NatWest Series [South Africa in England] - 3rd ODI

England v South Africa

England won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

0.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, back of a length, outside off stump, not much movement and Amla stays in the crease, pats back to the bowler

0.2

Anderson to Amla, no run, length ball angling in towards off stump, solid forward defensive

0.3

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, slings this down the leg side, length delivery and slapped through backward square leg with a flick of the wrists, Steven Finn doing his Bambi impression on the boundary to prevent four

0.4

Anderson to Amla, no run, good length ball outside off, swinging away a touch and left alone

0.5

Anderson to Amla, no run, pitched up around middle and off, just holding its line and Amla punches a drive back at Anderson, who stopsthe ball with his boot

0.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, shoots through a touch low, delivered on a length outside off, blocked on the back foot

South Africa 2/0   HM Amla 2* (6b)

2.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, back of a length, outside off and coming back in, Amla miscues a hook shot into the off side

2.2

Anderson to Amla, no run, back of a length, leaving Amla and he swishes at it unsuccessfully

2.3

Anderson to Amla, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone outside off this time

2.4

Anderson to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off stump and punched to extra-cover

2.5

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, full and outside the line, leans forward and drills a drive fine, past mid-off and away for the first boundary of the innings

2.6

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, on the stumps, gets across and flicks through square leg

South Africa 12/0   HM Amla 8* (12b 1x4)

3.3

Finn to Amla, no run, back of a length, good angle in towards off stump, Amla tries to flick through the leg side and misses, hit on the pad but it was quite high

3.4

Finn to Amla, no run, bit of width, the ball jagging back in off the surface and Amla French cuts on to his pads

3.5

Finn to Amla, 1 run, full length ball on the stumps, pushed back past the bowler and mid-on gets across

South Africa 18/0   HM Amla 9* (15b 1x4)

4.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, full length delivery, Amla gets forward and nudges the ball to mid-on

4.2

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, back of a length, opens the face a guides the ball towards third man

4.3

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Amla flicks with a flourish, a cover drive trumping a Bopara dive and the ball racing for four

4.4

Anderson to Amla, 1 wide, slides down the leg side - that's a wide

4.4

Anderson to Amla, FOUR, on the stumps, drifting towards leg and Amla utilises his springloaded wrists to whip four through backward square leg, the bat facing fine leg by the end of the stroke

4.5

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, touch full, on off stump, pushed to mid-on on coming forward and they take one

South Africa 30/0   HM Amla 20* (20b 3x4)

5.1

Finn to Amla, 1 run, fullish length delivery on the stumps, worked through backward square for a single

South Africa 31/0   HM Amla 21* (21b 3x4)

6.6

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, wide of the stumps, length ball, Amla sidles across and whips a single past midwicket

South Africa 34/0   HM Amla 22* (22b 3x4)

7.1

Finn to Amla, no run, length delivery in the corridor outside off, worked to midwicket

7.2

Finn to Amla, 1 run, touch wider this time, Amla opens the face of the bat and guides the ball past slip to third man

7.4

Finn to Amla, FOUR, short ball, homing in on the batsman, Amla rocks back and plays a lofted pull over midwicket - that was almost an ungainly stroke from Amla. Almost

7.5

Finn to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off, tapped into the covers

7.6

Finn to Amla, FOUR, pitched up outside off stump, too wide and Amla punches a tennis-ball drive in front of extra-cover for another boundary

South Africa 44/0   HM Amla 31* (27b 5x4)

9.1

Dernbach to Amla, 1 run, pitched up and swinging away a touch, Amla steers the ball to third man

South Africa 51/1   HM Amla 32* (28b 5x4)

10.1

Bopara to Amla, no run, length delivery, angling in towards middle, turned into the leg side

10.2

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, full and drifting towards leg stump, flicked wristily round the corner to long leg

10.4

Bopara to Amla, no run, pitched up in the channel, driven straight to mid-off

10.5

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, full and sliding towards leg, shuffles across and plays the ball through backward square leg from in front of the stumps

South Africa 58/1   HM Amla 34* (32b 5x4)

11.1

Dernbach to Amla, no run, slower ball - Dernbach's first of what I expect will be many - pushed to point on the full

11.2

Dernbach to Amla, no run, full pace this time, aiming for a leg-stump yorker, Amla digs it out

11.3

Dernbach to Amla, 1 run, slow leg-cutter, around the line of off, Amla waits on it and ticks into the leg side

11.5

Dernbach to Amla, no run, length ball, tailing in towards off stump, closes the face and works to midwicket

11.6

Dernbach to Amla, no run, another slower ball out the back of the hand, leaves Amla off the pitch and he mistimes a dab to third man, getting a bottom edge into the turf and through to Kieswetter

South Africa 60/1   HM Amla 35* (37b 5x4)

12.4

Bopara to Amla, no run, continues to bowl full, outside the line of off, punched to extra-cover

12.5

Bopara to Amla, no run, pitched up and angling in towards off, can't get him away through the off side again

12.6

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, full and on the stumps, clips a single through square leg

South Africa 62/1   HM Amla 36* (40b 5x4)

13.1

Tredwell to Amla, no run, tossed up on the stumps, worked back to the bowler

13.2

Tredwell to Amla, 2 runs, goes down on one knee and paddles fine on the leg side for a couple

13.3

Tredwell to Amla, 1 run, length ball, not much spin, Amla comes forward outside the line of off and pushes down the ground

South Africa 65/1   HM Amla 39* (43b 5x4)

14.3

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, pitched up and angling in, worked through midwicket with a roll of the wrists

14.5

Bopara to Amla, no run, off cutter, tailing in and Amla inside-edges a defensive shot through his legs

14.6

Bopara to Amla, 1 run, pitched up outside off and languidly driven through the covers

South Africa 70/1   HM Amla 41* (46b 5x4)

15.1

Finn to Amla, no run, full on middle, whipped very sweetly - it zings of his bat - but straight to midwicket

15.2

Finn to Amla, no run, a punchy drive to a full ball outside off stump, again the timing is great but placement just a little off as he picks out the fielder

15.3

Finn to Amla, 1 run, comes forward and drives to mid-off, doesn't quite time this one as the bat twists in his hand...mid-off, Cook, is in quickly and Amla has to get a scamper on

15.6

Finn to Amla, 1 run, an elegant, wristy, pull from Amla as Finn drops short and the ball sits up on a gentle pitch to give him plenty of time

South Africa 73/1   HM Amla 43* (50b 5x4)

16.1

Dernbach to Amla, OUT, gone! He's got Amla. Something that England have found hard to do this summer. Was a full delivery which nipped back into Amla as he went for a drive and it takes an inside edge into leg stump

HM Amla b Dernbach 43 (68m 51b 5x4 0x6) SR: 84.31

South Africa 73/2   HM Amla 43 (51b 5x4)
Series Results
England v South Africa at Nottingham - Sep 5, 2012
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 93 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Lord's - Sep 2, 2012
England won by 6 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 31, 2012
England won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Southampton - Aug 28, 2012
South Africa won by 80 runs
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Aug 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan played the best innings of the day, England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest ODI, The Oval, August 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan played the best innings of the day

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Aug 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan was named Man of the Match for his rapid half-century, England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest ODI, The Oval, August 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan was named Man of the Match for his rapid half-century

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