England vs S Africa
England win by 39 runs
That is some result, which all but ensures England go through to the semi-finals and probably top the group. That could be important because avoiding Australia in the semis would certainly be preferable. Kevin Pietersen was the man to set it all up with a magnificent knock, and although the Proteas pulled things back in the second half of England's innings it was too late. The spinners wrapped it all up for England, and South Africa have plenty to ponder as they head to St Lucia for their final match against Pakistan. Thanks for your company, and do join us again for West Indies v India and Sri Lanka v Australia tomorrow.
Over 19 Sidebottom W-1-1-0-1-W
129 all out - WICKET! A superb catch by Sidebottom off his own bowling gets rid of Botha, and it really is England's day. Botha thrashed a low full toss back at Sidebottom and it just stuck beautifully in his hands as he followed through. It carried at a nice height but that still took some catching. Later in the over he makes a committed dive to stop a single off Charl Langeveldt, showing typical grit even when it doesn't seem necessary. WICKET! An inswinging yorker knocks Morne Morkel over to wrap up a thumping victory for England, who are rightly ecstatic.
Over 18 Broad 1-1-wd-0-0-W-1
126-8 - WICKET! England, barring a spectacular loss against New Zealand on Monday, are in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20. South Africa on the other hand will need to beat Pakistan or hope that England thump New Zealand, because they're going to lose this by some distance. Steyn wants the big one off Broad, but after a couple of misses he holes out to deep midwicket.
Over 17 Sidebottom W-1-6-0-1-3
122-7 - WICKET! The slow bouncer does for Duminy, who top-edges an attempted pull straight to Yardy at short fine leg. "They used to call it a long-hop," notes Bumble of a delivery that is now thought of as being quite clever. Dale Steyn is the man to come in, and he'll be eager to make amends for an unusually poor bowling display. Botha clubs Sidebottom over long-on for six to take South Africa a bit closer. They need to lose by 12 runs or less to finish this game with a positive net run rate.
Over 16 Broad 4-4lb-2-1-1lb-1
111-6 - Broad returns, but his first two deliveries go for eight. First Duminy strolls across his stumps and lifts the ball over the keeper's head for a one-bounce four, and then he walks across again but misses and is fortunate to see the ball deflect off his pad and fly past Kieswetter. Broad thought he had a case for lbw but Steve Davis correctly judged that it was missing off stump. Thirteen from the over still isn't enough for South Africa but they're at least narrowing down how much they'll lose by.
Over 15 Sidebottom 0-1-1lb-1-2-1b
98-6 - South Africa have failed their trial by spin (and might reflect that they should have included Roelof van der Merwe as a second spinner on this pitch) and now have six overs of pace to face. Sidebottom keeps them honest though, and even Johan Botha's good running can't make much of a dent in the runs required.
Over 14 Swann 6-1-W-1-0-1
92-6 - WICKET! Duminy comes down the pitch to hit back over Swann's head for six, but Boucher perishes attempting to get a similar result. Part of Boucher's problem was that he was hitting into the wind so the ball held up and dropped five yards short, allowing Morgan to take the catch at deep midwicket. But again Swann deserves credit for cleverly holding the ball back a touch after seeing Boucher coming at him. The match rests on Duminy's shoulders now, and it's surely beyond him. South Africa need 77 more runs to win at 12.83 per over.
Over 13 Yardy 2wd-1-4-1-0-0-2
83-5 - Yardy loses his radar to Duminy, firing the ball down leg to concede wides and then four runs as Duminy just helps one to the fine leg boundary. Kieswetter then fluffs a stumping as Boucher goes down the pitch and the balls goes through the gate. Astonishingly, Kieswetter hadn't even reacted when the ball hit him at the top of his gloves. More than 12 an over needed now.
Over 12 Swann 1-wd-1-1-1-0-1
73-5 - South Africa nudge singles, which suits England just fine. One over left for each of the spinners, and it almost looks as if the Proteas are happy to just see them through before launching one final assault on the seamers.
Over 11 Yardy 1-6-1-2-1-1
67-5 - Duminy takes Yardy on and drives nicely over long-on for six. That's the backbone of a profitable over that's worth 12, which is exactly what the Proteas need to stay on course. Keeping that up for another nine overs is a tough ask though.
Over 10 Swann 1-0-0-2-W-2
55-5 - WICKET! Hawk-Eye showed just how clever Swann was with his pace in that last over - the ball he got Smith was held back and was much slower than the previous delivery. He does the same to de Villiers, who misses with a few shots before the pressure pushes him into an attempted pull. He never got on top of the bounce though, and a skied ball is taken by Collingwood at midwicket. South Africa are reeling here, and can now officially set their minds on not losing by too big a margin.
