ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 21st match, Group B

England v South Africa

England won by 6 runs

This is interesting, looks like Robin Peterson may be set to open the bowling. Another left-arm spinner to target KP? Should be fun. Everyone was ready a little early so we have some faffing around first.

9.20am Morning all. Gnasher here. This is all very exciting. Both teams belting out their national anthems (well, sort of) and we'll be under way in a few moments

9.10am So we have about 20mins to go, you can entertain yourself with all sorts, including our Facebook page though the real fun lies in Andrew McGlashan's preview. A word from Firdose Moonda, our excellent reporter at the ground, is: "Morne van Wyk is likely to keep in place of AB de Villiers - back must still be an issue even though Smith said he was fit." Gnasher, by the way, has put together a toss bulletin and will be on the comms for the start of the game.

9.00am England have won the toss will bat. Confirmation that Bopara is in for Collingwood. South Africa unchanged. So there we go, after fluffing their defence last time around, England get another chance. Thrillingly, this means the Steyn v Pietersen battle is just 30mins away. Collingwood, the wonderful team man that he is, was helping with throw-downs in practice. Hero.

England: 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Michael Yardy 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson.

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Morne van Wyk, 7 Francois du Plessis, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir.

8.55am The Twitter rumour mill is churning out all sorts and England may well have brought Ravi Bopara in for Paul Collingwood. Ravi is doing plenty of bowling practice in the warm-ups. Hmm. Michael Yardy keeps his place then. Lucky man indeed, England bereft of a decent second spinner. The pitch is apparently flat and hard, with nothing for the pacemen. South Africa, meanwhile, look like heading in with the same side that swept the Dutch aside. So Robin Peterson plays ahead of Johan Botha again.

8.50am Hello and good morning. It's England v South Africa and if the last three England games are anything to go by, we're in for a scorcher. Even if the cricket doesn't provide that, the weather in Chennai, very hot and very humid, certainly will. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Andrew McGlashan and later Andrew Miller to bring you all today's action.

England are, of course, reeling from Kevin O'Brien's thumping heroics, while South Africa have cruised to a pair of indecently comprehensive victories so far. They look the most rounded team in the tournament, in large part thanks to the wonders of Imran Tahir. If you don't have in your Fantasy Team, I suggest you add him swiftly.

0.1

Peterson to Strauss, no run, round the wicket, on leg stump and turned out to midwicket

0.2

Peterson to Strauss, 1 wide, short and turns down the leg side to get England under way

Interesting to see some early turn...there's a slip in place

0.2

Peterson to Strauss, no run, a touch fuller on middle and leg, Strauss works it into the leg side

0.3

Peterson to Strauss, OUT, gone! And the plan has work in some style. Massive early strike for South Africa. Strauss comes down the pitch and tries to launch Peterson over midwicket but can only find long on who makes superb ground to take a low catch

AJ Strauss c de Villiers b Peterson 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Strauss trying to show early intent, but the man was placed on the boundary for that shot. Not the captain's best moment. What tone has that set for the day?

Now it's Peterson to Pietersen. Slip and a short cover in place

0.4

Peterson to Pietersen, no run, now there's a big appeal as Pietersen props forward but there's a big inside edge into the pad

Now silly point comes in. Excellent, aggressive cricket from South Africa

0.5

Peterson to Pietersen, 2 runs, uses his feet and whips this towards mid-on who gets a tough bounce which allows a second although Trott has to get his skates on

0.6

Peterson to Pietersen, OUT, GONE! Would you believe it. Two in the first over. What an effort from Peterson. KP plays forward the ball turns a fraction and a regulation edge goes low to first slip

KP Pietersen c Kallis b Peterson 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

So much for a belting batting pitch. There is early turn here and England are already in big trouble

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/2 (RR: 3.00)
     RJ Peterson    1-0-3-2
IJL Trott    0* (0b)     

Dale Steyn will share the new ball

1.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, hint of swing away from Bell who comes forward and defends solidly into the covers

1.2

Steyn to Trott, no run, angled down the leg side and clips the pad, Morne van Wyk makes a good save behind the stumps

1.3

Steyn to Trott, 2 runs, nicely played from Trott who leans onto a square drive and finds a gap at cover to open his account

1.4

Steyn to Trott, no run, back of a length and Trott rides a touch more bounce into the leg side

