Intriguing last day ends in stalemate
England and South Africa did their best to set up a thrilling finale on the fifth and final day of the second Investec Test, but had to settle for a draw at Headingley Carnegie.
Graeme Smith’s declaration at 258 for nine set the hosts 253 to win in 39 overs. England initially went for victory, but the loss of their fourth wicket with almost 20 overs to go saw them play safe.
Smith - dropped on 46 - and Jacques Rudolph this morning extended their opening stand from 39 overnight to 120 before Kevin Pietersen removed the pair en route to 3-52 off nine overs.
Stuart Broad then collected four victims for 12 runs in 20 balls, including AB de Villiers and JP Duminy in successive deliveries, to finish with 5-69 when the declaration came.
Chasing a difficult target, England showed their intentions by opening with first-innings centurion and man of the match Pietersen, who struck three fours in the first over, but his hopes were dashed when Vernon Philander made the breakthrough.
The loss of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook to JP Duminy and Dale Steyn respectively, along with the run-out of Matt Prior, in six overs prompted England to shut up shop.
Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell staved off an onslaught of fast bowling from Steyn and Morne Morkel to take England to 130 for four when Smith halted proceedings six overs early.
Strauss' team now head to Lord’s for the third and final Test knowing anything less than a victory will see South Africa win the series and replace England at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings.
The hosts’ quest for early wickets was met by dogged resistance from Rudolph - promoted up the order due to the injury to Alviro Petersen - and Smith, who helped the Proteas record their second century opening stand in Leeds.
Tim Bresnan was unfortunate not to remove Smith, James Anderson spilling a chance in the cordon, before Pietersen’s introduction into the attack brought instant rewards when he removed Rudolph for a second time in the match.
The tourists’ skipper passed fifty on the stroke of lunch and was at the centre of an England review moments after the restart. Pietersen thought he had Smith caught behind, but replays showed the left-hander hit his boot rather than the ball.
However, Pietersen got Smith in his next over when the left-hander clipped the ball off his pad straight into the hands of James Taylor at short-leg.
De Villiers started fluently, taking a liking to Bresnan’s full deliveries, but should have departed on 23 when he edged Pietersen through Anderson’s hands at slip.
Amla only had himself to blame when he crunched Pietersen, proving to be expensive at times, straight to Cook at cover to depart for 28.
Broad, replacing Pietersen at the Rugby Stand End, gave the game another spark when he has de Villiers and Duminy lbw in the 56th over - the former for a swift 44 - and then accounted for Philander in identical fashion.
Broad hurried a declaration from Smith by completing his sixth Test five-wicket haul with the scalps of Jacques Kallis and Morkel, either side of Anderson pulling off a stunning return catch to see off Steyn.
7:32pm - MATCH DRAWN! Eng 130/4; Trott 30, Bell 3 - Trott and Bell hold on to see England through to the close. An excellent finale considering the game looked dead and buried at the start of the day. South Africa will move to Lord's for the third and final Test 1-0 ahead.
7:26pm - Bell is really digging in, occupying the crease for 34 balls for his three, while Trott edges Morkel just wide of third slip. It's only a matter of time before the game finishes as a draw.
7:15pm - The game is petering out in to a draw now as Trott and Bell are unmoved. Jacques Kallis has put his fitness concerns behind him by entering the attack, albeit to no effect.
7pm - Another edge drops short of the cordon off Morkel, now operating from the Kirkstall Lane End with a lot more control.
6:44pm - Ian Bell was struck on the glove from a delivery that popped up off a length from Philander, while Steyn is bowling fast at the other end. Another wicket would make the last hour interesting!
6:29pm - WICKET! Prior run out Smith 7; Eng 106/4 - Disaster strikes for England as Trott sends Prior back and is short of his ground when AB de Villiers takes off the bails following an excellent Graeme Smith throw.
6:26pm - Prior and Trott bring up their first boundaries, a sweep and a cut, as England pass three figures. They are still in this.
6:17pm - WICKET! Cook c Rudolph b Steyn 46; Eng 90/3 - Steyn strikes to remove Cook, who could only find Jacques Rudolph at short cover. England send in Matt Prior next.
