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

England v South Africa

England won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

Right, the teams are out, Hashim Amla's steely temperament is gleaming in the sunshine, and James Anderson is about to take one of the new ball ...

12.55pm: "Is it the start of the Amla show again?" asks Dugald. The Mighty # is fit and raring to go, despite his backside tumble at Southampton, so, yes, time to fetch the popcorn and get settled in. I think he made a few runs at this ground recently.

"Agree Woakes is scoring runs," says Tushar, "but isn't he doing so in not-so-competitive county cricket (where their batsmen 'get upset' when someone Mankads them after a warning)." Oh yeah, that. For all you need to know of the subject, read Jarrod Kimber's blog (and that's rarely a sentence I would type).

12.50pm: On the subject of potential South Africa woe, should they lose today, they will be ruthlessly deposed as No. 1 by those layabout gadflies England, currently at No. 3. I hope someone's hand is hovering over the Tourists In Crisis Alarm.

12.45pm: Here's Peter, who also doesn't think much of sliced bread: "Not too convinced about the side South Africa are fielding. I definitely think they are one quality batsman short. We only bat up to Du Plessis at 6 with bowling allrounders Parnell and Petersen coming in after that. Yes, Morkel and Steyn can hold a bat but surely you need extra batting strength down the order."

England have shown the benefit of playing specialist bowlers in the nu-ODI two-white-ball era, though I would agree that Parnell is batting a place too high. My, the South Africa camp have some issues, don't they ...

12.40pm: Obligatory Grumble About No Chris Woakes Dept. "Surely Woakes deserves a chance," cheerleads Andrew. "He's been scoring runs for fun recently, let alone his bowling!"

Aye, but Jade Dernbach, er, isn't that bad. And this is his home pitch. Don't pretend like 2011 didn't happen! For those referring to Woakes' all-round credentials, I suppose Samit Patel is already filling that role and James Tredwell (three first-class hundreds) isn't too shabby with the old rhubarb stick either. Not that Dernbach is a genuine speedster, but it seems England still have some reservations about how incisive Woakes' bowling is.

12.35pm: South Africa have won the toss and will bat, as at West End on Tuesday. And to ward off any thoughts that the No. 1 side might struggle to adapt to their new status, they've brought back Dale Steyn in place of Ryan McLaren.

England, meanwhile, have recalled James Tredwell for the rested Graeme Swann and Jade Dernbach in preference to Tim Bresnan, who suffered a bit of a mauling in the second match. Here are the teams:

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 James Tredwell, 9, Jade Dernbach, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steve Finn.

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

It certainly looks like a glorious day at The Oval, despite official confirmation that this has been the wettest English summer in exactly 100 years. Looked like a good toss to win, the pitch is a familiar dry surface and South Africa will look to repeat the trick from the second ODI.

12.30pm: Good day. Isn't it? They're probably all good days for Alastair Cook right now, despite the tinge of sadness attached to Andrew Strauss' retirement, as he soaks up the feeling of being England's captain in both Tests and ODIs. But while his first year or so in the one-day job provides encouragement for his Test prospects, South Africa have set about muddying up the 50-over picture behind his back. They're now No. 1 in all formats and, as David Hopps says in his preview, AB de Villiers has no small weight on his own shoulders.

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

"Parnell scored a domestic hundred this year!!! I think in a T20! Not bad for a batsmen that's a bit high in the order!!" I doff my cap to your superior knowledge, Rob. I can't read, either

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
HM Amla    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

From the other end, it will be Steven 'The Allrounder' Finn

1.1

Finn to Smith, 2 runs, length delivery, touch down the leg side and chopped through square leg with relish by Smith, to get him off the mark

1.2

Finn to Smith, no run, angled across outside off, Smith gets outside the line of off stump and pushes back to the bowler

Finn, by the way, broke the stumps at the bowler's end but the umpires were happy to live with it

1.3

Finn to Smith, no run, length ball, pushed across the left-hander again, punched back down the track and Finn gets a hand on it

1.4

Finn to Smith, 2 runs, pitched up around the line of off, Smith closes the face and squirts it through square leg for another couple

1.5

Finn to Smith, no run, shorter length, tries to pull the ball late and is hit on the body

1.6

Finn to Smith, no run, beaten outside the off, though Smith drew his bat away ... and again Finn flicks off the bails, to Smith's evident displeasure, though Dharmasena is apparently happy to live with it

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
GC Smith    4* (6b)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

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

"Problem with him breaking the stumps, what happens if there is an attempted run out at that end?," wonders Marius. "Surely it would be not out because the stumps were already broken?" Well, you would have to take the whole stump out of the ground ... Anyway, it seems third umpire Simon Taufel has decreed that if Finn does it again, they will call dead ball

End of over 3 (6 runs) South Africa 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
HM Amla    8* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
GC Smith    4* (6b)      ST Finn    1-0-4-0

3.1

Finn to Smith, FOUR, too straight to Smith, who again closes the face and clips a four through midwicket

3.2

Finn to Smith, 1 run, pushed back wide of the mid-on for a single

pitched up and driven to mid-off - but Finn has clipped the wicket and that is, as advertised, a dead ball

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

3.6

Finn to Smith, no run, pitched up around the line of off, blocked into the leg side

"Rob never said a double hundred, just domestic," yes, yes, Nick, we've cleaned up that, er, technical issue. Anyway, continue: "It was 104 from 107 for the Warriors in the one day series against the Lions, opening the batting!"

