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Summary

  1. Broad's 3-16 gives England the edge
  2. Elgar 67 not out, De Villiers 49 for SA
  3. England collapsed from 247-5 to 267-9
  4. Compton 85, Bairstow 41 & Broad 32*

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By Marc Higginson and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Night!

There's not much to add to that, is there?

It's time for us to sign off now, but we'll be back tomorrow. It's another early start as they attempt to make up the overs lost on the first day. Join us from around 0715 GMT.

Until then... goodnight!

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on breathesport.com

"Stuart Broad is a class act. A sportsperson who delivers under pressure on a regular basis and plays the game hard... #Loveit"  

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought 303 is workable and still think it's workable. I don't think it's out of the question. Someone may play very well. It's a good time to take South Africa on and they are in a fragile state of mind."

England's day could have been better, remember. Ben Stokes had Dean Elgar out lbw but skipper Alastair Cook decided not to review the not out decision.

The nuggety left-hander is 67 not out overnight... he's standing between England and a long-looking Proteas tail.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think England are sitting pretty. South Africa's batting is slightly worse than England's and when you keep getting out it does your head in. You don't feel confident, you have to get to 25 by hook or by crook, but you are scratching about for runs. I will be very surprised if England don't get a lead and that will be priceless on this pitch."

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Mike Ball: Scorecard makes Broad look like England's top all-rounder at the moment. He's had a good day with bat and ball today.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers were the two big fish. Broad played absolutely gorgeous cricket. If you're a cricket connoisseur you're not just worried about bashing the ball everywhere."

Geoffrey is right. Stuart Broad led England's attack magnificently.

He had both Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers caught behind - the latter falling when well set as he became muddled in his thinking, wary of Broad's ability to move the ball both ways.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It's a slow low pitch with a bit of nibble for the bowlers. People are having to work very hard for their runs. England did well this morning. Bairstow was positive and scored quite quickly and then Broad played some shots to get England to a working total on this surface. 

"South Africa are a wobbly batting side and their confidence is down after their tour of India. Broad bowled beautifully with a great length and line and he got the two big fish of Amla and De Villiers."

However, England's last-wicket pair of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn put on 36 runs to edge their side past 300 - a score which is par on this ground.

So, let's recap on what we've seen today.

England began on 179-4, but soon lost Ben Stokes after a couple of meaty boundaries.

Nick Compton (85) and Jonny Bairstow (41) appeared to be taking England to a very good first-innings total, until a collapse saw the tourists slump from 247-5 to 267-9.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"It's been a fascinating day's cricket on a sluggish pitch. Some balls have kept low and we've seen some spin so I think a target of 250 batting last on this pitch will be an extremely tall order."

Scorecard - close of play

South Africa first innings: 133-4 (52 overs)

Batsmen: Elgar 67, Bavuma 10

Fall of wickets: 0-1 (Van Zyl 0), 14-2 (Amla 7), 100-3 (De Villiers 49), 113-4 (Du Plessis 2)

Bowling figures: Broad 10-5-16-3, Woakes 11-1-22-0, Moeen 13-0-45-1, Finn 10-1-34-0, Stokes 7-1-19-0, Root 1-1-0-0.

England first innings: 303 all out (100.1 overs)

Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Cook 0), 12-2 (Hales 10), 49-3 (Root 24), 174-4 (Taylor 70), 196-5 (Stokes 21), 247-6 (Compton 85), 253-7 (Moeen 0), 253-8 (Woakes 0), 267-9 (Bairstow 41), 303-10 (Finn 12).

Not out batsman: Broad 32

Bowling figures: Steyn 25.1-5-70-4, Abbott 24-4-66-1, Morkel 26-5-76-4, Piedt 16-2-63-1, Van Zyl 2-1-2-0, Elgar 7-2-22-0.

Full scorecard

Close of play

SA 137-4 (trail by 166)

Joe Root steps up to bowl the final set of six of an enthralling day. Six dots. And that is stumps.

England's day? I think so.

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Not your average household kitty!

Are we about to see a new phenomenon of cats watching cricket?

Cat on the field
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SA 137-4 (Elgar 67, Bavuma 10)

It's a little murky out there as we approach what could be the penultimate over of the day. Ben Stokes bowls a bouncer which Dean Elgar ducks beneath... he must be cursing his skipper's decision not to review that lbw decision earlier. 

SA 135-4 (trail by 168)

Temba Bavuma has had to battle hard to stay out there, but he's getting his rewards now as he plays a sweet on-drive for three off Steven Finn.

Super-woakesy takes a wicket batting was atrocious

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#bbccricket #marypoppinseffect I hope @chriswoakes gets a couple of wickets after his primary. Super-woakesytakesawicketbattingwasatrocious

SA 131-4

A cat sits on the field of play during day two
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There's a cat on the pitch! He/she is staying very still waiting to pounce on some birds grazing* nearby. I imagine it's pretty hard to be stealthy in front of television cameras and a few thousand people though, and all while being careful not to be wiped out by a Dean Elgar cover drive.

Ben Stokes continues to impress and gets Elgar in all sorts of trouble with a yorker which is sliding down leg. A muted leg-before appeal soon fizzles out.

* Do birds graze? I honestly don't know.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

"You've got to be aware of the situation in the moments before breaks. It's about finding the ability to play naturally and within your game plan. As it gets closer to the end of play you will begin to reel it in naturally. From Dean Elgar's perspective he would love to be there at the end of play."

