jacques Rudolph and Graeme Smith were sitting comfortably on 21 and 17 respectively to guide the Proteas to 39-0 when the rain returned.
With the covers on and no sign of improvement in the weather, it was decided to end the day's play with South Africa leading by 33 runs.
Earlier, Kevin Pietersen was trapped leg before wicket to the second ball of the morning from Morne Morkel and left without adding to his overnight 149, while Matt Prior's 68 helped England to a first innings score of 425 - a lead of six runs.
With 10 wickets still in hand for the tourists going into the final day, the draw is 1.001, while England can be backed at 1.001 to secure a win which would level the three-match series and South Africa are 1.001 to come out on top.
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