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England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chennai

Broad seals England's six-run thriller

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

March 6, 2011

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England 171 (Bopara 60, Trott 52, Tahir 4-38) beat South Africa 165 (Amla 42, Broad 4-15) by six runs
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James Anderson brought England back into the contest with a brilliant mid-innings spell, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011
James Anderson put England back on track with the key wicket of AB de Villiers © Getty Images

What a World Cup England are producing. From a thrilling tie against India to the shock of losing to Ireland they have now conjured a stunning fightback to beat South Africa by six runs in a gripping contest on a tough pitch in Chennai. They took all ten wickets for 102 through a combination of spin, reverse swing, perseverance and the never-say-die-attitude which is such a trait of this team, with Stuart Broad sealing the victory with two wickets in four balls after Dale Steyn's 31-ball 20 had taken his team close to the winning line.

It showed you don't need 600 runs to create an epic one-day international and the celebrations when Morne Morkel was caught behind proved how important it was for England spirits. Without it they would have faced the real possibility of heading home early, but can now approach the clashes against Bangladesh and West Indies with much greater heart. What will please Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower is that it was the much-maligned attack that won the match - after the batting struggled to post 171 - as Broad took 4 for 15, James Anderson produced a devastating burst of reverse swing shortly before the 34-over ball change and Graeme Swann bowled with guile and craft to set up the prospect of victory.

Despite the tricky pitch, South Africa had broken the back of the run-chase after an opening stand of 63 between Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla. However, they suffered two slumps; the first as three wickets fell for 19 - with Broad claiming the vital scalps of Amla and Jacques Kallis - then the more significant slide from 124 for 3 to 165 all out as Anderson produced some wonderful reverse swing, Ian Bell pulled off a fine piece of fielding at short leg to run out Faf du Plessis, and Broad cleaned up the tail.

Swann could have dismissed Smith almost half a dozen times with spitting, turning deliveries until one finally bounced and brushed the thumb although it needed the DRS to overturn Asoka de Silva's on-field not out decision. Amla had moved along serenely despite the testing surface until he became a little lazy against Broad and chopped into his stumps. Kallis then edged a drive and, in a rare sight, accepted Prior's word on whether it had carried without asking for the umpires to check.

AB de Villiers, who began the tournament with back-to-back hundreds, and du Plessis are normally free-flowing batsman, but they decided to consolidate rather than attack during their 42-run stand. It wasn't a major problem for South Africa at the time with the asking rate remaining comfortable, but it conceded the momentum and when the breakthroughs came England still had runs to play with.

Anderson produced his finest spell of reverse-swing since the Ashes as he trimmed de Villiers' bails and then clattered JP Duminy's stumps two balls after he'd been reprieved by the DRS having been given caught down the leg side. It had been a controversial moment because there didn't seem enough evidence to overrule the on-field umpire, but Anderson soon made it irrelevant. In between those two wickets, Bell showed brilliant alertness at short leg as he stopped du Plessis's shot and flicked it to Prior in time to complete the run out.

Smart Stats

  • The 171 is the ninth time England have been bowled out for less than 200 in World Cups. Their lowest remains the 93 against Australia in the 1975 World Cup semi-final.
  • Imran Tahir's 4 for 38 is his best bowling performance in ODIs surpassing his 4 for 41 in the game against West Indies. The bowling performance is also the second best by a spinner against England in a World Cup game behind Abdul Qadir's 4 for 31 in 1987.
  • Robin Peterson's 3 for 22 is his best bowling display in ODIs surpassing his 3 for 42 against Pakistan in Dubai.
  • From a position of 124 for 3, South Africa lost their next four wickets for an additional three runs including three wickets with the score on 124.
  • Stuart Broad's 4 for 15 is the best bowling performance by ean England bowler in World Cup matches against South Africa and the seventh best by an English bowler overall in World Cups.
  • The 99-run stand between Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara is the second highest for the fourth wicket for England in World Cups.
  • Trott continued his excellent ODI form with his ninth half-century. He has now scored 1080 runs in 22 matches at an average of 54.
  • England's six-run win is their closest margin of victory in a World Cup match when thry have batted first. Their previous closest win was the nine-run win over India in the 1992 World Cup.
  • The 172 is the lowest target that South Africa have failed to chase in World Cups and the third lowest in ODIs.

England were buzzing, having taken 3 for 0, and the scoring remained at a standstill for the next three overs as Morne van Wyk and Robin Peterson struggled against spin. Michael Yardy, the weak link in the attack, then had Peterson caught behind trying to cut but the mandatory ball-change at 34 overs meant the threat of reverse swing was momentarily removed.

Andrew Strauss opted to keep Swann back for one over and used Yardy and Kevin Pietersen in tandem. Both were given one over too many as Steyn took advantage, driving Yardy through the covers and lofting Pietersen straight down the ground. Slowly but surely he and van Wyk chipped out 33 tension-filled runs.

However, because of the extensive use of the spinners Strauss was able to return to his quicks at the death and with 12 needed Tim Bresnan found van Wyk's inside-edge which crashed into the stumps. Then it was over to Broad who trapped Steyn lbw with his first ball and Morkel had clearly decided to try and finish the game quickly when he got the final edge.

Despite proving to be yet another thriller, the match could not have been a greater contrast to the two run-fests England were involved in Bangalore. It became abundantly clear this wouldn't be a 300-match when Peterson stunned everyone by removing both openers in his first over. The value of South Africa's rounded attack was again on show as the frontline spinners took seven wickets and were backed up by Morkel and Steyn with England losing their top three for 15 and last six for 37, but their failure to cross the line will raise old concerns.

Smith isn't known for out-of-the-box captaincy but it was clever to hand Peterson the new ball. Strauss tried to take an attacking approach by using his feet, but could only pick out de Villiers, who took a fine running catch at deep midwicket. If that was a bonus for South Africa they could barely believe what happened three balls later when Pietersen pushed forward and got a regulation edge low to first slip. Bell soon became Peterson's third as he pushed a return catch back to the bowler after being beaten in the flight.

Ravi Bopara, back in the side at the expense of Paul Collingwood, set about the recovery with Jonathan Trott, who was saved by the DRS after being given lbw against Imran Tahir on 20. Bopara nearly ran himself out on 26 - it wouldn't have been the first time - but a dive just saved him, then he broke a run of singles with a handsome straight drive for six before Trott reached fifty from 87 balls.

Having used up considerable time Trott needed to up the tempo but Tahir pulled off a fine return catch after deceiving his former Warwickshire team-mate in the flight. Prior had the chance to build an innings after previously needing to slog from the start but was undone by Morkel.

Bopara's 60, his first ODI fifty since November 2008, remained the top score and will have given him huge confidence for the rest of the tournament as he showed he could adapt to conditions. The lower order couldn't build momentum against Tahir and failing to use up 26 deliveries looked like being costly. However, once again England dug deep when all seemed lost and gave the World Cup another memorable finish.

