ICC Cricket World Cup, 21st Match, Group B: England v South Africa at Chennai, Mar 6, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 21st match, Group B
England won by 6 runs
Played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai (neutral venue)
6 March 2011 (50-over match)
4.5

Peterson to Bopara, no run, fired in very full at the stumps, Bopara digs it out into the off side

4.6

Peterson to Bopara, no run, gee, there is plenty of turn here. Bopara nearly caught out on the back foot and he adjusts very late to defends square of the wicket

England 15/3   RS Bopara 0* (2b)
5.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, back of a length and Bopara defends into the off side

5.5

Steyn to Bopara, 3 runs, turned off his pads to get off the mark as he beats square leg, this time there is a chance to make it a three...a neat piece of timing from Bopara

England 21/3   RS Bopara 3* (4b)
6.1

Peterson to Bopara, no run, risky from Bopara as he goes onto the back to try and force through the off side but is cramped for room

6.2

Peterson to Bopara, no run, angled towards leg stump, worked into the leg side

6.3

Peterson to Bopara, no run, full on leg stump, turned along the ground to midwicket

6.4

Peterson to Bopara, no run, worked off leg stump to short fine and Ravi decides to have a wander up the pitch before jogging back into his crease

6.5

Peterson to Bopara, no run, onto the back foot and defends into the off side

6.6

Peterson to Bopara, no run, touch shorter and it turns again but this time Bopara has time to play square on the off side

England 21/3   RS Bopara 3* (10b)
7.3

Morkel to Bopara, no run, fuller to Bopara and it's defended towards backward point

7.4

Morkel to Bopara, no run, outside off, defended with an open face into the off side

7.5

Morkel to Bopara, 1 run, full and wide, draws a drive from Bopara and the edge flies down to third man but quite safely

England 23/3   RS Bopara 4* (13b)
8.1

Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, greeted by an elegant pull as he drops short on off stump...Bopara sends it through square leg

England 24/3   RS Bopara 5* (14b)
10.4

Kallis to Bopara, no run, comes across the crease and turns the ball to square leg...he doesn't want to miss one of those shots. Big lbw candidate.

10.5

Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, gives Bopara time to work it onto the leg side

England 35/3   RS Bopara 6* (16b)
12.1

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up nicely on off stump, Bopara leans forward and opens the face to find space in the covers

12.4

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, driven back to the bowler

12.5

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, leans back and cuts to backward point

12.6

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, placed nicely through the covers and the sweeper has more work to do

England 47/3   RS Bopara 8* (20b)
13.1

Morkel to Bopara, no run, beaten, Bopara pushed at a wide ball outside off without much footwork. Loose shot.

13.2

Morkel to Bopara, no run, beaten again! This time a fuller ball which hints to swing away and draws Bopara onto the front foot with an airy drive

13.3

Morkel to Bopara, FOUR, gets the edge this time, Bopara feeling for the ball and it goes between keeper and the very wide slip. Bopara tried to make it look like a glide, but there was more edge involved

13.4

Morkel to Bopara, no run, stays on that line outside off and it's left alone this time

13.5

Morkel to Bopara, no run, gets one to jag back into the right hander and takes him high on the pad...this is a good over

13.6

Morkel to Bopara, no run, full outside off, defended square on the off side

England 51/3   RS Bopara 12* (26b 1x4)
15.1

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, neatly angled away to third man for a single. The sort of shot that if Bopara had angled into the keeper's gloves, he would be vilified for

15.3

Steyn to Bopara, no run, slower ball here, Bopara plays around his front pad with a whirl of the wrists. Looks risky to me

15.4

Steyn to Bopara, 1 wide, ah, 'too straight' again. By which I mean wide down the leg side. Steyn striving for that stump-splattering yorker

15.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, very neat moment of cricket where a full, straight ball meets a full, straight bat in textbook defence

15.5

Steyn to Bopara, 2 runs, probably the best shot Bopara has played all morning here. Not many to chose from though. Touch shorter from Steyn outside off and a flowing back-foot drive earns a couple to point

15.6

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, fuller from Steyn and Bopara punches a drive to mid-on. Runs a single very swiftly, which is unusual for him

England 57/3   RS Bopara 16* (31b 1x4)
16.1

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up menacingly, Bopara nudges down the ground and finds the best defence by scampering to the other end

16.3

Imran Tahir to Bopara, FOUR, ah lovely shot, the best of the day. Overpitched from Tahir and Bopara leans into a fluid extra cover drive

