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KP stands tall against Proteas

London – South Africa dismissed four England batsmen on an attritional third day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday.

England were 183 for four at tea, with Kevin Pietersen, the only batsman able to score with relative freedom, unbeaten on 43.

Kevin Pietersen was unbeaten on 43 as England reached 183 for four at tea on the third day of the second Test against South Africa. Credit: REUTERS

Alastair Cook (24), Andrew Strauss (37) and Jonathan Trott (35) all fell to disciplined bowling after lengthy but not particularly productive stays at the crease.

South Africa struck 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, who scored his first runs in Test cricket when he drove leg-spinner Imran Tahir past mid-off for four in the final over before tea.

Strauss and Cook had to combat some hostile bowling in a morning's play curtailed by rain, which stopped play for an hour and a half.

Philander made the breakthrough when Cook played around a straight delivery and was given out leg before wicket by umpire Steve Davis. Cook unsuccessfully sought a review which showed the ball was hitting his middle stump.

Strauss was caught behind off Dale Steyn after a two-and-half hour stay when he pushed at a ball from the fast bowler to edge a straightforward catch.

Trott batted for two hours before losing patience and flashing at Steyn to be caught at first slip.

Pietersen showed attacking intent from the start of his innings and hit seven fours in reaching 43 off 83 balls by tea.

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