South Africa tour of England, 3rd T20I: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Sep 12, 2012
England won by 28 runs
12 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

8.12pm Here we go then, bang on time, England's World Cup winning opening pair of two years ago are taking to the field together once again and Morne Morkel is going to open the bowling...

7.52pm Here's the toss, South Africa have won and, with AB de Villiers shivering, have decided to bowl. Dale Steyn and JP Duminy are rested with du Plessis and Wayne Parnell coming in. For England, who would have bowled, Michael Lumb plays with the aforementioned Bresnan and Briggs.

England Kieswetter, Lumb, Wright, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler, Bresnan, Swann, Broad, Briggs, Dernbach
South Africa Levi, Amla, du Plessis, Kallis, de Villiers, Ontong, Morkel, Botha, Peterson, Parnell, Morkel

7.45pm Right, good news, we are going to have a toss at 7.52pm - what the? - and a start time at 8.12pm - can you Adam and Eve it? What on earth is that rubbish about. It gets funnier because it's going to be an 11-over per side match! Why oh why is cricket so so silly sometimes...

Dermot reckons the Telstra Dome in Melbourne has hosted three ODIs. Problem is in Britain, it would take an entirely new ground to get a roof on one, none of the stadiums are particularly easy to just stick a roof over - the Rose Bowl perhaps? But there's surely something in indoor cricket? Maybe the UAE can sponsor a new cricket ground in Britain?

7.30pm Here we have some action, England are in a huddle and a cap has been presented to Danny that means that we are going to get some cricket surely...but the umpires are going to inspect again at 7.40pm because they have "concerns about certain areas"...

7.20pm So many players and officials out on the ground now, they've been warming up and milling around for ages. The umpires have inspected again and are now having a good chat to both captains. The covers are off and the pitch is being prepared but it seems like the umpires are concerned about backward point for the right hander at the pavilion end...common sense for the fans, get the game going, or elite athletes about to go out to a major tournament, do they need to play in first-class conditions...

"Before you hire the Rogers Centre in Toronto you might want to read this," haha, how about that eh Saul!

Anton has some grand plans for the future of T20: "Its a shame one or two of the venues in England do not yet have a retractable roof. If we did, we wouldn't have any disruptions in ODIs an 20-20 matches. 20-20 matches with the roof on and lighting looks even more spectacular than when played in the open. I think cricket missed a trick by not taking on the Olympics venue. They could have had a roof installed and play 20-20 internationals there any time of the year." I'm just starting to count up how much a roof on the Olympic Stadium would cost...good idea in theory though. I suppose the ECB could hire the Blue Jays stadium in Toronto...

6.45pm The news of the inspection is that there are areas of concern around the edges of the square, as such there will be another inspection at 7.15pm. If a match can start at 8pm, it would be 13-overs per side.

6.30pm So the umpires are about to go and have a look, with plenty of rain still on the covers and outfield but touch wood, no more due to fall for the rest of the evening, but it's going to take some time for the ground to dry out and, remembering back to the ODI against West Indies, Edgbaston didn't manage to dry out at all then, and the evening is getting no warmer. But maybe, maybe, we could get something like a 15-over a side match starting at 8pm, we shall see...

"How the British managed to invent a game that requires days of uninterrupted sunshine is beyond me!" Haha, you've got a point there Tony. I can only assume we used to have guaranteed wall-to-wall sunshine in the medieval ages...

6.05pm The latest news is that we're going to get an inspection at 6.30pm so it seems like we should be able to get a full T20 in still, provided there is no more rain...but there has been plenty of rain on the ground and there are significant puddles on the covers and just off them too, so it's going to take some time to mop the ground up and for everything to dry up...but now it's raining again! Oh what a summer we've had...