1.5

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, onto the back foot and whipped off the hip down to long leg

1.6

Steyn to Bell, 2 leg byes, on leg stump and it takes Bell's pad down towards fine leg who can't stop the second

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 8/2 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
IJL Trott    3* (5b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-2

Slip and a silly point in place

2.1

Peterson to Trott, no run, round the wicket, on off stump and Trott defends into the off side

2.2

Peterson to Trott, no run, onto the front foot and pushed back down the pitch

2.3

Peterson to Trott, no run, that's ripped squared...beats Trott who was on the back foot as it spins past the outside edge

2.4

Peterson to Trott, no run, pushed through a little quicker and Trott defends out to silly point

2.5

Peterson to Trott, no run, goes deep in his crease and then works into the leg side...trying to give himself time to read any spin

Silly point into gully now

2.6

Peterson to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle and off, solidly pushed into the off side

End of over 3 (maiden) England 8/2 (RR: 2.66)
IJL Trott    3* (11b)      RJ Peterson    2-1-3-2
IR Bell    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

3.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, a testing full length on off stump, Bell stays on his crease and defends to the off side

Watching Dale Steyn flow to the crease is such a joy

3.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, very full this time and Bell jabs down on it

3.3

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, good response from Bell, Steyn went for the short ball but it sat up very gently and gave Bell plenty of time to pull it in front of square

3.4

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, drifts towards leg stump again and Bell flicks it down to fine leg who is quite square

3.5

Steyn to Trott, no run, back on a full length at middle stump, Trott works it out to mid-on and the bat twists in his hands

3.6

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, plays this very late with an open face and sends it down to third man

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 14/2 (RR: 3.50)
IJL Trott    4* (13b)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0
IR Bell    5* (5b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-1-3-2

4.1

Peterson to Trott, no run, full on the stumps and punched down towards mid-on and there's nearly some confusion

4.2

Peterson to Trott, 1 run, pushed towards leg stump, whipped into the midwicket area off the back foot

4.3

Peterson to Bell, no run, tossed up, Bell gets his head over the line and defends

4.4

Peterson to Bell, OUT, gone! He has another. Bell tries to use his feet but doesn't get to the pitch and only succeeds in popping a catch back towards Peterson who dives low to his left and takes a superb catch. Lovely piece of bowling to beat the batsman in flight

IR Bell c & b Peterson 5 (14m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

What a mess England are in. Excellent cricket from South Africa, but it's pretty village from the batsmen.

What a moment for Ravi Bopara to return to the side

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

End of over 5 (1 run) England 15/3 (RR: 3.00)
RS Bopara    0* (2b)      RJ Peterson    3-1-4-3
IJL Trott    5* (15b)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0

5.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, pushed past short midwicket towards mid-on

5.2

Steyn to Trott, 2 runs, little too straight and nicely played as he turns his wrists to send it through square leg

5.3

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, played off the back foot this time with an open face, it goes square of third man but they, rightly, don't risk the second

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

5.6

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on off stump, pushed back to the bowler and there are a few stares in the middle.

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 21/3 (RR: 3.50)
IJL Trott    8* (19b)      DW Steyn    3-0-15-0
RS Bopara    3* (4b)      RJ Peterson    3-1-4-3

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

End of over 7 (maiden) England 21/3 (RR: 3.00)
RS Bopara    3* (10b)      RJ Peterson    4-2-4-3
IJL Trott    8* (19b)      DW Steyn    3-0-15-0

Peterson 4-2-4-3. No, that isn't a misprint. Anyway, here's the first change and it's Morne Morkel.

7.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the leg side

7.2

Morkel to Trott, 1 run, well, well...Trott uses his feet and backs to the leg side, then frees his arms and carves this one bounce down to third man. Quite out of character.

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

7.6

Morkel to Trott, no run, full on off stump and it's driven firmly down to mid-off

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 23/3 (RR: 2.87)
IJL Trott    9* (22b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0
RS Bopara    4* (13b)      RJ Peterson    4-2-4-3

"Why doesn't Smith get Tahir on to the attack for a couple of overs?" suggests Rajeev. It's not a bad idea, but it won't be more spin for now. Here's Jacques Kallis. Bit strange to rest Peterson in the midst of such a golden spell.

