NatWest Series [South Africa in England] - 2nd ODI

England v South Africa

South Africa won by 80 runs

James Anderson with the first over...two slips in place

Afternoon everyone, the players making their way out. The new-ball burst could be tricky for South Africa.

"Utter nonsense that Woakes isn't playing," says Nick. "Fears about his pace seem like excuses now - he's comfortably quicker than Bresnan - and Broad - have been this summer. Plus, he now has to sit on his hands while Warwickshire play their crucial Championship match against Notts. What a waste."

12.50pm: And off go the covers again - hurrah! Here's James: "Usually a good decision to bat first in day/night matches in England, because of the dew. Talking of good decisions, very wise of the ECB to avoid trying to play one of these games on August Bank Holiday, due to the notoriously bad weather on English bank holidays."

Indeed, James, the only surprise is that they got lucky with Finals Day in Wales. Speaking of the county game, don't forget to pop over to the county blog to keep up to speed with a crucial round of the Championship; and we've also got a rather nice interview with Saj Mahmood, for fans of sadly faded one-time England speed merchants.

Anyway, having warmed the oven, I'm handing over to head chef Gnasher McGlashan to whip up a storm for your delight. Ta ra

12.47pm: There is apparently a small raincloud perched above the ground, threatening to burst. The wicket has been covered but there's no sense that we'll get a delay.

12.45pm: "And the Woakes conspiracy continues. He's only given a game when it's going to be abandoned....give the guy a chance! Should be No. 7 in all formats within 2 years." I too, Huw, wanted a good look a Woakes, but he is at the back of the grid, as far as England seamers are concerned. Tim Bresnan took four here against West Indies earlier this year and a drier pitch should suit his style.

12.40pm: So, it looks like the game will be played on a slightly green-looking surface, that is at the same time quite hard and dry. Hampshire pitches often spin but England were apparently set to name an unchanged side until shortly before the toss, when they changed tack and opted to bring in Patel. They've got first use of the ball, so we'll soon see whether they made the right call.

12.32pm: South Africa have won the toss and will bat first, they've named an unchanged side. AB de Villiers says they're prepared for the pitch to spin or seam - so that's them sorted.

Alastair Cook says he probably would have batted first too, as the wicket is quite dry. England have accordingly made one late change, with Samit Patel replacing Chris Woakes in the team, to provide a second spin option. Those teams, then:

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Dean Elgar, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Ryan McLaren, 9 Wayne Parnell, 8 Robin Petersen, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

12.30pm: Hello and welcome to live, two-dimensional (some might say one-dimensional) coverage of the second ODI between England and South Africa. I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined in typing furiously for the next few hours by Andrew McGlashan. The weather on Friday means both teams' powder remains largely dry (well, metaphorically - but then, neither team actually has any guns either, so you'll just have to use your imaginations) and the series effectively starts today. It should be illuminating, as long as the clouds don't come over again ... You know what I mean. Anyway, here's our match preview, we'll bring you the toss news any minute now ...

0.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, movement straight away, started full on middle and moved away from Smith but he met it with a solid forward defensive

0.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, hint of width outside off, Smith drives it square but straight to backward point

0.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, gets squared up by this one as he walks across the crease and aims to play to the leg side then gets a leading edge back down the pitch...walked so far across you could see leg stump

0.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, beaten! Well bowled. Full outside off, draws Smith into the drive without much footwork and the ball flies past the outside edge

0.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, full on middle and leg, squeezed out towards square leg to get South Africa on their way

0.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, full outside off, hint of away movement to the right hander but it's punched firmly to mid-on...good opening over from Anderson

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
HM Amla    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (5b)     

Steven Finn will share the new ball (or rather, gets the other new ball). The sun is out!

1.1

Finn to Smith, no run, starts outside off stump on a full length, Smith comes forward, almost on the walk, and defends to the off side

1.2

Finn to Smith, 1 run, dragged down short and wide, Smith reaches out for a cut shot and gets it down to third man off the bottom half of the bat

1.3

Finn to Amla, no run, well bowled, jags back into Amla from short of a length and takes him in the stomach...extra bounce for Finn

1.4

Finn to Amla, no run, comes right across the crease outside off and defends quite a wide delivery into the covers...all his stumps were exposed

1.5

Finn to Amla, no run, more seam movement from short of a length, nips back and cramps him for room

1.6

Finn to Amla, 1 run, full outside off, Amla hanging back a touch but is still able to drive this firmly between mid-off and cover

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
HM Amla    1* (5b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    2* (7b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, driven straight to Patel at mid-off and they set off for a single...Patel is unable to gather it cleanly and Amal would have been struggling with a better piece of fielding

2.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, beaten! Another one past the edge. On a good length going across Smith and he pushes forward but the ball is too good

2.3

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, goes across the crease outside off then tucks this delivery through the leg side giving work for long leg who is quite square

2.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, whipped again, from off stump, timed sweetly but he picks out midwicket where Ian Bell fields well

2.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, outside off, going across the left hander, and it's left alone

2.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, taken from outside off again into the leg side, flicked down to long leg to keep the strike

PDTM says "As a Jimmy fan, Cricinfo should start recording whenever he beats the bat, so when he retires, he can be presented with a plaque signifying him as the most unlucky bowler of his generation."

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
GC Smith    5* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0
HM Amla    2* (6b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-0

3.1

Finn to Smith, no run, short of a length, Smith aims to play to the leg side but doesn't make contact and gets taken high on the pad

3.2

Finn to Smith, no run, again Smith misses out as he aims to leg, short of a length ball and takes him on the pad

3.3

Finn to Smith, no run, adjusts the line a touch to outside off, Smith defends towards the on side

"Two best bets for #7 batsman and 4th seamer have to be Ben Stokes & Chris Woakes," says Matt. "Would be great to see them and their temprament in the one-dayers."