End of over 4 (6 runs) South Africa 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
GC Smith    9* (9b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    9* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

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

4.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, better line and length, drawing Smith out of his crease, he shoulders arms

Here's Bhaskar on the Mankad: "Have just read that article and must say i completely agree with Kimber. Bowlers aren't even given a warning if the umpire spots him overstepping by a centimeter. In fact i don't understand why should the batsman be even warned once." I don't know what everyone's complaining about either ... county cricket has never had this much publicity

End of over 5 (12 runs) South Africa 30/0 (RR: 6.00)
GC Smith    9* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-20-0
HM Amla    20* (20b 3x4)      ST Finn    2-0-10-0

5.1

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

5.2

Finn to Smith, no run, touch short, pushed across Smith, who turns the ball straight to to midwicket

South Africa, it should be noted, have made a very handy start, particularly compared to their first five overs at West End

5.3

Finn to Smith, no run, pitched up around off stump, driven back and Finn fields in his follow-through

5.4

Finn to Smith, no run, back of a length outside the line of off, deflected towards point

5.5

Finn to Smith, no run, dug in short at the man, Smith pulls meatily into the ground, it bounces high but Bell makes a Collingwood-esque stop at square leg to prevent a run

5.6

Finn to Smith, 1 run, tip and run to mid-on, Cook picks up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end ... but Smith was safe

"Don't want to curse him here but Amla's looking set for another big score." I'm sure plenty of (English) people will also curse him if he does, Matt

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
GC Smith    10* (15b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    21* (21b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-20-0

6.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and angled across, punched back to the bowler on the front foot

6.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, dug in short this time, Smith rides it and the ball rolls towards the slips

6.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, advances aggressively, Anderson drags his length back and Smith doesn't connect properly with a swipe across the line, the ball rolling to mid-on

6.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up at the stumps, turned to the man at midwicket

6.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, full and wide of off, Smith crabs his way outside the line and drives down the ground, mid-off comes across

6.6

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

End of over 7 (2 runs) South Africa 34/0 (RR: 4.85)
HM Amla    22* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-22-0
GC Smith    11* (20b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-12-0

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

7.3

Finn to Smith, 1 run, full toss, around leg stump, Smith only gets one with a shovel through square

Very wide slip in place now, as well as a short midwicket

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

After a couple of tight overs from England, that has released the pressure again

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 44/0 (RR: 5.50)
HM Amla    31* (27b 5x4)      ST Finn    4-0-22-0
GC Smith    12* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-22-0

Here's Joshwin: "Smith is moving too much around the crease, he is creating unneccassary pressure on himself, he just needs to rotate strike and feed Amla the chunk ... Much improved fielding from England!!"

8.1

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, strays down the leg side, flicked business-like round the corner for four to fine leg

8.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, pushed across, wide of off, blocked back down the wicket

8.3

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, short and pulled through deep square leg for a couple

8.4

Anderson to Smith, OUT, advances and gone, bowled! Looks like Anderson rolled his fingers over the ball, again Smith's impatience got the better of him and he missed tried to pull through the on side, the ball flipping the leg bail off on its way through

GC Smith b Anderson 18 (37m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

Dean Elgar in at No. 3 today, as he was billed previously, ahead of Duminy

8.5

Anderson to Elgar, no run, back of a length, going across, squared up a touch and defended into the off side

8.6

Anderson to Elgar, no run, length ball on the stumps, gets forward and blocks back to the bowler

England have their breakthrough; South Africa have fifty. "Curse Amla - Smith will oblige," says Ravi. Is that an ancient proverb?

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 50/1 (RR: 5.55)
D Elgar    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    5-0-28-1
HM Amla    31* (27b 5x4)      ST Finn    4-0-22-0

First change, with Dernbach replacing Finn

9.1

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

9.2

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, short of a length, pushed across the left-hander, tries to drive on the back foot and chops just past his own stumps

9.3

Dernbach to Elgar, FOUR, full and wide from Dernbach and Elgar leans into a square drive through point to get off the mark

9.4

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, length ball, sliding across, left alone

9.5

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, tight to off stump, good length, defends on the back foot to point

9.6

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, leaves the ball alone outside the line of off

"Cant understand why Smith has employed this new Pamplona strategy of charging at the quicks," exclaims Peter. "Thought he would have had enough sideways movements to deal with at the crease without having to sprint down the pitch as well!"

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 55/1 (RR: 5.50)
D Elgar    4* (7b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    32* (28b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-28-1

Interesting ... Ravi Bopara comes into the attack for James Anderson. England trying to take pace of the ball already?

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

10.3

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, pushed across on a fullish length, opens the face and steers one through backward point

10.4

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

Kieswetter up to the stumps now

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

And the keeper now goes back ...

10.6

Bopara to Elgar, no run, teasing delivery, leaving Elgar on a good length, stays back and fences at it uncertainly

"A newcomer like Elgar couldn't really ask for a better partner than Amla: scoring fast, in great form, and a very calm and humble person." You're right, James. Though I don't reckon he's the best person for a chat

End of over 11 (3 runs) South Africa 58/1 (RR: 5.27)
D Elgar    5* (9b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0
HM Amla    34* (32b 5x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-5-0

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

11.4

Dernbach to Elgar, 1 run, full and wide of the wicket, gets forward and pushes through the covers

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

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 60/1 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    35* (37b 5x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-7-0
D Elgar    6* (10b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0

12.1

Bopara to Elgar, no run, fullish length delivery, on the stumps, nudged to midwicket who makes a tumbling stop

12.2

Bopara to Elgar, no run, angled across on a good length, tapped to cover

12.3

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, full and wide, driven to deep extra-cover