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

8.2

Kallis to Trott, no run, much fuller this time outside off, defended into the covers

8.3

Kallis to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, defended down to mid-on

8.4

Kallis to Trott, 2 runs, that was fairly straight but it's neatly whipped through the leg side and they get a shift on between the wickets

8.5

Kallis to Trott, 5 wides, that's a bouncer that has gone wrong...banged in very short and it's miles over the batsman's head as well as going down the leg side. Keeper couldn't do much

8.5

Kallis to Trott, no run, a slower ball which is dug out back to the bowler who fields one-handed and throws it back to the keeper

8.6

Kallis to Trott, 1 run, worked through the leg side again out to deep square

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 32/3 (RR: 3.55)
IJL Trott    12* (27b)      JH Kallis    1-0-9-0
RS Bopara    5* (14b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-0

9.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, jabbed into the off side as Trott suggests he expected more bounce

9.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, opens the face and it goes one bounce to the man at a very wide slip position...probably about third/fourth slip

9.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, same man is in action again as Trott tries to find the gap down to third man...he should be alert for the catch, too

9.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, full on the stumps, worked out to midwicket without much timing

9.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, ooh, a strangled shout as Trott is caught on the back foot but height was an issue and maybe an edge too

9.6

Morkel to Trott, 1 run, dropped in short - not where you want to be on this surface - and Trott pulls it through square leg

End of over 10 (1 run) England 33/3 (RR: 3.30)
IJL Trott    13* (33b)      M Morkel    2-0-3-0
RS Bopara    5* (14b)      JH Kallis    1-0-9-0

All the threes...33 for 3. Bowling Powerplay taken. Not a surprise.

10.1

Kallis to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, defended down to mid-on

10.2

Kallis to Trott, no run, risky from Trott as he moves towards the leg side and exposes his stumps the guides the ball to point

10.3

Kallis to Trott, 1 run, whipped off his hip down to long leg

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

10.6

Kallis to Trott, 1 run, an over of leg-side whips is completed by another which goes out to deep square

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 36/3 (RR: 3.27)
IJL Trott    15* (37b)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0
RS Bopara    6* (16b)      M Morkel    2-0-3-0

11.1

Morkel to Trott, FOUR, hint of width allows Trott to cut it away through backward point for just the second boundary of the day...wasn't timed perfectly but had the legs to beat third man

11.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, gets back full on off stump, Trott punches down the pitch and Morkel fields in his follow through

11.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, hint of movement into Trott from outside off as he comes onto the front foot and defends

11.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, full outside off, driven firmly into off side and it slips through short cover but it doesn't cost any runs

11.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, slower ball outside off, pushed into the off side and can't find a gap

11.6

Morkel to Trott, 4 leg byes, wrong line again, pushed towards leg stump and it takes Trott's pad wide of the diving keeper down to fine leg

The quicks have been a little off target today...time for more spin

End of over 12 (8 runs) England 44/3 (RR: 3.66)
IJL Trott    19* (43b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-7-0
RS Bopara    6* (16b)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0

A quick drink for Jonathan Trott. It's a warm day. Ah, here we go, it's Imran Tahir into the attack. I'm really looking forward to this

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

Slip in place. Trott and Tahir have been team-mates at Warwickshire

12.2

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, very full and dug out back to the bowler

12.3

Imran Tahir to Trott, 1 run, dragged a little short, Trott onto the back foot and forces out to the cover sweeper

The umpire already concerned about Tahir's follow through in the danger area

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

Tahir really does follow through straight down the pitch. Will be hard for him to change so far into his career

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 47/3 (RR: 3.61)
RS Bopara    8* (20b)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0
IJL Trott    20* (45b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-7-0

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

Slip has come closer

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

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 51/3 (RR: 3.64)
RS Bopara    12* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-11-0
IJL Trott    20* (45b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0

14.1

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, given out! We have a review as Trott misses a sweep and is given lbw. He calls for the DRS. Is it turning enough to miss off stump? Indeed it's missing, a good review from Trott who survives

14.2

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off and driven firmly to cover

14.3

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, plenty of flight again and driven back to the bowler

14.4

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, touch short outside off, cut hard but straight at cover

14.5

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, better line, full on middle which brings Trott forward to defend

14.6

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, onto the back foot and pushed into the covers

Well, that was an interesting first 15 overs. Now it's over to Sahil who is gagging to get involved.

