ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 21st match, Group B

England v South Africa

England won by 6 runs

Hello all, Sahil here. England have produced three tight finishes from three games. That's the blind faith I'm working on. Anderson with the new ball has been such a liability, with a small total surely Swann's the man. Just four early wickets and we might have a match on our hands! On the plus side, England are marginally better than they were four years ago. Prior has the helmet on, which suggests it might be spin first up... It is, sort of, it's Michael Yardy. Swann better be on from the other end. If there is a more stylish player currently around than Hashim Amla, I haven't seen them. Anyway....

0.1

Yardy to Amla, no run, flat and quick from Yardy, no spin, quietly defended

0.2

Yardy to Amla, no run, again it's a good tight line, but no air or bite and Amla pops forward to defend

0.3

Yardy to Amla, FOUR, ah, don't give him width if you're a bowler. Amla is back in his crease and whipping his wrists through a cut shot to the deep cover rope

0.4

Yardy to Amla, 1 run, check-drive goes airily wide of cover for a single

0.5

Yardy to Smith, no run, some spin here takes it past Smith's inside edge to hit him on the pads. An appeal from England but only a gentle one

0.6

Yardy to Smith, no run, tuned off the pads to short midwicket to end a first over that was not nearly as dramatic as England's

End of over 1 (5 runs) South Africa 5/0 (167 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 3.40)
GC Smith    0* (2b)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    5* (4b 1x4)     

It won't be Graeme Swann, or indeed Stuart Broad from the other end. Instead here's James Anderson.

1.1

Anderson to Amla, no run, decent start, desperately seeking swing, none there but the line is good and Amla punches to mid-off

1.2

Anderson to Amla, no run, pinged down a touch shorter, no hint of seam, no hint of swing. Amla pops up on his toes to defend

1.3

Anderson to Amla, no run, dangerous territory for Anderson, feeding Amla on his legs. The flick was powerful but straight to Strauss at short midwicket

1.4

Anderson to Amla, no run, good length here, no searching for swing that isn't there. Amla tucks to midwicket to defend

1.5

Anderson to Amla, no run, again Anderson is back of a length and Amla happily defends off the back foot

1.6

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, Amla pinches the strike by working this with the angle to deep square. Decent first over for Anderson but nothing to suggest he'll be a threat

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 6/0 (166 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 3.45)
HM Amla    6* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    0* (2b)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0

On a pitch ragging a long way the world's No. 1 Test spinner is not on but Yardy is. Slip and short midwicket are the catchers.

2.1

Yardy to Amla, FOUR, ping, Amla's spring-loaded bat speeds this over a short extra cover and races to the rope

2.2

Yardy to Amla, no run, ooh, this did spin a fraction, kissed the edge but bounced short of slip diving to his right. Might have carried to a second slip

2.3

Yardy to Amla, 1 run, Amla timed this better than he thought, which meant he really had to hurry to get through for a single to mid-off

2.4

Yardy to Smith, 1 run, Smith works with a heavy bottom hand to Bopara at deep square who fumbles

2.5

Yardy to Amla, no run, flat and a hint of width too, Amla cuts firmly but straight to Bell at backward point

2.6

Yardy to Amla, no run, reasonably slower from Yardy here, not flight as such but almost. Amla weighs it all up before prodding to leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) South Africa 12/0 (160 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.40)
HM Amla    11* (15b 2x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-11-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

3.1

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, Anderson aims full, going across the left hander. Finds a thick outside edge than runs down to third man

3.2

Anderson to Amla, 1 run, width allows Amla to fling his hands at this and it skids down to third man

3.3

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, poor ball, real horrible one. Wide down the leg side, all Smith had to do was get a faint tickle, he got plenty and fine leg had no chance

3.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, better delivery this time, hammered back of length and around off stump. Smith tried to heave a pull shot but it was through him too swiftly

3.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, Smith will forever pick singles off his pads

3.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, back of a length again to finish the over. Amla stands tall and defends to midwicket

End of over 4 (7 runs) South Africa 19/0 (153 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 3.32)
HM Amla    12* (17b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
GC Smith    7* (7b 1x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-11-0

4.1

Yardy to Smith, 1 run, Smith works with the angle, and what spin is on offer, to push this to deep midwicket

Thrillingly, we have a gallery of the day's events so far. So feast on that...

4.2

Yardy to Amla, no run, hint of with and steered to point

4.3

Yardy to Amla, 2 runs, far too much width this time and Amla needs no invitation. Throws his arms at it and it scoots away towards deep cover where Bopara fields well to save the boundary

4.4

Yardy to Amla, 2 runs, Amla is hanging leg side of the ball and pinging through the off side, to great effect

4.5

Yardy to Amla, 2 runs, and another couple, straighter this time on the drive. Would have been more if Broad had not fielded excellently at cover to intercept

4.6

Yardy to Amla, 1 run, and again Yardy is outside off stump which allows Amla to drive handsomely, just a single but South Africa coasting this at the moment

End of over 5 (8 runs) South Africa 27/0 (145 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 3.22)
HM Amla    19* (22b 2x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-19-0
GC Smith    8* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

Change in bowling, Strauss has called for his most dependable performer of late, Tim Bresnan.

5.1

Bresnan to Amla, no run, starts well straight away, pushing up on a length and beating Amla's work to leg

5.2

Bresnan to Amla, no run, Amla is a touch late on this. Bresnan is actually quite brisk. Quicker than you think, heavy ball, hits the bat hard and assorted other cliches

5.3

Bresnan to Amla, no run, ooh, strangled appeal from someone, not the bowler though, as Amla swishes across the line and misses

5.4

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, tucked away into the midwicket region

5.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, Bresnan is lucky to get away with this, touch short and wide but Smith didn't time his clump

5.6

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, similar delivery but Smith was content this time to run a single to third man

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 29/0 (143 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 3.25)
GC Smith    9* (10b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    20* (26b 2x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-19-0

Hurrah! Here is Graeme Swann. Can he drag a contest out the mire here? Slip in place.