3.4

Finn to Smith, no run, that's a good one...jags away late from Smith from back of a length and Smith followed it, pushing away from his body and is annoyed with himself

3.5

Finn to Smith, no run, strangled appeal for lbw as Smith gets squared up on the back foot aiming to leg and is beaten by the seam movement...was easily missing off stump

3.6

Finn to Smith, 1 run, touch shorter this time, Smith gets behind the line and tucks it backward of square on the leg side

Testing start from the England new-ball attack

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 2.00)
GC Smith    6* (18b)      ST Finn    2-0-3-0
HM Amla    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0

4.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, beaten! That's a beauty from Anderson as another flies past Smith's edge. Started on off stump and went with the angle and a touch of seam movement. Lovely bowling

4.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, forces himself across the crease to a fuller delivery and drives into the covers

4.3

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, goes to his favourites leg-side again, taken from outside off with the strong bottom hand wide of midwicket

4.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, on a full length at off stump, Smith tucks it straight to midwicket

4.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, worked down towards mid-on where Smith picks his fielder as it's Patel and comfortably makes the single

4.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, full outside off, Amla drives without much footwork straight to cover...just Amla's seventh ball of the innings

Graeme says: "@PDTM, the reason Anderson beats the bat so often is because he is 5km too slow. At current speeds batters have the extra split second to adjust edges to near misses."

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
HM Amla    2* (7b)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0
GC Smith    9* (23b)      ST Finn    2-0-3-0

5.1

Finn to Smith, no run, back of a length outside off, Smith defends to the covers

The two new balls in ODIs have certainly brought the bowlers back into the game, especially in England

5.2

Finn to Smith, FOUR, few players would have hit this delivery straight, but Smith takes a full and wide delivery straight of mid-off with a closed face and times it very well

5.3

Finn to Smith, no run, straightens the line a touch, full outside off, this time Smith works it towards mid-on

5.4

Finn to Smith, no run, full on middle and off, flicked to midwicket and Finn his kicked the stumps although not called dead ball this time

5.5

Finn to Smith, no run, dragged down short, Smith goes for the pull but is early on the short and gets the ball bobbles back towards the keeper

5.6

Finn to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven on the up straight to mid-off

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 15/0 (RR: 2.50)
GC Smith    13* (29b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-7-0
HM Amla    2* (7b)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0

6.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, aggression from Amla as he walks across the crease and takes this from well outside off stump with a strong flick but picks out midwicket

6.2

Anderson to Amla, no run, drives into the off side this time against a full ball on off stump, goes to mid-off

6.3

Anderson to Amla, no run, flamboyant drive, on the up to a ball that wasn't a half volley but, again, he finds the fielder this time at cover

Second slip comes out to short midwicket

6.4

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, stroke of luck for Amla as he drives and gets a thick inside edge past the stumps which then beats long leg

"Ben Stokes has bowled very well this year in the domestic league and i really believe he deserves another chance at international cricket," says Edwin

6.5

Anderson to Amla, no run, behind the line on off stump and defended back to the bowler

6.6

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, super shot, again he steps across the crease and then lofts this over midwicket from wide outside off stump and despite a fairly slow outfield it reaches the rope. Anderson is not amused.

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africa 23/0 (RR: 3.28)
HM Amla    10* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-16-0
GC Smith    13* (29b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-7-0

7.1

Finn to Smith, no run, beats the edge again, good length outside off stump and goes across the left hander

7.2

Finn to Smith, no run, driven on the up and it goes in the air towards mid-off but drops short of the fielder

7.3

Finn to Smith, no run, dropped in a little shorter, Smith tries to pull but doesn't time his shot and gets a thick bottom edge into his pads

7.4

Finn to Smith, FOUR, that's typical Smith...a full ball on off stump and he clips it along the ground between midwicket and mid-on. That will relieve some of his frustration

7.5

Finn to Smith, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Smith moves across and tucks it behind square then makes it into a second run which does not impress Alastair Cook or the bowler...Tim Bresnan the man at long leg

7.6

Finn to Smith, FOUR, freebie for Smith, low full toss on off stump and he eases this wide of mid-on with a bottom-hand whip

Some momentum building for the openers after surviving the early overs

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 33/0 (RR: 4.12)
GC Smith    23* (35b 3x4)      ST Finn    4-0-17-0
HM Amla    10* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-16-0

First change of bowling as Tim Bresnan comes into the attack. One slip in place.

8.1

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, on off stump, Amla waits then opens the face to guide the ball to third man

Short midwicket is the second catching man

8.2

Bresnan to Smith, FOUR, edged! And it goes where second slip had been standing. Was short of a length and Smith pushes at it and that would have been gobbled by second slip (although maybe not given England's catching form this summer)

8.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, a touch fuller outside off, left alone

8.4

Bresnan to Smith, FOUR, down the pitch by Smith and drives it hard into the square then the ball bounces over backward point

8.5

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, back to working the leg side, taken from outside off through square leg to the man on the boundary

8.6

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, another edge through the slip cordon...Amla forcing off the back foot to a short-of-a-length ball and it flies down to third man. May have been wide of second slip this time if he'd been stood there

Expensive start from Bresnan although not much of it his fault

End of over 9 (14 runs) South Africa 47/0 (RR: 5.22)
HM Amla    15* (15b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-14-0
GC Smith    32* (39b 5x4)      ST Finn    4-0-17-0

9.1

Finn to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven to mid-on

Keeping the two slips in place for Finn

9.2

Finn to Smith, no run, not quite as full this time, Smith watches it like a hawk as he defends to the on side

9.3

Finn to Smith, no run, driven again from outside off with the closed face that sends it to mid-on

9.4

Finn to Smith, no run, very full, on the popping crease, Smith forces it out square on the off side

9.5

Finn to Smith, 1 run, shorter this time, gives Smith time to open the face and guide it wide of second slip

9.6

Finn to Amla, 1 run, right across the crease to expose all the stumps then works this from well outside off into midwicket

That ends the opening Powerplay and it's gone South Africa's after surviving a tricky period against the new ball(s)

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 49/0 (RR: 4.90)
HM Amla    16* (16b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-0-19-0
GC Smith    33* (44b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-14-0

10.1

Bresnan to Amla, no run, full on off stump, driven very sweetly straight to mid-off

10.2

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, another inside edge from Amla, tries to force it square through the off side and the ball squirts to square leg

10.3

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, back of a length outside off and Smith shovels it through midwicket

10.4

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, short ball, Amla goes for the pull and is a fraction early on the shot but the ball runs safely down to long leg

Bresnan aborts his delivery as Smith wasn't ready

10.5

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, outside off, Smith opens the face and sends it through gully down to third man

10.6

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, dragged down short again, Amla nails his pull this time and the ball rockets straight to deep square-leg