End of over 15 (maiden) England 51/3 (RR: 3.40)
IJL Trott    20* (51b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    2-1-3-0
RS Bopara    12* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-11-0

Yup, I'm well up for this. England bat deep, 220 is a score. Game on! Possibly. Probably not. Anyway, more pace, it's Dale Steyn.

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

15.2

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, Steyn is a touch too straight, which is a cricketing euphemism for 'down the leg side', flicked away to fine leg

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

Drinks. Make mine a stiff one.

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 57/3 (RR: 3.56)
RS Bopara    16* (31b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-21-0
IJL Trott    21* (52b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    2-1-3-0

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

16.2

Imran Tahir to Trott, 1 run, juicy full toss, but such are England's woes that Trott merely bunts a single down the ground

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

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 65/3 (RR: 3.82)
RS Bopara    23* (36b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    3-1-11-0
IJL Trott    22* (53b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-21-0

Double legspin, du Plessis is the man.

17.1

du Plessis to Trott, 2 runs, looks more uncertain than Tahir but starts well, dobbing up on a good length and Trott flicks to a vacant midwicket

17.2

du Plessis to Trott, no run, good again from the bowler, the length dragged back a touch which forces Trott to defend

17.3

du Plessis to Trott, no run, pushed carefully back to the bowler

17.4

du Plessis to Trott, no run, dragged down a fraction too short but Trott punched back to the bowler

17.5

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, this time Trott beats the bowler, threading a drive down the ground

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 68/3 (RR: 3.77)
RS Bopara    23* (37b 2x4)      F du Plessis    1-0-3-0
IJL Trott    25* (58b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    3-1-11-0

Duminy is the new bowler.

18.1

Duminy to Trott, no run, starts full outside off, Trott aims a reverse-tickle but ends up yorking the ball with his glove

18.2

Duminy to Trott, no run, nudged into the midwicket region with the spin

18.3

Duminy to Trott, FOUR, ah good shot, it was short and sat up for it but England have missed out on a few this morning. Trott this time cut hard and square for four

18.4

Duminy to Trott, no run, pops forward to defend back to the bowler

18.5

Duminy to Trott, no run, touch shorter and Trott gets deep into his crease to punch back

18.6

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, shuffle down the crease to clip to long-on and keep the strike

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 73/3 (RR: 3.84)
IJL Trott    30* (64b 2x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-5-0
RS Bopara    23* (37b 2x4)      F du Plessis    1-0-3-0

19.1

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, little bit short and worked around the corner

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

19.4

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, just a fraction shorter, flat too. Trott pushes to long-on

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

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 76/3 (RR: 3.80)
RS Bopara    24* (41b 2x4)      F du Plessis    2-0-6-0
IJL Trott    32* (66b 2x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-5-0

20.1

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, Duminy from around the wicket means the leg side is opened up for Trott to nudge into

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

20.6

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, Trott pinches the strike but fiddling a single towards fine leg. Overs ticking by but South Africa just opening the smallest gap back for England here

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 80/3 (RR: 3.80)
IJL Trott    34* (68b 2x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0
RS Bopara    25* (45b 2x4)      F du Plessis    2-0-6-0

21.1

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, fullish ball squeezed down to fine leg to jog another single

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

21.4

du Plessis to Trott, no run, wow, this really rags. Bounce too and Trott misses a work to leg

21.5

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, firm connection this time, bunting into the leg side

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

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 83/3 (RR: 3.77)
RS Bopara    26* (48b 2x4)      F du Plessis    3-0-9-0
IJL Trott    36* (71b 2x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0

22.1

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, Trott is playing a different match here, easy as you like on a cut shot and sauntering through for one

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

22.3

Duminy to Trott, no run, Trott wants to cut again but is cramped for room as Duminy finds some purchase

22.4

Duminy to Trott, no run, dragged from outside off stump to mid-on

22.5

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, some air from Duminy used by Trott to dink a single into the leg side

22.6

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

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 86/3 (RR: 3.73)
RS Bopara    27* (50b 2x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-12-0
IJL Trott    38* (75b 2x4)      F du Plessis    3-0-9-0

23.1

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, Trott milks a single to long-on off the back foot

23.2

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

23.3

du Plessis to Trott, 1 run, this is a good over from England so far, Trott shoving a single down to long-on