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Posted by Bhalram on (March 9, 2011, 1:28 GMT)

dont get too comfortable england. The west indies will tear u guys apart

Posted by Andrew on (March 8, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

@landl47 - sorry but I do have to have a laugh re:Broad being ruled out of the W/C with injury. (Sad for Broad I know & Pommy fans). Purely from the aspect that you really shouldn't have been bagging Tait as injury prone! Anyways that aside - it was very poor man management, if the injury is the same as what ruled him out of the Ashes 3 months ago!!!

Posted by Paul on (March 8, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

blah blah blah on Choker comments. Really it is very tired. Its a game of cricket, one team wins, the other loses, simple. Could have been anyone, stop labeling the SA side, its ridiculous.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

anderson is such an amazing bowler when the pitch offers him even the slightest movement. it would be nice to see more pitches like this in the subcontinent! on a track like this i'd like to see dhoni even get off the mark..

Posted by Craig on (March 7, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

The pitch was tough to bat on, but with so many balls available, we should have won that match. Smith's form is not just problematic, it's now becoming a crisis, and his captaincy in this match was inspiring on the one hand (how he used Peterson) and frustrating on the other (taking the pressure off England by feeding them pace on that pitch too early on, when the ball wasn't reversing). If Smith was as good a captain as Strauss, England would have been decimated.

Posted by Martin on (March 7, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

@SnowSnake; " England's performance was poor". I guess it only takes a poor performance to beat SA then? I agree - it wasn't that good a performance from England - but it was still too good for SA. It's business as usual for England - beating SA again - just like in the ODI series back in SA. @Dave1957; you look like a pretty bad loser. Every team in this competition has its flaws. South Africas flaws are the same ones they've always had; they are chokers. @Spelele; where is your big talk now?

Posted by Stunner on (March 7, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

I got just one word for SA: "Chokers"

Posted by vinod on (March 7, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

The match between England and SA gave the real thrill and enthusiasm to ODIs. It has been proved that you are not sure to defend a 325+ score and you can even defend a meager 170+ target. The two matches England played against the Irish and the Proteas. It was preceeded by that huge 338 runs apiece match between England and India. And the opening match England played against the Dutch saw them scrap through against the relatively minnows. THIS IS THE REAL SPICY TEAM OF THE WORLD CUP 2011. There had been a widespread feeling that ODIs are dying a slow but inevitable death. Such matches really boost the morale and spirit of the game. England are no more dependent on KP alone. This time around there hadn't been many contributions from him even though England had managed 300+ in two matches and a 290+ in another. Strauss in good knick, Bell in "great luck" Jonathan Trott the Mr Dependable, good bowling from Swann, Bresnan, likely support from Broad and Anderson, Morga's return who knows

Posted by Ahmed on (March 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Give me a C ...... give me an H ...... give me an O ...... give me a K ...... give me an E ...... give me an R ...... give me an S ...... ladies and gents, once again! =D

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

WHAT A CONTEST! I was watching it and it was interesting from the 1st ovr itself when smith survived an lbw anst yardy. bur when 100 run 3wkts i thought it was sliping away from ENG,but still SA were strugling to score . there were too many risks taken for singles . I miss the encounter after that for personal reason . INd was PLaying IRELAND but this contest was more interesting to me. Alas I missed it. The Chokers once again proved why they are named so. Well done ENgland, after a humiliation by IRELAND and geting out cheaply in this as well and then the come back to show real character. i want to see such content more and more. To make it happen again and again ICC shud rethink about the powerplay rules. Cricket is not all about sixes and fours. And shortening the length of the game( T20) might take out the glorious uncertainity factor out of the game. The shud be an even contest between bat and ball without fielding restrictions at any time . Great atch i missed

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

This is a clear one more evidence that once South Africa put under pressure they choke from any position.This is such a great World cup at the moment as there are so many sides for contention.It was not in 1999 were the World cup tossed up between Aus and SA not in 2003 were Aussies again in red hot form were only Indians were in contention to beat them but failed miserably in final were as in 2007 it was Australia again all the way the only guessing point is who will play them in the final.But in this 2011 tournament Ind,Pak,SL,Aus,SA,Eng are prime contenders and dont forget NZ and WI on a given day they can upset anyone's march.What aWorld cup uptill now this has been

Posted by Martin on (March 7, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Great game! SA never really looked like winning at any stage. Good toss to win! I did predict Broad would come to the party - just a pity he's taken so long! @David47 - odd comment; even though "they're the team to beat" - SA have just been beaten - you did notice that didn't you? Just putting up this innocuous piece to see if cricinfo will ever post any of my comments ever again.

Posted by Dharmendra on (March 7, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

Yesterday's match didn't look like a world cup match; instead I got a feeling that it was some CHOKER cup final between ENG & SA. Each trying to prove that their team Team is the greatest Chokers. SA absolutely hated the prospect of loosing the CHOKER cup to England & in the End retained it with a 5-run loss. None can beat SA at choking game!!

Posted by Anver on (March 7, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

A much needed victory for Eng to balance the proceedings in this WC.......i think the man of the match award should have gone to Stuart Broad for his bowling effort after all it was a gettable score for SA but his bowling changed the match for Eng ........ any way well played Eng !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 7, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

David47 - Pardon me, I must not have mentioned you, meant for somebody else actually.

Posted by Harjinder on (March 7, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Hi SA fans! Shame on Smith,shame on you,shame on you.no body beat you.....you have been beaten by yourselves. South Africa could not know what kind squad to be played at a crucial stage.Kallis is out of tough.....why did they not call INGRAM instead of WYK.Otherwise INGRAM and PARNAIL should have been called for KALLIS and WYK in that match .........Nothing improved since 1996........GOOD LUCK.

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 7, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

@David47 - sorry if I had been wrong. Yeah, they are always the best team coming into every world cup. I am sure if SA had Albie Morkel and Johan Botha in the middle overs rather than Robbie, Van Wyk or Du Plessis, no one would be able to beat them. But team selectors have created window enough for others to put pressure on proteas. In those times, proteas become pro-chaos.

Posted by Shashidhar on (March 7, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

We ten friends gone to chennai from mysore for watching the SA Vs Eng match, very first over eng lost 2 wickets then match is so boring, at the time of SA batting 10 percent people left the stadium ,because this is one side match, we also deside to go @3.30 at the time AB de Villiers out, then we thing to stay another 30 min, next we left wth eng happy movements on that day, Fantastic match we watched on stadium..... Great Cricket.

Posted by Betsy on (March 7, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

Both teams played brilliantly - so sad that no-hopers have to make unintelligent comments! Just give the teams their due: captains made good decisions, teams played as TEAMS and good cricket was the result.

Posted by Sarang on (March 7, 2011, 6:12 GMT)

SA choking again. had put some feedback to cricinfo commentators before the Dumin dismissal that SA are on their way to choking again. They lost similar matches to India at home twice. They are duly keeping up their tradition of being chokers

Posted by rajshekhar on (March 7, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

@snow_snake : winning and losing are relative terms. Now, if u can understand a bit logic in a statement..u can figure it out. England`s fightback and safari`s over-defensive tactics cost SA a thriller. Seriously, SA has choked but... England deserved to be on top side with Never-say-die attitude.