Kieswetter comes up again

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

"Who is the favourite to take Strauss' opening position in Tests? Bell? Or will they need to be South Africa (Kieswetter, Dernbach). Mind you Bell was born in Australia..." You are a card, Jan Bochat, though I think Coventry's Ian Bell might take issue with that statement. Take your pick from Carberry, Compton, Root or, maybe Trott to open up with the Chef

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 62/1 (RR: 4.76)
HM Amla    36* (40b 5x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-5-0
D Elgar    7* (13b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-7-0

Another change, on comes James Tredwell, purveyor of finest English offspin

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

Slip in place for Elgar

13.4

Tredwell to Elgar, no run, big appeal straight away, Elgar hit on the pad trying to nurdle a sweep, looked like it pitched outside the line and straightened too much anyway

13.5

Tredwell to Elgar, no run, flighted, around off and straightening, defended into the off side

13.6

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, tossed up outside off, connects with the sweep this time

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 66/1 (RR: 4.71)
D Elgar    8* (16b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    39* (43b 5x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-5-0

14.1

Bopara to Elgar, no run, length ball, angled across, blocked into the off side

14.2

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, full and tight to off stump, drives through cover, taking his bottom hand off the bat

14.3

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

14.4

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, pushed across on a fullish length, dabbed into a gap in the cover region

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

Time for a change in the comms seat too. Here's Gnasher

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 70/1 (RR: 4.66)
HM Amla    41* (46b 5x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-9-0
D Elgar    10* (19b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-4-0

Thanks Alan. We have a bowling Powerplay and Steven Finn is back into the attack

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

15.4

Finn to Elgar, no run, full on off stump, Elgar defends square into the off side

15.5

Finn to Elgar, 1 run, fuller and a touch wider this time, gives Elgar to chance to drive and he guides it through the covers

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

End of over 16 (3 runs) South Africa 73/1 (RR: 4.56)
HM Amla    43* (50b 5x4)      ST Finn    5-0-25-0
D Elgar    11* (21b 1x4)      RS Bopara    3-0-9-0

Jade Dernbach is back for a second spell

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

So that ends Amla's combined innings at The Oval with tally of 354 runs. For most of the tour those inside edges - on the rare occasion they have been found - have scooted past the stumps

Slip in for AB de Villiers

16.2

Dernbach to de Villiers, no run, back of a length outside off, defended into the off side

16.3

Dernbach to de Villiers, no run, again coming back into the right hander, back of a length and de Villiers defends towards the bowler

"Please explain "Amla Out". We English are not familiar with this concept," says James

16.4

Dernbach to de Villiers, FOUR, pushed down the leg side, takes a bit of bat as he glances it away and it wasn't that far from a catch to Kieswetter. On replays, Kieswetter sort of went too far. Would have been a stunning catch

16.5

Dernbach to de Villiers, 1 run, played out to midwicket

16.6

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, short of a length, worked out to midwicket and there's almost a mix-up as they look for a single

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 78/2 (RR: 4.58)
D Elgar    11* (22b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-12-1
AB de Villiers    5* (4b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-0-25-0

17.1

Finn to de Villiers, no run, full outside off, de Villiers comes forward with bat and pad together...chance for de Villiers to build an innings today

17.2

Finn to de Villiers, 1 run, a little shorter, de Villiers chops it square into the off side and neither point or cover can prevent the run

17.3

Finn to Elgar, no run, good fielding at backward point by Morgan as Elgar drives firmly square into the off side

"AB must be happy to finally get a bat at the Oval!" says Ryan

17.4

Finn to Elgar, 1 run, on middle and leg, gives him the chance to tuck it away backward of square on the leg side

17.5

Finn to de Villiers, no run, that shoots off the middle of the bat, full on middle and off, driven firmly to mid-on

17.6

Finn to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot, glorious cover drive which he played with a slightly open face to make sure he threaded the gap in the off-side field

End of over 18 (6 runs) South Africa 84/2 (RR: 4.66)
AB de Villiers    10* (8b 2x4)      ST Finn    6-0-31-0
D Elgar    12* (24b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-12-1

18.1

Dernbach to Elgar, 1 run, full on off stump, Elgar likes to get onto the front foot wherever possible and then opens the face out to the sweeper on the cover boundary

18.2

Dernbach to de Villiers, 1 run, comes forward to ball outside off, opens the face and guides to backward of point

18.3

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, beats him with a slower ball that grips a touch and takes him on the back leg but he's outside off stump

18.4

Dernbach to Elgar, 1 run, short and outside off, Elgar aims to pull it off the front foot but doesn't get much timing and gets a single wide of mid-on

18.5

Dernbach to de Villiers, no run, angled to backward point

18.6

Dernbach to de Villiers, no run, back of a length, punched from the back foot to cover

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 87/2 (RR: 4.57)
AB de Villiers    11* (11b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-15-1
D Elgar    14* (27b 1x4)      ST Finn    6-0-31-0

James Anderson comes into the attack

19.1

Anderson to Elgar, 1 run, short of a length, worked wide of midwicket

19.2

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off, deflected down to third man as he plays it late

19.3

Anderson to Elgar, 1 run, enough width to allow Elgar to open the face down to third man and for a moment he was looking for a second but Dernbach's throw was decent

19.4

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, dragged down short and wide but Anderson gets away with it as de Villiers cuts off the toe-end of the bat out to deep cover

19.5

Anderson to Elgar, no run, tight on off stump, defended firmly into the off side

19.6

Anderson to Elgar, no run, full on off stump, pushes forward with a slightly open face and finds cover

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 91/2 (RR: 4.55)
D Elgar    16* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-32-1
AB de Villiers    13* (13b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-15-1

Alastair Cook ringing the changes today. Now it's back to Bopara.

