Player of the Match
Player of the Match

48 | 5 Runs | ENG: 212/6 | RR: 4.41

  • SR Patel13 (17b)
  • JC Tredwell1 (3b)
  • M Morkel10-1-41-1
  • WD Parnell10-1-23-1

Presentation time...first it's AB de Villiers: "Thought it was a good toss to win, it wasn't a 210 wicket. The top order didn't take responsibility and we came up short. Most of our senior players got in and didn't make it count, including me, I played a very poor shot."

Alastair Cook: "A lot of character was shown there. It was a really good bowling performance. You wouldn't want to chase too many more on that wicket. Eoin and Jonathan played two very good innings. It's always nice to get a first win. There were a few nerves up there. Credit to the way we batted. So to cross the line is really pleasing. Jade came in, we wanted a wicket-taker, and he took wickets for us."

The Man of the Match goes to Eoin Morgan. Fair decision. He was the only batsman to score freely on the pitch. "Tonight the pitch played consistently throughout and I could play myself in. I've been in the side for a while now and I enjoy taking the reins in the middle order."

That wraps things up for the evening. It's all square with two to play and the next match is at Lord's on Sunday. There's still cricket going on today (or tomorrow, or whenever it is) with the ODI in Abu Dhabi. So you can head over there if you like. For now, though, from Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

England win by four wickets and the series is level. They are also back to No. 1 in the one-day rankings. A solid performance from the home side, sparked by the bowling of Jade Dernbach who was excellent on his recall. He was backed up by Ravi Bopara and James Anderson, while James Tredwell also took two important wickets on his return to the team. With the bat, England knew all they had to do was bat out the overs and they'd win. Eoin Morgan gave the innings important impetus while Jonathan Trott played the ideal anchor knock. We'll bring you news of the Man of the Match shortly. I'd go for Dernbach, personally, as I thought he made the different with key wickets. But it could also be either Trott or Morgan.

Morkel to Patel, 1 run, it's all over...drives a full ball over cover, not quite out of the middle but it gets the single they needed

All the fielders come up...

Morkel to Tredwell, 1 run, flicked away off leg stump down to long leg so the scores are level
Morkel to Tredwell, no run, speared in full at leg stump, dug out to the leg side
Morkel to Patel, 1 run, played off the back foot and gets a controlled outside edge to third man
Morkel to Patel, no run, drives again and this time comes off a thick inner part of the bat to midwicket
Morkel to Patel, 2 runs, driven on the up, was wide outside off and it went in the air for a while past a diving cover but well out of reach of the fielder

47 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | ENG: 207/6 (5 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.40, RRR: 1.66)

  • JC Tredwell0 (1b)
  • SR Patel9 (13b)
  • WD Parnell10-1-23-1
  • M Morkel9-1-36-1
Parnell to Tredwell, no run, outside off and left alone...scoots fairly close to off stump. That ends an excellent 10 overs from Parnell.

That ends a very solid, efficient, innings from Trott. Just what England needed this evening on a tricky surface for scoring. Home side need five more.

Parnell to Trott, OUT, he won't see England home. Feels for a ball outside off going across him and gets a thin edge to de Villiers.

IJL Trott c †de Villiers b Parnell 71 (200m 125b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.80

Parnell to Patel, 1 run, drives and gets a thick edge into his pads which runs into the off side
Parnell to Patel, no run, very full, forced square of the wicket to point
Parnell to Patel, no run, short ball, goes for the pull and takes the top of the pad through to de Villiers
Parnell to Patel, no run, full outside off, driven with a bit of sparkle by Patel but straight to mid-off...been a lot of hitting fielders today

46 | 9 Runs | ENG: 206/5 (6 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.47, RRR: 1.50)

  • SR Patel8 (9b)
  • IJL Trott71 (124b)
  • M Morkel9-1-36-1
  • WD Parnell9-1-22-0
Morkel to Patel, 1 run, full outside off, pushed square into the off side where backward point parries it
Morkel to Patel, FOUR runs, there's some aggression, picks up a length ball over mid-on and it goes two bounces to the boundary...strong shot
Morkel to Patel, no run, nicely bowled, full on off stump, hint of movement into Patel who defends
Morkel to Trott, 1 run, very full on middle, Trott plays across the line and works it wide of mid-on
Morkel to Trott, 1 wide, wide outside off, Trott goes for a cut and doesn't connect...costs an extra ball and run, de Villiers not entirely impressed
Morkel to Trott, no run, he's creamed that, gave himself room outside leg and drilled his drive but straight to cover
Morkel to Trott, 2 runs, bit of a flourish from Trott as he comes across the crease and whips this from outside off through midwicket...a mini flamingo maybe?

45 | 3 Runs | ENG: 197/5 (15 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.37, RRR: 3.00)

  • SR Patel3 (6b)
  • IJL Trott68 (121b)
  • WD Parnell9-1-22-0
  • RJ Peterson10-0-39-2
Parnell to Patel, no run, a full delivery on the stumps is nicely timed with a flick to mid-on...this is not ending in a flourish
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st14IR BellAN Cook
2nd47IJL TrottAN Cook
3rd3IJL TrottRS Bopara
4th108IJL TrottEJG Morgan
5th17IJL TrottC Kieswetter
6th18IJL TrottSR Patel
7th5JC TredwellSR Patel