Posted by Sean on (March 7, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

England are supreme entertainers!

The Ashes T20 Champions

...now only need the 2011 WC to complete the treble & World Domination!

Posted by diren on (March 7, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

All you SA haters ( because you are scared of the power of SA) enjoy it now, sing, dance, throw a party if you want. But when SA win this WC then cry like babies......remember SA always choke once in the WC and now that its over in the unimportant game beware because they will win every game from now

Posted by Vinod on (March 7, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

Well england played 4 Matches and 3 of them were nailbiting and surprising results, they never lose with india and SA, and ireland produced a miracle inning which could be happens wid any team. so dont write off england bro. but KP and morgan are the major losses.

Posted by Dawid on (March 7, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Two teams can't reach 200 ... bowlers like Peterson and Pietersen (!) turn the ball square from ball one ... only one six hit in an ODI ... a pitch that went from atrocious to unplayable and makes the winning of the toss a deciding factor... And the only reason for the loss most people come up with is South Africa choking? What do you call England's performance against Ireland and India? Oh, and England played in THREE World Cup finals and could not win once. That's choking, too. Be fair, there were lots of moans about the Chennai pitch (by Ponting as well) BEFORE the SA/England match. The review system should have been used in the Kallis decision to make sure that Prior hadn't grassed the ball. The Smith decision should have been not out, as it is not the TV umpire's job to give such dubious edge decisions without the benefit of hotspot or snicko. And so forth and so forth. Choking? Come on. That's rich from a team who lost to Ireland in the highest run chase in World Cup history!

Posted by DAYBEFORE on (March 7, 2011, 5:30 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

This is the wake up call which the SA team wanted. Fortunately this has happened in the group stages and SA have a good chance of making amends for the future games. They have usually come into the knock out stages pretty much unbeaten and then get the shock of their lives and are found taking the 1st flight back home. I am sure this is a good defect for SA so that they can pull their socks and come back strong. SA look a different team this WC and should make it to the Finals. The horses for courses is pretty much the theme for all major teams apart from Australia. SA have always come with a non-varied pace attack and were found wanting. This is a far better team and the right team to prove the critics wrong. Yes, they have choked at major tournaments, but this could just be their World Cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

What A Match it was.Baby faced Stuart was simply fantastic.Well done England.Congratulations to James Anderson also.

Posted by John on (March 7, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

Great game, agree with the statement that SA lost this match rather than the other way round. Still find it amazing that Yardy is used when going at 5-an-over and there is till no sign of Bopara's bowling. Is surely worth the experiment as could be the long term replacement for Collingwood in the test team batting at 6 and bowling some useful medium pacers. All i can say is i can't wait for Bangladesh and Windies games to come!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

very good match.... thts situation in Indian summer, pitches will b turning so, good signs for teams having specialist as well as part time quality spinners..

For SA they need to see if they can put one of the spinner back for a batsman. And big question whts about Botha? Duminy can b effective. Real test for SA is against india where they couldnt start with spinners directly, there they should go with 3 seamers. Need a win for bangladesh or ireland in upcoming matches to increase competition in group B

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

Well well, aren't they back again"THE CHOKERS", though protease still living in fanatcy ,not ready to accept the reality.Possibly that leaves Aussies,Srilankans,England & Pakistanis as front runners.WestIndies if could through some surprises, this WC is surely wide open.Oh Indians! they r capable of anything the best possible to worst,unless they dare to experiment dropping Bhajji n piyush for Ashwin n Shree(after strict counselling to refrain his onfield Antics).Lets face it most cricketin teams r quite familiar with our stingless bowling attack and i think we should give atry with new combos.Hope for the Best.

Posted by Kaushalya on (March 7, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

SA will not be a problem for SL or IND this time too. Because on a slow turning track they struggle to the maximum and lose their wickets regularly. They are poor against Spin over 12 years or so but still couldn't find a solution for that. Coach and the management should look deep in to this matter and pick some players who can bat against spin.Otherwise World cup only be a dream for them.

Posted by Ehsan on (March 7, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

England got a chance to make quarter final but tt would be really tough against Australia or Sri lanka.

Posted by lion on (March 7, 2011, 0:57 GMT)

this match is for those people all over the world who says india has only FLAT TRACKS. fact is that sub-continent pitches are full of variety compared to other countries. the pitch behaves differently on a given day. look at Bangalore pitch, chennai pitch, delhi pitch. just because pitch doesnot generate enough pace does not mean its a flat track. and playing spin is an art and requires excellent cricketing mind anyways compared to playing pace which is merely a show of force most of the times.

Posted by Suj on (March 7, 2011, 0:52 GMT)

I am watching every English game hereafter. They are going to great lengths to make ever game more exciting than the last! Go the English lose against the Windies but beat the Bangladeshis or we'll be hearing about it for the next decade!

Posted by David on (March 7, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

@Jim1207 - I did say that their enemy is themselves - referring to past performances when pressure is put on them. And that's the way it turned out today. Still think they're the team to beat though.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

Again very erratic performance by England. SA decided to gift the game to England to confirm their unique position as number one Chokers. At least now the lucky England should wake up. KP should stop trying adventurous strokes early in his innings, as the team is totally dependent on him for a big score in big games, while it is about time the team performs to international standards in bowling and fielding. Good escape finally !!

Posted by ram on (March 7, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

History repeats and forsome reason or other knowingly or unknowingly South Africa lose some matches at the crucial moment!

Posted by Ned on (March 6, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

wow, great result. I watched the first innings ( or most of it) and thought that the poms were goners. Disastrous start , the proteas were in great form. Just comes to show you what a unpredictable and awesome game cricket is. This has been a pretty interesting WC so far , just wish they would play,more than one bloody game a day or so. no reason not to play two or more at the same time.

Posted by Andrew on (March 6, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

@Saffalicious - LOL! Ever the heard the one about counting your chickens before they hatched......? @ Stranded_Immigrant - its called DNA matey! They choked in similar circumstances v India a few months ago! @Marcio - LOL, thats beautiful!!! @spelele - not so certain now are we????? @ Trickstar - re: choking, the Poms (who I think were moral victors), choked against India, the game was there for the winning, a tied result was still a choke! @SnowSnake - whatever, the fact is they did enough to win & will gain a lot out of the win - particularly the circumstance. There is still a lot of cracks in their campaign, BUT, the question now is are they remedied?? Anyways - it was funny despite, the Poms poor form, I had a feeling they have the team to beat the Saffas, who I feel are a bit overrated. 12mths ago, I thought they were Oz's biggest challenge for the WC AND the REAL #1 Test team. Whilst my confidence in Oz's defence of the Cup was shaken, my confidence in the Saffas was misplaced!

