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Summary

  1. S Cook 23*, Amla 16* - dropped on 0
  2. SA build on first-innings lead of 133
  3. Rabada claims Test-best 7-112
  4. Cook 76, Root 76, Moeen 61
  5. England lead 2-0 in four-match series

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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And so it's time to say goodbye. Can England get out of this one? Join us tomorrow to find out.

Remember, it's 08:04. Obviously.

'Rabada's got a big future'

England's Moeen Ali on Kagiso Rabada, who took 7-112 for South Africa: "He's a very good bowler for a young guy. He's a very fit guy. He's got a big future.

"If we keep them down to 270-280, we've bowled extremely well - even 300. But it's going to be really tough.

"There's still pressure on their bowlers to bowl us out on the last day, just as we've got to bowl them out tomorrow. There's still a lot to play for in this game."

It's almost time for me to get out of here, but there's still time for me to point you in the direction of our match report. The thoughts of Jonathan Agnew will be online later too.

Player's view

England's Moeen Ali, who made 61 - his first fifty in 15 Test innings - on Sky Sports: "I've struggled a little bit with the bat lately so it was nice to contribute today. There was a time when I tried to play properly and I found that quite tough. Today I played a few shots - maybe on this wicket it's the right way to go.

"It's one of those wickets where you've got to ride your luck a little bit. The one that stays low are the hard ones."

Moeen Ali plays a shot
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think England can win from here. They haven't got a cat in hell's chance. All they can do is try to save the game. Winning is what they have to try and do but I don't think they can bowl them out cheaply."

South Africa bowler Kasigo Rabada, who took 7-112, speaking to Sky Sports: "It felt very good. I tried to take it ball by ball and things happened for me today but I thought Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel bowled really well to help me as well, controlling the run rate. 

"I wasn't expecting to get a seven-for. Whatever else comes comes!"

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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England didn't deserve any more than they got. Moeen Ali did them a favour - he played very well and only gave his wicket away because he was in with Jimmy Anderson."

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You should do my links more often, Matty. I'll point you in the direction of the BBC Sport live text commentary here.

Cesc Fabregas in action with Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini
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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was an appalling shot from Taylor. His whole innings was fraught, trying to score, trying to dominate. He didn't think his way through. He had to play a tennis-racquet shot and couldn't control it."

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Paul Roberts: If Chris Woakes is Jimmy's long term replacement the boys from Oz will be rocking peacefully in their hammocks.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Kagiso Rabada bowled really well. This kid, at 20, has really got something, definitely. When you see a young player like that you can see it immediately. My only hope is that he doesn't get one of these stress fractures in the back that seems to affect so many young bowlers."

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Play to start at 08:04 GMT

I'm actually being told that play will begin at 08:04 tomorrow, which is 10:04 local time. Once again, cricket's silliness is baffling. Why not start on the hour and finish four minutes earlier?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think South Africa can lose it now. They have had the best day of the whole summer against England. Everything was perfect. 

"Nothing was given to them, but they were patient and got their reward with their bowling."

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"The light has been bad since the early afternoon, and we've been able to play until nearly the end of the day. Considering the weather we have had that is not bad.

"South Africa are of course on top but they're not out of danger yet though. What if England come back tomorrow and bowl them out for 80? It's not impossible..."

Close-of-play scorecard

South Africa 42-1 (17 overs) - lead by 175

Batsmen: S Cook 23*, Amla 16*

Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Elgar 1)

Bowling figures: Anderson 5-1-14-1, Broad 4-1-8-0, Stokes 3-1-6-0, Woakes 2-0-7-0, Moeen 2-1-1-0, Root 1-0-4-0

SA first innings 475: De Kock 129*, S Cook 115, Amla 109; Stokes 4-86

England first innings 342: Cook 76, Root 76, Moeen 61; Rabada 7-112

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Close of play - SA 42-1

The inevitable is confirmed. That's it for the day. We'll begin again slightly earlier tomorrow, at 08:00. When we come back South Africa will effectively be 175-1.

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"When the umpires start to see four or five shadows around the players' bodies they will start to think OK, this is now false light. 

"There's one thing enhancing the sunlight, but once it becomes totally reliant on the unnatural light, the umpires take you off."