6:13pm - Cook smacks a Duminy full-toss out of the ground, while Jonathan Trott gets off the mark with a flick into the leg side for three.
6:04pm - REVIEW - Tahir thinks he has Cook lbw, but the umpire is unmoved and a review is unsuccessful.
6pm - WICKET! Strauss c & b Duminy 22; Eng 75/2 - Just after bringing up the fifty partnership, Strauss dabs a full-toss back to JP Duminy, who replaced Steyn.
5:50pm - Cook guides Steyn through the slips to the third-man boundary. Graeme Smith then turns to leg-spinner Imran Tahir to see if he can emulate Pietersen's performance with the ball.
5:36pm - Morkel, who has dismissed Strauss seven times in Tests, beats the left-hander's outside edge with three successive balls.
5:23pm - Strauss cuts Philander to Hashim Amla on the point boundary to collect his 7,000th Test run.
5:11pm - WICKET! Pietersen c Tahir b Philander 12; Eng 21/1 - Pietersen tries to go over mid-on off Vernon Philander, but can only find the hands of Imran Tahir. Andrew Strauss is number three.
5:05pm - Cook cuts for four to get his innings up and running. Cook and Pietersen had a good understanding in one-day internationals before the latter retired, but will the lack of fielding restrictions help the tourists?
4:47pm - England have signalled their intentions, opening with Kevin Pietersen for the first time in Tests alongside Alastair Cook. The first-innings centurion leaves the opening ball from Morkel before hitting three fours.
4:45pm - WICKET! Morkel c Cook b Broad 10; SA declare on 258/9 - A Morne Morkel pull just evades James Taylor running back from midwicket. Morkel then takes two successive boundaries before holing out in the deep to give Broad a five-wicket haul. South Africa declare, leaving England with a difficult period to bat. They require 253 in 39 overs to level the three-match series.
4:39pm - WICKET! Steyn c & b Anderson 3; SA 247/8 - Brilliant reaction catch from James Anderson, who holds on to Dale Steyn's drive from his own bowling. That makes up for the two drops earlier on!
4:10pm - TEA! SA 239/7; Petersen 10, Steyn 0- Pietersen and Broad have provided a spark in the afternoon session, keeping the game alive for the meantime. South Africa have probably got enough runs to persuade England not to launch an onslaught for victory if they can collect the last few wickets quickly after tea. There are 44 overs left in the day.
4pm - WICKET! Kallis c Prior b Broad 27; SA 230/7 - Kallis pulls Broad and almost falls back on to his stumps before the paceman has him caught behind. The ball came off Kallis' glove as he failed to sway out of the way of a short ball.
3:46pm - WICKET! Philander lbw Broad 6; SA 223/6 - Broad removes Philander in identical fashion to his first two wickets. Alviro Petersen, who is suffering from a hamstring strain, is forced to come in.
3:45pm - Kallis follows up a drive through the covers with a clip through midwicket off Steven Finn. There are 50 overs still to be bowled today.
3:33pm - Vernon Philander prods forward to keep out the hat-trick ball.
3:30pm - WICKET! Duminy lbw Broad 0; SA 209/5 - Broad is on a hat-trick! JP Duminy gets his feet in a tangle and is rapped on the pads.
3:27pm - WICKET! De Villiers lbw Broad 44; SA 209/4 - Surprisingly, Andrew Strauss has opted to replace Pietersen with Stuart Broad at the Rugby Stand End. However, it pays off as Broad traps de Villiers in front.
3:17pm - Back spasms are not hampering Kallis' performance with the bat as he smacks Pietersen over long-on for a maximum. South Africa 200 for three.
3:06pm - WICKET! Amla c Cook b Pietersen 28; SA 182/3 - Amla crunches Pietersen straight to Alastair Cook at cover to give the spinner his third scalp. Jacques Kallis is fit enough to bat and just edges past Anderson first ball.
3:05pm - South Africa's lead is getting bigger after Hashim Amla and de Villiers complete their half-century stand off just 51 balls.
2:51pm - DROP - De Villiers is given a life on 23 when an edge off Pietersen flies through James Anderson's hands at slip.
