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Marc Higginson and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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!

  2. Post update

    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"  

  3. Post update

    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."

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    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."

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    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."

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    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."

  13. 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

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

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  16. 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. 

  17. 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.

  18. Super-woakesy takes a wicket batting was atrocious

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  19. SA 131-4

    A cat sits on the field of play during day two

    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.

  20. Post update

    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."

  21. 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.

  23. 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. 

  24. SA 122-4 (Elgar 61, Bavuma 2)

    Temba Bavuma of South Africa in action

    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.

  25. 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.

    Full scorecard

  26. 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.

  28. 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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    Keep the Mary Poppins references coming in...

  30. Post update

    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."

  31. SA 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.

  32. Post update

    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."

  33. 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?

  34. From the press box

  35. 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.

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. Post update

    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."

  38. WICKET

    Du Plessis b Moeen 2 (SA 113-4)

    Moeen Ali of England is congratulated after taking the wicket of Faf du Plessis

    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.

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  40. 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.

  41. What do you reckon to this?

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    Stuart Broad delivers a ball

    Colin Docker: If England can get Elgar out in the next 5 overs they are well in control.

    Mark Shuttleworth: Can Stuart repeat his summer heroics? You bet he can!

  43. SA 111-3 (trail by 192)

    Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed Dean Elgar four times, more than any other bowler, so Moeen Ali will fancy his chances against the left-hander. England's offie is managing to keep things tight now AB de Villiers is safely back in the hutch. Could that pressure bring another wicket?

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  45. SA 110-3 (Elgar 51, du Plessis 2)

    That's good to see. Chris Woakes walks back to his mark where Stuart Broad is waiting to offer some advice. The senior pro grips the ball in his fingers to demonstrate his point. Maiden over.

  46. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This match is nicely poised. You need patience to graft while batting because it's not easy to play lots of shots. It does a little bit for the bowlers but it will do less and less and, as the ball gets softer, will become harder to time for the batsmen. 

    "The match situation can change very quickly with quick wickets or two batsmen coming in and batting well. It's there for both sides to win this match."

  47. SA 110-3 (trail by 193)

    Every now and again, Moeen Ali gets one to grip and spit at the batsman. One such delivery causes Dean Elgar a moment of alarm. There's still 27 overs possible today if the light holds, by the way.

  48. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "South Africa still don't have a single century partnership in Test cricket this year and this is their eighth match."

  49. From the press box

    The Sunday Times cricket correspondent has been doing some research, and it seems Broad enjoys taking the wicket of AB de Villiers...

  50. Drinks break

    SA 108-3

    Time for a break. Samit Patel brings out the refreshments.

    "Samit, where have the chocolate biscuits gone?"

  51. SA 108-3 (Broad 10-5-16-3)

    Stuart Broad is shaping the ball back into the right-handers, meaning the one which nips away is always a potential wicket-taker.

    Of far more interest is a man in the crowd who's dressed in full whites and helmet, is donning green ODI pads and leaning on his bat as though he's the next man in. Part of me hopes it's the beginning of a prank. I obviously can't condone such behaviour though...

  52. 50 for Dean Elgar (off 93 balls)

    SA 106-3

    Dean Elgar raises his bat after making his 50

    A woefully out of form Faf du Plessis - he averaged 8.5 against India in four Tests - replaces AB de Villiers at the crease.

    He will surely try and settle into Dean Elgar's slipstream, the left-hander bringing up his half-century with a six off Moeen Ali.

  53. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a piece of beautiful bowling. Broad bowls a wonderful line and length and he got the batsman in no-man's land and thinking he should be leaving the ball. But you don't have time to change your shot, he caught in two minds and that was the end of his innings."

  54. WICKET

    De Villiers c Bairstow b Broad 49 (SA 100-3)

    Stuart Broad celebrates

    Stuart Broad must surely be put in the world-class bracket now. Against one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, in his own back yard, and with the old ball doing very little on a lifeless pitch, he still finds the skill to wobble the seam past a set AB De Villiers' groping outside edge and Jonny Bairstow does the rest.

    Big, big wicket. What a bowler, Broad is. Wow.

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    Dave: The gripping thing about this match is both sides have inexplicable collapses in them.

  56. SA 100-2 (Moeen 6-0-33-0)

    Moeen Ali manages to beat Dean Elgar in the flight and has an lbw shout turned down by Rod Tucker.

    The batsman responds nicely, flicking three through mid-wicket. Excellent fielding from Chris Woakes stops the boundary.

  57. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad reacts as AB de Villiers hits a six

    "This will be a big spell for England and especially Stuart Broad as England are in need of a breakthrough now."

  58. SA 95-2 (trail by 208)

    Umpire Aleem Dar interrupts play to remove a piece of paper which has blown onto the wicket. Like these things always do, the paper waits for the umpire to bend down before departing the scene via another gust.

    Stuart Broad bowls a maiden to Dean Elgar, which is interesting in the fact he bowls over and round the wicket from alternate deliveries. Clever.