Posted by John on (March 6, 2011, 23:42 GMT)

I've now had a chance to watch the highlights and to call South Africa chokers is unfair, both to them and to the England bowlers. Choking is when you throw your wicket away by stupid shots. SA didn't do that; they lost to some great bowling and fielding. This was how England bowled and fielded all through the World T20 and I expected them to do it through this WC. Now that they've shown themselves what they can do, hopefully they'll keep it up. The balls which destroyed SA were those with which Anderson bowled de Villiers and Duminy, both superb deliveries- no choking there just jaffas for Saffers. Broad and Swann were also brilliant and the fielding was consistently good. Well done, England, tough luck South Africa. This group is providing some great games.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

I so wish these comments from some people about the choking of South Africa would do a bit of reflecting on how the other losing teams lose their games, for some reason you have overlooked when England lost to Ireland, I did not hear a mention that they may have "choked" or when India and England drew their match, did they both "choke", the problem is, South Africa, like the All Blacks rugby team, are arguably the best teams in their respective sport, and somehow, they are expected to always win. The wicket today was tricky, difficult in the first innings and even more difficult in the second innings, and helped by a better performance from the English bowlers. It is early days in this world cup, and rather to early for anyone to write South Africa off.

Posted by P on (March 6, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

England did not win this match. SA lost it. England's performance was poor.

Posted by Khalid on (March 6, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

This is a match where Smith's poor captaincy after 3 early wickets allowed Trott - Bopara to recoup. Fail to understand why Robin Petersen was taken off after 4 overs and gentle bowlers like Kallis, Pleffis and Duminy was introduced. Smith could have the English side fold within 120, if he had continued with Petersen and brought in Tahir from the other end. Anyway, this is a good lesson that if you have a team down complete the massacre. Strauss missed it with Ireland (105-5) and now Smith.

Posted by Christopher on (March 6, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

It's hilarious reading some of the premature early posts about taxis and SAa impregnable batting line-up. Nevertheless, I do question the wisdom of playing Yardy, and I sometimes think Strauss is a little unimaginative with the bowling changes. Having said that - congrats to both teams for a great encounter!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

well had the privilege of seeing it in the stadium in chepauk Chennai oh man what a thriller first i thought why i came to such a boring one sided contest and i left the stadium bored from match when they south Africa piled more than hundred for 3 wicket loss thought it will end soon so left :(

Posted by Martin on (March 6, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

@Anton Zeelie; what ARE you talking about? "The game is sure to die a slow death in England". WHAT?? So - you didn't notice England becoming world T20 Champions - easily thrashing Aus in the final? You didn't notice England draw the test series in SA recently, then thrash them in the ODI series. You didn't notice England thrash Aus in The Ashes? If this is a "slow death" - then -? Well!? You are describing some sort of alternative universe. Meanwhile, England finally woke up today. I wouldn't bet against them falling asleep again tomorrow - but today they were awake. Good job. SA - not very good. For all the hype - not very good. From 7/127 I thought SA did well to get as close as they did. Steyn was excellent. Pitch was prepared thoughtfully too... Why was a pitch like that prepared?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

easily the best match in world cup so far! screw 300+ matches

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

Well played England. Hope we run into your lot again in the tournament. Proteas, I mean REALLY?

Posted by MAKARAND on (March 6, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

A fantastic Match, Shows that even a low scoring game can be exciting, Congrats to English team, they really Bowled very well!!!! and for SA i think They really got a big tail for spinning conditions, i mean i have seen previous SA teams with Symcox batting at no 10 and Boucher batting at no 10 so i feel this long tail is the one of the problems of this Current SA team along with there temperament!!!!!!

Posted by P Subramani on (March 6, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

It was a great match like all the matches in this pool seem to be unlike what we have seen in the other one.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

SA keep proving that they r still carry the choker tag. Today's batting perfomance proved it. Well they still have the ability to bounce back to play in quater final.

Posted by am on (March 6, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

What is it with England.. the other night they lost to Ireland and today won against a tough team like SA... inconsistent performances...nevertheless it was commendable to come out and defend a low total like 171 look big ... and SA on the other ther hand.seems to be choking and choking and more choking... they had several opportunities to win this game but just failed miserably... james anderson all of a sudden produced a beauty to clean up duminy... bopara played well.. but i think SA were bit complacent...they should have won this game by playing sensible cricket like india did against ireland..small targets are always tricky.. this is what happens when teams try to be flashy going after NRR or try to do something different.. they have the batsman ..they have the bowlers but still managed to choke....Eng..with its limited resources wonderfully came back into the game and WON IT.. congratulations Eng .. tough luck SA..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Its about time Collingwood got rested .....and i hope Bapora gets the chances he got in the last year or so.

Posted by Simon on (March 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

freddie's ghost is right i believe....much more important for England to have won this match....that said, what a walloping bowling performance under pressure given recent matches..ok, the pitch was nicely prepped for the willowless, but on paper, the Saffers have a better attack.

Posted by Dre on (March 6, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

And SA wonder why persons associate them with the "C" word. 120+ for 3, chasing 170, what other word would you put to it?

Posted by sachit on (March 6, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

Welcome the new Pakistan - England. Oh boy this wc so is unpredictable.

Posted by Joydeep on (March 6, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

SA "Choking" syndrome will never go! You make them chase even below 100... and get a few quick wickets... palpitation starts! Congrats England... good fight!

Posted by Ajay on (March 6, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Thankfully Smith is resigning from captaincy after the world cup. We surely need a better batsman than him at the top and currently the only reason he is in the side is because he is the captain. Being a true South African fan, I am extremely disappointed as I thought the "Chokers' tag was not with them anymore..I guess I was wrong!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

p00r SA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Praveen on (March 6, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

SA gave many reasons why they can't win the cup although they have given enough reasons why they can. Big match pressure, poor middle order, they have lot of work to do. England needs to be praised. They kept it simple and believed in choking (there I said the C-word).

Posted by Wasif on (March 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

I believe this England team knows very well that how to handle pressure situations, although they were only responsible to create those situations still after this win it will really boost the morale of team. and they are becoming the team to watch out for........n SA proved once again that they are real Chokers, who don't know how to perform under pressure......best of luck to both team for rest of their matches....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

England's bowlers could not stay useless, wish their comeback was 1 match later. What makes it worse is that Broad did well. Smith took Peterson off much too early, van Wyk et al panicked, Steyn showed them how to bat. When will Smith's form return

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

the moment they left out boucher and Albie Morkel from the squad, i knew this was coming. The experience of Boucher and the exuberance of Albie was exactly what they were missing today.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

well explain how can u be 65/0 then lose ten wickets chasing 171? and no team likes losing especially SA but they're not a good team when they are under pressure..

Posted by Gavin on (March 6, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

well done SA 'B' great win. Batting second on that wicket always going to be tough. Seriously, good game England have been great to watch definitely not boring and I think Strauss has a fantastic approach to turn a loss like that around in a short space of time, must be that SA blood! England is a really well balanced side. World Cup is turning into a great tournament. Can't wait for more. Go the Irish. Hear, hear Ghost.

