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S Africa in winning position

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):

South Africa took three wickets in yesterday's last session to restrict England to 132-3 at stumps, still leading by 333 runs with one day remaining in the third Test to try and level the four-match series at 1-1.

Openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss put on a stand of 101 as England chased 466 for an improbable win at Newlands Stadium. But both batsmen and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed within 12 overs to ensure England will spend today trying to save the Test.

Cook was out for 55 after trying to pull a ball from Friedel de Wet but top-edging it to be caught by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in the 37th over. Cook hit seven fours in 116 balls.

Three overs and six runs later, Strauss on 45 edged a delivery from Paul Harris on to his pad for short-leg fielder Hashim Amla to take the ball above his head. Strauss batted for 167 minutes and also hit seven fours.

Kevin Pietersen was trapped in front by Dale Steyn for six after earlier winning a reprieve on one when given out lbw by umpire Daryl Harper. That left England on 129-3.

England's not-out batsmen at stumps were Jonathan Trott on 24 off 46 balls with three fours and James Anderson on 0.