20.1

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, gets a leading edge from de Villiers as he tries to work to leg and the ball just straighten on him but goes quickly to ground

20.2

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, full on middle, defended back to the bowler

20.3

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, keeping it full, important at Bopara's pace, and it's driven down to mid-off

20.4

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, this one is wide outside off, de Villiers shapes to cut and ends up playing over the top of the ball as it doesn't bounce too much

20.5

Bopara to de Villiers, 1 run, gets one away as he drives down to the ground to long-on

20.6

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, opens the face square into the off side and finds the gap

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 93/2 (RR: 4.42)
D Elgar    17* (32b 1x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-11-0
AB de Villiers    14* (18b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-32-1

Back to spin now from James Tredwell

21.1

Tredwell to Elgar, no run, round the wicket, full on middle, pushed back down the pitch

21.2

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, sign of pressure building? Comes down the pitch then aims to go over the leg side and gets a thick inside edge through square leg

21.3

Tredwell to de Villiers, no run, nicely bowled, beats the outside edge with a straighter delivery as de Villiers pushes forward

21.4

Tredwell to de Villiers, 3 runs, neatly played, brings out the paddle reverse sweep and gets it past a diving Kieswetter and through short third-man

21.5

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, touch short to the left hander who can go onto the back foot and drive to the cover sweeper

21.6

Tredwell to de Villiers, 1 run, goes for the pull and it isn't a million miles from midwicket but safe enough in the end

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 99/2 (RR: 4.50)
AB de Villiers    18* (21b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    2-0-10-0
D Elgar    19* (35b 1x4)      RS Bopara    4-0-11-0

22.1

Bopara to de Villiers, 1 run, the ball continuing to shape into de Villiers, gentle pace from Bopara and it's played out to deep cover

22.2

Bopara to Elgar, no run, full on middle and off, pushed down the off side and Bopara dives, getting a hand on the ball, and mid-off tidies up to prevent the run

22.3

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, this time he beats the bowler with a firm push and mid-off is hanging back a little

22.4

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends square to point

22.5

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, pitched even fuller, timing not easy on this surface, de Villiers punches to mid-off

22.6

Bopara to de Villiers, no run, tight over from Bopara as de Villiers drives on the front foot but can't beat point

End of over 23 (2 runs) South Africa 101/2 (RR: 4.39)
AB de Villiers    19* (25b 2x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-13-0
D Elgar    20* (37b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    2-0-10-0

23.1

Tredwell to Elgar, FOUR, manages to get a boundary but wasn't entirely convincing as he lofts Tredwell just over mid-on

23.2

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, that's smart batting, dabs into the off side to rotate the strike

23.3

Tredwell to de Villiers, no run, on the back foot, whipped from off stump to square leg

23.4

Tredwell to de Villiers, FOUR, that's a lovely shot, uses his feet then lofts it over midwicket without too much force in the shot and places it between long-on and deep midwicket

23.5

Tredwell to de Villiers, 3 runs, and again, same shot and almost the same placement but this time Bell at long-on as able to get around the boundary

23.6

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, full on middle, opens the face and plays it square into the off side...very good over for South Africa

End of over 24 (13 runs) South Africa 114/2 (RR: 4.75)
D Elgar    26* (40b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    3-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    26* (28b 3x4)      RS Bopara    5-0-13-0

24.1

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, driven square through the off side out to the cover sweeper

24.2

Bopara to de Villiers, 1 run, full outside off, de Villiers plays it late with an open face to third man

24.3

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, again he pushes towards mid-off who is too deep to cut off the single

24.4

Bopara to de Villiers, 1 run, played with a touch more flourish as he whips it with his bottom hand to long-on

24.5

Bopara to Elgar, no run, shorter this time, played off the back foot by Elgar back to the bowler

24.6

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, fuller on middle and off, worked towards mid-on who is also unable to prevent the run...tip and run in that over

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 119/2 (RR: 4.76)
D Elgar    29* (44b 2x4)      RS Bopara    6-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    28* (30b 3x4)      JC Tredwell    3-0-23-0

25.1

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, waits on the back foot against a slightly short ball and pushes to deep cover

25.2

Tredwell to de Villiers, OUT, gone! Trying to repeat the flicks over midwicket he played in the last over but this time gets the shot too straight down the ground which allows Ian Bell to steady himself under the catch

AB de Villiers c Bell b Tredwell 28 (34m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.32

Good comeback from Tredwell and that breaks a stand that was building some momentum

25.3

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, the batsmen crossed so this is Elgar and he works it away from middle and off through square leg

25.4

Tredwell to du Plessis, no run, straighter ball outside off, takes a thick outside edge to short third man

25.5

Tredwell to du Plessis, 1 run, goes for the paddle and gets it fine past the diving Kieswetter

25.6

Tredwell to Elgar, no run, driven back to Tredwell

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 122/3 (RR: 4.69)
D Elgar    31* (47b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    4-0-26-1
F du Plessis    1* (2b)      RS Bopara    6-0-18-0

26.1

Bopara to du Plessis, no run, keeps a tight line off stump, aims to work to the leg side but it goes straight back to the bowler

26.2

Bopara to du Plessis, OUT, gone! Du Plessis went too far across his stumps and loses his leg stump. He went down the pitch and outside off, the ball was angling towards the leg side and du Plessis missed his flick.

