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THE visiting England cricketers will feel it's more like Mount Everest they have to climb than beautiful Table Mountain that hovers over the Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town as they go about chasing down a mammoth 466 to win the third Test match.
Set a world record to win, England go into the final day today on 132 runs for the loss of three wickets. Impossible? Well, the highest run chase in history is by West Indies vs Australia in 2003, when they chased down an improbable 418. That gives the English task some perspective.
Carrying on from where he left off on Tuesday, Smith yesterday punished the English bowlers until being caught on the deep midwicket boundary by Paul Collingwood for a magnificent 183.
His explosive knock set the tone for those to follow. Jacques Kallis (46), AB de Villiers (34) and JP Duminy (36) all made healthy contributions in quick time. At 447, Smith declared an hour before tea.
To their credit England's openers, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, came out with a positive attitude.
The breakthrough happened with first the dismissal of Cook, who was caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher off the bowling of Fiedel de Wet for 55.
Next to go was captain Andrew Strauss for 45 and then the big wicket of Kevin Pietersen, who was out lbw to Dale Steyn for just 6 runs. At the crease are Jonathan Trott (24) and James Anderson (0).
Still needing 334 to win, there's no doubt the English will play session by session, over by over and eventually ball by ball.