#SAvsEng day 3 wrap: Amla, de Villiers pair up to save the day

South Africa ended on 353/3 against England, with Amla still at the crease and Du Plessis who is on 51.

FILE: Hashim Amla. Picture: Official Cricket South Africa Facebook Page

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas will be fairly pleased at how day three has ended with Captain Hashim Amla scoring a much need century after being under fire after an extended run without any scores of significance.

He, and AB de Villiers, frustrated the England attack with the pair getting the home side safely to lunch without any wickets falling ending on 199/2.

After the lunch break South Africa continued where they left off, with the pair getting to their 100 partnership which was South Africa's first 100 run partnership since the Boxing Day test match in 2014.

De Villiers was eventually dismissed 12 short of a century off the bowling of Steven Finn just before tea.

After losing de Villiers for 88, who also went over the 8000 run to mark in tests, Faf du Plessis joined the fray and continued the home sides steady progress alongside his captain, he also got his 50 before the end of play which ended his barren run.

They took their partnership to over 50 whilst cutting England's lead to under than 300.

However, the day will belong to Amla, he was under intense pressure after the test in Durban and the England's first innings at Newlands.

He knuckled down on day three and took his chances after being dropped three times by England.

It was a gutsy and workmanlike innings for South Africa's star batsmen, who ended on 157.

Like de Villiers he also passed a milestone, going over 7000 runs for South Africa.

South Africa ended on 353/3, with Amla still at the crease and du Plessis who is on 51.

The match looks set to be a draw with wickets seemingly hard to come by, there have been 1082 runs scored with only nine wickets taken.