Hell everyone, Monty and I, Alex Winter, back with you for the final match of South Africa's tour of the British Isles. Third T20 coming up from Edgbaston, if the weather holds - it is raining at the moment! So no toss for a little bit it would seem so a good chance for you to enter our competition to win a signed copy of James Anderson's autobiography and a signed bat, too...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 run, waist high full toss to start, was it a no-ball, they've let it go, blocked out through square leg to get England away


M Morkel to Lumb, 1 run, full around middle stump, worked out to deep square leg

This is the ninth time that this pair have opened for England, they average 26...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, 5 wides, what on earth! This is a Harmison-esque wide but this is much wider, much wider, wouldn't have reached fourth slip! Hilarious


M Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 wide, another leg side wide, at least this is vaguely close to off stump

I guess an hour and a half's warm up isn't enough for Morkel...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, FOUR, full on leg stump, chipped over midwicket, nicely timed but that was another poor ball

Slip goes out straight away, to midwicket...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, FOUR, via midwicket for four more, another lovely little clip, guided it past Kallis who had just gone into midwicket


M Morkel to Kieswetter, no run, gets one straight and is blocked down to mid off


M Morkel to Kieswetter, no run, this is more like it, nips away from back of a length and beats Kieswetter looking to run it down to third man

End of over 1 (16 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 16.00)

    • C Kieswetter 9 (5b 2x4)
    • MJ Lumb 1 (1b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-16-0

Great start for England. Here's Parnell from the pavilion end...


Parnell to Lumb, FOUR, off stump half-volley, timed away past extra cover, lovely stroke, opening the face into the gap


Parnell to Lumb, no run, might have missed out here, full towards middle and leg, tucked only to mid on


Parnell to Lumb, OUT, out goes middle stump! Length ball nips back and beats Lumb's attempted off drive, he was playing with the bat a long way away from the pads, didn't get his foot out to the ball and the quick, off stump ball seamed in and smashed down middle pole

MJ Lumb b Parnell 5 (8m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Parnell to Wright, 1 run, length ball around off stump, angled down to third man


Parnell to Kieswetter, no run, full and wide of off stump, driven lazily only to cover point


Parnell to Kieswetter, no run, another front foot drive, this is better, but only to mid off

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 21/1 (RR: 10.50)

    • C Kieswetter 9 (7b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 1 (1b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-5-1
    • M Morkel 1-0-16-0

Morkel maybe trending on twitter at the moment but he's out of the attack after a shocker of an opening over, maybe his brother Albie Morkel can send um down a bit tighter...


JA Morkel to Wright, 2 runs, fullish ball towards middle and off, worked wide of mid on for a couple


JA Morkel to Wright, 1 leg bye, angled in, comes off the thigh pad and runs towards square leg


JA Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 run, leg stump slower ball, ran to the edge of the circle


JA Morkel to Wright, 1 run, slower ball bouncer, pulled down but only to short long leg, a yard either side it was four


JA Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 run, angled in full, worked through square leg


JA Morkel to Wright, no run, cutter again, cut to cover point, they consider a single but Wright is sent back and has to dive back into his ground

End of the Powerplay and two good overs for SA after the shocking first set...

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 27/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • LJ Wright 4 (5b)
    • C Kieswetter 11 (9b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-5-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-5-1

Robin Peterson now...


Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, down the wicket first ball, played into the empty leg side infield


Peterson to Wright, 1 wide, step outside leg stump, Peterson follows him but goes too far


Peterson to Wright, 1 run, step to leg and back again there, it spun and Wright dropped it towards square leg


Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, swept but can't evade the 45 on the leg side


Peterson to Wright, 4 wides, leg side, it spins inside the keeper who went to his left to take it after Wright missed with the sweep, that did spin quite a bit, Levi dives and saves on the rope


Peterson to Kieswetter, no run, this slides on and Kieswetter misses trying to tuck it to leg


Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, towards the leg side again, another sweep, comes off the pad and loops over the keeper


Peterson to Wright, 1 run, shorter, pulled but only to deep midwicket

Good over for England...

End of over 4 (10 runs) England 37/1 (RR: 9.25)

    • LJ Wright 6 (7b)
    • C Kieswetter 14 (13b 2x4)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-10-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-5-0

Another spin option now with Johan Botha coming on...