6.1

Swann to Smith, no run, starts well, touch of flight, Smith pops forward and defends at off stump

6.2

Swann to Smith, no run, hint of spin here, dip too. Smith leant forward and had to adjust to the spin in defence

6.3

Swann to Smith, no run, touch more flight but Smith was solidly behind his block this time

6.4

Swann to Smith, no run, huge appeal and Swann floated this up around leg stump and spun it back onto the pads. Big angle to straighten from and the umpire wasn't convinced. Neither were England, who opted not to review

6.5

Swann to Smith, no run, ooh, careful defence from Smith

6.6

Swann to Smith, no run, very good maiden over from Swann ends with Smith popping forward in defence

End of over 7 (maiden) South Africa 29/0 (143 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.14, RRR: 3.32)
GC Smith    9* (16b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0
HM Amla    20* (26b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-0

7.1

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, Amla latches onto to width with such gentle violence. Whirl of wrists sends this to third man

7.2

Bresnan to Smith, 1 leg bye, Smith aims a leg side tickle, misses with his bat but not his pads and it dribbles away

7.3

Bresnan to Amla, no run, back of a length, Amla gets back and tries to force though the off side. Touch too quick on him

7.4

Bresnan to Amla, no run, again Amla is late on a pull shot to Bresnan. I haven't seen Bresnan pulled effectively this tournament

7.5

Bresnan to Amla, 4 runs, oh dear. It's Pietersen again. England are fuming. It was worked to Pietersen at at midwicket and he flung the ball at the stumps, wide of everyone and it ran away for four

7.6

Bresnan to Amla, no run, solid forward defence to end an over that was ruined by that shoddy piece of work from Pietersen

End of over 8 (6 runs) South Africa 35/0 (137 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 3.26)
HM Amla    25* (31b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-7-0
GC Smith    9* (17b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0

8.1

Swann to Smith, 1 run, worked against the spin on offer to midwicket. First run off Swann

8.2

Swann to Amla, 1 run, Amla watches this carefully onto the bat and turns it behind him for a single

8.3

Swann to Smith, no run, this really rags, kicks off a length and climbs past the edge. Get a gully in, get three slips in!

8.4

Swann to Smith, no run, again Swann is really putting the revs on this and it turns a long way from outside off stump

Silly point is up there now.

8.5

Swann to Smith, no run, that. is. a. cracker. This pitched around leg stump and shot past off. Groping defensive bat had no chance

With that silly point has moved to gully.

8.6

Swann to Smith, no run, Smith solidly forward this time to negate the spin in defence. Swann is a threat but England have no other spinners

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 37/0 (135 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.11, RRR: 3.29)
GC Smith    10* (22b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-0
HM Amla    26* (32b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-7-0

9.1

Bresnan to Amla, 1 run, Amla walks down the wicket, then across to the off side. Bresnan hammers it in shorter and wider to follow and Amla steers to deep point

9.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, beaten outside off. No real reason why, Bresnan just angling the ball across Smith

9.3

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, neatly done from Smith, turning the strike over by clipping around the corner

9.4

Bresnan to Amla, no run, finally some good fielding from England. It's come from Ravi Bopara diving to stop a cut shot

9.5

Bresnan to Amla, no run, Bresnan solidly on a length and line leaving Amla no option but defence

9.6

Bresnan to Amla, 2 runs, such a good shot this, just the slightest hint of width and Amla speeds his hands through a square drive.

Right, 10 overs gone, time for a change here. Andrew Miller... what ho. It's Graeme Swann once again. He's almost turning it too much to find the edge

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 41/0 (131 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 3.27)
HM Amla    29* (36b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-11-0
GC Smith    11* (24b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-0

10.1

Swann to Smith, no run, round the wicket, speared into the pads, turned to short fine leg

10.2

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, two slips in place and that beats them both! What a ripper! Turned and bounced, and looped off the splice over the cordon's head!

10.3

Swann to Smith, no run, driven, loosely, inches short of short cover. Smith is all at sea

10.4

Swann to Smith, no run, this one hustles through as Smith squirts a defensive prod to midwicket

10.5

Swann to Smith, no run, gives himself room for a swat through cover, but there's no width to work with

10.6

Swann to Smith, no run, brilliant over, this one is punched straight back to the bowler. He's England's only hope, but he needs to take a bagful

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 43/0 (129 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.90, RRR: 3.30)
GC Smith    13* (30b 1x4)      GP Swann    3-1-4-0
HM Amla    29* (36b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-11-0

11.1

Yardy to Amla, no run, big turn for Yardy as well as Amla wafts loosely through the covers

11.2

Yardy to Amla, 2 runs, too much width, and clumped through point

Dare one say it, but Collingwood is going to be missed today. Fast offbreaks would work a treat on this deck

11.3

Yardy to Amla, 1 run, pushed into the covers

11.4

Yardy to Smith, no run, turn from outside off, a bit of an inside edge saves the lbw appeal

11.5

Yardy to Smith, 2 runs, works with the spin, off the pads and down to fine leg

11.6

Yardy to Smith, no run, well snaffled at full stretch by Ian Bell at point. England are brawling, but they have to make a breakthrough soon

How long can Strauss dare to bowl Swann? I guess he's got to go straight through ...

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 48/0 (124 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.26)
GC Smith    15* (33b 1x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-24-0
HM Amla    32* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-1-4-0

12.1

Swann to Amla, 1 run, swept hard but straight to deep backward square. Swann won't mind, he's got Smith in his sights again

12.2

Swann to Smith, FOUR, gutsy from Smith, he's not picking Swann's subtleties at all, so he gave himself room and leathered a cover drive

12.3

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up on leg stump, defended

12.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, on the pads again, nudged to midwicket for a sharp single

12.5

Swann to Amla, 3 runs, that's a measured stroke from Amla, forward and probes the gap at cover. Placement over timing

12.6

Swann to Smith, no run, on leg stump, defended again. A good over for South Africa, Swann is kept waiting again

It's all kicking off in Bangalore. India are bowling first ....