Posted by Steve on (March 6, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

Now that the adrenalin has stopped rushing through my brain I can reflect on England's amazing victory over the Proteas. It was highly encouraging to see the England bowlers showing their teeth. The prevous games (inc warmups) have seen the bowlers underperforming whilst the batters have looked good. It would be nice to see KP come to the party more & hopefully his big day (and days) will come soon. South Africa never should have lost this game and the ' C ' word has been used extensively, but maybe it should be the 'B' word instead? (Brainless) England's problems are not over yet but as long as the bowlers perform they have an excellent chance of adding this trophy to the T20 title & the Ashes! I can't see how India can win this with their limited bowling? South Africa must still be likely winners & like Englands defeat c/o Ireland.... last night may be what they needed to wake them up? This is a World event and there is no room for complacency. What a fantastic game Cricket is?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

it was one of most thrilling match i have ever watched.i give all credit to england and straus captaincy for this brilliant victory.after this comeback victory , england has a fair chance to reach semifinil or even winning the world cup. good luck to straus and england.

Posted by Sean on (March 6, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

england till i die.........

Posted by Rohan on (March 6, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

love love love ENGLAND, love frm india............

Posted by Grant on (March 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

Gents, SA have got their reputation for choking because, in the past, having played well until the important matches, they then lose when it counts. This was exactly the opposite. This was not a big game for SA, they will still go through easily. Don't get me wrong, they will still be unhappy about losing, but keep the C word tucked away until it applied.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

One word for sa. Chokers.......

Posted by Darren on (March 6, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

@jawidakthar Who did England lose to then? Ireland and whom? You said they lost their last two matches? And England are not chokers - Ireland won because of a freak innings (albeit a brilliant one). Also, England do not have a history of choking - we generally get hammered when we lose unlike SA who get into an unloseable position before, er, losing.

Posted by Biju on (March 6, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

@Gary Shea : give credit where its due !!! of course luck is required but with luck alone poms cannot beat aus 3 inning defeat to seal ashes..I guess u have not seen todays match ..Bowling of England was really good ...

@jawidakthar : SA are true chokers.. Along with Aus they make noise all the time. While aus DOES drive home the point ,SA never achieve the result. All empty noices ..Pretenders !!!. No other team does this and no one expects anything of them..

Posted by Grant on (March 6, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

Capitulate? Collapse? Combust? Concede? Crumble? Crash? Crack? Cave? Croak? Which C-Word best describes what South Africa did today?

Posted by Leonard on (March 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

Was just great to see a true bowler versus batsman contest, just proves you don't need high scores to produce a thriller! C'MON ENGLAND...............And thats coming from a Welshman!

Posted by praso on (March 6, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

Oops...SA did it( choked) again..

Posted by Piyush on (March 6, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

SA choked again ...but most important it was not a knockout match

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

Us Saffers normally only choke once per tournament. It's good that they choked hard and choked early.

Posted by Ross on (March 6, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

I think people should be giving this England team some respect. Make no mistake, they are knackered, individually and collectively they are running on empty. The schedule arranged for them by the ECB is criminal, what they want to do now is crawl home, put their arms round their loved ones and fall asleep for a week. The thing is though, they've got a bit of dog about them these days, they will dig deep and give their last ounce for the cause. This game wasn't lost by SA 'choking', it was won by a brace of high quality spells of seam and swing at the business end of the match. I'll tell you one thing, the organisers must love 'em, that's four thrilling matches in a row, and who knows how it will go in the next one! Can they win the whole thing? Probably not, but they can be brilliant or rubbish even in the same game so who knows? As an England fan my nerves are shredded, but fair play to them they are keeping it interesting!

Posted by Saara on (March 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

well done by eng! lks lyk dey can nevr play without giving their supporters a scare every now and den- but that's wat makes english cricket great to watch! all their games have been nail bitters! well played again eng and a well deservd victory! fingers crosd eng wil brin home da cup! GO ENGLAND!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Broad seals England's six-run thriller

Posted by Matthew on (March 6, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

to use the word 'choke' is definitely too harsh...south africa did not choke, it was always going to be hard to get 170 on a wicket that allowed Peterson, who hardly ever turns the ball that much to get 3 for 4 runs in his first spell. big ups to Peterson though - he has shown that he belongs in the side as a frontline spinner this world cup.

if any side were going to choke this game, it would be england, as they would be very close to going home had they not won...SA have one tough game against India, and then two that will test them, but they should beat both Bangladesh and Ireland fairly comfortably and maybe even top the table still.

Posted by John on (March 6, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

Living in the USA, I went to bed at 1.30am my time, which was after England's innings. Got up at 7am to see how many wickets they'd lost by- and found they'd won! You've got to say, the England games have been anything but predictable. Stretched by the Netherlands, beaten by Ireland, tied with India, beat SA. I guess now they will beat the WI and lose to Bangladesh. On the positive side, it's good to see Bopara back in the England side and making runs. He's still only 25 and maybe this is his time to live up to his potential. Haven't seen the highlights yet, but the bowling and fielding was apparently sharp. On the negative side, Yardy just hasn't worked out the pitches over here and the middle/lower order batting hasn't done much. Still, a win over SA (England seem to have the wood on them) is a great result. Now all England need to do is bat, bowl and field well in the same match!

Posted by Nataraj on (March 6, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

SA choked again. there were well chasing at 124/3 and when just 40 runs needed suddenly there were 127/7 and lost the game. they miss the experience of Boucher down the order. SA take care that you don't get choked at quarterfinal or semi final.

Posted by Jawid on (March 6, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

when saf lose a match u call them perennial losers ,chokers and pretenders. then wat do you call england who lost thier last 2 matchs from winning position???

Posted by Stark on (March 6, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

This is a very, very strange WC!

Since it's sooooooo strange, it is also the most exciting and open one.

Can't wait to see who's gonna lift that trophy on April 2nd.


Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

oh yeah

go England Barbados is behind you

Posted by ntokozo on (March 6, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Give S.A an impossible task of chasing a large total, and they'll display all their skills. But give them an easy total under 200 and they'll ch...k. All teams wanting to knock S.A over should never score over 200; 434 is not a recommended score iether. What a poor pitch though, looked more like a Test day 5 pitch. On another note, all those Pom fans saying that S.A chocked are forgetting that their team choked and tied with India, then choked again against the Irish when they had them 5 down for 100+. Please focus on your own team which has good for nothing loudmouths like K.P who'd be dismissed by a two year old, provided that he was left handed and very slow. Not to mention the "consistent" Trott who will puff and prod around for a 50 off 100 balls and continue to break personal records at the expense of the team. You still don't stand a chance against Bangladesh and will still be knocked out before the Quaters.

