Durban - England ground South Africa down with half-centuries by Joe Root and
Jonny Bairstow to set the home team an almost unreachable target of 416
to win the first Test on Tuesday.
Root made 73 and Bairstow hit a
rapid, attacking 79 from 76 balls to take England to a second-innings
total of 326 all out soon after lunch on the fourth day at Kingsmead.
victory highly unlikely for South Africa, the top-ranked team in Tests
needs to survive over four sessions to save the game.
appeared to be unlikely on a much tougher pitch to bat on, and after
England bowled South Africa's struggling batting lineup out for only 214
in the first innings.