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

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 89/3 (RR: 3.70)
RS Bopara    28* (54b 2x4)      F du Plessis    4-0-12-0
IJL Trott    40* (77b 2x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-12-0

24.1

Duminy to Trott, no run, Trott plays back when he should have played forward. Has to jab down in a hurry as a result

24.2

Duminy to Trott, no run, dots piling up as Trott pushes a full ball back to Duminy

24.3

Duminy to Trott, 1 run, precious single as Trott turns to deep square

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

End of over 25 (8 runs) England 97/3 (RR: 3.88)
RS Bopara    35* (57b 2x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    4-0-20-0
IJL Trott    41* (80b 2x4)      F du Plessis    4-0-12-0

Smith isn't amused with that six-hitting merriment and has recalled Dale Steyn. All eyes on the reverse.

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

25.4

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, slightly shorter, the line a touch wrong and Trott shrugs it away 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

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 100/3 (RR: 3.84)
RS Bopara    37* (62b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    5-0-24-0
IJL Trott    42* (81b 2x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-20-0

Here is the destroyer. Bishan Peterson is back. Long discussion with his captain, probably just to make the batsmen even more nervous. Styen, Morkel, Tahir? Nope. Peterson has been the biggest threat.

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

26.2

Peterson to Trott, no run, trouble for Trott as some extra bounce and spin finds the edge. Slides one-bounce down to deep third man

26.3

Peterson to Trott, FOUR, really beautiful piece of timing from Trott here. Gets a slightly short ball and whips it square of the wicket, it rushes to the rope, beating the fine leg fielder who tried to skirt round

26.4

Peterson to Trott, 1 run, follows the boundary by pushing a single down the ground. Excellent batting

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

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 106/3 (RR: 3.92)
RS Bopara    38* (65b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    5-2-10-3
IJL Trott    47* (84b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-24-0

27.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, Trott tries to run a fullish ball down to third man but it's too close to him and he can't squeeze it away

27.2

Steyn to Trott, no run, rare loose shot from Trott, a flat-footed drive dribbles off an inside edge

27.3

Steyn to Trott, 3 runs, more excellent timing from Trott brings up a crucial fifty. Where would England be without him? All out I expect. Bunts a full delivery down the ground, beating a jumping bowler and sprawling mid-on fielder

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

27.6

Steyn to Trott, no run, very firmly driven here but straight to cover. Anderson will be watching Steyn's progress closely, this pitch really doesn't look one for the pitch-up skiddy merchants

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 110/3 (RR: 3.92)
IJL Trott    50* (88b 3x4)      DW Steyn    6-0-28-0
RS Bopara    39* (67b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    5-2-10-3

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

28.4

Peterson to Trott, no run, Trott pops forward to defend to cover

28.5

Peterson to Trott, 1 run, this time he gets back and punches a slightly shorter offering to deep cover

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

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 3.86)
RS Bopara    40* (71b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    6-2-12-3
IJL Trott    51* (90b 3x4)      DW Steyn    6-0-28-0

Tahir is back... Look out!

29.1

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, oooh! There's that googly, his Warwickshire team-mate didn't read it, aimed an expansive drive and the inside edge could have been fatal!

29.2

Imran Tahir to Trott, 1 run, close again! If the googly won't get you the full toss, er, might. Slugged wide of long-on, Steyn hared up and in and dived full length, only to drop the ball as his elbows crashed to the ground

29.3

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

29.4

Imran Tahir to Trott, no run, carefully defended this time back to the bowler

29.5

Imran Tahir to Trott, OUT, gone this time! Tahir gets his man after all! Plenty of overspin on this and dipped before bouncing a touch more, Trott was a fraction early and popped back wide of Tahir who dived to his left to cling on. Wild celebrations from him and England in the mire.

IJL Trott c & b Imran Tahir 52 (123m 94b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.31

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29.6

Imran Tahir to Prior, 1 run, he's away first ball with a work off the hip into the leg side

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 115/4 (RR: 3.83)
MJ Prior    1* (1b)      Imran Tahir    4-1-14-1
RS Bopara    41* (72b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    6-2-12-3

Hello everyone. Huge wicket that for South Africa, it was a good stand for England. Another change of bowling with Kallis back for a second spell

30.1

Kallis to Prior, no run, pushed into the leg side

30.2

Kallis to Prior, no run, back of a length, defended back down the pitch

30.3

Kallis to Prior, no run, good line, keeps Prior in defence as he plays straight

30.4

Kallis to Prior, no run, punched firmly off the back foot to cover...building more pressure on England after that wicket