End of over 13 (9 runs) South Africa 57/0 (115 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 3.10)
GC Smith    20* (37b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-13-0
HM Amla    36* (41b 2x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-24-0

13.1

Yardy to Amla, no run, fully forward and defended

13.2

Yardy to Amla, 3 runs, how did that get through, tight line, straightened, too a thin under-edge and the ball snuck through Prior's legs! Nearly hit the helmet as well

13.3

Yardy to Smith, 1 run, trying to work everything to leg, gets one through this time

13.4

Yardy to Amla, 1 run, head right over the ball, and driven out to deep point

13.5

Yardy to Smith, no run, solid defence on off stump

13.6

Yardy to Smith, 1 run, tossed up and driven to midwicket

South Africa are on cruise control, Swann's threat notwithstanding. England look bereft of ideas once again

End of over 14 (6 runs) South Africa 63/0 (109 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 3.02)
GC Smith    22* (40b 2x4)      MH Yardy    5-0-30-0
HM Amla    40* (44b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-13-0

14.1

Swann to Smith, OUT, that's a stinking delivery! Perfect length, spitting turn and bounce, Prior gathers well, up by his armpit, and the umpires review because they can tell what on earth has happened ... Looks as though there was the thinnest slither of glove on the ball as he fizzed by ... yes, there quite clearly was. This will be given out ... surely? The wait is eternal. Well, the umpires made a meal of it, but the right decision was reached in the end

GC Smith c †Prior b Swann 22 (63m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.65

14.2

Swann to Kallis, FOUR, floated into the blockhole, and Kallis thumps through mid-on. That was a poor first ball for a new batsman of his class

14.3

Swann to Kallis, no run, massive appeal as Kallis lobs a simple catch to short leg, but off what? Another review ... Looks like nothing but thighpad ... indeed, that is what the umpires say

14.4

Swann to Kallis, 1 run, into position early and down on a jabbed sweep. Lobs into the leg side

14.5

Swann to Amla, no run, forward, and flicked to midwicket for another single

14.6

Swann to Amla, no run, tossed up, and turned to short leg. Another incisive over, but he's halfway through his spell

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africa 68/1 (104 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 2.97)
HM Amla    40* (46b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-18-1
JH Kallis    5* (3b 1x4)      MH Yardy    5-0-30-0

Right, Stuart Broad returns to the attack. A crucial mini-spell coming up. England are a slow bowler short for this wicket

15.1

Broad to Kallis, no run, firm drive, half stopped in the covers

15.2

Broad to Kallis, 1 run, thick edge, flies safely down to third man

15.3

Broad to Amla, 1 run, rising from a good length, Amla rides the bounce and fends a single to third man

15.4

Broad to Kallis, no run, fuller and straighter, defended back to the bowler

15.5

Broad to Kallis, no run, that one tails in a touch from outside off, very full. Half an appeal for lbw, but always safe

15.6

Broad to Kallis, no run, excellent over, Broad already looks more limber than he did against Ireland. This one is tight to off stump and pushed out to point

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 70/1 (102 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 3.00)
JH Kallis    6* (8b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    41* (47b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-18-1

That is drinks and it's all going South Africa's way. England have no option but to bowl them out, but their likeliest lad, Graeme Swann, is halfway through his spell

16.1

Swann to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Amla works with the spin and picks the gap in the leg-side

16.2

Swann to Kallis, no run, blocked to midwicket. Tight line again

16.3

Swann to Kallis, FOUR, a fraction more width, and Kallis is onto it in a flash, an aggressive sweep, perfectly timed through square leg

16.4

Swann to Kallis, no run, was that a chance? If so a tough one, off the under-edge of another sweep, and leg slip dives to his left

16.5

Swann to Kallis, no run, swept again, not timed

16.6

Swann to Kallis, no run, forward and defended to cover

England were 65 for 3 at the same stage of the innings. Add two to the score, as Sir Geoffrey always says ...

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 75/1 (97 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 2.93)
JH Kallis    10* (13b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-1-23-1
HM Amla    42* (48b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0

17.1

Broad to Amla, no run, forward and defended, tight line from Broad again

17.2

Broad to Amla, no run, punched to mid-off

17.3

Broad to Amla, OUT, full and straight, and Amla is gone! He tried to run the ball through third man, but the ball got big on him, and deflected down into the base of the stumps!

HM Amla b Broad 42 (81m 51b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Sir Geoffrey's maxim is halfway to fulfilment. England are still fighting ... and Amla was the most comfortable batsman on show

Mind you, this chap has some form. AB de Villiers has two hundreds in consecutive matches ...

17.4

Broad to de Villiers, 1 run, squirted out to point

17.5

Broad to Kallis, no run, excellent bowling from Broad, a bit of reverse swing, and a very full length

17.6

Broad to Kallis, FOUR, that's incredible timing, another fine ball from Broad and that looked like a thick inside-edge from a late inswinger. But it's fizzed through midwicket

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 80/2 (92 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 2.87)
JH Kallis    14* (15b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-7-1
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      GP Swann    6-1-23-1

Swann remains, and I don't think England have a choice there. They bowled him out too soon against Ireland, but in mitigation, they don't have 327 runs to play with here

18.1

Swann to de Villiers, no run, forward in a clatter of limbs, worked to midwicket

18.2

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, squeezed into the leg side again

18.3

Swann to Kallis, no run, slow spin from outside off, defended back to the bowler to a shout of "yes Swanny"

18.4

Swann to Kallis, no run, forward with bat and pad, defended to cover

18.5

Swann to Kallis, 1 run, jabbed to midwicket, Swann is looking less of a threat without a left-hander to torment

18.6

Swann to de Villiers, no run, blocked into the off side. Swann is running out of overs

Does Strauss throw the ball to Pietersen? He has a hernia, which probably doesn't help. But all the same ... if he's fit enough to field ...

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 82/2 (90 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 2.90)
AB de Villiers    2* (4b)      GP Swann    7-1-25-1
JH Kallis    15* (18b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-7-1

19.1

Broad to Kallis, no run, width outside off, a bit of swing

19.2

Broad to Kallis, OUT, edged, and did that carry? Yes, Prior says it did, and that's another one down! Width again, Kallis chased it, and suddenly, this one isn't quite over ...

