LEEDS: England fast bowler Stuart Broad breathed new life into the second Test on Monday by taking four wickets in 20 balls to leave South Africa on 239-7 by tea on the final day for a lead of 233 runs.
Jacques Rudolph made 69 runs with 12 boundaries from 122 balls and Graeme Smith 52 with four boundaries in 117 deliveries to make the draw seem inevitable and preserve South Africa's 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
However, part-time spinner Kevin Pietersen claimed 3-52 to remove the top order and Broad then took 4-52 — including two wickets in as many balls — to expose the South African tail.
With a possible 42 overs still to be bowled, the Test could yet have a thrilling conclusion if England can quickly claim three wickets.
England lost the first Test at The Oval by an innings and 12 runs. Their main target now would be to win the final Test at Lord's to prevent South Africa from leapfrogging them at the top of the world rankings.