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Broad heroics leave England in control

Stuart Broad took three quick-fire wickets to leave South Africa on the brink of defeat in Durban.
Stuart Broad took three quick-fire wickets to leave South Africa on the brink of defeat in Durban.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stuart Broad takes three wickets in 15 balls to put England on course for near-certain victory against South Africa
  • England declared 232 runs in front, after an Ian Bell century had steered the tourists to 575 for nine
  • But Broad and Graeme Swann took three wickets each to leave the hosts struggling on 76-6 in Durban
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(CNN) -- Stuart Broad took three wickets in 15 balls to put England on course for near-certain victory in the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban.

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.

It was then Swann's turn, 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 when he dislocated his index finger, before X-rays revealed no break.

Bell 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.