  59. Latest scorecard

    South Africa first innings: 95-2 (30 overs)

    Batsmen: Elgar 41, De Villiers 47

    Fall of wickets: 0-1 (Van Zyl 0), 14-2 (Amla 7)

    Bowling figures: Broad 7-3-14-2, Woakes 8-0-20-0, Moeen 5-0-28-0, Finn 8-1-26-0, Stokes 2-1-7-0

    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

  60. Drinks break

    SA 95-2

    Now Dean Elgar is getting stuck into Moeen Ali, bringing up 1,000 Test runs with a lofted four back over the bowler's head. Alastair Cook has got a headache here.

  61. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    AB de Villiers plays a shot

    "De Villiers looks like he has so much time to play his shots. The key factor is how still his head is. The extra time he has enables him to just guide the ball into the gap in the field.

  62. SA 88-2 (Elgar 34, De Villiers 47)

    What is it with mothers and them filling the loft with your old gear and continually ticking you off for not collecting it? Mine's the same. Why wouldn't you want 400 copies of Shoot magazine acting as ready-made insulation?

    Back to the middle, where Dean Elgar pinches a single to Moeen Ali at mid-off. The spinner threw down the stumps, but was too slow. He's probably wondering where he can buy body armour in Durban in case De Villiers takes him to the cleaners.

    AB is in good nick here, cracking Broad through the covers for four.

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    We're discussing your best and worst cricket memorabilia after Graeme Swann's Millennium Falcon woes.

  64. SA 83-2 (Moeen 4-0-21-0)

    Moeen Ali is given a twirl and AB De Villiers decides to attack England's premier spinner, dancing down the track and launching a straight six which comes down with snow on it. Huge.

  65. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stuart Broad really seems to relish stepping up to the plate when James Anderson is missing from the attack. He's probably a bit glad because he can get some of the limelight. He's bowled beautifully well in this Test."

  66. SA 76-2 (trail by 227)

    There's been some good fielding in this Test from both sides. Ben Stokes is the latest to impressively swoop on the ball like a seagull stealing a Cornish pasty and quickly release it in the manner of a fairground grabber machine. You know the ones I mean... the ones where you get a good grip and then it just lets go for no obvious reason. Grrr!

    Stuart Broad returns to the attack and begins to get the type of reverse swing which has been lacking from overs. Just one from the over.

  67. Post update

    Graeme Smith

    Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "When I was involved with South Africa, we developed a crop of players who were part of a very successful unit: Amla, De Villiers, Du Plessis, Duminy, Morkel, Steyn. But some of the players who have come in, and some of the tactical decisions that have been made, have been found wanting."

  68. SA 75-2

    Chris Woakes is landing the ball on a 50 pence piece. The problem is that he's struggling to get the kind of shape which will trouble the best batsmen on this slow pitch. Just one from a tidy over, but no wicket-taking threat.

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    Stephen: As mush as I like Chris Woakes, he's a one-day player not a Test cricketer. Vital player with the white ball though.

    Francis Edwards: Do England now only pick players with all-rounder abilities but are average at their main job? Where are the quality specialists?

  70. SA 74-2 (Finn 8-1-26-0)

    Then he does that! AB decides to tuck into Steven Finn and belts four through the covers. The type of shot which is his staple in ODI cricket.

    Later in the over, he plays an exquisite cover drive to the boundary. Finn might need a breather after this over.

    On the back of Graeme Swann's Millennium Falcon woes, how about we discuss your best and worst cricket memorabilia?

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  72. SA 66-2 (trail by 237)

    AB De Villiers times everything so sweetly. You see Chris Woakes busting a gut to get the ball down the other end at a decent lick, and AB just flicks it for a single. A supreme timer of the cricket ball. I imagine if he gets invited to a party at 8pm on a Saturday night, he arrives on the dot. Measured and classy.

  73. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have bowled OK since tea but the pitch is very flat now the ball is 23 overs old and any normal swing has ceased to exist. There's a while before reverse swing comes into play and it looks like South Africa will have a nice easy period ahead with the bat."

    Chris Woakes bowls
  74. SA 65-2 (Elgar 30 off 68)

    The stump microphone is turned up for this series - which I'm a big fan of - and I can hear one England fielder suggesting a change of deployment because 'he's not going to hit it there'. It must be weird as a batsman to hear people talking about you, knowing you are there. Wait until he leaves the room, lads.

    Steven Finn is building up a nice head of steam as he gets one to shape into Dean Elgar round the wicket and it's only a couple of coats of paint from rocking back the off stick. The next ball almost shaves the batsman's armpits as he plays an extravagant leave next up.

    Then the ball is over-pitched and Elgar drives four to bring up the fifty partnership.

    A proper battle this.

  75. What England are missing...

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    Howard Horner: "I personally think Woakes is one of the unluckiest bowlers I've seen - always seems to bowl beautifully with hardly any reward."

  77. SA 61-2 (Woakes 6-0-18-0)

    There's a different aura around Chris Woakes now. Rather than looking like the shy, rosey-cheeked young pup, he's got a bit of snarl about him. When Jonny Bairstow dropped Hashim Amla off his bowling earlier, it was the first time I'd seen him get visibly angry on a cricket field. It's increasing his presence.

    He's working Dean Elgar over outside off stump, but the batsman capitalises when he gets too straight and whips three off his pads and through mid-wicket.

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  79. SA 58-2 (De Villiers 28, Elgar 22)