30.5

Kallis to Prior, no run, a slower ball outside off, left alone and it doesn't carry to van Wyk

30.6

Kallis to Prior, no run, fuller on off stump and defended to complete a good maiden

End of over 31 (maiden) England 115/4 (RR: 3.70)
MJ Prior    1* (7b)      JH Kallis    3-1-12-0
RS Bopara    41* (72b 2x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    4-1-14-1

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

31.3

Imran Tahir to Prior, 1 run, gets down for a sweep and works it out to deep square

31.4

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

31.5

Imran Tahir to Prior, 1 run, another sweep, this time from outside off which means it goes a touch squarer

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

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 120/4 (RR: 3.75)
RS Bopara    43* (76b 2x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    5-1-18-1
MJ Prior    3* (9b)      JH Kallis    3-1-12-0

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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

32.5

Kallis to Prior, no run, punched back down the pitch and Kallis dives to his right to make a good save

32.6

Kallis to Prior, 1 run, this time he finds space straight down the ground and keeps the strike

And that's drinks. South Africa still in control, but England will think something around 220 is reachable

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 122/4 (RR: 3.69)
MJ Prior    4* (11b)      JH Kallis    4-1-14-0
RS Bopara    44* (80b 2x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    5-1-18-1

Plenty of bowling changes today. du Plessis back into the fray.

33.1

du Plessis to Prior, 1 run, short outside off, Prior punches off the back foot down the ground

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

33.4

du Plessis to Prior, no run, defend into the leg side

33.5

du Plessis to Prior, 1 run, short and cut out to deep point

33.6

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

Will be interesting to see when England take the batting Powerplay. 34 overs now gone, so time for a ball change

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 126/4 (RR: 3.70)
RS Bopara    46* (83b 2x4 1x6)      F du Plessis    5-0-16-0
MJ Prior    6* (14b)      JH Kallis    4-1-14-0

Robin Peterson the latest on the spin merry-go-round

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

A slip in place

34.2

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

34.3

Peterson to Prior, no run, leans forward and defends, gets an inside edge into the leg side

34.4

Peterson to Prior, FOUR, powerful from Prior. Brings out the sweep and fetches it from outside off, sending it racing forward of square leg

34.5

Peterson to Prior, no run, back in defence as he plays to the off side

34.6

Peterson to Prior, no run, tight on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

That's been a short stint for me because Andrew Miller is feeling left out and has begged me to have a crack. So here he is. Absolutely. Lemme at it. Morne Morkel is also back for a short stint. Here he is

End of over 35 (7 runs) England 133/4 (RR: 3.80)
MJ Prior    10* (18b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-2-19-3
RS Bopara    49* (85b 2x4 1x6)      F du Plessis    5-0-16-0

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

35.3

Morkel to Prior, OUT, too good for Prior! Tight to the line of off stump, climbing off the deck, grazing the edge and the keeper's lean run continues, as England's slide regains momentum!

MJ Prior c †van Wyk b Morkel 10 (24m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

Well, what on earth can England cobble together from here? Here comes Michael Yardy, who needs to provide Bopara with all the support he can muster

35.4

Morkel to Yardy, no run, round the wicket, outside off, left alone

The batting Powerplay will be another consideration for England. They have to take it while Bopara is at the crease. But they don't want to jinx him, given their previous record!

35.5

Morkel to Yardy, 1 wide, down the leg side

35.5

Morkel to Yardy, no run, half forward, a poked defence

35.6

Morkel to Yardy, no run, very full but still generating steep bounce. Yardy digs this one out as it leaps in the crease

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 135/5 (RR: 3.75)
MH Yardy    0* (3b)      M Morkel    5-0-13-1
RS Bopara    50* (87b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-2-19-3

36.1

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

36.2

Peterson to Yardy, no run, twirled onto leg stump, attempted flick, misses out

36.3

Peterson to Yardy, no run, not entirely convincing defence, worked back to the bowler

36.4

Peterson to Yardy, no run, massive appeal as Yardy goes down on the sweep. Petersen is adamant, but that was going over

36.5

Peterson to Yardy, 1 run, flicked off the hip

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

End of over 37 (3 runs) England 138/5 (RR: 3.72)
RS Bopara    52* (89b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    8-2-22-3
MH Yardy    1* (7b)      M Morkel    5-0-13-1

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

37.4

Morkel to Yardy, no run, round the wicket and Yardy is smothered for room. Nowhere to go there

37.5

Morkel to Yardy, no run, down the track to defend, blocked off the inside edge to backward square

37.6

Morkel to Yardy, no run, another block out to point, Yardy can't get going, but Bopara will be relieved he didn't steal the strike!