I've heard a rumour that the close has been called. Not confirmed yet.

Bad light stops play

SA 42-1

The umpires, three of them, are still out there. "There's no chance of playing again today. How long do you think we can string this out for. We get paid by the minute, don't we?"

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"For England to realistically have a chance of winning they will have to rock up tomorrow and have the sort of session they had at the Wanderers. 

"I don't see them chasing anything over 300. There is a little bit of hope for them, but it's a big ask. South Africa's players will be sleeping a lot better tonight."

Bad light stops play

SA 42-1

We have to be back on 16:18 to get any more play today. Some of the groundstaff think we are done, because they begin to bring the various apparatus needed for the close-of-play interviews on to the field, only to be told to clear off. Still the umpires are out there.

Bad light stops play

SA 42-1

We said the light was coming and now it has arrived. The umpires decide it is too dark, even for the slow bowlers. The players are taken off, probably for the last time today. It's not the official close, because the umpires are still in the middle.

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appeal - not outSA 42-1

Still Moeen to Cook, with four catchers around the bat. It feels like the last knockings of the day, so England's thinking must be to nip a couple out as South Africa play for the close. Ooohhh, that's a bad leave. Big appeal... not out. They think about a review, but decide it's too high. A good call.   

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SA 42-1 (lead by 175)

Interesting. It's spin from both ends, so England have been told that the light is poor, yet they have opted to stay out there, otherwise they have an easy way out. Good spirit. Joe Root on, firing a lot down the leg side to Hashim Amla. In fairness, as soon as Alastair Cook has had enough, he brings one of his quick men back and they are off right away.

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

"I'd be licking my lips at the prospect of facing Moeen Ali rather than somebody like Ben Stokes now. Stokes has been the one danger so far from South Africa's perspective.

"There's a realisation we're not going to be playing for much longer, so there is an aggressive field to try and put on as much pressure as possible. England have almost made a square around Stephen Cook." 

SA 36-1 (lead by 169)

Moeen Ali after drinks, bowling his off-breaks to fellow beard Amla. The lightmeter was out during drinks, so did Cook feel like he needed to bowl some slow stuff? It would be odd if that is the case, because you'd think England would actually want to get off and take some time out of this game. It could well be simply that Cook wasn't happy with Woakes. Moeen starts well, finding a hint of turn.

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Bhavin Shah: I've just got one name for the @englandcricket selectors - Mark Footitt. Extra pace and bounce needed on this sort of wicket.

Mark Boucher

Former South Africa wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

Hashim Amla plays a shot
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"The pitch is making for exciting Test cricket. We know that as the game gets on the pitch deteriorates - it tends to speed up towards the end of five days. I wouldn't like to be out there batting. It separates the men from the boys."

Drinks break

SA 35-1

Ben Stokes is causing problems for Stephen Cook, who almost finds Nick Comtpon at point, then fences at one that flashes past the outside edge. In the sort of darkness that would usually requite a miner's lamp, we take drinks.

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SA 35-1 (Cook 23, Amla 11)

Chris Woakes still isn't quite on the money. If not too wide, then too straight. In frustration, Alastair Cook literally bears his teeth, like a man displacing his dentures. Woakes is bowling at an OK pace - mid 80s - but there are not enough balls in the right area.

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SA 33-1 (lead by 166)

Alex Hales watches as the ball reaches the boundary
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The light and weather continues to hold past what should have been the close of play, but the floodlights reflect off the shades that sit atop of Alastair Cook's cap. Stokes lets out an audible groan when a short ball is turned off the hip for four by Stephen Cook. In the crowd, the trumpeter is full of puff.  

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Jack Hettle: And how many legs of different sizes & shapes does a bowler have? Short, long, wide, fine?

Ollie Thorpe: What about the wrong 'un or the flipper... There seems to be nothing wrong with the wrong 'un in my opinion.

SA 28-1 (Cook 18, Amla 9)

Debate. Is a double change a little bit of captaincy by numbers? "My openers have bowled four each, time to bring on the others." That's what Alastair Cook does here, introducing Chris Woakes immediately after Ben Stokes. It's too wide from Woakes, who is punished with a back-foot drive by Cook.