Botha to Wright, 1 leg bye, down the wicket, sharp spin down the leg side, comes off the pad and runs to the 45


Botha to Kieswetter, FOUR, down the wicket and hammered over the bowler's head, powerful strike, flashed away, good use of the feet


Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, leg stump, swept past the 45 but deep backward square scrambles really well and saves the second, excellent work


Botha to Wright, no run, goes to sweep, struck on the pad, huge appeal but not out given, Botha was convinced, Hawk Eye had it high and outside the line too


Botha to Wright, OUT, short run, just the one step, slugged high, high in the air and Amla takes it well at point. Good catch that coming across from short third man as Wright tried to go big over the top and skied it off an outside edge

LJ Wright c Amla b Botha 6 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00


Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, back and waited for, tucked into midwicket from off stump

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 44/2 (RR: 8.80)

    • C Kieswetter 20 (16b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • J Botha 1-0-6-1
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-10-0

Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, stepped to leg, tries to go over the off side, inside edge towards short long leg


Peterson to Morgan, 1 run, down the wicket, worked via midwicket, no-one at home on the leg side in front of square in the circle


Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, waited for in the crease again, played towards square leg against the spin


Peterson to Morgan, no run, goes back to pull and gets hit on the body, that gripped and Morgan was there too soon with the stroke


Peterson to Morgan, 2 runs, swept hard, Kallis does well coming round from deep backward square


Peterson to Morgan, 1 run, reverse sweep towards deep cover, it looped up but Parnell can't get there coming in off the boundary

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 50/2 (RR: 8.33)

    • EJG Morgan 4 (4b)
    • C Kieswetter 22 (18b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-16-0
    • J Botha 1-0-6-1

Patient stuff from England again, are they going hard enough here...


Botha to Morgan, no run, slow again off the pitch, worked to point for no run


Botha to Morgan, no run, fired into leg stump, punched back to the bowler


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, short run again, goes to paddle sweep and only flicks it into de Villiers' pad, it runs to square leg for a single


Botha to Kieswetter, no run, turn down the leg side, Kieswetter falls out of his ground but de Villiers' drops the ball and the batsman scrambles back into his ground, but is the bat raised as de Villiers' eventually takes the stumps down, no, safely back, missed stumping


Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, leg stump again, pushed to square leg


Botha to Morgan, no run, fired in again, Morgan can only dig it out back to the bowler

Super over that from Botha, who is in the last knockings of his international career remember, giving up the chance to play for SA for another SA, South Australia, after the World T20...

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 52/2 (RR: 7.42)

    • EJG Morgan 5 (8b)
    • C Kieswetter 23 (20b 3x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-8-1
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-16-0

Jacques Kallis into the attack now...


Kallis to Kieswetter, no run, length ball on the stumps, Kieswetter steps away and goes to swing over the off side, gets a bottom edge back to the bowler


Kallis to Kieswetter, 2 runs, length again just outside off, nicely timed wide enough of long off for two, excellent running


Kallis to Kieswetter, SIX, another length ball, Kieswetter clears the leg stump and smashes it over long on, superb strike


Kallis to Kieswetter, 2 runs, fuller now and hammered again, this straight along the floor to deep cover, a fumble allows them to come back for two


Kallis to Kieswetter, no run, effort ball here and Kieswetter swings and misses again having stepped to leg


Kallis to Kieswetter, 1 run, premeditated paddle sweep, Kallis fires it in to off stump, Kieswetter can only block it on the crease, Morgan calls him through for the single

End of over 8 (11 runs) England 63/2 (RR: 7.87)

    • C Kieswetter 34 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 5 (8b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-11-0
    • J Botha 2-0-8-1

On the evidence so far, spin the way to go on this pitch...three overs to go...


Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, off stump, paddle swept to the 45


Botha to Morgan, OUT, down the wicket, smashed straight up in the air and caught by long off coming in 20 yards off the rope, just didn't get it Morgan and pumped it high into the sky and the catch was well held

EJG Morgan c Ontong b Botha 5 (14m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Another one for Botha...and South Africa have allowed him to slip away...


Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, off stump, flicked into the leg side


Botha to Buttler, 1 run, just outside off, pushed in front of short third man

Around the wicket now...


Botha to Kieswetter, 2 runs, paddle swept from off stump, it's in front of deep backward square so they can get a couple with good running


Botha to Kieswetter, SIX, more excellent striking from Kieswetter, again down the pitch and again whacked very very hard, flat six straight down the ground

End of over 9 (11 runs) England 74/3 (RR: 8.22)

    • C Kieswetter 44 (30b 3x4 2x6)
    • JC Buttler 1 (1b)
    • J Botha 3-0-19-2
    • JH Kallis 1-0-11-0

Parnell is back..."I haven't seen much of Buttler, but above Bairstow in such a situation?" We shall see Rahul...although Buttler hasn't done much in an international so far...


Parnell to Buttler, SIX, but oh my goodness what a shot this is, stand and deliver. He shuffles back in the crease and heaves it straight over the bowler's head, it goes miles back, a huge strike


Parnell to Buttler, SIX, and again! Outside off stump this time and banged straight down the ground again, supreme hitting this, is it Buttler's time now

Fine leg comes up...


Parnell to Buttler, 2 runs, fuller outside off, slapped just past extra cover for a couple


Parnell to Buttler, 1 no ball, too wide of off stump now but this is also a no-ball, whoops

So now a free hit, does he go back to the scoop, that's his shot...


Parnell to Buttler, (no ball) FOUR, yes he does and pulls it off beautifully, gets it well over short long leg and away for four, and another no-ball! Shocking

Free Hit #2...


Parnell to Buttler, FOUR, length outside off stump but Buttler steps outside off and scoops again to fine leg for a one bounce four, super shot again

24 from the over...


Parnell to Buttler, SIX, length on middle stump and this is smashed into the stands over midwicket, another wonderful strike, this is special stuff


Parnell to Buttler, 2 runs, another pull out to midwicket, a fumble lets them back for the second

There you go Rahul! That was the first time Buttler's pulled it off in an international, 32 off the over, great hitting...

End of over 10 (32 runs) England 106/3 (RR: 10.60)

    • JC Buttler 31 (9b 2x4 3x6)
    • C Kieswetter 44 (30b 3x4 2x6)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-37-1
    • J Botha 3-0-19-2

Morne Morkel comes back for the last set, needs to improve on his first effort...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, SIX, short and smashed over square leg, superbly timed, sails into the stands

50 for Kieswetter, great knock...


M Morkel to Kieswetter, OUT, now tries the Buttler scoop and gets bowled falling outside off stump, beaten for pace really and a full ball strikes middle and off stumps

C Kieswetter b M Morkel 50 (51m 32b 3x4 3x6) SR: 156.25

But a fantastic effort from Kieswetter, real confidence-booster that...


M Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, full outside off, angled past shot third man, four more, just a little too wide


M Morkel to Bairstow, OUT, another middle stump goes flying gets this absolutely bang on does Morkel and Bairstow tried to angle to third man again but missed the fast yorker perfectly on target, there's the Morkel we know and love

JM Bairstow b M Morkel 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00


M Morkel to Bresnan, 1 run, fired in to leg stump, tucked to midwicket for just a single

So what can Buttler do with the last ball...


M Morkel to Buttler, 1 run, goes for the scoop but just gets it off the toe wide enough of the keeper for the single

Fine effort from Kieswetter and Buttler, excellent, clean, crisp hitting, that's more like it with the bat from England and they have a very imposing total that will take plenty of chasing, can South Africa pull it off? They have the players to do so and Monty will talk you through the second half in around 10 minutes time...

End of over 11 (12 runs) England 118/5

    • JC Buttler 32 (10b 2x4 3x6)
    • TT Bresnan 1 (1b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-28-2
    • WD Parnell 2-0-37-1





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