16.4

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 2 runs, this is almost as good from Bopara. Very soft hands turning the ball into the leg side and judging a couple well to bring up the 50 stand

16.5

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, lovely delivery, tossed up on a length spinning away. Bopara leans forward to defend

16.6

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, another flashing blade as Bopara drives outside off stump. Timed it perfectly but was fielded smartly at short cover

England 65/3   RS Bopara 23* (36b 2x4)
17.6

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, huge appeal from bowler and wicketkeeper as Bopara went back to flash and miss a cut from a length ball. Poor shot but an optimistic appeal

England 68/3   RS Bopara 23* (37b 2x4)
19.2

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, slightly quicker ball and Bopara is very late on it. He's struggled against du Plessis so far

19.3

du Plessis to Bopara, 1 run, nudged very carefully towards midwicket

19.5

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, Bopara missed out here. Short but straight so Bopara had no room to time his cut

19.6

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, driven back to the bowler to end another good du Plessis over

England 76/3   RS Bopara 24* (41b 2x4)
20.2

Duminy to Bopara, no run, a fraction short and Bopara is again keen to cut, but not finding the room for it

20.3

Duminy to Bopara, no run, quicker and flatter from the bowler. Flicked into the leg side

20.4

Duminy to Bopara, no run, Bopara gets a leading edge here to cover. He's just going through a bad patch at the moment

20.5

Duminy to Bopara, 1 wide, this starts straight but spins down the leg side

20.5

Duminy to Bopara, 1 run, that'll do nicely for the batsman. Didn't quite time this but nurdled straight of midwicket

England 79/3   RS Bopara 25* (45b 2x4)
21.2

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, Bopara aims to whip a full ball around his front pad to fine leg, missed it and was struck in front. Luckily for him, it pitched outside leg stump

21.3

du Plessis to Bopara, 1 run, du Plessis drops his length a fraction and Bopara finally gets one of his cut shots away. Just for a single though

21.6

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, oh Ravi Bopara. Nudged into the leg side, he took an age to turn here after being sent back by Trott for a single that did not exist. Eventually he dived in but the bat almost bounced up as he dived. Not the sharpest thing I've seen

England 83/3   RS Bopara 26* (48b 2x4)
22.2

Duminy to Bopara, 1 run, Duminy too short again and allows Bopara to unfurl his cut shot. No mistakes with the running this time

22.6

Duminy to Bopara, no run, Bopara edges down the track but Duminy adjusts his length well, leaving defence the only option

England 86/3   RS Bopara 27* (50b 2x4)
23.2

du Plessis to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara playing forward this time milks a single in just the same direction

23.4

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, too close to cut but Bopara wants the shot. Can't time it though

23.5

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, lovely delivery, touch of flight around off stump. Bopara forward and pushing back to du Plessis who tumbles to field smartly

23.6

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, shorter and it spins sharply, bounces too. Bopara stands tall but can't find a gap

England 89/3   RS Bopara 28* (54b 2x4)
24.4

Duminy to Bopara, SIX, that releases the pressure. Gone a long way, too. Bopara down the wicket and swinging through the line, pinging this back over the bowler's head and over the sightscreen too!

24.5

Duminy to Bopara, no run, good follow-up delivery, flatter and quicker around off stump. Stabbed to point

24.6

Duminy to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara opens the face a touch to steer a single

England 97/3   RS Bopara 35* (57b 2x4 1x6)
25.1

Steyn to Bopara, no run, good start from Steyn, heading towards the top of off stump. Bopara leans forward into defence but looks rushed on the shot

25.2

Steyn to Bopara, no run, slower ball from Steyn, running his fingers across the ball. Bopara again is forward and defending under eyes

25.3

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, ah, first sighting of reverse. Nothing dramatic but it tailed into Bopara, allowing him to turn his hands over the ball and send it to fine leg

25.5

Steyn to Bopara, no run, definite reverse here, swinging in late but Bopara's defences are solid

25.6

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, touch shorter, so no swing there. Very good line though and Bopara, with the softest of hands, pushes down the ground. Beats the bowler and steals the strike

England 100/3   RS Bopara 37* (62b 2x4 1x6)
26.1

Peterson to Bopara, 1 run, finds spin straight away, landing it on a good line and length. Bopara leans the ball past cover to amble a single

26.5

Peterson to Bopara, no run, Bopara a touch less certain getting forward here

26.6

Peterson to Bopara, no run, prodded back to the bowler in defence

England 106/3   RS Bopara 38* (65b 2x4 1x6)
27.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, Bopara gets a shorter ball that he stands tall to defend

