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Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma bat South Africa to safety

Skipper hits double century and Bavuma a maiden hundred as Proteas declare at 627 for seven

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 January, 2016, 1:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 January, 2016, 1:02am

Hashim Amla hit a double century and Temba Bavuma made a maiden hundred as South Africa batted their way to safety on the fourth day of the second cricket test against England at Newlands on Tuesday.

South Africa made 627 for seven before declaring two runs short of England’s first-innings total of 629 for six declared.

England openers Alastair Cook and Alex Hales negotiated a tricky six overs, reaching 16 for no wicket at the close. They will go into the last day with an overall lead of 18 runs.

Amla made 201 and Bavuma 102 not out in a South Africa innings which lasted for 211 overs and more than two days.

The innings featured three partnerships of more than 150.

Amla was involved in the first two big stands, 183 for the third wicket with AB de Villiers (88) and 171 for the fourth with Faf du Plessis (86).