Cricket / England, S. Africa draw
South Africa captain Graeme Smith bravely declared the innings and set England the difficult target of 253 in 39 overs.
LEEDS, England - England and South Africa drew the second test yesterday after some late drama that offered each team an unlikely sniff of victory on the fifth and final day at Headingley.
The match seemed to be en route to an inevitable, mundane draw at lunch until Kevin Pietersen (three for 52 ) and Stuart Broad (five for 69 ) shared eight wickets as South Africa slumped from 120 without loss to 258 for nine. At that point, South Africa captain Graeme Smith bravely declared the innings and set England the difficult target of 253 in 39 overs.
They were on 130 for four when the teams shook hands with six overs remaining after both sides each had a dip at victory.
South Africa stayed 1-0 ahead in the three-match series with one to play at Lord's starting on August 16. England must win that match to prevent the Proteas from leapfrogging them at the top of the world rankings.