F du Plessis b Bopara 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Back-to-back breakthroughs for England and that's been rare of late. Chance to apply pressure now. Bopara fully deserved that.

"SA are batting to slowly, and it seems like a decent pitch," says Wozza "I just feel that the SA batting lineup has no power hitters anymore. They need to bring back Albie Morkel to help fill that gap." Not sure Morkel is fit yet. Pitch is okay, a touch slower - 250 a decent score to aim for.

26.3

Bopara to Duminy, 3 runs, neat start from Duminy as he flicks a full delivery on middle wide of mid-on with a nice piece of timing and placement

26.4

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, full outside off, Elgar comes forward and drives to the sweeper

26.5

Bopara to Duminy, no run, defends this to backward point

26.6

Bopara to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward outside off, gets a big stride and drives elegantly out to deep cover

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 127/4 (RR: 4.70)
JP Duminy    4* (3b)      RS Bopara    7-0-23-1
D Elgar    32* (48b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    4-0-26-1

27.1

Tredwell to Duminy, 1 run, round the wicket, Duminy uses his feet and works it easily down to long-on

27.2

Tredwell to Elgar, no run, touch quicker this time, on off stump and defended to the covers

27.3

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, now he goes a little slower, variation from Tredwell, and worked off the pads to deep square

27.4

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, big appeal for lbw...this turned and beat the edge, taking the back leg, and it probably did too much. Lovely delivery, though

27.5

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, comes forward and jabs into the off side

27.6

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, nicely bowled, tossed up on off stump and pushed to mid-off

End of over 28 (2 runs) South Africa 129/4 (RR: 4.60)
JP Duminy    5* (7b)      JC Tredwell    5-0-28-1
D Elgar    33* (50b 2x4)      RS Bopara    7-0-23-1

28.1

Bopara to Elgar, 2 runs, short of a length, worked off leg stump and picks the gap between long leg and deep square

28.2

Bopara to Elgar, no run, back on off stump, pushed firmly to the bowler

28.3

Bopara to Elgar, no run, more tight stuff from Bopara, on off stump and Elgar can only defend to cover

28.4

Bopara to Elgar, no run, stringing the dots together as Elgar plays with a straight bat to the leg side

28.5

Bopara to Elgar, 1 run, dragged down a touch short, pulled away through midwicket but without any great timing

A spell like this could also help Bopara's confidence with the bat later on

28.6

Bopara to Duminy, no run, full outside off to Duminy, driven straight to cover as Bopara gets through another nippy over

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 132/4 (RR: 4.55)
JP Duminy    5* (8b)      RS Bopara    8-0-26-1
D Elgar    36* (55b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    5-0-28-1

29.1

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, almost picks out long-on as he tries to release the pressure by going over the top...goes once bounce to Anderson

29.2

Tredwell to Duminy, 1 run, swept away from outside off through short fine-leg

29.3

Tredwell to Elgar, 2 runs, well, Kieswetter almost plucked that out have seen the attempt to paddle it away and followed the shot but couldn't quite get a leap in

29.4

Tredwell to Elgar, 1 run, chipped down the ground to long-off

29.5

Tredwell to Duminy, 1 run, dragged from a full length outside off to deep square

29.6

Tredwell to Elgar, 2 runs, tossed up slow outside off, that's well played as he opens the face and picks the gap between deep cover and long-off

So with this match well poised I'll hand back to Alan

End of over 30 (8 runs) South Africa 140/4 (RR: 4.66)
D Elgar    42* (59b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    6-0-36-1
JP Duminy    7* (10b)      RS Bopara    8-0-26-1

Afternoon, one and all. South Africa appear to have lost their way, a little ... but these two look like they can kick on. The Slayer of Amla returns to the attack

30.1

Dernbach to Duminy, no run, length ball outside off, dabbed towards point on the back foot

30.2

Dernbach to Duminy, no run, pitched up, full and straight, closes the face and works the ball to mid-on

30.3

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 run, very wide of the stumps this time, fired across and Duminy has to stretch his arms and toe-end the ball through backward point

30.4

Dernbach to Elgar, no run, full-bunger, right up in the blockhole, Elgar gets his bat down in defence

30.5

Dernbach to Elgar, OUT, bowled him, a slow legcutter! That's a corker of a delivery from Dernbach and it's his variations that have done for Elgar! The ball came out the back of the hand, pitched on a length and came back in to hit the top of off as Elgar played around it, foxed by the lack of pace and now back in the chicken coop himself

D Elgar b Dernbach 42 (88m 61b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.85

In comes Wayne Parnell. Guess we'll find out if he's batting too high now

30.6

Dernbach to Parnell, no run, length ball, pushed across the left-hander and left alone outside off

End of over 31 (1 run) South Africa 141/5 (RR: 4.54)
WD Parnell    0* (1b)      JW Dernbach    5-0-16-2
JP Duminy    8* (13b)      JC Tredwell    6-0-36-1

31.1

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, round the wicket, tossed up on off stump, straightening and defended on the front foot

31.2

Tredwell to Duminy, 1 run, flighted, sliding towards leg stump, skips out and clips through midwicket

31.3

Tredwell to Parnell, no run, floated up on off, played back to the bowler

31.4

Tredwell to Parnell, 1 run, touch short and wide of the stumps, Parnell telescopes out his arms to tap through point

31.5

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, full and on the stumps, worked to midwicket with a turn of the wrists

31.6

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, tossed up outside the line of off, gets forward to drive but can't beat the man at cover

Here's Moemf: "SA under serious threat now of not batting their overs with only the allrounders and tail remaining. Oh fickle game!!"