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 54/0 (RR: 4.90)
HM Amla    19* (20b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-19-0
GC Smith    35* (46b 5x4)      ST Finn    5-0-19-0

First spin of the day as Graeme Swann comes onto the attack

11.1

Swann to Amla, 1 run, immediately Amla is working to the leg side from a delivery outside off

Amla owned Swann during the Test series

11.2

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, paddle sweep from off stump sends it through short fine-leg but deep square is able to get around

11.3

Swann to Smith, no run, full at middle and leg, takes the pad back down the pitch

11.4

Swann to Smith, no run, worked off the stumps to the leg side

11.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, very full and swept firmly out to deep backward square

11.6

Swann to Amla, 1 run, nice footwork from Amla as he comes down the pitch outside off then works down to long-on

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 59/0 (RR: 4.91)
HM Amla    21* (22b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-5-0
GC Smith    38* (50b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-19-0

More spin with Samit Patel into the fray...preferred ahead of Chris Woakes shortly before the toss

12.1

Patel to Amla, 2 runs, round the wicket, Amla down the pitch and opens the off side then drives very sweetly towards cover who gets one hand on it as he dives

12.2

Patel to Amla, no run, opens the face and drives to extra cover

12.3

Patel to Amla, no run, fired in full at middle and leg, picks out Bopara again at cover

12.4

Patel to Amla, FOUR, tossed up slower and wide outside off, Amla plays a powerful cover drive and picks the gap this time with the force to beat the sweeper

12.5

Patel to Amla, no run, beauty! That's gripped and turned. Started on middle and spun past Amla's edge while also missing off stump

There's the turn everyone expected...and from Samit

12.6

Patel to Amla, no run, strangled appeal for lbw as Amla advances down the pitch...nowhere near being given

End of over 13 (6 runs) South Africa 65/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    27* (28b 4x4)      SR Patel    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    38* (50b 5x4)      GP Swann    1-0-5-0

13.1

Swann to Smith, no run, round the wicket, on off stump, defended to the leg side

13.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, work from off stump into the gap at midwicket

13.3

Swann to Amla, 1 run, full outside off, turned away in front of square to the man patrolling the square boundary

13.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, uses his feet then tucks this off the stumps square through the leg side

13.5

Swann to Amla, 1 run, flicked firmly back at Swann who can't quite stop it in his follow through so Amla steals a single

13.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, on middle and leg, worked to short fine-leg who can't stop the single

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 70/0 (RR: 5.00)
GC Smith    41* (54b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    29* (30b 4x4)      SR Patel    1-0-6-0

14.1

Patel to Smith, no run, over the wicket, outside off and flicked to midwicket

14.2

Patel to Smith, no run, fuller and flatter at off stump, driven back to the bowler

14.3

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, brings out the reverse sweep, doesn't middle the ball and a top edge flies over short third man

14.4

Patel to Smith, no run, beaten by the spin, Smith aimed to work to leg and the ball goes past the inside edge which Kieswetter then doesn't take cleanly

14.5

Patel to Smith, no run, goes for a powerful sweep from outside off, doesn't make clean contact then almost tumbles over in the crease

14.6

Patel to Smith, 1 run, back in the crease this time, tucked from around off stump out to deep square

With South Africa having formed a very solid base and England cursing the near misses I'll hand over to Alan

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 73/0 (RR: 4.86)
GC Smith    44* (60b 5x4)      SR Patel    2-0-9-0
HM Amla    29* (30b 4x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0

Hello. I see it's washing machine time already, with England selecting the spin cycle ...

15.1

Swann to Smith, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and driven to long-on

15.2

Swann to Amla, 1 run, flighted, outside the line of off, steps across and clips through square leg

15.3

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off, leans out and defends

15.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, looping full toss outside the line of off, skips forward and chops down the ground to long-on

15.5

Swann to Amla, 1 run, on off stump, whipped through midwicket for one

15.6

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off, opens the face and punches square

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 77/0 (RR: 4.81)
GC Smith    46* (64b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-14-0
HM Amla    31* (32b 4x4)      SR Patel    2-0-9-0

16.1

Patel to Amla, 1 run, floated up outside off stump, comes down the track and pushes to long-off

16.2

Patel to Smith, no run, round the wicket, turns in past Smith's bat as he advances, hitting him on the front pad

16.3

Patel to Smith, 1 run, works this one off the pads through backward square leg

16.4

Patel to Amla, no run, flighted on off, holding its line, punched into the ground and fielded at extra-cover

16.5

Patel to Amla, 1 run, looped outside off, mistimed drive from Amla, who manages to scoop the ball over extra-cover this time, despite a few gasps

16.6

Patel to Smith, 1 run, on the stumps, turned round the corner to fine leg

End of over 17 (4 runs) South Africa 81/0 (RR: 4.76)
GC Smith    48* (67b 5x4)      SR Patel    3-0-13-0
HM Amla    33* (35b 4x4)      GP Swann    3-0-14-0

Time for the bowling Powerplay. Tim Bresnan replaces Swann

Here's Gokkamokka: "England may have selected the spin cycle, but saffers are still going to take them to the cleaners."

17.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, back of a length and angled across, blocked towards point

17.2

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, dug in short, Smith pulls this from outside off through the on side to the deep midwicket fielder

17.3

Bresnan to Amla, no run, back of a length, wide of the stump, Amla cuts but can't get it through the infield

17.4

Bresnan to Amla, 2 runs, another short ball, coming in towards off, opens the face and glides the ball delicately to third man, they push hard for two

17.5

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, length ball on off, shuffles across and drops short of midwicket for one

17.6

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, length ball outside off, steers this to third man - and that's fifty for Smith

After an uncertain start, these two have settled nicely. England need to turn up the temperature and hope Smith shrinks in a 60C wash. Anyway, it's time for drinks.

On the subject of laundry, here's the sheepishly chuckling Nick M: "England wont even need to add Steyn-remover today. Sorry."