JH Kallis c †Prior b Broad 15 (26m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

19.3

Broad to du Plessis, no run, fully forward, and du Plessis defends

19.4

Broad to du Plessis, no run, clear evidence of reverse swing, this one tails onto the toes and it's defended

19.5

Broad to du Plessis, 1 run, blocked firmly into the covers, eluded one fielder, but the second, KP, intercepts with a tumble

19.6

Broad to de Villiers, 1 run, misdirected into the pads, clipped firmly to midwicket

So, time for a commentary change. Here's Sahil at an intriguing juncture of the match

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 84/3 (88 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 2.93)
AB de Villiers    3* (5b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-2
F du Plessis    1* (3b)      GP Swann    7-1-25-1

Well well, Strauss on the attack. Here's KP!

20.1

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, decent start, he's bowl some dross but this is useful, touch of bounce around off and it glides off the face towards third man

20.2

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, jump and turn, du Plessis is happy enough turning to leg where Bell fields smartly

20.3

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, lucky this spun sharply because it started very wide, but this is a good start from Pietersen

20.4

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, touch fuller and du Plessis leans forward in defence

20.5

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, big spin again from outside off stump, du Plessis jumping to nudge to leg

20.6

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, plenty of noise from the England fielders, they have about a 20-run window to turn this into a nailbiter

End of over 21 (1 run) South Africa 85/3 (87 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.04, RRR: 3.00)
F du Plessis    1* (8b)      KP Pietersen    1-0-1-0
AB de Villiers    4* (6b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-2

21.1

Broad to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers watches very carefully and runs this off the face to third man

21.2

Broad to du Plessis, no run, back of length from Broad, finds decent carry and forced du Plessis back in defence

21.3

Broad to du Plessis, no run, very solid, sturdy defence to mid-off. Broad just holding a length and line and hoping the pitch will give him something

21.4

Broad to du Plessis, no run, beaten, exactly the same formula as the last delivery but this seems to keep a bit low and hold its line, past a groping outside edge

21.5

Broad to du Plessis, 2 runs, du Plessis pierces the dot-ball bubble before pressure builds too much by steering to wide third man

21.6

Broad to du Plessis, no run, speared fuller and straighter and camly worked to mid-on

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 88/3 (84 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.00)
F du Plessis    3* (13b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-12-2
AB de Villiers    5* (7b)      KP Pietersen    1-0-1-0

22.1

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, swept carefully, with a bit of bottom edge around the corner

22.2

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis advances but can't catch up with this delivery and has to hurriedly work to leg

22.3

Pietersen to du Plessis, 1 run, stronger shot this time, solidly pushed wide of mid-on

22.4

Pietersen to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers rushes across to the off side to spoon this towards fine leg, very swift running turned a tight two into a secure couple

22.5

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, this is pushed away into space

22.6

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, gentle appeal from the bowler mainly as this thuds off the pad on its way to Anderson at slip. Who was not at all interested

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 93/3 (79 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.04, RRR: 2.92)
F du Plessis    4* (16b)      KP Pietersen    2-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    9* (10b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-12-2

Change of ends maybe for Broad? He's replaced by Bresnan. Any reverse out there?

23.1

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, Bresnan starts full and homes in on off stump, meeting a very secure forward block

23.2

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, no hint of reverse and de Villiers uses the angle into the pads to help it on its way around the corner

23.3

Bresnan to du Plessis, no run, length ball this time, touch slower perhaps, driven without much timing to cover

23.4

Bresnan to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis waits on this to glide it off the face to third man

23.5

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, too much width on offer and de Villiers crunches a cut away to deep point

23.6

Bresnan to du Plessis, no run, full-faced to mid-off to end a quiet over

End of over 24 (3 runs) South Africa 96/3 (76 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 2.92)
F du Plessis    5* (19b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-14-0
AB de Villiers    11* (13b)      KP Pietersen    2-0-6-0

24.1

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers shuffles down and eases this to long-on to jog a single

24.2

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, plenty of spin out there but the batsman uses it to prod to midwicket

24.3

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis stretches across to the off side to defend this

24.4

Pietersen to du Plessis, FOUR, 100 up for South Africa as Pietersen lands a long half-volley that is squeezed out with excellent timing to the cover boundary

24.5

Pietersen to du Plessis, 1 run, boundary followed by single, dropped with soft hands into the leg side

24.6

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, milked square of the wicket. Riskless and mighty effective

End of over 25 (7 runs) South Africa 103/3 (69 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 2.76)
AB de Villiers    13* (15b)      KP Pietersen    3-0-13-0
F du Plessis    10* (23b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-14-0

25.1

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, Bresnan goes full in search of swing, finds a touch into the batsman who squeezes it out

25.2

Bresnan to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers stands tall and threads this wide of point for a couple

25.3

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, genuine offspinner from Bresnan here but it's neatly tickled around the corner. Looks very easy for South Africa at the moment

25.4

Bresnan to du Plessis, no run, better delivery here, swinging in a touch and hurrying a defence

25.5

Bresnan to du Plessis, no run, strangled appeal from the bowler. Bresnan as settled into bowling full, which is promising for the future games

25.6

Bresnan to du Plessis, no run, full and straight again for du Plessis to dig out

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 106/3 (66 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.07, RRR: 2.75)
F du Plessis    10* (26b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    16* (18b)      KP Pietersen    3-0-13-0

Pietersen to continue for now, how long until Swann is needed?

26.1

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, this spins again swiftly, jagging back and bouncing from outside off

26.2

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers aims a reverse-sweep which he doesn't get near connecting. Draws plenty of ooohs from the England fielders

26.3

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, plenty of turn again but de Villiers is more secure in defence

26.4

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, again Pietersen finds a length and line and nothing on offer

26.5

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, swept, and swept hard to deep square. Excellent over from Pietersen, nothing dragged down short

26.6

Pietersen to du Plessis, no run, good over finishes with an inside edge that goes onto pad and loop out of the reach of slip

End of over 27 (1 run) South Africa 107/3 (65 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.96, RRR: 2.82)
F du Plessis    10* (27b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    4-0-14-0
AB de Villiers    17* (23b)      TT Bresnan    5-0-17-0

27.1

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, tight line and length, no swing on offer here and calmly negotiated

27.2

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, prodded into the leg side, du Plessis came a long way up in search of a single, before slamming on the breaks, turning and haring back

27.3

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, Bresnan hitting a fullish length around middle and off, nothing for the batsman to work with

27.4

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers' bat here is almost as straight as the delivery, pushing to mid-off

27.5

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, very similar delivery, no room for de Villiers to free his arms at and blocked again. Bresnan needs a strong finish

27.6

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, solid and secure forward defence to end the maiden over.