Over 9 Yardy 1-W-wd-1-1-0-1
50-4 - WICKET! This could be all over quite quickly, but the irony here is that Morkel is bowled playing a defensive stroke. Yardy came over the wicket to the left-hander and got one to turn, and Morkel played all around it as he looked rather clueless. Suddenly attention turns to South Africa not losing by a big margin with net run rate a possible factor as we look to the semi-finals, although let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. JP Duminy has joined de Villiers in the middle.
Over 8 Swann 4-0-2lb-W-1-0
45-3 - WICKET! Collingwood decides to bowl his spinners in tandem, a decision which pays dividends when Smith is caught at deep midwicket. He'd got an inside edge down to fine leg for four to start the over but never looked comfortable as he prodded around after that with Swann going up for lbw a couple of times. Eventually Smith went on the sweep and the top edge was pouched by Lumb. The Proteas have all sorts of problems but decide to gamble by sending in Albie Morkel. Already there's a sense of now or never.
Over 7 Yardy W-1-0-1-wd-0-1
38-2 - WICKET! Huge wicket this, as Gibbs top-edges as he attempts to sweep and is well caught by Sidebottom, who was backpeddling at short fine leg before he put in a final leap to make sure of it. That's a great start for Yardy and the England Spin Dept, to whom Collingwood will be looking to seal this match. Yardy strangles Smith and AB de Villiers for the remaining deliveries, and so the required rate rises further. South Africa now need 131 runs at 10.07 per over.
Over 6 Bresnan 4-1-1-1-1-1
34-1 - Bresnan started superbly and so he's allowed to continue, but Gibbs frees his arms to hoik the first ball just over midwicket and get four. That was a classic Gibbs smear, and South Africa need him to build on that. Him and Smith are content to push the singles for the remainder of this over though.
Over 5 Broad W-0-0-1-1nb-4-0
25-1 - WICKET! The pressure tells as Kallis goes for the big shot, tries to clear mid-off but hits it straight to Pietersen. He never really got going to be honest. Herschelle Gibbs is the new man, and after he dabs a single to square leg Broad oversteps. As he does so he bowls a full toss above waist height which he apologises for, but of course it's a free hit and Smith flicks a low full toss off his legs for four through square leg. Still only six from the over, so the required rate edges up.
Over 4 Bresnan 0-1-1-0-0-1
19-0 - Bresnan's change of pace does the trick for him, and also gives Kallis a bruised rib or too. His eyes light up when he sees the short ball but it's a slower one and he's through his shot by the time it arrives. There's a wince after it crashes into his midriff. Another cheap over lifts the required run rate to 9.37.
Over 3 Broad 6-1-1b-1-0-0
16-0 - Sure enough, Kallis dispatches the first ball over midwicket for six. Stuart Broad is the man on the receiving end having pitched it way too short, and he walks back to his mark with red cheeks of shame. He recovers pretty well though, countering Smith's repeated attempts to give himself room by firing the ball into his pads about a foot outside leg stump. Smith has a big swing at the final ball and misses, and Broad can't believe that didn't hit leg stump. I'm not quite sure how it missed myself.
Over 2 Bresnan 0-0-0-0-1-1
7-0 - This is interesting from South Africa, who seem in no hurry whatsoever - there hasn't been an attacking shot yet. Smith clips the fifth ball to deep midwicket for a single having blocked the first few, and Kallis attempts to drive on the up and is fortunate not to be caught at cover. Surely they'll have to go in the next over.
Over 1 Sidebottom 2-2-1-0-0-0
5-0 - Smith opens the innings with a couple of tidy clips off his legs for two as Ryan Sidebottom starts too straight. England change their field, bringing fine leg up and dropping midwicket back because of Smith's tendency to close the face and use a strong bottom hand. Kallis is content to offer a straight bat to the final three balls as South Africa opt for a solid start rather than a spectacular one.
- 8th May 2010
- Aleem Dar and S J Davis
s africa BATTING CARD
|Smith||c Lumb b Swann||19|
|Kallis||c Pietersen b Broad||11|
|Gibbs||c Sidebottom b Yardy||8|
|de Villiers||c Collingwood b Swann||5|
|Duminy||c Yardy b Sidebottom||39|
|Boucher||c Morgan b Swann||9|
|Steyn||c Morgan b Broad||5|
|M Morkel||b Sidebottom||1|
|Extras||1nb, 6w, 2b, 9lb||18|
|Total||All out, 19.0 Overs||129|