By CricketCountry Staff
Leeds: Aug 5, 2012
England reached a score of 351 runs for the loss of five wickets at the close of day three at Leeds on Saturday.
The hosts would rely on Kevin Pietersen to fire again as the batsman scored a brilliant hundred on day three helping team to reach a respectable total after the collapse of the top order.
Until Pietersen cut loose, South Africa had been ahead in a battle of attrition as England struggled to 173 for four at less than three runs an over.
South Africa struck what seemed a crucial blow shortly before the tea interval when Ian Bell was caught at first slip off Jacques Kallis for 11, leaving Pietersen to rebuild the innings together with new cap James Taylor.
The match changed after the break. South Africa brought back fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to put pressure on the diminutive Taylor but it was Pietersen who took charge, slamming 26 runs off 11 balls in a thrilling passage of play.
Brief Scores: South Africa 419 (Alviro Pietersen 182, Graeme Smith 52, AB de Villiers 47; Stuart Broad 3 for 96, James Anderson 2 for 61) lead England 351 for 5 (Kevin Pietersen 149*, Andrew Strauss 37; Dale Steyn 2 for 92) by 68 runs.