Hashim Amla scored 96 in the second innings © Getty Images
Hashim Amla scored 96 in the second innings © Getty Images

South Africa and  England will square-off on the final day of the fourth Test match at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Tuesday. At stumps on Day four, England were 52 for 3 in their second innings. They needed 330 more runs to win the match. The game is tilted in South Africa’s favour as of now but the English middle and lower-order has played some classic cricket in this tournament so far. Hence, it would be early to sign off the visitors in this Test. Joe Root and James Taylor will resume their innings today; both the batters were batting on 19 runs each yesterday. Skipper Alastair Cook, Alex Hales and Nick Compton (who came one-down) were not even able to reach double figures. A lot will depend on Root and Taylor today. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are next in the batting order. SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 4th Test at Centurion, Day 4

Hosts would certainly want to win this match although it will not change the result of the series that they have already lost. However, to salvage some pride and to enter the upcoming ODI and T20I with a better frame of mind, it is imperative for them to win this match. Yesterday early on in the day, South Africa declared their innings on 248 for 5. Hashim Amla narrowly missed out on a twin century for the match. He got out for 96 off Stuart Braod. Amla smashed 11 boundaries in his knock. He had scored 109 in the first innings with the help of 19 fours. When South Africa declared their innings Temba Bavuma was unbeaten on 78. The Proteas set a 382-run target for the visitors to chase in the final innings. It is a hefty target considering it is never easy batting on the final day of a Test match.

Brief scores:

South Africa 475 (Stephen Cook 115, Hashim Amla 109, Quinton de Kock 129*; Ben Stokes 4 for 86) & 248 for 5 decl. (Hashim Amla 96, Temba Bavuma 78*; James Anderson 3 for 47) lead England 342 (Alastair Cook 76, Joe Root 76, Moeen Ali 61; Kagiso Rabada 7 for 112) & 52 for 3 (Joe Root 19*, James Taylor 19*; Kagiso Rabada 2 for 15) by 329 runs