2:41pm - Bresnan leaks 14 runs from one over, with de Villiers starting impressively. Another drive from the right-hander helps take South Africa past 150 before a reverse sweep off Pietersen flies for four.
2:28pm - WICKET! Smith c Taylor b Pietersen 52; SA 129/2 - Pietersen strikes again! Smith flicks the ball off his pad into the hands of James Taylor at short-leg. AB de Villiers walks to the crease.
2:20pm - REVIEW - England review a caught behind chance off Graeme Smith, but evidence shows the South Africa skipper hit his boot rather than the ball. Kevin Pietersen is troubling the tourists.
1:32pm - FIFTY! Smith (103b 4x4 0x6) & LUNCH - SA 123/1; - Smith moves to his fifty moments before the interval. He has battled hard for his side this morning.
1:25pm - WICKET! Rudolph lbw Pietersen 69; SA 120-1 - Just like the first innings, Pietersen strikes with his second ball, this time trapping Rudolph lbw. Not sure why the batsman reviewed that one; it was pretty plumb!
1:24pm - DROP - England get their first chance of the morning, but Anderson spills Smith in the slips off Bresnan. Kevin Pietersen, England's only spin option following the omission of Graeme Swann, is into the attack.
1:20pm - Finn is pulled and driven for four by Smith, who passes 2,000 Test runs against England in the process. Tim Bresnan is introduced 10 minutes before lunch.
1:05pm - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - Rudolph's 12th four, down to third man, helps South Africa pass 100.
12:58pm - The players are back out in the middle and a skied hook shot from Rudolph off Finn lands safely at fine-leg. The left-hander then gets a slice of luck when an edge flies over the slips.
12:40pm - RAIN STOPS PLAY! - The elements have halted proceedings once again. Every time it rains, the sun comes out! Terrible weather.
12:25pm - FIFTY! Rudolph (92b 9x4 0x6) - Rudolph cuts Finn through point to bring up a fluent 92-ball half-century. Lunch has been moved to 1:30pm following the 39-minute rain delay.
12:10pm - The rain seems to have finally stopped and the covers are starting to be removed by the ground staff.
11:40am - RAIN STOPS PLAY! SA 76/0; Smith 27, Rudolph 47 - The drizzle is getting too heavy and the players are departing the field.
11:35am - In an attempt to gain some swing, Broad pitches the ball up, only for Rudolph to drive strongly and take 10 off the over. Finn collides into an advertising board saving a boundary, but looks to be OK and is thrown the ball by Andrew Strauss. A breakthrough is needed quickly.
11:25am - Broad beats Smith’s outside edge to give England some encouragement before the left-hander lifts a ball off his hips just past Ian Bell at backward square-leg. Smith then edges just short of Anderson in the slips. A great over from the Nottinghamshire paceman.
11:13am - Rudolph, immaculate as ever, looks strong on the drive, punching Broad past a diving Steven Finn at mid-off, while Graeme Smith flicks James Anderson off his legs to bring up the South Africa 50.
11:03am - Stuart Broad almost bowls Jacques Rudolph with a ball that shapes back in and narrowly misses the off stump. Maiden. Good start from England.
10:55am – England will be boosted by their opponents’ injury concerns, which led to them reshuffling their batting line-up yesterday. Jacques Rudolph was promoted to the top of the order in the absence of regular opener Alviro Petersen, who is suffering from a hamstring strain, while Jacques Kallis is only likely to bat if required after becoming a victim of back spasms.
10:45pm - England's bowlers will need to utilise the friendly overhead conditions in order to claim the early wickets needed to pull off an unlikely triumph today.
10:35pm – The covers have just been removed after some early morning rain and play could well start on time. However, showers are expected to return throughout the final day, dashing Matt Prior’s hopes of the hosts levelling the three-match series. The Proteas, who bowled their opponents out for 425 on a rain-hit fourth day, hold a lead of 33 after closing on 39 without loss.
10:25am – Good morning from Headingley Carnegie, where the wet weather forecast is likely to play a part in the outcome of the second Investec Test between England and South Africa.