End of over 28 (maiden) South Africa 107/3 (65 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 2.95)
AB de Villiers    17* (29b)      TT Bresnan    6-1-17-0
F du Plessis    10* (27b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    4-0-14-0

At this stage England were 110 for 3. So there you go. Here's Yardy, who hasn't had the best of days to say the least.

28.1

Yardy to du Plessis, 1 run, nudged around the corner

28.2

Yardy to de Villiers, no run, quietly defended this time from de Villiers

28.3

Yardy to de Villiers, 1 run, flat, no great turn but the line is adequate. Pushed wide of cover

28.4

Yardy to du Plessis, no run, ankle-high bounce here, hint of spin too and du Plessis looked hurried in defence

28.5

Yardy to du Plessis, no run, spin here finds a leading edge that heads out to cover

28.6

Yardy to du Plessis, FOUR, ah, wonderful shot with pressure just beginning to build. du Plessis hops to the leg side to give himself room and threads a perfectly-timed drive between mid-off and extra cover

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 113/3 (59 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.89, RRR: 2.80)
F du Plessis    15* (31b 2x4)      MH Yardy    6-0-36-0
AB de Villiers    18* (31b)      TT Bresnan    6-1-17-0

29.1

Bresnan to de Villiers, 2 runs, boundary is followed by a couple, using the angle to pick off around the corner

29.2

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, wide ball slapped straight to cover. Fortune for the bowler there

29.3

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers walks across his stumps to create an angle which he then uses to nudge towards fine leg

29.4

Bresnan to du Plessis, 1 run, sloppy stuff behind the stumps but the bowler is at fault. Good yorker bunted back to Bresnan who hurled back to Prior on the half volley

29.5

Bresnan to de Villiers, no run, this sits up a touch and again de Villiers nailed a drive, but picked out cover

29.6

Bresnan to de Villiers, 1 run, cover was set deep on the boundary for the last ball and de Villiers found the man by hammering a wide delivery

Not the liveliest spell from me in terms of wickets so I'll hand back to Miller. Wotcha. It's not over til it's over ...

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 118/3 (54 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 2.70)
AB de Villiers    22* (36b)      TT Bresnan    7-1-22-0
F du Plessis    16* (32b 2x4)      MH Yardy    6-0-36-0

30.1

Yardy to de Villiers, no run, tossed onto the leg stump

30.2

Yardy to de Villiers, no run, good delivery, sharp turn and beats the edge of a loose drive

30.3

Yardy to de Villiers, no run, well bowled again, open face to another big turner, and lucky to get away with it

30.4

Yardy to de Villiers, no run, tossed up again, played straight back down the track

30.5

Yardy to de Villiers, 3 runs, good shot to a decent ball, an urgent cramped cut, but places it well. Decent running to get du Plessis on strike

30.6

Yardy to du Plessis, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 121/3 (51 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.90, RRR: 2.68)
F du Plessis    16* (33b 2x4)      MH Yardy    7-0-39-0
AB de Villiers    25* (41b)      TT Bresnan    7-1-22-0

Anderson is back. A critical juncture this. He was tidy but underused in his first spell. A bit of reverse will make things interesting

31.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, wicket to wicket first up. Defended

31.2

Anderson to de Villiers, 2 wides, poor delivery but Prior does well to save the boundary, parrying down the leg-side

31.2

Anderson to du Plessis, no run, fenced out to point, better line and length

31.3

Anderson to du Plessis, no run, nearly a mix-up! A stab to gully, and an instant call is met with a loud "no!" The shy comes in and misses

31.4

Anderson to du Plessis, 1 run, worked up to mid-on, more calmly done this time

31.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, a loose drive as the bottom hand comes off the bat. In the air for a while, but doesn't carry to mid-off

31.6

Anderson to de Villiers, OUT, Anderson has bowled him, I think! Yes, he has! de Villiers left alone outside off, the ball zipped through to the keeper, who caught it safely but belatedly noticed the bails were on the ground! Replays prove that Anderson just snicked the top of off, and that is a massive wicket

AB de Villiers b Anderson 25 (56m 44b 0x4 0x6) SR: 56.81

This one is most definitely not over. Swann has three overs up his sleeve, and South Africa's class act is out. They remain favourites, but England look set to fight to the finish

End of over 32 (3 runs) South Africa 124/4 (48 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 2.66)
     JM Anderson    3-0-11-1
F du Plessis    17* (36b 2x4)      MH Yardy    7-0-39-0

Talking of Swann, here he is. He had Duminy in his pocket during the Test tour last winter, this is a massive battle, but first it's du Plessis

32.1

Swann to du Plessis, no run, pushed out to point

32.2

Swann to du Plessis, OUT, instant panic as Swann comes back into the attack! A flick off the toes, a sharp piece of work at short leg, and du Plessis' headless-chicken run leaves him well out of the frame as Prior whips the bails off!

F du Plessis run out 17 (52m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.73

Good grief, this is going to be tense now ... Runs are so tough to come by on this track ... plenty overs remain though ...

32.3

Swann to van Wyk, no run, van Wyk survives his first ball

32.4

Swann to van Wyk, no run, turned into the leg side, and short leg can't cut it off

32.5

Swann to van Wyk, no run, steps back to attempt a cut, but not timed

32.6

Swann to van Wyk, no run, appreciable turn from outside off, another fine over

Breathless stuff now. What can Anderson come up with now?

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) South Africa 124/5 (48 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 2.82)
MN van Wyk    0* (4b)      GP Swann    8-2-25-1
JP Duminy    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    3-0-11-1

33.1

Anderson to Duminy, no run, excellent delivery, wicket-to-wicket to the left-hander. Defended on off

33.2

Anderson to Duminy, no run, down the leg side, and there's a massive appeal! The finger goes up, but Duminy has reviewed. The speed with which he did so suggests he knows something, but the replays are pretty inconclusive. Snicko would be handy in this situation, but the third umpire will have to tell the onfield umpire to make the final call, I reckon. Nope, he's seen enough to change his mind!