27.5

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara is not quite as adept as Trott at working singles but picks up one here pushing a slower ball down the ground

England 110/3   RS Bopara 39* (67b 2x4 1x6)
28.1

Peterson to Bopara, no run, nurdled around the corner. Bopara imagines there is a single but Trott is nothing if not a realist

28.2

Peterson to Bopara, no run, prodded back to the bowler this time

28.3

Peterson to Bopara, 1 run, with a flick of the wrists, Bopara turns a single to midwicket

28.6

Peterson to Bopara, no run, ooh, Bopara advanced in a menacing way, like he wanted the big shot down the ground, Peterson adjusted his line well, throwing outside off. Rather than try and drag a shot Bopara changed his mind and prodded to point

England 112/3   RS Bopara 40* (71b 2x4 1x6)
29.3

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, very neatly driven down the ground to get off strike

England 114/3   RS Bopara 41* (72b 2x4 1x6)
31.1

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, excitement from the bowler as Bopara gets an edge into the leg side but it falls well away from the keeper

31.2

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, on the back foot and pulled out to deep midwicket

31.4

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Bopara works it down to long on

31.6

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 bye, wow, what a beauty...that has turned and bounced past Bopara's edge and also eluded the keeper. Plenty in this for the spinners

England 120/4   RS Bopara 43* (76b 2x4 1x6)
32.1

Kallis to Bopara, no run, full outside off, driven to backward point

32.2

Kallis to Bopara, no run, hint of inswing, maybe reverse swing, and Bopara turns it to midwicket

32.3

Kallis to Bopara, no run, width outside off but he can't time his cut as there's no pace to work with and it dribbles to cover

32.4

Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, waits longer this time and opens the face to third man

England 121/4   RS Bopara 44* (80b 2x4 1x6)
33.2

du Plessis to Bopara, no run, rocks back and cuts hard but picks out the man at cover

33.3

du Plessis to Bopara, 1 run, back foot again against another short ball, this time midwicket parries it with a fine dive that probably prevented a boundary

33.6

du Plessis to Bopara, 1 run, drives through the covers out to the sweeper

England 126/4   RS Bopara 46* (83b 2x4 1x6)
34.1

Peterson to Bopara, 2 runs, drags his first balls short and Bopara places it nicely backward of square on the off side, but the sweeper makes good ground

34.2

Peterson to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up, drives down to long off

England 129/4   RS Bopara 49* (85b 2x4 1x6)
35.1

Morkel to Bopara, no run, speared towards the pads but Bopara can't capitalise

35.2

Morkel to Bopara, 1 run, tapped into the covers, a sharp single and that's Bopara's fifty. His fifth in all, and how valuable it's been. More still needed of course. But he's laid the groundwork

England 134/4   RS Bopara 50* (87b 2x4 1x6)
36.1

Peterson to Bopara, 1 run, nudged into the gap at long on. Happy to size up the singles for now

36.6

Peterson to Bopara, 1 run, beautifully bowled, Bopara is beaten in flight as he drives hard-handed into the covers. A good eye gets him out of trouble

England 138/5   RS Bopara 52* (89b 2x4 1x6)
37.1

Morkel to Bopara, no run, blocked with an angled bat, the ball hops backwards and nearly threatens the stumps

37.2

Morkel to Bopara, no run, determined defence, dragged forward to block

37.3

Morkel to Bopara, 1 run, short, but no great aggression. Bopara rolls his wrists on a controlled pull

England 139/5   RS Bopara 53* (92b 2x4 1x6)
38.1

Imran Tahir to Bopara, FOUR, cracking shot, an aggressive sweep, hitting down on the ball all the way, and no-one can intercept

38.2

Imran Tahir to Bopara, no run, fully forward and blocked

38.3

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara dances in the crease and takes on the cut, but sharp work at point cuts off the runs

38.5

Imran Tahir to Bopara, 1 run, a wristy flick through the leg-side, not great power but another single

England 146/5   RS Bopara 59* (96b 3x4 1x6)
39.1

Morkel to Bopara, 1 run, attempted yorker, but floated into the toes and flicked through mid-on

39.3

Morkel to Bopara, OUT, a massive breakthrough! Bopara is nailed lbw as Morkel nips one off the seam. It's gone to a review but it's tactical, as that is plumb. HawkEye says middle and leg, and he's gone

RS Bopara lbw b Morkel 60 (149m 98b 3x4 1x6) SR: 61.22

England 148/6   RS Bopara 60 (98b 3x4 1x6)
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