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Summary

  1. SA chasing improbable 492 to win
  2. Stokes removes De Kock & Du Plessis with successive deliveries
  3. Root catches Amla at slip; Kuhn is bowled by Broad
  4. England 313-8 declared in second innings
  5. Bairstow 63, Westley 59, Root 50
  6. First innings: Eng 353 (Stokes 112), SA 175 (Bavuma 52)

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By Mark Mitchener and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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And that's how it ended, with South Africa on 117-4, chasing an unlikely, improbable, nay impossible victory target of 492.

They will have 98 overs tomorrow to negotiate if they want to become the fourth team to bat out the last day of a Test starting with four wickets down. And we'll tell you how they succeed - or fail to do so tomorrow morning from 10:30 BST.

Until then, have a good read of Stephan's match report and make sure you join us on the morrow. Bye for now.

However, the tourists were indebted to Dean Elgar for taking on the sheet anchor role. Battered but unbowed, he needed a visit from the physio at one point, but grafted his way to a half century.

South Africa then lost three wickets in the space of seven balls as Toby Roland-Jones snared Hashim Amla again, Quinton de Kock was bowled, and Faf du Plessis inexplicably offered no shot to his first ball and was out lbw.

After the declaration, opener Heino Kuhn hit a couple of early boundaries for South Africa, but was then bowled by Stuart Broad:

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

On Dawid Malan:

We haven't seen much but what we do know is that ball coming into him is going to be an issue, he has to open that foot and if he can do that he is going to have a chance.

With a declaration in the offing, England had the right men at the crease in the shape of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

Here's some of their best bits:

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Will Keaton Jennings open in Australia?

At the minute no but I do think England will stick with him for Old Trafford, they rarely change a winning side and I think they will win here. At times he looked better but I still think he's struggling and I think he needs more energy in those legs, a little more oomph. At the minute he looks like a sitting duck. It's good he fought for his 48 but it was a great opportunity to get a hundred and he will know he will need more than 48 at Old Trafford.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Tom Westley was very good, I like players that don't seem to try to hit the ball hard, but time it very well to the boundary. On debut, in these conditions, he's faced a good bowling attack and gets a big tick from me. He's got a good temperament about him. and he should be around for a while

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

On Faf du Plessis being out lbw, for the second time in this game, offering no shot:

It's a little brain freeze when you're out in the middle. Faf's had that horrible moment twice. You know Stokes always angles the ball into the stumps so you've got to be thinking it is going to come in to you.

Dawid Malan, though, got another good ball when he was trapped lbw by Chris Morris:

More from Ben Stokes on TMS: "We always knew the target we wanted to be ahead when they started, there wasn't really a massive plan until me and Jonny started to play some more aggressive shots. There was a hint we might get 15 minutes before tea but we took the decision. Jimmy and Broady wanted to get into a rhythm rather than having to start again after a break."

What was your plan for the hat-trick ball?

"I tried to bowl the same ball I got Faf with and it's amazing how often the hat-trick ball can be a bit rubbish. I think we've left ourselves enough time and hopefully we can go on to win."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

On England's declaration timing:

While it's sometimes difficult for a bowler to bowl two or three overs, it's much more difficult for a batsman, so perhaps it was a trick missed.

Hashim Amla came with a low backlift today, that was the key wicket for me but England have really had an edge about them. I want to see them with that edge at Old Trafford.

There was also a maiden Test fifty for Tom Westley:

Joe Root forged his way to another Test fifty before he was caught off a top edge while sweeping, attempting to step on the gas.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "I think we were ahead of the game - we didn't really have a chat, we just carried on playing. Me and Jonny knew we had to put the foot down. Amla and De Kock are probably the two players we look at as the main ones so it's nice to get rid of them, but we have two fighters at the crease so hopefully we can get rid of them."

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Well done to England, I thought they were very good, bar a declaration that maybe should have come 45 minutes earlier. If it wasn't for the late fight from Elgar and Bavuma it would have been very sorry for South Africa but those two have given them a glimmer of hope going into day five.

Keaton Jennings took plenty of stick earlier this summer, but he made his way to 48 today before getting out.

So, while many questioned England's decision to bat on until they set South Africa a mammoth 492 to win, they bounced back with four wickets before Elgar and Bavuma dug in for their lives.

Stand by on TMS for Aggers and Vaughan's review of the day - in the meantime, we'll bring you some of the best video clips of day four.

Close of play

SA 117-4

Now the spotlight falls on Temba Bavuma, but he shows Anderson a straight bat, just knocking the last ball for a single, and South Africa will attempt tomorrow to become the fourth side to bat out the last day of a Test for a draw, having been four wickets down.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

Anderson has looked a lot better in this game, he has looked more intense in his run-up with more zip on the ball.