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 86/0 (RR: 4.77)
GC Smith    50* (70b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-24-0
HM Amla    36* (38b 4x4)      SR Patel    3-0-13-0

Samit Patel will continue to tweak through the Powerplay

18.1

Patel to Smith, 1 run, round the wicket, closes the face and tucks through backward square leg

18.2

Patel to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside off, worked through midwicket

18.3

Patel to Smith, no run, floated up and worked to the man at midwicket

"Impressive start from England, but allowing South Africa to settle in, that's dangerous," murmurs Dion ominously

18.4

Patel to Smith, no run, steps back, exposing all three stumps, but connects with a hard cut shot that flies straight to cover

18.5

Patel to Smith, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, flicked round the corner slightly awkwardly for a single to long leg

18.6

Patel to Amla, no run, pushed through, not much turn and Amla is hit on the front pad coming down the wicket

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 89/0 (RR: 4.68)
HM Amla    37* (40b 4x4)      SR Patel    4-0-16-0
GC Smith    52* (74b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-24-0

"Looks like Samit's shirt has already shrunk in the 60c wash." Yeah, but he's got the physique to carry it off, Gonzo

19.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, angled across and defended on a length outside off

19.2

Bresnan to Smith, OUT, swings across the line, top-edged ... and gone! Bresnan has broken through, banging it in short as Smith skipped down the pitch, he tried to hook but the ball ballooned high into the air, over the wicketkeeper, with Kieswetter running back to settle underneath and take a safe catch

GC Smith c †Kieswetter b Bresnan 52 (82m 76b 5x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

Hold the piano music - Dean Elgar isn't coming out at No. 3. Instead, it will be JP Duminy

19.3

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, length ball outside off, dabbed towards third man

One slip in for Duminy

19.4

Bresnan to Duminy, 1 run, outside the line of leg stump, nudges off the hips

19.5

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, length ball outside off, played late, it comes off the outside edge but was well controlled, the ball skiddaddling low to third man

19.6

Bresnan to Amla, no run, on the stumps and worked to midwicket

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 95/1 (RR: 4.75)
HM Amla    42* (43b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-30-1
JP Duminy    1* (1b)      SR Patel    4-0-16-0

20.1

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, round the wicket to Duminy, full and on the stumps, paddled fine

20.2

Patel to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla rocks back but mistimes a hack and the ball goes to mid-on

20.3

Patel to Amla, no run, lovely delivery from Patel, full and inviting, gripping and turning away at Amla drives and misses ... might have been a thin edge too, but Kieswetter didn't cling on

20.4

Patel to Amla, 2 runs, tossed up and Amla lofts this over midwicket, it goes high but not that far and they pick up two

20.5

Patel to Amla, 1 run, length ball, straightening and this stops in the pitch a touch, Amla is early on the shot and it loops tantalisingly in front of Cook at point

20.6

Patel to Duminy, no run, flighted outside the line of off and spinning in, turned into covers

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 99/1 (RR: 4.71)
JP Duminy    2* (3b)      SR Patel    5-0-20-0
HM Amla    45* (47b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-30-1

Anderson replaces Bresnan after his wicket-taking burst

21.1

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, good length ball in the corridor outside off, opens the face and steers one to third man - that's ton up for South Africa

21.2

Anderson to Duminy, no run, angled across on a length and chopped into the off side

"How quickly has Amla turned a slow start to a run-a-ball affair..amazing!" He does glide along majestically, Sriram, though he's had a wee bit of luck in this innings

21.3

Anderson to Duminy, no run, touch shorter, wide of the stumps, cuts the ball into the ground on the off side

21.4

Anderson to Duminy, no run, another wide bumper, Duminy slashes hard and Morgan tumbles forward to stop the ball on the bounce at point

21.5

Anderson to Duminy, no run, pitched up a bit more on the stumps and solidly blocked

21.6

Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, length ball, on middle and leg, turned in front of square on the leg side

End of over 22 (2 runs) South Africa 101/1 (RR: 4.59)
JP Duminy    3* (8b)      JM Anderson    5-0-18-0
HM Amla    46* (48b 5x4)      SR Patel    5-0-20-0

22.1

Patel to Duminy, no run, flighted outside off and spinning in, pushed to cover

22.2

Patel to Duminy, 1 bye, gives this some air, Duminy tries to sweep outside off, the ball stays low ... and beats Kieswetter too

22.3

Patel to Amla, no run, tossed up and tapped into the off side

22.4

Patel to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, comes forward and drives to long-off

22.5

Patel to Duminy, no run, floated up outside off, Duminy reverses his hands and sweeps hard straight at third man

22.6

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up on off, blocked

England have clawed the run-rate back a touch but South Africa are still nicely set

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 104/1 (RR: 4.52)
JP Duminy    4* (12b)      SR Patel    6-0-22-0
HM Amla    47* (50b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-18-0

23.1

Anderson to Duminy, 1 leg bye, pitched up and thumping into Duminy's front leg ... did it pitch in line? Anderson is very interested and England ask to review Simon Taufel's not-out decision. Duminy played across the line but the delivery pitched a ball's width outside the line of leg stump, so England lose their review

23.2

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, on the line of off, worked through the leg side

23.3

Anderson to Duminy, 2 leg byes, good length, again on the leg stump, deflects off the pad for a hard-run couple through backward square

23.4

Anderson to Duminy, no run, length ball outside off, gets forward and mistimes a drive down the pitch, Anderson fields

23.5

Anderson to Duminy, FOUR, overpitched wide of off and crisply driven through cover, Samit Patel gives chase in the outfield but he wouldn't have caught that even if it were a bacon roll

23.6

Anderson to Duminy, no run, on the stumps, pushed defensively into the on side

End of over 24 (8 runs) South Africa 112/1 (RR: 4.66)
JP Duminy    8* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-23-0
HM Amla    48* (51b 5x4)      SR Patel    6-0-22-0

Here's Sam Roy: "How long will England persist with Kieswetter as a keeper, who though quite good while standing back is below international standard while standing up? I think it will be better if Bairstow shows us his ability behind the stumps which I guess will be better than Kieswetter's against slower bowlers."

