Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RS Bopara
60(98) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 2 1 1 0 4
HM Amla
42(51) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 0 1 2 4 2 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O6.4
M0
R15
W4
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Imran Tahir
O8.4
M1
R38
W4
Eco4.38
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

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.

47.4
W
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!
47.3
0
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
47.2
1
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

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

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

47.1
W
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.

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...

END OF OVER:
47 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 164/8

  • DW Steyn20 (30b)
  • M Morkel1 (1b)
  • TT Bresnan8-1-27-1
  • JM Anderson6-0-16-2
46.6
1
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
46.5
2
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

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RS Bopara
60(98) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 2 1 1 0 4
HM Amla
42(51) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 0 1 2 4 2 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SCJ Broad
O6.4
M0
R15
W4
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Imran Tahir
O8.4
M1
R38
W4
Eco4.38
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039