33.3

Anderson to Duminy, no run, defended on off stump

Interesting ruling on that appeal. Duminy's reaction suggests justice has been done ...

33.4

Anderson to Duminy, OUT, gadzooks, no need for a review on that one! Duminy's off pole has been utterly and totally detonated! Unplayable nut from Anderson, swinging, straightening, flattening!

JP Duminy b Anderson 0 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Who are the favourites now? I'm beginning to wonder ...

Robin Peterson started all this madness with the new ball. What can he respond with now?

33.5

Anderson to Peterson, no run, punched out to cover with a flow of the blade

33.6

Anderson to Peterson, 1 run, tapped out to point again, that would have been very tight if the shy had hit

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 125/6 (47 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.67, RRR: 2.93)
RJ Peterson    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    4-0-12-2
MN van Wyk    0* (4b)      GP Swann    8-2-25-1

The mandatory ball change is due. England would probably prefer to keep the one they've got ...

An extraordinary field for a one-dayer. Slip, gully, silly point!

34.1

Swann to Peterson, no run, a wild slap, and misses! Sharp spin to the left-hander again

34.2

Swann to Peterson, no run, beats the edge with another beauty, and Prior whips off the bails for a stumping. Back foot is anchored

34.3

Swann to Peterson, no run, oh my God, that is too good! Round the wicket, pitches on a sixpence, straightens and beats edge and stump by a whisker!

34.4

Swann to Peterson, 1 run, tapped to backward point, and a scurry for a single. The most urgent call of the day!

Agonised faces all around the dressing room

34.5

Swann to van Wyk, no run, floated up to the right-hander, and defended. He'd sooner have the leftie on strike....

Seven more Swann deliveries to make his mark in this contest

34.6

Swann to van Wyk, no run, down on the sweep, well outside the line. No review, but what drama!

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 126/6 (46 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 3.06)
MN van Wyk    0* (6b)      GP Swann    9-2-26-1
RJ Peterson    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    4-0-12-2

KP returns. Probably the right call, if he's going to bowl four-balls, now's the time, rather than later

35.1

Pietersen to Peterson, no run, massive appeal, propping forward and strikes the knee-roll, no review taken

35.2

Pietersen to Peterson, no run, missed stumping! Peterson comes down the track and Prior fumbles the chance!

35.3

Pietersen to Peterson, no run, forward and defended

35.4

Pietersen to Peterson, 1 run, a sharp single to cover

35.5

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, big turner from outside off. van Wyk shoulders arms

35.6

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, that's a cracking over, right on the spot and exploding into the pads from an off-stump line

South Africa's momentum has been utterly ... well ... choked.

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 127/6 (45 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.52, RRR: 3.21)
MN van Wyk    0* (8b)      KP Pietersen    5-0-15-0
RJ Peterson    3* (10b)      GP Swann    9-2-26-1

Big call this. Swann's last over is being held back. In comes Yardy

36.1

Yardy to Peterson, no run, short and hittable, driven to point

36.2

Yardy to Peterson, no run, over the wicket to the left-hander. Blocked to cover

36.3

Yardy to Peterson, no run, a fraction shorter, but straight enough. Mid-on gathers with a tumble

36.4

Yardy to Peterson, no run, loud shouts from the close fielders, full length and tight line.

36.5

Yardy to Peterson, no run, there was width on that one and Peterson had a swipe, but couldn't cash in!

36.6

Yardy to Peterson, OUT, that's the wicket! Outside off, Peterson drives flat-footedly, Prior clings on, and now England really are favourites!

RJ Peterson c †Prior b Yardy 3 (15m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.75

Wow, what a game this is. What a tournament England are creating! South Africa have lost 4 for 3 in five overs!

End of over 37 (wicket maiden) South Africa 127/7 (45 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.43, RRR: 3.46)
     MH Yardy    8-1-39-1
MN van Wyk    0* (8b)      KP Pietersen    5-0-15-0

37.1

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, outside off, sharp lift, and was that a drop by Prior? Yes it was, but a tough one.

37.2

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, pushed forward, a scamper to cover

37.3

Pietersen to Steyn, no run, tossed up outside off, but Steyn's drive dribbles to wide mid-off

37.4

Pietersen to Steyn, no run, flicked out to midwicket, but England are sharp

37.5

Pietersen to Steyn, FOUR, down the leg-side and that's the first loose ball for a long while. No matter how they come, fine leg can't intercept!

37.6

Pietersen to Steyn, no run, back on the money with the last delivery, outside off and turning back in. Defended

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 132/7 (40 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.47, RRR: 3.33)
DW Steyn    4* (4b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    6-0-20-0
MN van Wyk    1* (10b)      MH Yardy    8-1-39-1

A stunning finale to this match. South Africa have 12 overs to grind out their runs, but at this rate they'll need some lusty blows to offset the stream of dot-balls

38.1

Yardy to van Wyk, no run, lucky from Yardy, a high full-toss, but van Wyk can't capitalise

38.2

Yardy to van Wyk, 2 runs, width, and cut firmly to the cover sweeper, Broad

38.3

Yardy to van Wyk, no run, good delivery this time, round the wicket, pitching middle and straightening

38.4

Yardy to van Wyk, 1 run, a touch too short, and carved out to cover

Steyn comes on strike. Anxious faces all around the dressing-rooms. Collingwood looks sick as the proverbial

38.5

Yardy to Steyn, no run, tossed up, very straight, pushed back to the bowler

38.6

Yardy to Steyn, FOUR, slower delivery, and that was pants. Yardy's arm dropped in delivery, and was easily punched through the covers.

Time for Anderson to go full and straight?

End of over 39 (7 runs) South Africa 139/7 (33 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 3.00)
DW Steyn    8* (6b 2x4)      MH Yardy    9-1-46-1
MN van Wyk    4* (14b)      KP Pietersen    6-0-20-0

KP continues

39.1

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, A polite appeal for a catch at slip as van Wyk misses a sweep

39.2

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, outside off, chopped to point

39.3

Pietersen to Steyn, 1 run, tight line from KP, Steyn works with the spin and picks a single to midwicket

39.4

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, tossed right up, but cover collects a firm drive

39.5

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, steps back to whip a single to midwicket. The bite has gone out of England's attack for the moment. But Swann has one more over up his sleeve

39.6

Pietersen to Steyn, no run, round the wicket to finish the over, flicked to midwicket.