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 143/5 (RR: 4.46)
JP Duminy    9* (17b)      JC Tredwell    7-0-38-1
WD Parnell    1* (3b)      JW Dernbach    5-0-16-2

32.1

Dernbach to Parnell, FOUR, pitched up, on the pads and Parnell sweetly times a drive wide of mid-on for four - that's the first boundary in almost nine overs

32.2

Dernbach to Parnell, no run, good response, back of a length and speared across, beats Parnell's prod outside off

32.3

Dernbach to Parnell, FOUR, another boundary this time, but chalk this one up to the bowler, who squares up Parnell with one that pitches on leg and leaves him, taking a thick edge to squirt through gully

32.4

Dernbach to Parnell, FOUR, another edge, this time through first slip! Good bowling from Dernbach, drawing the false stroke, but Kieswetter can't quite get there diving to his left

32.5

Dernbach to Parnell, OUT, got him this time, edged to the keeper! Three in three for Dernbach to Parnell, the edges got progressively thinner and this one ended up comfortably in Kieswetter's bread basket. Parnell fails to make the most of his lives and England have taken the box seat in this game

WD Parnell c †Kieswetter b Dernbach 13 (6m 8b 3x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

In comes Robin Peterson, another left-hander. Two slips in place now

32.6

Dernbach to Peterson, no run, length ball, angled across a touch wide and tapped on the back foot towards gully

Finally, some Elgar puns ... "Sounds like Elgar failed to compose himself properly for the slower ball and departed without pomp in the circumstance," chirrups Johnny

End of over 33 (12 runs) South Africa 155/6 (RR: 4.69)
RJ Peterson    0* (1b)      JW Dernbach    6-0-28-3
JP Duminy    9* (17b)      JC Tredwell    7-0-38-1

A lot resting on Duminy's innings now

33.1

Tredwell to Duminy, 2 runs, tossed up and smartly reverse swept past short third man for a couple

33.2

Tredwell to Duminy, no run, comes forward and plays a length ball into the off side

33.3

Tredwell to Duminy, 2 runs, tossed up on the stumps, busy in the crease and swept in orthodox fashion this time to long leg

33.4

Tredwell to Duminy, 1 run, flighted, towards leg stump, comes forward and ticks one to long-on

Slip comes in for Peterson

33.5

Tredwell to Peterson, no run, floated up around the line of off stump, pushed back to the bowler on the front foot

33.6

Tredwell to Peterson, no run, slightly wider, drifting in and then spinning, played on the back foot to point

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 160/6 (RR: 4.70)
RJ Peterson    0* (3b)      JC Tredwell    8-0-43-1
JP Duminy    14* (21b)      JW Dernbach    6-0-28-3

The verdict on Parnell is in, from James: "Yup. Probably batting too high."

34.1

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 run, length ball, pushed across, stays back and dabs one through backward point

34.2

Dernbach to Peterson, no run, full-pace yorker from Dernbach, drifts slightly wide of off stump as Peterson brings his bat down late and misses

34.3

Dernbach to Peterson, 2 runs, slower ball again, outside the line of off and tempting the drive, Peterson mistimes and inside-edges past his stumps

34.4

Dernbach to Peterson, 1 run, gets this slightly wrong, full toss wide of the stumps, slapped through the covers to the sweeper

34.5

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 leg bye, length ball, leg-stump line, Duminy doesn't connect cleanly and the ball dribbles away on the leg side

34.6

Dernbach to Peterson, no run, length ball angled across outside off, stays back and steers the ball to slip on the bounce

End of over 35 (5 runs) South Africa 165/6 (RR: 4.71)
RJ Peterson    3* (7b)      JW Dernbach    7-0-32-3
JP Duminy    15* (23b)      JC Tredwell    8-0-43-1

More name punnery, from Tim: "Here's hoping that Tredwell, doesn't put a foot wrong..." The secret of comedy is timing and yours, Tim, is off, as Tredwell is replace by Steven Finn. Good try, though. Time for the batting Powerplay

35.1

Finn to Duminy, no run, length ball outside the line of off, blocked into the off side

35.2

Finn to Duminy, 1 run, drags this down, short of a length, Duminy steps away and hacks a cut through cover-point

35.3

Finn to Peterson, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a length delivery through the covers for one

35.4

Finn to Duminy, FOUR, too straight from Finn, on to the pads and Duminy casually tickles it fine for four

35.5

Finn to Duminy, no run, length ball, on middle, pushed back to the bowler

35.6

Finn to Duminy, 1 run, full length, speared across and driven on the front foot to the cover sweeper

"Puzzling decision by SA to go with 6 batters/5 bowlers on a slow track when Elgar, Duminy and du Plessis are all fairly handy bowlers," says Nahim. "Haven't they learnt from the World Cup?"