24.1

Patel to Amla, 1 run, flighted outside off, skips out and drives to long-off

24.2

Patel to Duminy, no run, round the wicket to Duminy, sweeps a full ball from outside off to Cook at short fine leg

24.3

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, length ball, spinning in, punches to long-on off the back foot

24.4

Patel to Amla, no run, tossed up wide of the stumps, Amla swings and misses and this time it nestles in Kieswetter's gloves - but no edge

24.5

Patel to Amla, 1 run, turned off the pads through square leg, that's another half-century for Amla on this productive tour

24.6

Patel to Duminy, 3 runs, full and outside the line of off, Duminy tries to reverse sweep and manages to get the ball very fine past Kieswetter, though it doesn't have the pace to get to the rope

End of over 25 (6 runs) South Africa 118/1 (RR: 4.72)
JP Duminy    12* (20b 1x4)      SR Patel    7-0-28-0
HM Amla    50* (54b 5x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-23-0

Swann returns in place of Anderson. One slip still in for Duminy

25.1

Swann to Duminy, no run, tossed up on off and pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Swann to Duminy, no run, flighted, straightening on off stump, defended coming forward

25.3

Swann to Duminy, 1 run, goes back and flicks through backward square as Swann's line slides towards leg stump

25.4

Swann to Amla, 1 run, pushed through outside the line of off, Amla walks across and taps to square leg in his compulsive style

25.5

Swann to Duminy, 1 run, short and a bit of width outside off, slapped through point

25.6

Swann to Amla, OUT, Amla calls for one but it isn't there and Duminy is run out! It was clipped through the leg side from outside off, Amla thought it had beaten midwicket and set off only for Anderson to reel the ball in and hurl it to Kieswetter, Duminy wasn't even in the picture, though he is sacrificed in favour of the senior man

JP Duminy run out 14 (27m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

A terrible call, that from Amla, but as soon as he worked out what was happening he charged for the non-striker's end, his self-preservation instinct flaring

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 121/2 (RR: 4.65)
HM Amla    51* (56b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-0-17-0
     SR Patel    7-0-28-0

Another change in the attack, with Ravi Bopara and his medium dobbers coming on

26.1

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, good length delivery outside off, punched through the infield to the deep cover sweeper

First ball in international cricket for Dean Elgar, then

26.2

Bopara to Elgar, no run, pitched up on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

26.3

Bopara to Elgar, no run, angled across and tapped into the off side

26.4

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, drifts on to the left-hander's pads and he clips this calmly through square leg to get off the mark

26.5

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, touch short of a length, outside off and played late towards third man

26.6

Bopara to Elgar, no run, angled across and played on the back foot

End of over 27 (3 runs) South Africa 124/2 (RR: 4.59)
D Elgar    1* (4b)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0
HM Amla    53* (58b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-0-17-0

27.1

Swann to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off and played back to the bowler

27.2

Swann to Amla, 1 run, full and and punched back down the pitch, Swann gets his hands to it but the ball dribbles through and they steal one as long-off comes in

27.3

Swann to Elgar, no run, round the wicket, sliding in towards off stump, prodded into the off side

27.4

Swann to Elgar, no run, length ball, going on with the arm, driven towards extra-cover

27.5

Swann to Elgar, 1 run, bit more air, outside off stump, driven to long-off

27.6

Swann to Amla, 2 runs, flighted outside off, Amla walks across, goes down on one knee and paddles past the diving Kieswetter for a couple to fine leg

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 128/2 (RR: 4.57)
HM Amla    56* (61b 5x4)      GP Swann    5-0-21-0
D Elgar    2* (7b)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0

"@Sam Roy: how about Steve Davis? Wasn't he the first choice and isn't he better then Kieswetter?" Well, Kapil, Davis was the Test back-up but he hasn't had a great season. Some might argue Matt Prior deserves another look in one-day circket if Kieswetter isn't up to it ...

28.1

Bopara to Elgar, no run, on the stumps, worked towards midwicket

28.2

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, pitched up a bit more on leg stump, flicked round the corner

28.3

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, dabbed towards third man

28.4

Bopara to Elgar, no run, full and angled across, gets forward and punches to mid-off

28.5

Bopara to Elgar, no run, length ball, sliding from leg to off, played on the back foot short of gully and Kieswetter tidies up

28.6

Bopara to Elgar, FOUR, dug in short, at the man and Elgar swivels to pat the ball to fine leg, bit of bottom edge but enough for his first boundary

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 134/2 (RR: 4.62)
D Elgar    7* (12b 1x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-9-0
HM Amla    57* (62b 5x4)      GP Swann    5-0-21-0

29.1

Swann to Amla, FOUR, tossed up outside off and Amla slog-sweeps over square leg, beating the deep midwicket fielder coming round

29.2

Swann to Amla, no run, on the stumps, worked to midwicket

29.3

Swann to Amla, 1 run, tossed up and spinning in, Amla advances and doesn't connect cleanly with an on drive, the ball squirting in the air a few feet wide of the diving Morgan at midwicket

29.4

Swann to Elgar, no run, flighted outside the line of off, pushed into the covers

29.5

Swann to Elgar, 1 run, on middle stump, plays round the front pad through midwikcet

29.6

Swann to Amla, 1 run, turns off the pads to short fine leg and they risk another to the fielder, Amla is struggling at the non-striker's end this time but the throw needed to hit and didn't

We're rotating our attack - Gnasher's back

End of over 30 (7 runs) South Africa 141/2 (RR: 4.70)
HM Amla    63* (66b 6x4)      GP Swann    6-0-28-0
D Elgar    8* (14b 1x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-9-0

Thanks Alan

30.1

Bopara to Amla, 2 runs, full outside off, Amla drives with hard hands and edges fine of third man who manages to scoot around the boundary to pull off a good save

30.2

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, worked through midwicket

30.3

Bopara to Elgar, no run, outside off, chopped backward of square on the off side

30.4

Bopara to Elgar, no run, worked to midwicket...Elgar struggling to get going

30.5

Bopara to Elgar, no run, punched to middle from the front foot

30.6

Bopara to Elgar, no run, full on middle, good over from Bopara as Elgar can only drive this back to him

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 144/2 (RR: 4.64)
D Elgar    8* (18b 1x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    66* (68b 6x4)      GP Swann    6-0-28-0

31.1

Swann to Amla, 1 run, worked down the ground to long-off

31.2

Swann to Elgar, 2 runs, uses his feet and lofts this down the ground, he doesn't time it cleanly but there is enough on it to clear mid-on then it plugs in the outfield

31.3

Swann to Elgar, 1 run, opens the face and drives past a diving cover to long-off

31.4

Swann to Amla, 1 run, dragged down a touch short and worked with the spin through midwicket

31.5

Swann to Elgar, 1 run, stays in the crease and waits a fraction longer then opens the face to find a gap through point

31.6

Swann to Amla, 3 runs, nicely driven through the off side, he open the face expertly to find the gap but deep cover does well to cut off the boundary

End of over 32 (9 runs) South Africa 153/2 (RR: 4.78)
HM Amla    71* (71b 6x4)      GP Swann    7-0-37-0
D Elgar    12* (21b 1x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-12-0

Tim Bresnan comes back into the attack

32.1

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, another missed run out?! Was driven firmly towards mid-off and Elgar was the one struggling. A decent throw to the keeper (or a direct hit) and he was short

32.2

Bresnan to Elgar, 2 runs, full on middle, flicked nicely through midwicket wide of the man in the deep

32.3

Bresnan to Elgar, no run, not as full and outside off, Elgar opens the face to backward point

32.4

Bresnan to Elgar, 1 run, comes onto the front foot this time and pushes firmly through the covers to the sweeper

32.5

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot, it was a half-volley and he leaned into the cover drive with a forceful punch that beats the diving cover and the man on the rope

32.6

Bresnan to Amla, 3 runs, more deft place from Amla as he opens the face and sends this wide of third man who has to use his boot to cut it off...South Africa just starting to go through the gears again

End of over 33 (11 runs) South Africa 164/2 (RR: 4.96)
HM Amla    79* (74b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-41-1
D Elgar    15* (24b 1x4)      GP Swann    7-0-37-0

33.1

Swann to Amla, 1 run, round the wicket, worked off middle stump through midwicket

33.2

Swann to Elgar, no run, on middle with just a hint of spin, driven to cover

33.3

Swann to Elgar, no run, outside off, uses his wrists and guides it to short third man but can't find the gap

33.4

Swann to Elgar, no run, angled towards middle and leg, worked straight to midwicket as the pressure builds on Elgar

33.5

Swann to Elgar, OUT, gone! Lovely bowling. Tossed up slower by Swann, it gripped off the surface and spun past the outside edge to take middle stump

D Elgar b Swann 15 (29m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.57

That may not be the worse thing for South Africa because Elgar was struggling to score at a decent tempo. Plenty in this surface for the spinners.

Captain in at No. 5

33.6

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, gets a leading edge first ball as he aims to play to leg and the ball rolls square into the off side

End of over 34 (2 runs) South Africa 166/3 (RR: 4.88)
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      GP Swann    8-0-39-1
HM Amla    80* (75b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-41-1

34.1

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, width offered outside off but de Villiers can't beat cover as he drives on the up

34.2

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, technically a drop by Kieswetter as de Villiers gets a thick edge trying to guide to third man...he was at full-stretch to his right and it would have been a superb take. He's held a few like that this season

That single took de Villiers to 5000 ODI runs. He is the fourth fastest to that landmark.

34.3

Bresnan to Amla, no run, play into the off side

34.4

Bresnan to Amla, no run, short of a length, punched off the back foot straight to cover

34.5

Bresnan to Amla, no run, driven on the up but finds the man at mid-off

34.6

Bresnan to Amla, no run, picks out the fielder again as he drives...good over from Bresnan

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 167/3 (RR: 4.77)
HM Amla    80* (79b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-42-1
AB de Villiers    2* (3b)      GP Swann    8-0-39-1

The batting Powerplay has to be taken now. Back comes Steven Finn. There's a slip in place.

35.1

Finn to de Villiers, 3 runs, lovely shot, whipped wide of mid-on from outside off with a nice piece of timing and placement

35.2

Finn to Amla, no run, full outside off, Amla opens the face and picks out point

35.3

Finn to Amla, no run, well bowled...that was a cracking delivery, full just outside off and it moved away late to beat Amla's drive

35.4

Finn to Amla, 1 run, goes across the crease and almost gets a leading edge towards mid-off...sets off quickly for the single and despite a direct hit he is safe

35.5

Finn to de Villiers, FOUR, top shot...de Villiers at his best as he brings out an elegant on-drive which just misses the non-striker's stumps and speeds away

35.6

Finn to de Villiers, 3 runs, now he walks around the crease, goes outside off and turns this wide of mid-on...once again the timing is excellent but Trott manages to haul it back.

Expensive comeback over for Finn. Already a different feel to the innings with de Villiers at the crease

End of over 36 (11 runs) South Africa 178/3 (RR: 4.94)
AB de Villiers    12* (6b 1x4)      ST Finn    6-0-30-0
HM Amla    81* (82b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-42-1

Samit Patel is back inside the Powerplay. He bowled well earlier. Has a slip in

36.1

Patel to de Villiers, no run, round the wicket, full on middle, defended to the leg side

36.2

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, angled into de Villiers who whips it away square into the leg side off the back foot

36.3

Patel to Amla, FOUR, big hit from Amla...comes down the pitch and picks it up over midwicket with a clean swing of the bat

36.4

Patel to Amla, 1 run, uses his feet again, this time whips it along the ground towards mid-on

36.5

Patel to de Villiers, no run, pushes this one back to the bowler

36.6

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, touch shorter, he rocks onto the back foot and drives out to the cover sweeper

End of over 37 (7 runs) South Africa 185/3 (RR: 5.00)
AB de Villiers    14* (10b 1x4)      SR Patel    8-0-35-0
HM Amla    86* (84b 8x4)      ST Finn    6-0-30-0

37.1

Finn to de Villiers, 1 run, starting to open his shoulders, pulls this off a good length in front of square

37.2

Finn to Amla, no run, fuller on middle and off, just enough movement to straighten on Amla as he drives towards mid-off

37.3

Finn to Amla, 1 run, angled in towards middle and leg, played into the on side just to the right of midwicket...his placement has, generally, been very good this innings

37.4

Finn to de Villiers, 3 runs, down the track outside leg stump, Finn might have seen him coming and dropped it shorter but de Villiers responded by slapping it over cover although it wasn't quite perfectly timed

37.5

Finn to Amla, 1 leg bye, pushed towards leg stump, Amla aims to work it away but doesn't make contact and it rolls off the pad

37.6

Finn to de Villiers, no run, full outside off, touch of movement into de Villiers as he drives to mid-on

Plenty of you pointing out Amla is approaching 3000 runs at record speed. We are keeping an eye on it.

