LEEDS, UK (AFP) — Kevin Pietersen enjoyed rare success as a bowler and Stuart Broad took five wickets as England gave South Africa some anxious moments before the second Test ended in a draw at Headingley yesterday.
The result means South Africa go into the third and final Test at Lord's on August 16 with a 1-0 lead, with England needing to win to prevent South Africa from taking over their number one place in the Test rankings.
South Africa-born Pietersen followed up a thrilling century in the first innings by taking the first three wickets with his occasional off-spin bowling, despite never having taken more than one wicket in an innings in 87 previous Test matches.
Broad then took five wickets in 37 balls before South Africa declared at 258-9, leaving England an improbable 253 to win in 39 overs. They made 130-4 before the players agreed to a draw with six overs remaining.
England opened the batting with Pietersen, who hit 149 in the first innings, and the star of the match, hit three fours in the first over from Morne Morkel.
But he was caught at mid-on on 12 when he mis-timed a drive against Vernon Philander without scoring any further runs.
Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss tried to keep the scoring rate close to the required rate of almost six-and-a-half runs an over.
But the chase ended after Strauss hit a full toss straight back to off-spinner JP Duminy while on 22, Cook fell to Dale Steyn four short of his half-century and Matt Prior was run out for seven.
Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell batted together for an hour before the players shook hands shortly after 7:30 pm (1730 GMT).
An entertaining final afternoon did not seem likely on a rain-hit morning as Jacques Rudolph and Graeme Smith progressed serenely to an opening partnership of 120.
Play was twice interrupted by rain and only 21 overs were bowled, despite lunch being delayed by half an hour.
Pietersen struck with his second ball, trapping Rudolph lbw in the last over before lunch — the second time in the match Pietersen had dismissed Rudolph with his second ball — and followed up in his second over after lunch with Smith's wicket.
It was the start of a hectic afternoon in which 116 runs were scored for six wickets in 27 overs.
South Africa 1st innings 419
England 1st innings 425
South Africa 2nd innings (overnight 39-0)
J Rudolph lbw b Pietersen 69
G Smith c Taylor b Pietersen 52
H Amla c Cook b Pietersen 28
A de Villiers lbw b Broad 44
J Kallis c Prior b Broad 27
J Duminy lbw b Broad 0
V Philander lbw b Broad 6
A Petersen not out 16
D Steyn c and b Anderson 3
M Morkel c Cook b Broad 10
Extras (lb2, w1) 3
Total (9 wkts dec, 674 overs) 258
Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Rudolph), 2-129 (Smith), 3-182 (Amla), 4-209 (De Villiers), 5-209 (Duminy), 6-223 (Philander), 7-230 (Kallis), 8-247 (Steyn)
Bowling: Anderson 19-7-40-1, Broad 164-2-69-5 (1w), Finn 14-2-55-0, Bresnan 9-2-40-0, Pietersen 9-1-52-3
Did not bat: Imran Tahir
England 2nd innings
K Pietersen c Imran Tahir b Philander 12
A Cook c Rudolph b Steyn 46
A Strauss c and b Duminy 22
J Trott not out 30
M Prior run out (Smith) 7
I Bell not out 3
Extras (lb8, nb1, w1) 10
Total (4 wkts, 33 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Pietersen), 2-75 (Strauss), 3-90 (Cook), 4-106 (Prior)
Bowling: Morkel 10-4-33-0, Philander 6-1-26-1 (1w), Steyn 7-1-26-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-20-0 (1nb), Duminy 2-0-10-1, Kallis 4-2-7-0
Result: Match drawn
Series: South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0
Umpires: S Davis, R Tucker (both AUS)
TV umpire: A Rauf (PAK)
Match referee: J Crowe (NZL)
Remaining match: Aug 16-20, Third Test, Lord's