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 6, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

This is where Albie Morkel is needed! Everybody outside SA know him well. Particularly, his second home, Chennai knows about Albie very well. Albie too knows only too well about the Chennai pitches and he has never been a choker in CSK team. In fact, CSK depends on him and even retained him from the auction. Everybody knows that SA are going to play in Chennai and they must have had Albie in the squad even if they don't want to play him every match. This is what happens for south africa selectors and players and their boasting captain, Graeme Smith. They become over-arrogant in world cup and script their own downfall. When England were 15-3 and were kneeling down and praying for a rain, Smith took spinners off and introduced pace. What a stupid decision to make by any choking captain? Problem is Smith doesn't learn from his mistakes and get into arrogant mood once they win next game comfortably. It has happened in every World cup, and this is no different from that!

Posted by paul on (March 6, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

@Jim1207 I think you'll probably find that most people calling SA chokers are not English, but SA have a long beautiful history of it, so get off your high horse and I think you'll find, India choked as much as England, in that game, but neither lost, so it's not a choke.. SA did it a few months ago, against India , with India all out 190 and SA made 189. Personally I think it was some good bowling, Anderson, Swann and Broad all came to the party and bowled great. I mean SA have brought a psychiatrist in to help them in this area. LOL.

Posted by Jackie on (March 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

This is a much better report and analysis than the Sky commentators. Very good from Andrew McGlashan. I agree that Strauss gave Yardy and Pietersen one over too many and added 12 runs to the SA total which could have cost the game. I was also puzzled as to why he kept on other bowlers when Anderson began to bowl in a devastating way. Sometime Strauss hesitates at the wrong moment. Fortunately it just made for an even more exciting match with Broad taking two wickets at the death. A terrific game and fightback. Bob Willis of the Sky team is especially irritating when he kept harping on that England should have got 220 on this wicket. In your dreams. We've now taken on the tournament favourites and won and tied with the next tournament favourites. Well done England and what sharp fielding. Spectacular. Again hardly a mention from Sky. Poor reporting from them. Good from Cricinfo.

Posted by Arvind on (March 6, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

well. No one who wasn't in the lower A,B,C stands could know what the match really was.

I thought 'roooooooaaarrrrrrrrr...ohhhhhhh' was possible only in crowds watchin heavily swinging england tracks.

Wow, did the crowd rise to the occasion!! Back from the match, there was only one thing I could think. If the crowd hadn't pressurised the south africans, they would never have lost.

Credit should be given, though, for Anderson's reverse swing. And, Broad's presence of mind. And Bopara's resilience. But the crowd has the credit for bringing a dead game to life.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

what...sa should the game in the bag but blew it onece again...they had thier chances but then lucky,lucky,lucky england won it again,just as thier lucky ashes win over aussie...I dont know how they do it,seem to be lucky england day...and can lucky england win the wc...mmmm who's knows they might even get luckier..

Posted by joel on (March 6, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Sometimes results like this can happen to the best of teams , but write off Broad , Bresnan and Swann at your peril . Englands bowlers just turned in the best performance of the world cup so far .

Posted by Rod on (March 6, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Obviously there have been some ridiculous comments on here. If you haven't got a clue what you're talking about it's best to keep quiet and not make a public spectacle of yourself. Take note CricketFirstLove and Paul Osbourne. As I said before Sth Africa have only enhanced their reputations as the 'chokers' of world cricket. England produced a magnificent win from nowhere. Full credit to them. But, there are still too many cracks in this England team. Strauss is always quick to blame the bowlers. But the batting has been off the pace too. Strauss, gave his wicket away easily today. Bell, despite his talent and talk is soft. Pietersen at the moment has the mental toughness of a lemming. Prior needs to get his act together. Yardy is overweight and unfit despite Flowers assertion that he only wants tough, physically fit players. Thankfully, Collywobble was finally dropped and that paid dividends. Bopara has ability but needs to step up the plate for every game. But England is still in it!

Posted by Govind on (March 6, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

i guess england will now lose to windies or bd (or both) just so that group b becomes even more interesting.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

I dont like to use the C word.. Lets put it this way.. SA fights hard every game.. When they win, they win comprehensively. When they lose, they lose closely.. So there is nothing for them to feel bad about.... ;-) :-) :-)

Posted by Peter on (March 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

Well done England, great fight back, Watching Swann bowl to the left handers, especially G.Smith was like watching a master class. Happy for Jimmy too as he is a top bowler, Broad who has not played much showed today that he is class. Beware the sleeping lion, they are waking up.

Posted by Ajay on (March 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

Thrilling match but disappointed with Strauss captaincy and Pietersen weakness with left arm spin bowler. He can practice in nets with Yardy. Well good result.

Posted by si on (March 6, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

Ditch Pitersen now, he drags the team down, did you see the faces when he threw to Prior and missed for 4 overthrows. Outcast of the team, or is he in for his pie chucking?

Posted by John on (March 6, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Here comes the C-word!!! Tsk tsk South Africa.

Posted by BUNNY on (March 6, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

oh well.......now sa miss albie and boucher on 7th number..............if they keep on going like this.....they have to forgot abut WC2011....i dnt know whats wrong with sa they chase big totalls but cnt small......same happens in sa-ind tour in sa......................

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

i am really very happy that england have bounce back really i was hoping breakthrough that gives england a momentum. hope england perform to their standards.

Posted by ashutosh on (March 6, 2011, 12:51 GMT)


Posted by J Ranjith on (March 6, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

All the Cricket experts and commentators,oh yes Pundits too, were claiming that Chennai is a flat track. Now in the bulletin, they mention as tough track! Chennai has always been a sporting track, not the dead pitch they prepare in Bangalore. They called two matches of last weeks as greatest game in cricket, in reality a match in a pitch like this in Chennai would be the most thrilling of the games. @All England supporters, don't get too high on this win, just last week, your team choked twice to lose a game to minnow and tie a game from winning position. I think England supporters calling SA chokers is a good joke, just because of this win!

Posted by Rakesh on (March 6, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

Whatever it is, if one Test playing nation has made this World cup a bit interesting with real games to entertain , It is England. All the games involving England has given all posters , commentators etc something to talk and come with their own opinions and ideas ,although irrelevant.

Posted by sri on (March 6, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

This is blessing in disguise for SA.Good that they choked in the league match(read unimportant). If i remember it correctly they used to choke only in knock out games. Law of averages suggest that this time it is SA who is gonna lift the cup.Yes this is coming from indian

Posted by Thank You on (March 6, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

Congratulations england - best games in the WC were all given to us by the English. Confirmed that SA are perennial Losers, Chokers, Pretenders!! Lets hope English make it and even BD make it and SA go home and we don't to hear anymore of these green pasture-bullies of Steyn and the over-weight glutton Smith. Done.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT)


Posted by PresiDunce on (March 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Well it looks like England still have a chance to come into the finals and maybe even win the World Cup, even though I thought they didn't have a chance after they were beaten by Ireland. All the best England.