SA 130-4 (trail by 173)

Just 20 minutes or so until the close of play. Can England force a final wicket? Maybe two if South Africa send out a nightwatchman? Dean Elgar has other thoughts and pulls Steven Finn for a well-timed four off the back foot.

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Mike Ball: England's bowling unit is looking pretty strong at the moment. Anderson and Wood both out but I wouldn't say missed currently.

SA 126-4 (trail by 177)

Ben Stokes doesn't strike me as the type of fella who likes to be top-edged over the keeper for four. The diminutive (a nice term for being short) does just that to the fury of the Durham all-rounder. 

SA 122-4 (Elgar 61, Bavuma 2)

Temba Bavuma of South Africa in action
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Temba Bavuma, you may or may not know, is a bit of a pioneer. He became the first black African specialist batsman to play for South Africa when he made his Test debut. Just one from another tidy Moeen Ali over.

Latest scorecard

South Africa first innings: 121-4 (45 overs)

Batsmen: Elgar 61, Bavuma 1

Fall of wickets: 0-1 (Van Zyl 0), 14-2 (Amla 7), 100-3 (De Villiers 49), 113-4 (Du Plessis 2)

Bowling figures: Broad 10-5-16-3, Woakes 11-1-22-0, Moeen 12-0-44-1, Finn 8-1-26-0, Stokes 4-1-12-0

England first innings: 303 all out (100.1 overs)

Fall of wickets: 3-1 (Cook 0), 12-2 (Hales 10), 49-3 (Root 24), 174-4 (Taylor 70), 196-5 (Stokes 21), 247-6 (Compton 85), 253-7 (Moeen 0), 253-8 (Woakes 0), 267-9 (Bairstow 41), 303-10 (Finn 12).

Not out batsman: Broad 32

Bowling figures: Steyn 25.1-5-70-4, Abbott 24-4-66-1, Morkel 26-5-76-4, Piedt 16-2-63-1, Van Zyl 2-1-2-0, Elgar 7-2-22-0.

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SA 121-4 (trail by 182)

Ben Stokes is a great man to have thundering in, bowling chest-on at the end of a long, sweaty day. He seems to relish getting to work with the old ball and gets one to shape into Temba Bavuma and keep low, the ball narrowly failing to take out the tentative right-hander. It takes 15 balls for Bavuma to get off the mark, and huge cheers mark his single into the leg side. 

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Rupert deBeer: Hope Elgar doesn't have too many variations. Could prove a bit of an enigma otherwise.

SA 119-4 (Elgar 60, Bavuma 0)

To Alastair Cook's credit, he stuck with Moeen Ali when he was disappearing into the stands and now it's paying dividends. After Dean Elgar takes a single, Temba Bavuma plays back five dots. Pressure.

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A spoon full of port jelly helps the de Villiers go down. #bbccricket #marypoppinseffect

A spoon full of port jelly helps the de Villiers go down. #bbccricket #marypoppinseffect

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The fielders should have listened to the bowler and backed Stokes. Nine times out of 10 the bowlers are right, the exception being Stuart Broad. Stokes is spitting feathers now. He was absolutely convinced and that normally sways a captain to ask for the review."

appeal - not outSA 117-4 (Stokes 3-1-10-0)

Ben Stokes, who has been under-used today having only bowled two overs, is given his turn and instantly gets one to shape into Dean Elgar and pin the left-hander in front. Looks out, but the umpire says no.

Alastair Cook won't review it... which is a mistake because it would have been out. Three reds. Plumber than Super Mario.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The ball is spinning now so Moeen Ali should be taking the pace off it, bring his fielder in a bit off the boundary and try to tempt Elgar to launch him over the top. Play cat and mouse with him."

SA 114-4 (Elgar 56, Bavuma 0)

Dean Elgar has almost ground to a halt while watching wickets fall at the other end. He takes a single off Moeen Ali, but it appears to be hard work for him to get up to the non-striker's end. Is he cramping up at the end of a long, hot day?

From the press box

THAT IS OUT - Cheeky little bail trimmer from Moeen does for the onrushing du Plessis (2). Poor shot, but nicely flighted. 113-4

SA 114-4 (trail by 189)

Temba Bavuma is the new man at the crease for South Africa, a 25-year-old right-hander who has scored 135 runs five Tests so far. He's a short, compact player who South Africa desperately need runs from with only JP Duminy to come before the four bowlers are exposed.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa have obviously decided to attack Moeen Ali a bit. Elgar and De Villiers have both done it and hit him over the top, but Du Plessis is not in the form of De Villiers and played an ugly heave."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Du Plessis went to hit the ball over Ali's head and missed it completely. It looked like it had missed the stumps but it flicked the top of the heavy bail. Talk about a coat of paint. Somehow that was enough to topple the bails."

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Du Plessis b Moeen 2 (SA 113-4)

Moeen Ali of England is congratulated after taking the wicket of Faf du Plessis
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The perfect off-spinner's delivery! Faf du Plessis dances down the track to Moeen Ali and is bowled through the gate, the ball clipping the bail.

The batsman is a bit bemused and wonders if the keeper knocked them off. Jonny Bairstow is in no doubt... I'm fairly certain I heard him mutter "He's bowled you, pal" over the stump microphone.

SA 112-3 (Elgar 53, du Plessis 2)

England are doing a good job of keeping a check on the South African scoring rate. Another over from Chris Woakes, just one from it.