Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KP Pietersen
90(82) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 2 4 11 4
JH Kallis
52(69) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 4 1 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

KP Pietersen
O5.0
M0
R22
W2
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JH Kallis
O5.0
M0
R25
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

England and South Africa approached their innings with contrasting styles. England were slow at the start but picked up tremendous momentum as both Flintoff and Pietersen fired. South Africa, on the other hand, started quickly but lost quick wickets in the middle and ran out of gas in the end.

Pietersen had a fantastic match and was unsurprisingly named Man of the Match. He paced his 90 splendidly, he hit his first boundary off his 52nd ball but still scored at over a run a ball. He made a smart bowling change by delaying the third Powerplay and bringing on Samit Patel. The move paid off and Gibbs fell in the 16th over. Then he brought himself on and picked up two wickets and was involved in a run out as well.

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49.4
W
Flintoff to Ntini, OUT, that's the end of that! Flintoff detonates leg stump from the ground with another pinpoint yorker, he flexes his muscles in celebration, England have won the first ODI by 20 runs
49.3
0
Flintoff to Ntini, 4 bye, Flintoff bowls an outstanding yorker which beats Ntini and beats Prior as well, the ball races for four byes
49.2
2
Flintoff to Ntini, 2 runs, low full toss outside off stump, Ntini drives the ball through point towards wide third man where Wright dives to save the boundary
49.1
W
Flintoff to Nel, OUT, and he's got it! Fintoff fired in the yorker, Nel went across his stumps looking to chip the ball to fine leg, Flintoff was too fast and the ball crashed into the base of middle stump

South Africa need 27 off the final over. Flintoff will be aiming to pick up his first wicket of the match.

END OF OVER:
49 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 249/8

  • DW Steyn3 (2b)
  • A Nel10 (16b)
  • SCJ Broad10-0-61-1
  • A Flintoff9-1-44-0
48.6
2
Broad to Steyn, 2 runs, Steyn hits a low full toss down the ground for a single
48.5
1
Broad to Nel, 1 run, Broad goes wide of the crease and bowls a length ball angling into the batsman, Nel makes room and swings hard, he connects with the bottom of the bat and the ball falls between mid-on and long-on

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KP Pietersen
90(82) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 2 4 11 4
JH Kallis
52(69) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 4 1 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

KP Pietersen
O5.0
M0
R22
W2
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JH Kallis
O5.0
M0
R25
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF