South Africa will be in driver’s seat at the moment as they scored 419 earlier. England have started off well and are 48/0. Petersen played an excellent knock of 182, Petersen went past his previous Test best of 156 against New Zealand in Wellington in March before he was caught behind off Stuart Broad after batting for 530 minutes. He faced 365 balls and hit 23 fours. After Petersen’s marathon innings ended in mid-afternoon, JP Duminy hit an unbeaten 48 as the last three wickets added 66 runs to put a further question mark against England’s decision to pick an all-seam attack and send South Africa in. England bowlers were average on day 1 but bounced back well. Broad was the pick of the bowlers for England as he picked up 3 wickets.
England left out front-line spinner Graeme Swann, opting for four specialist seam bowlers. But the quick men could not make a breakthrough despite bowling accurately in overcast conditions. The weather forecast for the weekend is not so great. More rain expected tomorrow. If it does hold off, this match has all the makings of a tightly fought game. England will look to bat through on day 3 and post a good total. The South African bowlers didn’t get any success on day 2 but they’ll look to comeback hard on third day.
Match Timings: Aug 04, 2012 (14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 14:30 IST)