Posted by Runster on (March 6, 2011, 12:46 GMT)


Posted by ntokozo on (March 6, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Oh My God! S.A are at it again. Don't tell me they've choked again!... My word. One question now I guess is; is it in their interests that they've choked early in the tournament? Seeing that they've left the choking for the other end of the World cup in previous times, maybe the answer is yes. Or is that the strategy? Choke now, get over it, and then go from strength to strenght? But my word, what a horrendous pitch! I guess a low scoring game was good for the order of group B. We really couldn't afford to have 300 or so being scored at each and every game, in each and every innings. Just shows that these sort of pitches also provide thrillers, though it's arguable that the Proteas made it interesting by choking. What a group this is though; weigh ahead of the meaningless encounters in Group A lol:)

Posted by Thank You on (March 6, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

south africa - perennial losers!!!! couldn't beat India at home in tailor made pitches for their green-pasture bully bowlers. Confirmed - SA are not contenders...only pretenders like they have always. Well done England - I wish you all the best for the quarters. Hope BD get in too.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:39 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

South Africa choke by 6 runs. How many times!!!t

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 6, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

@David47 and @Saffilicious: I think you need not have food for a day, as you would be busy eating your own words now!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

haha, nobody knows what to expect from england, real talent, they sometimes just dont know how to approach games. In the end though the superiority shines through.

Posted by praso on (March 6, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

The ICC should introduce a new award- CHOKERS of the year and I bet SA would win it every year

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 6, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

International Chokers Association has been very pleased with the result. They say "The Art Of Choking is still Alive, not until we have Cricket World Cup and a team of j(ch)okers playing laughable Cricket every four years".

Posted by Mohammed on (March 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

Even though they lose, i'd seen team work of SA, many would think the WC11 will be taken by the SA. Their long-long desire......

Posted by puneet on (March 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT)


Posted by Darren on (March 6, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

@Kabous Verwoed. Oh dear, one should always hold ones tongue until the game is over. A Cricket World Cup is on so expect a SA choke. They just did. Chokers!

Posted by Dominic on (March 6, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

Minor amendment for gothetaniwha

Hey SOUTH AFRICA - Your taxis are waiting , you plane is ready - to bounce you all the way back to England . your final humiliation is coming - BD to beat you as well .

Thought you might have learnt a little from history but clearly not.

Posted by Marcio on (March 6, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

To paraphrase a great philosopher: if a Protea chokes in Chennai, and there are a billion people watching to see, is anybody really surprised?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Now s/a will never live down the tag CHOKER'S well done england what a game defending 170 true grit, keep grinding them down.

Posted by nitin on (March 6, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

well played england!!! and what should i say about africa no..no.. dont spell that cho ..cho..choker

Posted by Paul on (March 6, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

At 'goathetaniwha' hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Go England! :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

you have to love the comments about england/south africa at the halfway mark when you look at the actual result lol!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

not laughing now, are you, @gothetaniwha? brilliantly played, England, what a great comeback!

Posted by Gareth on (March 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Cor, what hubris for all you Saffers who commented here. Great bowling by England, dragging a victory against the odds. SA may well still win the WC but just don't be too sure... I'd like to see England v. Pakistan. It could be 350 v. 351 or 16 v. 17...

Posted by Abhyuday on (March 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

england has bounceback in series by defeating s.africa,congrats england

Posted by Akshat on (March 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

good stuff SA. get all the 'choking' out of your system before the knockout stage. thats the important stuff!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

world's best balanced team not even able to chase 174!!!!!!!!!! i think this is why, the southafrican's are considered to be a choker's in wc history.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

"SA look really strong in every department. Their batting is impregnable. Their attack is deadly. They have added a potent spin duo to their ranks. They are supremely suited to walk over every other team in the competition. Given all this, I really don't know how they could possibly choke this time round. "

"Hey ENGLAND - Your taxis are waiting , you plane is ready - to bounce you all the way back to England . your final humiliation is coming - BD to beat you as well ."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha... *pauses for breath* ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by mo on (March 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

SA fans, congratulations... your team still retains the "chokers" tag! :) ever since my heroes IND handed SA their backsides in the durban test, all SA has going for them is the bravado - and cluelessness - of their graceless commentators like robin jackman who think - and often stated - that this pathetic SA team is capable of being world cup champions, and their braggart Captain Clueless! they should have learned when this SA team barely beat a second-string IND team at home 3-2, but they clearly didn't. today, ENG exposed to the rest of the world how to beat SA... the formula is simple; put SA under pressure, and watch them self-destruct! :) even nasser hussain called SA a team of chokers today, and he was none too subtle about it! :) congratulations, team ENG! you made my day! :)

Posted by Steve on (March 6, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Good to know that the long established tradition of "no brains/no balls cricket" established by Alan Donald (Duck) is alive and well in South Africa! All you England haters/bashers....... IN YOUR FACE! England might be waking up.... Ireland poked a sleeping (bowling) Lion and we all know that you shouldn't do that. As the WC progresses England might be having Kangaroo for dinner! (they've acquired a taste for it) Exciting stuff - another tribute to cricket and I was beginning to think another tie might be coming...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by ian on (March 6, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

HA HA - Choked again? I still think SA are best team in the tournament and should win. England could win if luck is with us, to be honest anyone but Australia would be nice

Posted by phil on (March 6, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

@ gothetaniwha.................sorry, what was that again?

Posted by soumyas on (March 6, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

aren't they CHOKERS ? just shortof one hit....OMG...

Posted by Hulk on (March 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

That's what I call 'choking', I'm pretty sure they will do it again in some knockout match.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

Im sorry but how can i not call SA chokers now!!!!! Why does this happen with them only and specially during world cup.

Posted by Bones on (March 6, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

I'm wiping tears from my eyes. Tears of laughter. Where are the people who had England on the way home and the WC trophy on a plane to South Africa an hour ago? Probably shedding tears of their own at yet another capitulation by their team. As you munch on your humble pie, might I suggest you reconsider your evaluation of this SA team until they have proven themselves under pressure. I don't support either team, but must say I was rooting for England after seeing the arrogant comments posted here.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

@Stranded_Immigrant. Some how they managed to choke again

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

Where are all the England bashers now? Don't judge a game till it's over! And certainly don't write England off

Posted by Paul on (March 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

"Hey ENGLAND - Your taxis are waiting , you plane is ready - to bounce you all the way back to England . your final humiliation is coming - BD to beat you as well ."

"Ha I just love all these sour grapes. Well bowled and fielded Proteas. One WC for take away please!"


Posted by Rod on (March 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

South Africa's title as 'chokers' of world cricket is well deserved. Still a great win by England. But there are still plenty of cracks in this England team.However, finally dropping Collingwood was a move in the right direction.

Posted by Akber on (March 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

you can always count on SAF losing in an important match ... is this not chocking ?

Posted by joel on (March 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Ha Ha Ha , what were all these comments putting England down . Make no mistake England have a few problems at the moment that we need to sort out . But we still have enough firepower in the bowling department to blow teams away . South africa winning the world cup , what a joke

Posted by Steve on (March 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

Great result for England and a character defining win - despite everything! Once again the chokers choke.... Could this be the catylist that starts England's World Cup. They needed the bowlers to perform and they did! Great stuff from England and suddenly they look favorites to win the group!