Well, my Fantasy team has taken a battering today. How's yours?

End of over 38 (1 run) England 139/5 (RR: 3.65)
MH Yardy    1* (10b)      M Morkel    6-0-14-1
RS Bopara    53* (92b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    8-2-22-3

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

38.4

Imran Tahir to Yardy, 1 run, good work from Yardy, picking the gap at midwicket with a gentle tap off the toes

38.5

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

38.6

Imran Tahir to Yardy, no run, pushed back to the bowler. A better over for England, but it's all relative

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 146/5 (RR: 3.74)
MH Yardy    2* (12b)      Imran Tahir    6-1-25-1
RS Bopara    59* (96b 3x4 1x6)      M Morkel    6-0-14-1

39.1

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

39.2

Morkel to Yardy, 1 leg bye, direct hit from cover, and there's a review. Bopara is easily home, used the dive well

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

Time for the long handle I suspect. Tim Bresnan can give it a bit of humpty

39.4

Morkel to Bresnan, no run, outside off, no stroke offered as Bresnan finds his bearings

39.5

Morkel to Bresnan, no run, a fraction wider on the crease, Bresnan defends

39.6

Morkel to Bresnan, 1 run, attempted yorker, splatted out to backward square. Just a single to end the over

Here comes Dale Steyn ...

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 149/6 (RR: 3.72)
TT Bresnan    1* (3b)      M Morkel    7-0-16-2
MH Yardy    2* (13b)      Imran Tahir    6-1-25-1

40.1

Steyn to Bresnan, OUT, wicket-to-wicket, and Bresnan is nailed in front of middle and leg! Another review. No issue with the no-ball, but there are several stumps visible. That's hard luck for the batsman, the leg stump was being clipped so it stays with the on-field umpire. Steyn has no need for a sighter!

TT Bresnan lbw b Steyn 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

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40.2

Steyn to Swann, no run, solidly forward, and blocked

40.3

Steyn to Swann, no run, full toss, but straight. Pushed to cover

40.4

Steyn to Swann, no run, squeezed square, through point, tight line again

40.5

Steyn to Swann, no run, pulls the length back a bit, to keep Swann from planting his front foot

40.6

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, a hint of width, slapped into the covers, and Swann keeps the strike. Given Yardy's run-rate, that's no bad thing ...

The 150 is up, so that's something

End of over 41 (1 run) England 150/7 (RR: 3.65)
GP Swann    1* (5b)      DW Steyn    7-0-29-1
MH Yardy    2* (13b)      M Morkel    7-0-16-2

And the batting Powerplay has been taken. They've got to take it, and now is as good as any

41.1

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, looped onto the off stump, stroked into the covers

41.2

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, down on the sweep, no contact on the stroke. The only contact was with Swann's groin. Ouch

41.3

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, eager appeal but that was going down

41.4

Imran Tahir to Swann, FOUR, switch hit from Swann! And he nails it as well! Pulled firmly through cover/midwicket for four

41.5

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, down the track, beaten in flight and defended

41.6

Imran Tahir to Swann, 1 run, swished into the leg side, another single to keep the scorecard ticking

So, Swann keeps the strike again, as England grind towards their 50-over allocation

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 155/7 (RR: 3.69)
GP Swann    6* (11b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    7-1-30-1
MH Yardy    2* (13b)      DW Steyn    7-0-29-1

Smith has so many options remaining, he's used almost every man in his team, bar himself and the keeper!

