South Africa Cricket team, the Proteas stand on the edge of a historic feat if they are to claim the second Test of a 4 match series against England who now have today to force victory and level the four-Test series at 1-1.
England declared on 391-8 to set South Africa a record run chase of 438 if they are to claim victory in a test match already laden with historic feats as England veteran bowler James Anderson (5-40) claimed his 28th five-wicket haul in Tests to dismiss the hosts for 223 on day three, before England closed on 218-4, a lead of 264.
England now need eight wickets for victory on the final day of the second Test in Cape Town after being frustrated by South Africa’s top order.
They will still have to work hard and stay patient to secure victory, but have time and runs to play with, given the hosts require a further 312 to win.
South Africa’s response has been measured, with an opening stand of 71 only broken when part-time leg-spinner Joe Denly made Dean Elgar his first Test scalp.
The fate of the game may ultimately be decided by a Newlands pitch which has become increasingly benign but could yet show signs of life if the cracks open.
If it does not, Anderson and Stuart Broad will be tasked, not for the first time, with hauling their side over the line through other means.
By Gerald Dandah