Posted by Harish on (March 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

Who said that this is a 'New Team' with no association to the 'Chokers' tag. Was a great match and shows that this team cannot finish close matches !!!

Posted by paul on (March 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

What did a surprise SA choke, England ripped them a new one.Swanny bowled brilliant and Anderson came back and showed what he could do with Broad finishing them off, what are the haters going top say now.

Posted by Peter on (March 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

it can't be true but it is. I don't believe it.

Posted by Raju on (March 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

The CHOKERS are BACK ! Full Service Resumes !

Posted by Harish on (March 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

Go England....Need South Africa to face Australia or Sri Lanka in the QF's

Posted by John on (March 6, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

I am so glad I am not an England fan. They tie with India, lose to Ireland and are now defending an undefendable score! I think my heart would have given out by now! They are the one team that is providing some excitement to this WC. Keep it up, guys!

Posted by Chris on (March 6, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

No Botha Not surprising as his action is just diabolical. The other night when he was on the camera angle from behind was awful. 15 degrees and how many more?

Posted by Peter on (March 6, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

swann has got these guys all over the place, left handers just can't play him. He makes them look like walking wickets.

Posted by Stu on (March 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Just saw the Bell "catch" on the news. In frame by frame looked like Peterson picked it up on the bounce to me

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Ha I just love all these sour grapes. Well bowled and fielded Proteas. One WC for take away please!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

In England, most people see the World Cup as a distraction. To the rest of the workd it is the Olympic Games of Cricket. Cricket goes WAY past just the Ashes, England!! As long as the ECB continues to sell broadcast rights to Sky, cricket in the UK will continue to deteriorate. At the current rate, in about 5-10 yrs, the whole England cricket team will consist of foreign players because cricket is the minnow of sport in England, after Football, Rugby, Athletics and even Winter Sports where England is having more success due to winter sports being televised on free TV. The way to improve cricket, and makey youngsters want to play it, is to broadcast on terrestrial TV, and get commentators who don't either talk about themselves and English Cricket in the 70s, or talk about everything EXCEPT the game being played - they need to make the game interesting!! The game is sure to die a slow death in England if the current state of affairs at the ECB continues....

Posted by John on (March 6, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

SA look really strong in every department. Their batting is impregnable. Their attack is deadly. They have added a potent spin duo to their ranks. They are supremely suited to walk over every other team in the competition. Given all this, I really don't know how they could possibly choke this time round.

Posted by Amila on (March 6, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

This is a tough match for England with their poor form. On the other hand SA is in the top form. So England defeat in this match is not an upset. The problem is that are they still have a chance to enter Semi Finals? Yes. There is. They have to win the remaining two games against West Indies and Bangladesh. West Indies who are back in some kind of form and Bangladesh, the wounded wild boar will give them a fight. Few interesting encounters are on the way.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Wasn't it a real shame to see Broad given out and no reviews left?

Posted by Peter on (March 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Does anyone from England care about this world cup? That is the question. No fans in the ground, no chat on the forum or in the work place. Unless it's test cricket, nobody seems to care. Good job really, the way they are playing.

Posted by Dennis on (March 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Hey ENGLAND - Your taxis are waiting , you plane is ready - to bounce you all the way back to England . your final humiliation is coming - BD to beat you as well .

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

@CricketFirstLove... Collingwood? He has been in bad form since the Ashes. His replacement Bopara top scored for England! Wake up!

Posted by Tony on (March 6, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Top of the morning to all my English friends and colleagues. Excellent day for cricket. You are all welcome to come watch with me in a sociable environment, and dont worry, i have some salt for those little wounds that need nursing.... I wonder if England will at least manage more wickets than the Australian bowlers did in the warm-up game (which was zero). I was hoping to see Smith spend some time at the wicket, though the target is too small to give him a real workout.

Posted by Jordan on (March 6, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

@ CricketFirstLove - foolish to drop Collingwood? If Collingwood couldn't field he'd have been out of the squad a long time ago - he's a walking wicket at the moment. Even if he plays again this World Cup, I doubt he'll be around much longer. Once again the over-rated Pietersen, Strauss and Bell have been found out.

Posted by Brendan on (March 6, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

After a great bowling effort by SA, yet again we see ZERO compliments. Pathetic. Well done SA for keeping England in check - Now to chase the runs down and bury them.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Congrats SA, well done! I love any match SA wipe the floor with England :)

Posted by Krishna on (March 6, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Maybe Peterson should open the batting as well, given Smith's form. Smith does not seem to convincing at the top

Posted by Krishna on (March 6, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

It was De Villiers who took the catch of Strauss. Just to correct this article.

Posted by Amit on (March 6, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

Where r u Darren Gough? I told u earlier ur worldcup is over with Ashes.

Posted by Christian on (March 6, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

England couldn't seem to get it together in Australia - 1 win from 7 games - and it looks like they can't get it right in the Cup either. On paper their side is good, but it seems they can't ever put a good batting, bowling and fielding performance together on the one day. England will be out in the quarter-finals, to either Australia or Pakistan.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

It looks most likely that ENG will have to wait until their last game against WI on the 17th at the same venue as today's; and might as well want their travel agent to keep 17th late night bookings to LHR!! Going home a couple of weeks earlier would do them a world of good, as SL and IND tour ENG all this summer; and ENG will need as many days as possible to get up and ready for a long and trying summer on both Test and ODI fronts!! Good Luck!!!

Posted by David on (March 6, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Half time in the match and we're seeing the WC 2011 champions at their best (and I don't mean the poms). SA simply have the the most complete side in this comp - they have "all the bases" covered - great batting line-up, great fast bowlers, great spinners and are terrific in the field. There only danger is themselves. And this from an Aussie supporter (quick, I need my medication). Seriously, they do look the team to beat.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 7:29 GMT)


Posted by zuber on (March 6, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

why there is no over-by-over discussion today in this match?

Posted by si on (March 6, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Pietersen pathetic, left arm cleans him up again, world class....club class!!!!!

Posted by si on (March 6, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Pietersen out now, he's dragged the squad down to his level. Bopara in to open after the early exit.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

back into what, there slide continues

Posted by hamza on (March 6, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

crazy smith allowed Eng to come back in the game

Posted by Syed on (March 6, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

England were foolish to drop Collingwood and Shahzad. They are already paying for it. Just see how they needed both. They could bat. The top order has collapsed and both these could have been handy in pushing score to a respectable position. Shahzad bowling will be missed too in the end.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

Playing only two games daily is ridiculous and nonsense ,atleast 10 days time could have been saved from the tournament by playing morfe matches daily

No one can afford such long period of any tournament in modern times.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

I think Ahmed Shahjad is extremely unlucky not to make playing 11. Broad and Anderson were equally ineffective . Ahmed played well against India. I think he deserves better opprtunity. If England are going to win then they should select him.

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