SA 116-4

Birthday boy James Anderson to bowl the last over of the day - can he celebrate another wicket before the close? He goes round the wicket to Elgar, who takes one hand off the bat as he runs a single to square leg. Considering what he's been through today, I wouldn't expect he'd want to leave the non-striker's crease after this... Four balls left in the day.

James Anderson
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View from the Wisden editor

Fair play to Elgar and Bavuma - shown fight here when a four-day finish was starting to become a faint possibility.

SA 115-4

Target 492

If Broad can get through this over in less than five minutes, there will be one more. If he can't, this will be the last one. And there will be those who wonder why we can't carry on, given that (theoretically) there are still three more overs to be bowled tonight, and the light is fine for now.

"He's big, he's bad, he's better than his dad," sing the Barmy Army in appreciation of Broad, but Bavuma - roughly a foot shorter than Broad - sees out the over unscathed, and there's just time for one more.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

If South Africa could bat out tomorrow it would be remarkable but you just don't feel it at the moment, you feel like defeat is inevitable.

SA 115-4

36 overs

James Anderson, 35 today, is recalled to the attack - much to the delight of a blonde Lancashire fan holding up a birthday banner saluting the "Burnley Lara". Dean Elgar, though, is determined to still be there tomorrow, picking off a two but generally concentrating on defence.

Meanwhile, Bavuma takes his pad off between overs, which wastes a bit of time. Umpire Joel Wilson tells him to get on with it.

Dean Elgar
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Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

The South African bowling attack was always going to test England, it was the batting that was going to be concern. To be all out for under 200 in the first innings, you've got to start asking some questions.

SA 113-4

10 minutes of play left tonight - then 98 overs tomorrow

It looks like Joe Root's planning a bowling change, and James Anderson is limbering up for one last spell as Broad continues at the Pavilion End. Bavuma defends well, adding a two to his score - time for three more overs tonight if England don't dawdle? Or two if they spend a while setting the field and generally vacillating?

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

It's certainly been a fighting innings from Elgar, I don't think there has been one ball where he has looked comfortable. It's a good example to youngsters though that sometimes you have to do the hard yards, it doesn't always fly off the middle of the bat.

SA 111-4

Elgar 69, Bavuma 13

Moeen now has a short leg and two slips in for the left-handed Elgar - the slips in question being Stokes and Anderson. Meanwhile, it's all been a very long day for a young chap in a dark baseball cap, who is nodding off on his mother's shoulder. Not much turn for Moeen, and a rank long-hop is despatched for four via the covers - scattering a few pigeons as it goes.

Dean Elgar
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How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

Only three teams have started the fifth day with four wickets down and drawn the Test. They are England against South Africa in 1995 and against New Zealand in 2013. South Africa also did it - in 2013 against Australia in Adelaide. No team has achieved it by starting the day five wickets down.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

You feel these two have to survive tonight and definitely do one whole session tomorrow at least.

SA 107-4

17 minutes of play left tonight - then 98 overs tomorrow

Broad has three orthodox slips and a fifth slip in place for Bavuma, but the little man sees out another maiden over. The Barmy Army trumpeter - and a few South Africa fans - still have plenty left in their lungs as we enter the final 20 minutes of the day.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa needed to be no more than two down tonight. They have been very defensive, which has caused two dismissals - Hashim Amla pulling the bat away and Faf du Plessis not playing a shot. I think De Kock is batting too high too. Perhaps shuffle Temba Bavuma up and drop him down to six. At the moment, he's at least one position too high at four.

50 partnership

SA 107-4

Elgar works a two off his legs... then rides his luck as he edges over the solitary slip for four, and Moeen then spins one past his outside edge. But fortune favours the bold - and Elgar now has 65 from 97 balls.

Graeme Smith

Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

You can't think of the task ahead, if you're thinking about still batting at tea tomorrow you're going to make mistakes. You want to stay in the moment, it's a cliche in sport, but you have to stay focused.

SA 101-4

Broad 7-1-25-1

A tempting over from Broad, but Elgar remains this innings' immovable object... although hearts are in mouths when he plays and misses with a back-foot prod. Just a single off the over.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

On Faf du Plessis' debut, South Africa batted for 148 overs and Du Plessis made 110 not out. They lost eight wickets and saved the game.

They're going to need a similar innings from Elgar and/or Bavuma tomorrow to save this Test.

SA 100-4

28 minutes of play left tonight - then 98 overs tomorrow

Just over half-an-hour left as England persist with Moeen Ali, despite the TMS team's suggestion of returning to birthday boy Anderson. With plenty of runs still in the bank, England can afford to keep the catching men in place for a long while yet. A juicy full toss is clanged by Bavuma straight into the right shin of Dawid Malan at silly point - these days, close fielders wear pretty much the same leg guards as wicketkeepers (albeit under their trousers) so it shouldn't sting for too long.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Seeing Alastair Cook fielding in the outfield and not at slip is like seeing a newscaster walking around.

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