End of over 38 (6 runs) South Africa 191/3 (RR: 5.02)
AB de Villiers    18* (13b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-0-35-0
HM Amla    87* (87b 8x4)      SR Patel    8-0-35-0

Tim Bresnan, the most expensive bowler today, is back into the attack

38.1

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, that's a good way to greet a new spell...was nowhere near a full delivery but Amla drove on the up high over mid-off

38.2

Bresnan to Amla, no run, down the leg side and there's an appeal - rather half-hearted - for a catch but the umpire isn't interested

38.3

Bresnan to Amla, no run, back outside off stump, driven firmly to cover

38.4

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, driven firmly with Amla's punchy style to mid-off who is deep enough to allow a single

38.5

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, walking around the crease again, ends up outside off and pulls a shortish delivery out of the middle but straight at midwicket

38.6

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, now carves this from outside off into the covers but doesn't get the placement right

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 196/3 (RR: 5.02)
AB de Villiers    18* (15b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-47-1
HM Amla    92* (91b 9x4)      ST Finn    7-0-35-0

39.1

Finn to Amla, 2 runs, dropped down the leg side...this one is clearly glanced off the face and Kieswetter went one-handed, low to his left, and couldn't hang on

It's not been Kieswetter's best day

39.2

Finn to Amla, no run, gives himself a touch of room to drive, it is a short-of-a-length ball and it almost carries to mid-off

39.3

Finn to Amla, FOUR, goes up and over backward point with an upper cut against a short ball...Bresnan tries to get around but can't stop the boundary

39.4

Finn to Amla, 1 run, full at middle and off, driven down the ground to mid-on

39.5

Finn to de Villiers, no run, good yorker, fired in at middle and leg, de Villiers can only just dig it out

That's a better length from Finn rather than the short stuff

39.6

Finn to de Villiers, 2 runs, angled into de Villiers who works it off the stumps backward of square on the leg side

With Amla poised on 99 and South Africa well set for the final 10 overs I'll hand back to Alan

End of over 40 (9 runs) South Africa 205/3 (RR: 5.12)
AB de Villiers    20* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-0-44-0
HM Amla    99* (95b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-47-1

Howdy everyone. Remember that KP fella? He's only gone and scored another hundred for Surrey. No, he hasn't retired! And for the UK readers, in the retro glory of Ceefax.

40.1

Patel to Amla, 1 run, Tossed up outside off and clipped to mid-on ... and Amla has his ton too, his 10th in ODI cricket

40.2

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, on off stump, goes back and taps to square leg

40.3

Patel to Amla, FOUR, drags this down short of a length and Amla bunts hard in front of deep midwicket for as graceful a slog as you're likely to see

40.4

Patel to Amla, 1 run, outside the line of off and pushed through the covers

40.5

Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, full and flighted outside off and driven through cover-point

40.6

Patel to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off and this time Amla fails to pierce the infield

Another fantastic Amla effort has given South Africa the perfect base. How far can they push on from here?

End of over 41 (8 runs) South Africa 213/3 (RR: 5.19)
HM Amla    105* (99b 11x4)      SR Patel    9-0-43-0
AB de Villiers    22* (19b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-0-44-0

41.1

Swann to de Villiers, no run, tossed up, de Villiers attempts to reverse sweep and the ball loops up, possibly off bat, definitely off shoulder, over his head and Kieswetter takes a comfortable catch - but Taufel shakes his head

Swann is absolutely disbelieving and Hot Spot suggests it hit the toe of the bat first

41.2

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, on the stumps and worked towards midwicket

41.3

Swann to Amla, 1 run, shuffles across and turns through the leg side

41.4

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, looped up outside off, mistimed drive and it flies just over Swann's head, arms outstretched

41.5

Swann to Amla, no run, outside off, turns this to short third man

41.6

Swann to Amla, 2 runs, on off stump, steps out and works through square leg, good running gets two

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 218/3 (RR: 5.19)
HM Amla    108* (102b 11x4)      GP Swann    9-0-44-1
AB de Villiers    24* (22b 1x4)      SR Patel    9-0-43-0

Anderson back into the attack. How costly might that Taufel mistake be?

42.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, pitched up on middle, dug out toward midwicket

42.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, touch short of a length, stays back and works the ball to midwicket again

42.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, length delivery on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

42.4

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, full and darting in towards leg stump, glanced square to the fielder in the deep who keeps the damage to one

42.5

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, incredible shot from Amla, moving outside the line of off and steering a length ball through backward square leg with flick of those rubbery wrists

42.6

Anderson to Amla, 1 wide, slides down the leg side this time

42.6

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, full length delivery, on the stumps, steps back and lifted over the midwicket area

Fair point from Louis: "Well England shouldn't have wasted their review on an lbw that always had a chance of pitching outside. DRS are there to cut out howlers. Unless the captain wastes it on a speculative appeal."

End of over 43 (8 runs) South Africa 226/3 (RR: 5.25)
HM Amla    114* (104b 12x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-31-0
AB de Villiers    25* (26b 1x4)      GP Swann    9-0-44-1

43.1

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up outside the line of off and guided to third man

43.2

Swann to Amla, 1 run, flighted, full and outside off, waits on it and then swats low through square leg

43.3

Swann to de Villiers, 2 runs, full length, on the stumps, steps away and lofts a drive over the cover region

43.4

Swann to de Villiers, OUT, bowled him! De Villiers advanced as Swann sent down a non-turner, it dipped late on the batsman, who played across the line and the ball skittered through low to thump into the base of off stump. Swann gets his man after an over's reprieve

AB de Villiers b Swann 28 (43m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 96.55

In comes Faf du Plessis to run hard in the closing overs

43.5

Swann to du Plessis, 1 run, on off stump, turned round the corner to long leg

43.6

Swann to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, steps out and punches to long-on

End of over 44 (6 runs) South Africa 232/4 (RR: 5.27)
HM Amla    116* (106b 12x4)      GP Swann    10-0-50-2
F du Plessis    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    7-0-31-0

44.1

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, poor ball from Anderson, well down the leg side and it only requires a tickle to fine leg - and that shot makes Amla the fastest man ever to 3,000 runs in ODIs

44.2

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, full length and driven firmly back past the bowler this time

44.3

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, length ball in the corridor outside off, swiped through the covers

Eat your heart out Sir Viv - Amla's beaten his previous mark for 3,000 runs by 12 innings

44.4

Anderson to du Plessis, FOUR, banged in short and crikey, that's a shot from a new man at the crease, scintillating a pull shot in front of deep midwicket for four

44.5

Anderson to du Plessis, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, driven hard but can't beat mid-off

