Broad blitz puts England in command

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Stuart Broad took three wickets in 15 balls to put England on course for near-certain victory in the second Test at Kingsmead.

At the ground where he was hit for six sixes in one over by India's Yuvraj Singh in the 2007 World Twenty20, Broad returned with a vengeance as South Africa lurched to 76 for six by the time bad light brought an early close on day four.



England declared 232 runs in front this afternoon, after Ian Bell (141) had vindicated his controversial selection with his ninth Test hundred in a total of 575 for nine.



Bell then pulled off a smart catch at silly point to help Graeme Swann (three for 22) inflict the initial damage as South Africa set out to bat four-and-a-half sessions to prevent England going 1-0 up with two matches to play.



But it was Broad's elimination of Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy that accelerated the slide as he somehow mesmerised each of the three frontline batsman into playing no shot when one was required in murky light after tea.



After Swann had opener Ashwell Prince expertly caught by Bell via bat and pad and then bowled number three Hashim Amla through the gate, Broad (three for 18) took over.



Kallis lost his off-stump, to a length ball which nipped back off the seam; an lbw decision against De Villiers stood after review, and then Duminy also paid for a faulty leave - bowled first ball via an inside edge after attempting to pull his bat outside the line.



Broad had two wickets in two, but Mark Boucher denied him a hat-trick.



Instead, it was Swann's turn again.



This time, his victim was home captain Graeme Smith - who had watched the mayhem from the non-striker's end after the calm of an opening stand of 27, only to become the fifth batsman to fall for the addition of only 13 runs.



He took a punt on reviewing an lbw decision but learned only that Swann's off-spin had hit him bang in front.



Bell's earlier contribution was put firmly in the shade, but that should not mask the fact he played a major role in creating England's winning opportunity.



He shared a sixth-wicket century stand with Matt Prior (60) to augment the gains of Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood - who gave England a scare before play today when he dislocated his index finger, before x-rays revealed no break.



Bell, meanwhile, was a controversial selection here as an extra batsman many contended England did not need.



But in his most productive position of number six, he reached his first hundred since July last year - against these same opponents - with a lofted drive over mid-on off Paul Harris for his eighth four to go with one six from 172 balls.



He celebrated with arms momentarily aloft and by pointing to the England crest on his shirt - an animated gesture, by his under-stated standards. In the bigger picture, Bell's contribution was an invaluable one as England increased their tempo following Cook and Collingwood's painstaking efforts.



Prior's 77-ball 50 was a handy 'assist' too.



He passed his half-century with a swept six off Duminy which just cleared Dale Steyn on the square leg boundary.



Duminy got his revenge in his next over when Prior, chasing runs with impunity, bottom-edged an attempted cut on to the base of his stumps.



England were in a position to dictate the remainder of the match but dawdled a little up to lunch, and Broad needed 59 balls to make 20 either side of the break.



Swann showed much more urgency, passing Broad's tally in 13 balls only to fall to the next when he poked a catch off Steyn to a tumbling Prince at mid-on.



Bell's eventual departure, toe-ending a catch behind off Steyn, was followed within two overs by what seemed a belated declaration.



It left Smith and Prince with an hour to bat to tea.



They seemed to be having no trouble doing so, until Swann was introduced in only the 10th over and - as has become his habit - struck an almost immediate blow.



Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders