Second Test heading for a draw

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Updated: August 6, 2012

An afternoon of heavy rain on the fourth day of the second test between England and South Africa at Headingley on Sunday appears to have condemned the contest to a draw but neither side, it appears, has entirely given up on the possibility of a shock victory with good weather forecast for the fifth and final day.

South Africa enjoyed a stunning start to the day when Morne Morkel trapped Kevin Pietersen lbw with just the second ball for his overnight 149 and the formidable lead which England had hoped to build was restricted to a mere six runs — 425 all out in reply to SA’s 419. The tourists finished on 39-0 with Jacques Rudolph on 21 and Graeme Smith on 17.

South Africa 419 and 39 for 0 (Rudolph 21*, Smith 17*) lead England 425 (Pietersen 149, Prior 68) by 33 runs