44.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, drags his length back, more width this time and cut straight to point

"Bairstow on as a substitute fielder," notes Andy, "should be behind the stumps instead of Kieswetter. In fact, I'd rather have Kamran Akmal behind the stumps than Kieswetter..." If you're interested in ole Kamran, he's just been recalled for Pakistan's ODIs against Australia

End of over 45 (12 runs) South Africa 244/4 (RR: 5.42)
HM Amla    123* (110b 13x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-43-0
F du Plessis    6* (3b 1x4)      GP Swann    10-0-50-2

Patel back on, with Swann's allocation complete

45.1

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, flighted outside off and driven to the deep cover fielder

45.2

Patel to Amla, 1 run, guides this fine to third man

45.3

Patel to du Plessis, no run, tossed up on the stumps and defended back to the bowler

45.4

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, worked down the ground to long-on

45.5

Patel to Amla, 1 run, worked off middle through the leg side

45.6

Patel to du Plessis, no run, tossed up on the stumps, slides through and beats de Plessis' glance to leg

Tidy over from Patel, England will take those at this stage

End of over 46 (4 runs) South Africa 248/4 (RR: 5.39)
F du Plessis    8* (7b 1x4)      SR Patel    10-0-47-0
HM Amla    125* (112b 13x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-43-0

Bresnan replaces Anderson at the other end

46.1

Bresnan to Amla, 2 runs, length ball on the stumps, whipped off the pads through backward square

46.2

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, full toss and Amla gives that the treatment, carting the ball out towards the unguarded cow corner

46.3

Bresnan to Amla, FOUR, my word, that's a marvellous adjustment from Amla, stepping across outside off, Bresnan bowled it full and wide and Amla rotated his wrists at the last minute to deflect the ball deftly to fine third man

46.4

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, pitched up, a touch full and outside off, worked through square leg for one this time

46.5

Bresnan to du Plessis, 1 run, full length, around the line of off, du Plessis gets out and drives in orthodox fashion to cover

46.6

Bresnan to Amla, 2 runs, Amla drives a full ball inside out this time, Bopara stops it at cover but they scramble back for a second - good running and a fruitful over for South Africa

End of over 47 (14 runs) South Africa 262/4 (RR: 5.57)
HM Amla    138* (117b 15x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-61-1
F du Plessis    9* (8b 1x4)      SR Patel    10-0-47-0

"England have done pretty well to pull the rate back," says IanK. "At 30-over mark Saffa's would have been looking for a score in excess of 280." They might still get there, you know. Steven Finn comes on for his last two overs. The last time he went wicketless in an ODI was in Delhi last October ...

47.1

Finn to du Plessis, 1 run, short of a length, pulled through the square leg

47.2

Finn to Amla, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Amla goes miles across and taps through the leg side for another single

47.3

Finn to du Plessis, no run, dug in short at the batsman, du Plessis tries a cute scoop over fine leg ... but fails to connect

47.4

Finn to du Plessis, 1 run, driven off a good length through the covers to the sweeper on the rope

47.5

Finn to Amla, 1 run, pitched up at the stumps, Amla gives himself room and swats a low drive to mid-off

47.6

Finn to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis gets a slice of luck, heaving at a good length ball and getting an inside edge fine on the leg side, past Patel on the edge of the circle and it runs away for four

End of over 48 (8 runs) South Africa 270/4 (RR: 5.62)
F du Plessis    15* (12b 2x4)      ST Finn    9-0-52-0
HM Amla    140* (119b 15x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-61-1

Anderson comes back on, after Bresnan's leaky six. Amla has moved level with his previous best ODI score ... England spend an age trying to come up with a field to prevent him beating it

48.1

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, full-length delivery on the stumps, Amla tries to play through the leg side and gets a leading edge towards extra-cover but that's enough for a single and a new ODI best

48.2

Anderson to du Plessis, 2 runs, pitched up and driven down the ground, long-off comes across but they get a couple

48.3

Anderson to du Plessis, 1 run, slower ball outside off, waits on it and chops a single through point

48.4

Anderson to Amla, 3 runs, full, almost a leg-stump half-volley, which Amla punches between deep midwicket and wide long-on

48.5

Anderson to du Plessis, 1 run, another slower delivery, short of a length, du Plessis flat-bats this down the ground to long-on

48.6

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, pitched up around off, Amla opens up his body and chips over extra-cover for another couple - he's scored runs all round the ground today

End of over 49 (10 runs) South Africa 280/4 (RR: 5.71)
HM Amla    146* (122b 15x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-53-0
F du Plessis    19* (15b 2x4)      ST Finn    9-0-52-0

This is going to be a handy total for South Africa. Six balls left, to be bowled by Finn ...

49.1

Finn to du Plessis, no run, back of a length, outside the line of off, again du Plessis tries to scoop it over fine leg and misses out

49.2

Finn to du Plessis, 1 run, short delivery, at the man, du Plessis hooks through square leg

49.3

Finn to Amla, FOUR, pitched up at the blockhole, Amla steps away, opens the face and impudently deflects the ball past backward point for four that takes him to 150

49.4

Finn to Amla, OUT, short and slow, Amla backs away and tries to ramp the ball over short third man but it hasn't got enough pace on it and Bresnan pouches. After another everyday display of magnificence, Amla departs

HM Amla c Bresnan b Finn 150 (209m 124b 16x4 0x6) SR: 120.96

Wayne Parnell is promoted above Ryan McLaren for the last couple of deliveries

49.5

Finn to du Plessis, no run, full of a length, outside off, du Plessis swings a crooked bat at it but can't get the ball back past Finn

49.6

Finn to du Plessis, 2 runs, bouncer, at the man, du Plessis backs away and pulls through mid-on, the fielder has to come in off the rope and they hustle for a second

4.30pm: England have been Amla'd again, a phenomenal knock that has taken South Africa some 20 runs beyond the par score batting first at this ground. I'm sure no one in the dressing room will mention that drop on 42 to Craig Kieswetter. Anyway, England will have to pull off the biggest run chase in ODIs at West End if they're not going to lose their No. 1 ranking. Join us again shortly to see how they get on.

End of over 50 (7 runs) South Africa 287/5
F du Plessis    22* (19b 2x4)      ST Finn    10-0-59-1
WD Parnell    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    9-0-53-0
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