End of over 36 (7 runs) South Africa 172/6 (RR: 4.77)
JP Duminy    21* (28b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-0-38-0
RJ Peterson    4* (8b)      JW Dernbach    7-0-32-3

36.1

Dernbach to Duminy, no run, good length, on leg stump, goes back and turns the ball straight to square leg

36.2

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 run, pushed across Duminy on a length, hangs back and glides a single down to third man with an open bat face

36.3

Dernbach to Peterson, 1 run, more line and length from Dernbach - this is very unsettling - Peterson taps the ball through gully on the back foot

36.4

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 run, pitched up around the line of off, presses forward and drives to mid-off, they take on the arm and get one comfortably

36.5

Dernbach to Peterson, 1 run, goes back to a fullish delivery, on the stumps, manages to get bat on it and turn through square leg

36.6

Dernbach to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball to end the over and Duminy is watchful, plays late and squirts the ball to third man

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 177/6 (RR: 4.78)
JP Duminy    24* (32b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    8-0-37-3
RJ Peterson    6* (10b)      ST Finn    7-0-38-0

Anderson replaces Finn after one over

37.1

Anderson to Duminy, no run, full, on the stumps, possibly a slower delivery from Anderson and Duminy is this far from chipping it back into Anderson's hands

37.2

Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, length, outside the line of off, pushed through point but they only get one, despite a misfield

37.3

Anderson to Peterson, no run, beats the outside edge, Peterson hesitant in the crease poking his bat at a length ball darting across his bows

37.4

Anderson to Peterson, 1 run, a thick outside edge playing back flies through backward point

37.5

Anderson to Duminy, no run, length ball, offcutter this time, pitching on middle and rolling across, Duminy mistimes a dab and the ball bounces through to Kieswetter

37.6

Anderson to Duminy, no run, full, on the stumps, pushed to mid-on coming forward

"Never mind all this Elgar punnery, what we need is a proper sing-song. My starter for 10: 'If I could Dernbach time; if I could find a way...'" That, Emma Sell, is literally the only pun going for JD

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 179/6 (RR: 4.71)
JP Duminy    25* (36b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-34-1
RJ Peterson    7* (12b)      JW Dernbach    8-0-37-3

Finn back into the attack from the Vauxhall End

38.1

Finn to Peterson, 1 run, short and wide, cuts this through point in the air

38.2

Finn to Duminy, 1 run, fuller length, Duminy plays a slightly awkward drive-cum-cut and spoons a leading edge between cover and extra-cover

38.3

Finn to Peterson, no run, back of a length and wide of the stumps, Peterson has a swish and misses

38.4

Finn to Peterson, 1 run, pushed across on a length, stays a bit low and toe-ended through gully

38.5

Finn to Duminy, 1 run, line and length, Duminy leaves his crease and steers one to third man

38.6

Finn to Peterson, no run, touch short of a length, plenty of width and Peterson plays and misses again

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 183/6 (RR: 4.69)
RJ Peterson    9* (16b)      ST Finn    8-0-42-0
JP Duminy    27* (38b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-34-1

39.1

Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, good length, touch straight and worked off the legs through midwicket

39.2

Anderson to Peterson, no run, tight line, length delivery, stays back and chops into the ground, fielded by point

39.3

Anderson to Peterson, 1 run, steers another length ball through backward point to the man on the fence

39.4

Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, length ball, pushed across into the channel, Duminy gets forward and guides another single to third man

39.5

Anderson to Peterson, 1 run, stays on the back foot and works the ball into a gap at midwicket but they can't turn one into two

39.6

Anderson to Duminy, no run, fullish length ball, pushed across outside off and driven to cover

And now, for the death overs, I give you: Gnasher

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 187/6 (RR: 4.67)
JP Duminy    29* (41b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-38-1
RJ Peterson    11* (19b)      ST Finn    8-0-42-0

Cheers Alan. Can South Africa still get 250? That would be a good score on this slowish surface. Duminy the key. Ravi Bopara is back with the ball...

40.1

Bopara to Peterson, no run, touch shorter but quite tight to off stump which means Peterson can only cut to point

40.2

Bopara to Peterson, 1 run, straighter this time, worked off middle through midwicket

40.3

Bopara to Duminy, no run, uses his feet to try and disrupt the length but can only bunt it back to Bopara

Kieswetter up to the stumps

40.4

Bopara to Duminy, no run, on the pads, misses the bat and deflects to the leg side

40.5

Bopara to Duminy, no run, big shout for lbw, squeezed past the bat onto the back leg but looked to have pitched outside leg quite comfortably

40.6

Bopara to Duminy, FOUR, lovely shot, superb placement from Duminy as he cuts this late through backward point and beats third man

End of over 41 (5 runs) South Africa 192/6 (RR: 4.68)
JP Duminy    33* (45b 2x4)      RS Bopara    9-0-31-1
RJ Peterson    12* (21b)      JM Anderson    8-0-38-1

James Tredwell back into the attack so seems Samit Patel won't bowl today

41.1

Tredwell to Peterson, 3 runs, edged! Came down the pitch went to drive through the off side, skews off a thick edge and flies through where slip would have been

41.2

Tredwell to Duminy, OUT, strikes this time, though. Big wicket. Duminy comes down the pitch and tries to clear the straight boundary but gets it higher rather than longer and Ian Bell settles under his second catch, this time at long-off, although it didn't go in cleanly

JP Duminy c Bell b Tredwell 33 (61m 46b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.73

41.3

Tredwell to Peterson, 1 run, drifts onto leg stump, tickled away through short fine-leg

41.4

Tredwell to Steyn, no run, starts to come down the pitch then blocks to the leg side

41.5

Tredwell to Steyn, no run, quicker and flatter, Steyn back in the crease and works the ball to midwicket

41.6

Tredwell to Steyn, no run, touch wider outside, Steyn onto the front foot and defends square on the leg side

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 196/7 (RR: 4.66)
DW Steyn    0* (3b)      JC Tredwell    9-0-47-2
RJ Peterson    16* (23b)      RS Bopara    9-0-31-1

42.1

Bopara to Peterson, no run, hint of width outside off, but's chopped into the ground and bobbles back to Kieswetter

This will be just the second time in ODIs that Ravi has bowled out his 10 overs

42.2

Bopara to Peterson, no run, cuts again and this time finds backward point

42.3

Bopara to Peterson, no run, full on off stump, comes forward and drives but sends it straight to mid-off

42.4

Bopara to Peterson, no run, finds the fielder yet again, Bopara gets away with this one which is a bit short and wide as Peterson picks out backward point

42.5

Bopara to Peterson, no run, full on leg stump, tries to work it away but misses out

Can he finish with a maiden?