42.1

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, on the legs, helped round the corner

A long consultation results in fine leg being pushed back. No slip, despite his constant wicket threat

42.2

Steyn to Yardy, no run, full, late swinging, sneaks through to the keeper

42.3

Steyn to Yardy, 1 run, right up to the stumps, Yardy puts his bat in the way and scampers the single

42.4

Steyn to Swann, FOUR, clobbered! That's a flowing stroke from Swann, down the track, meeting the quick on the half-volley, and that's smacked through cover. His favourite stroke, and he played it well

42.5

Steyn to Swann, no run, looking for a single into the covers, though he kicks the turf because he feels that was another boundary ball - it sat up a touch and asked to be hit

42.6

Steyn to Swann, no run, slower ball, well directed. South Africa keep a firm grip on proceedings

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 161/7 (RR: 3.74)
GP Swann    11* (15b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-35-1
MH Yardy    3* (15b)      Imran Tahir    7-1-30-1

Plenty of options being juggled, but it's still spin

43.1

Imran Tahir to Yardy, no run, a googly, nudged to point

43.2

Imran Tahir to Yardy, OUT, another googly, and another limp dismissal. Not picked whatsoever, and an lofted slap ends up in the hands of short cover

MH Yardy c Peterson b Imran Tahir 3 (40m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

The end of a lumpen innings. Can Broad do anything to improve England's prospects?

A slip in place for the new batsman

43.3

Imran Tahir to Broad, no run, Broad doesn't pick that at all as he came half forward and the ball rolled through the gate and inches past leg stump!

43.4

Imran Tahir to Broad, no run, half an appeal as Broad goes down on the sweep

43.5

Imran Tahir to Broad, OUT, a bigger appeal this time! Broad would definitely have reviewed that if he could, it was the googly, he didn't pick it on the sweep, and umpire Taufel raises the finger!

SCJ Broad lbw b Imran Tahir 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

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43.6

Imran Tahir to Anderson, 1 run, defended out to cover off the back foot

Still six overs to wade through. England will want to bat out their overs come what may now

End of over 44 (1 run) England 162/9 (RR: 3.68)
JM Anderson    1* (1b)      Imran Tahir    8-1-31-3
GP Swann    11* (15b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-35-1

44.1

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a bit of width outside off, a flat-footed poke finds thin air

44.2

Steyn to Anderson, no run, outside off, jabbed defence but again no contact

Steyn comes round the wicket to force Anderson to play with more conviction

44.3

Steyn to Anderson, 1 run, an airy swat into the covers, Swann regains the strike

44.4

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, run off the face of the bat to short third man, as Swann picks off the single

44.5

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a loud cry of "no!" as Anderson defends to gully

44.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, firm defence in front of off stump

Another over ticked off the quota - 180 will be an achievement from here for England. But a few Swann blows and more may be achievable. He's on strike

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 164/9 (RR: 3.64)
JM Anderson    2* (6b)      DW Steyn    9-0-37-1
GP Swann    12* (16b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    8-1-31-3

45.1

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, another review as Swann is struck on the pad, looked leg-sided and sure enough it was... a spectacular waste of technology, but I guess South Africa can take a few liberties!

45.2

Imran Tahir to Swann, 3 wides, this beats everything. Sharp work on the fine leg boundary to save the boundary

45.2

Imran Tahir to Swann, FOUR, good boshing from Swann, down the track, picks his spot and finds the midwicket boundary

45.3

Imran Tahir to Swann, no run, drilled into the covers

45.4

Imran Tahir to Swann, OUT, an inside-out drive down the ground, gets a lot of air on the stroke, but Duminy runs round from mid-off to snaffle an sharp chance

GP Swann c Duminy b Imran Tahir 16 (28m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

That's four for Tahir, and 11 in the tournament already, and what a comprehensive display that has been from South Africa. They are the favourites for this tournament in many people's estimation and on this showing it's hard to look beyond them. Still, England have a handy spinner of their own - I wonder if Swann will be thrown the new ball?

Robin Peterson's new-ball burst nailed England's prospects. "I thought I'd need to change my pace a bit more but happy with how the ball came onto the bat. There was no miracle in what I was trying to do, just land the ball. We're relatively satisfied but the game is 100 overs not 50 overs." Or 45.4, he might have added ...

Anyhow, it's going to be interesting. It always is when England are playing in this competition. Join us again shortly to find out what happens. In the meantime, we have some spanking new iphone and android apps to play with. Download them at once!

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Mar 6, 2011

Umpire Simon Taufel on the field during England's game against South Africa, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011

Umpire Simon Taufel on the field during England's game against South Africa

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Mar 6, 2011

Kevin Pietersen walks away from his team-mates, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011

Kevin Pietersen walks away from his team-mates

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