Temba Bavuma plays a shot during his unbeaten innings of 78 © Getty Images
Temba Bavuma plays a shot during his unbeaten innings of 78 © Getty Images

South Africa declared for a score of 248 for the loss of five wickets after 83.2 overs against England on Day Four of the fourth and final Test at Centurion on Monday. England thus, need 382 runs to win the Test and complete a 3-0 series win, with a little over a day to spare. South African skipper AB de Villiers made his decision with play halted in the final session of the penultimate day. Temba Bavuma was unlucky to miss out on his second Test century, remaining unbeaten on 78 off 154 balls with Quinton de Kock unbeaten on a run-a-ball 9 at the other end. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 4th Test at Centurion, Day 4

South Africa made a superb comeback with the bat in the second session after losing two wickets early in their innings. James Anderson bowled a lethal spell in the morning session, getting rid of both Stephen Cook (25) and de Villiers (0), with the latter falling for his third consecutive duck. Amla however, persisted at the crease despite the opposition attack firing heavy artillery. JP Duminy managed to settle himself at the crease and stitch a 57-run partnership for the fourth wicket, before getting dismissed by Ben Stokes. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 4th Test at Centurion, Day 4

It was the fourth-wicket partnership between Amla and Bavuma that took the game away from the Englishmen. The duo were cautious in their approach during the initial stages of their partnership, with Bavuma gathering runs at a strike-rate in the 30s. They began to accelerate themselves after seeing off the likes of Stuart Broad, Stokes and Anderson, and stepped their scoring rate up against Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, both of whom were expensive.

Amla was dismissed four runs short of his 25th Test ton moments after the resumption of play after tea, nicking a Broad delivery to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for the 117-run partnership to end. Bavuma took charge of the innings thereafter, accelerating the Proteas to a score within the range of 250.

Brief scores:

South Africa 475 (Stephen Cook 115, Hashim Amla 109, Temba Bavuma 35, Quinton de Kock 129*; Ben Stokes 4 for 86) and 248 for 5 (Stephen Cook 25, Hashim Amla 96, JP Duminy 29, Temba Bavuma 78*; James Anderson 3 for 47) lead England 342 (Alastair Cook 76, Joe Root 76, Ben Stokes 33, Moeen Ali 61; Kagiso Rabada 7 for 112) by 381 runs.

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