Jeepers. This is epic, again. Back comes Broad, and back comes Sahil

End of over 40 (3 runs) South Africa 142/7 (30 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.55, RRR: 3.00)
DW Steyn    9* (8b 2x4)      KP Pietersen    7-0-23-0
MN van Wyk    6* (18b)      MH Yardy    9-1-46-1

Another tension-filled final 10 overs. England are keeping the World Cup alive. Keep repeating it!

40.1

Broad to van Wyk, no run, short and wide and somehow Broad gets away with a loosener. Just kept a little low to creep under the swish

40.2

Broad to van Wyk, 1 run, edged, and what an edge! Ball keeping low again and shoots off the bottom edge past the stumps, bouncing over Prior for precious runs. Target under 30 now

40.3

Broad to Steyn, no run, so calm from Steyn, he looks capable of taking South Africa over the line. Stands up tall to a short ball and drops to leg

40.4

Broad to Steyn, no run, better length here from the bowler, Steyn is always happy to drive so this rib-tickling length is the way to go. Seems to have hurt Steyn a touch, the physio is out there

What will England's tactics be. Swann has one, potentially matchwinning over in him. Anderson had the ball reversing before the ball change. Such tension!

40.5

Broad to Steyn, no run, Broad hammers back of a length again but Steyn eases into line. He presence is really soothing the pressure

40.6

Broad to Steyn, no run, again Steyn pops up on his toes to defend. But an excellent over from Broad. England's bowlers have found their range just when the batsmen lost theirs

End of over 41 (1 run) South Africa 143/7 (29 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.48, RRR: 3.22)
DW Steyn    9* (12b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-13-2
MN van Wyk    7* (20b)      KP Pietersen    7-0-23-0

Pietersen will continue. Still no Anderson, still no Swann. Slip and leg slip in place.

41.1

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, van Wky drops with the softest of hands to cover to steal a single. Not the exploding turn there was before for Pietersen

41.2

Pietersen to Steyn, 1 run, Pietersen switches to around the wicket, again no great spin here and Steyn works around the corner

41.3

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, left alone outside off stump

41.4

Pietersen to van Wyk, no run, creamily driven but straight to cover who pings back the return

41.5

Pietersen to van Wyk, 1 run, plenty of ooohs and aaahs and Pietersen leaping and yelping, but the result is a calmly-pushed single to the off side

41.6

Pietersen to Steyn, FOUR, brilliant from Steyn, such clear thinking under intense pressure. Sees a touch of flight, backs his ability and thwacks back down the ground. That will be Pietersen's work done I suspect

End of over 42 (7 runs) South Africa 150/7 (22 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.57, RRR: 2.75)
DW Steyn    14* (14b 3x4)      KP Pietersen    8-0-30-0
MN van Wyk    9* (24b)      SCJ Broad    5-0-13-2

42.1

Broad to van Wyk, no run, inside-edge hammers into boot! Broad is up in arms but it's a good delivery, holding an off-stump line

42.2

Broad to van Wyk, no run, pressure telling on van Wyk there, no need to do this, flat-footed swing outside off. The ball burrows under

42.3

Broad to van Wyk, no run, Broad aims yorker, lands it but is driven firmly to mid-off

42.4

Broad to van Wyk, 1 leg bye, lucky for the bowler here! Shortish angled down the leg side, van Wyk probably tried to do too much and ended up edging into his body

42.5

Broad to Steyn, no run, Steyn looks the key man here. He resists Broad's off-stump line calmly

42.6

Broad to Steyn, 1 run, cool and careful from Steyn. Speared in full but Steyn stepped inside the line to pick off the single to deep square and keep the strike

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 152/7 (20 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 3.53, RRR: 2.85)
DW Steyn    15* (16b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-14-2
MN van Wyk    9* (28b)      KP Pietersen    8-0-30-0

KP gone who can Strauss turn to? It's James Anderson. If there is any reverse now is the time to find it.

43.1

Anderson to Steyn, 1 wide, Anderson went looking for reverse but found nothing and it speared down leg

43.1

Anderson to Steyn, no run, dropped! That could be the game! Full from Anderson again, Steyn hammered it straight back, Anderson stuck out a left hand and the ball went straight in, but straight out again

43.2

Anderson to Steyn, 1 wide, slipped down the leg side again. Too far and that takes the target under 20

43.2

Anderson to Steyn, no run, Anderson pulls back his length, doesn't find any lateral movement and Steyn is solid in defence

43.3

Anderson to Steyn, no run, ooh, beaten outside off stump. Just nipped away late and Steyn groped for it

43.4

Anderson to Steyn, no run, fired in much fuller, the late swing Anderson needs isn't there for him though and Steyn jabs away

43.5

Anderson to Steyn, no run, full, swinging in and a meaty Steyn inside edge prevents alarm

43.6

Anderson to Steyn, no run, top over ends with a yorker. Anderson doing everything here but can't burst through Steyn

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 154/7 (18 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 3.50, RRR: 3.00)
DW Steyn    15* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-14-2
MN van Wyk    9* (28b)      SCJ Broad    6-0-14-2

This is it. Strauss's ultimate card - Graeme Swann. Slip in place, deep midwicket, long on, fine leg out.

44.1

Swann to van Wyk, no run, tossed up to start, touch of spin but van Wyk calmly defends

It would mean so much if South Africa can make it over the line here.

44.2

Swann to van Wyk, no run, again this is very neatly turned around the corner where smart fielding saves the run

44.3

Swann to van Wyk, no run, van Wyk not trying anything against Swann here, just content to block

Slip taken out.

44.4

Swann to van Wyk, 3 runs, good signs for South Africa, backing themselves in the tightest situation. van Wyk aims a reverse-sweep through the newly-vacated slip position

44.5

Swann to Steyn, no run, Steyn hanging back, just one more delivery for him to block away. Will Swann gamble with flight?