42.6

Bopara to Peterson, no run, yes, he can. Full outside off, Peterson tries to drive but just gets a thick edge into the ground. Excellent over and a top spell from Bopara

End of over 43 (maiden) South Africa 196/7 (RR: 4.55)
RJ Peterson    16* (29b)      RS Bopara    10-1-31-1
DW Steyn    0* (3b)      JC Tredwell    9-0-47-2

43.1

Tredwell to Steyn, no run, outside off, defended to cover

43.2

Tredwell to Steyn, 1 run, worked off the stumps through the leg side to deep midwicket

43.3

Tredwell to Peterson, no run, round the wicket, defended solidly

43.4

Tredwell to Peterson, no run, on middle, Peterson tries to work to leg but is taken on the pad

43.5

Tredwell to Peterson, 1 run, now he brings how his attempt at a switch hit, the ball is full outside leg and he heaves it through the covers

43.6

Tredwell to Steyn, no run, a fully delivery pushed back to Tredwell and that's another tight over

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 198/7 (RR: 4.50)
DW Steyn    1* (6b)      JC Tredwell    10-0-49-2
RJ Peterson    17* (32b)      RS Bopara    10-1-31-1

"Patel must feel really quite miffed not to have been bowled today, and rightly so!" says Matthew. "He bowled well last game without much luck and deserves better than this from England." No one else has bowled badly. Just have to wait for his chance another day. Meanwhile, Anderson is back.

44.1

Anderson to Peterson, FOUR, dropped in short on off stump and that sits up nicely, Peterson pulls it powerfully through midwicket...bit of freebie from Anderson

44.2

Anderson to Peterson, 1 run, full outside off, pushed firmly towards mid-off and he sets off straight away

44.3

Anderson to Steyn, OUT, another one goes...a good delivery from Anderson. Full on off stump, the ball holds its line, and Steyn played all around it. Jimmy will have enjoyed that.

DW Steyn b Anderson 1 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Danger of South Africa not playing out their 50 overs here. Meanwhile, James has this: "An excellent spell of controlled medium pace from Ravi Bopara. Only one boundary, and almost 6 overs of dot balls."

Slip in place for Morkel

44.4

Anderson to Morkel, no run, full again, on middle and off, Morkel gets behind it and plays to the off side

44.5

Anderson to Morkel, no run, keeps it full, just a hint of movement, played to the covers

44.6

Anderson to Morkel, 1 run, starts on middle and leg, shapes away from the left hander who pushes firmly down the ground to mid-off

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 204/8 (RR: 4.53)
M Morkel    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    9-0-44-2
RJ Peterson    22* (34b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    10-0-49-2

Jade Dernbach back into the attack. Slip stays in place.

45.1

Dernbach to Morkel, FOUR, nice shot, in fact a terrific shot, back of a length on leg stump and he whips it over midwicket with a strong bottom-hand flick. Classy.

45.2

Dernbach to Morkel, no run, gets back on a full length outside off, Morkel prods forward and gets an inside edge into his boot

45.3

Dernbach to Morkel, no run, on middle and off, pushed firmly to cover

Jega says: "Bell's new KP-ish approach in ODIs certainly helping him in the top of the order. Will he stick to the same approach or will he change it to suit this pitch? I reckon he will be forced to change. what do you think?" Suspect he'll just bat normally. This won't be a big chase.

Slip comes out to midwicket on the edge of the circle

45.4

Dernbach to Morkel, 1 run, bit of width outside off, Morkel guides down to third man

45.5

Dernbach to Peterson, 1 run, there's the slower ball, well directed on a full length, Peterson opens the face to third man

45.6

Dernbach to Morkel, 1 run, another good slower ball, almost defeated Morkel but he just waited long enough then guide the ball wide of the keeper

End of over 46 (7 runs) South Africa 211/8 (RR: 4.58)
M Morkel    7* (8b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    9-0-44-3
RJ Peterson    23* (35b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-44-2

Anderson comes round the wicket

46.1

Anderson to Morkel, no run, tries to find third man again but only gets it as far as backward point

46.2

Anderson to Morkel, no run, full outside off, driven square to the man at backward point again

46.3

Anderson to Morkel, OUT, cleaned up! Another for Anderson. Came into Morkel from round the wicket and scooted between bat and pad to take middle and off stump

M Morkel b Anderson 7 (8m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Six bowled dismissals in the innings now. A pitch to keep it straight. Tsotsobe at No. 11 and a slip in place.

46.4

Anderson to Tsotsobe, OUT, given lbw! Tsotsobe uses the review that's left. May as well. Was trapped on the back foot. Maybe going over? He's not hit it. Just clipping the top of leg stump so that will stay on the field.

LL Tsotsobe lbw b Anderson 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Anderson finishes with two-in-two and four for the innings. A very solid all-round display from England. One of the better performances in recent weeks. South Africa fail to use 20 balls of their innings. They are below par, but by quite how much we'll have to judge later. Still, England should chase these down. It was a batting effort that never really got going after Amla had fallen. Plenty of starts but no one kicked on. We'll be back in at 5pm for the start of the run chase.

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