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CRICKET: England Close in on Victory

England are on the verge of victory in the first Test against South Africa in Durban. The tourists need six wickets on the final day to complete the win that will give them a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Paceman, Steven Finn finished the day with figures of  3-27 to reduce South Africa to 136-4, with the Proteas facing a daunting target of 416.

Earlier, Jonny Bairstow hit 79 – his best Test score for three years – and Joe Root 73 as England reached 326 in their second innings.

While Alastair Cook’s men are heavy favourites to earn a rare away win, South Africa’s key batsman AB de Villiers remains unbeaten on 37, having survived a missed stumping chance six overs before the close of play. De Villiers will be key to the Proteas hopes of staging an unlikely escape.

These are tough times for for the top-ranked South Africans, who were whitewashed in India in the series preceding England’s visit. They have had to deal with the injuries to star bowler, Dale Steyn, while captain Hashim Amla is one of many under-performing batsmen.

England may have won only one of their last 15 overseas Tests, but they have consistently outplayed the world’s number one Test team in this match, and will be confident of closing out the victory tomorrow.

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