44.6

Swann to Steyn, no run, no he doesn't and Steyn keeps him out. Almost there now for South Africa. Swann single-handedly gave England the belief they could do this but his work is done now. Looks like Anderson's reverse is the only threat now

End of over 45 (3 runs) South Africa 157/7 (15 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 3.48, RRR: 3.00)
DW Steyn    15* (24b 3x4)      GP Swann    10-2-29-1
MN van Wyk    12* (32b)      JM Anderson    5-0-14-2

As if the excitement wasn't enough already, here's the batting Powerplay. Ring of fielders come in. Two men out on the leg side and a third man in place.

45.1

Anderson to van Wyk, no run, short, very short. Why I don't know but van Wyk swats it without much timing to midwicket

How crucial has this stand been? England were favourites when the last wicket fell.

45.2

Anderson to van Wyk, no run, full, much better, attacking the stumps. an Wyk jabs it back out to the bowler

45.3

Anderson to van Wyk, 1 run, mighty effective stuff from an Wyk. Offered width he calmly steers a single to point

45.4

Anderson to Steyn, no run, Anderson not daring full for Steyn this time, short of a length and Steyn strong in defence

45.5

Anderson to Steyn, 1 run, fuller here and Steyn mistimes a drive, hits into the ground and it loops up to mid-on, enough time for Steyn to hurtle a single

45.6

Anderson to van Wyk, no run, carefully defended away. Just soaking up all the tension and pressure

End of over 46 (2 runs) South Africa 159/7 (13 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 3.45, RRR: 3.25)
MN van Wyk    13* (36b)      JM Anderson    6-0-16-2
DW Steyn    16* (26b 3x4)      GP Swann    10-2-29-1

13 from four overs. Easy, surely. Bresnan to bowl it.

46.1

Bresnan to Steyn, 1 run, that's poor from mid-on. Hanging back on the ring Broad has allowed Steyn to push a single

46.2

Bresnan to van Wyk, OUT, is there another twist!? Surely not? Bresnan strikes just when England needed it. van Wyk looking to cut but it was too close for the shot, ended up bottom edging onto middle stump

MN van Wyk b Bresnan 13 (67m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.13

This game somehow refuses to die. That stand of 33 might have, must have, proved decisive. Morne Morkel is the new man, he could finish this in a couple of deliveries.

Field up with the Powerplay remember. Tempting for Morkel but Steyn is playing a blinder out there, Morkel should just support him.

46.3

Bresnan to Morkel, 1 run, just a hint of width and that's all the invitation Morkel needs to swing his long, long arms through the ball. An outside edge sends it skimming down to third man

46.4

Bresnan to Steyn, no run, solid, pressure-defining defence from Steyn

46.5

Bresnan to Steyn, 2 runs, touch short, and too wide from Bresnan. Steyn pops up on his toes and steers a very confident cut shot through a diving point. Single figures needed now. Wonder how Tahir feels

46.6

Bresnan to Steyn, 1 run, excellent bouncer, sharp and rearing into the helmet. Steyn fends it off and gets the ultimate bonus of keeping the strike

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 164/8 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 3.48, RRR: 2.66)
DW Steyn    20* (30b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-27-1
M Morkel    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    6-0-16-2

What England would do for 15 more runs to play with here. As it is Stuart Broad has to pull off a miracle for them or they will be sitting at the bottom of the group...

47.1

Broad to Steyn, OUT, Broad has nailed Steyn here. Full, nipped back a touch and struck flush in front. Looked stone dead, the umpire agreed and despite a review Steyn had to go.

DW Steyn lbw b Broad 20 (51m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.51

Imran Tahir, this is your stage now! Five balls to face

He twitches, looks nervously around at the field. How will he play it?...

47.2

Broad to Imran Tahir, 1 run, wow! Tahir aims an almighty heave through the off side. The inside edge skews away through midwicket to get him off strike. That'll do nicely

47.3

Broad to Morkel, no run, Broad spears in a full delivery from around the wicket and Morkel clears his front leg to try and thwack down the ground. Straight to mid-off

47.4

Broad to Morkel, OUT, Broad has done it! England take the game! South Africans, don't mention the C-word! Somehow England have pulled off a stunning win having been the wrong side of two close results before. It was full and up there to drive, Morkel aimed a big swing but could only feather through to Prior. Broad has conjured up a stunning final over to win the game, England's fielders are going ballistic, not so knackered anymore!

M Morkel c †Prior b Broad 1 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

England win by 6 runs. Phew! Don't take your eyes off England this tournament! The smiles are fixed back on their faces now after finally finishing on the right side of a thriller. They batted woefully, cluelessly against some spin bowling but put their fielding and bowling nightmares behind them with a stunning display. You wouldn't say their campaign has finally sparked into action but Anderson and Broad found their best and the fielding was very sharp again. Just don't mention the batting. Proof, if anyone doubted it, that ODI cricket does not need truckloads of runs to be exciting.

South Africa, for the first half of the game, looked like certain World Cup winners but under their powerhouse top order is a soft lower order. And that word still haunts them. For this brief moment, England are sitting on top of Group B, but that's entirely because they've played so many games.

Somehow, Andrew McGlashan has to hammer out a complete rewrite but when it's done his bulletin will be well worth a read and for now we have a gallery of the best of the day's pictures. I'm sure the Facebook page will be full of 'excited analysis' and there might well be some interviews and such like up on our YouTube channel.

Graeme Smith looks understandably a bit narked: "It was a great game but it is sad that we wound up on the wrong side. We knew that chasing would be hard on this wicket. We now have a week to prepare for the India game and it will be hard for us as the competition progresses."

Strauss is relieved and cheery fellow: "We were down when we lost the Ireland game, but the guys stood up admirably. We were more disciplined and we are delighted by this victory. The Bangladesh game is massive, but we need to improve on a lot of things before the game."

Batsmen's game anyone? Ravi Bopara is man of the match. Good innings in tough circumstances but wow, Broad and Anderson must feel robbed. Bopara says, "I didn't expect to be walking out at 15 for 3, but me and Trott realised that the wicket was not easy. I was surprised by the amount of turn and we knew that it would be tough when chasing."

Not for the first time, my fingers are fried. Three close finishes on the trot. Absolute pleasure, head over to the India game for now. From me, Sahil Dutta, and from the Andrews - McGlashan and Miller, thanks for the emails.

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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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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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