Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
150(124) 16x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 0 1 4 4 1 0 12
SR Patel
45(51) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 0 0 3 9 1 0 10

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O5.4
M0
R29
W2
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GP Swann
O10.0
M0
R50
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

8.30pm: England captain, Alastair Cook: "We just didn't play very well, in all three aspects. All credit to the way Amla played, his innings showed us how to play. When we batted we were up with the run rate but we never got our partnerships going. Amla played beautifully, it's frustrating for a captain. It's frustrating to drop catches, we're training really hard but they're not sticking. There's no reason why they're going down. We thought it was gettable but we needed someone to stay in and get big runs. It hasn't happened today and it's frustrating but we've got three games to come. They're playing some good cricket, we've got to look within ourselves to do it, players have got to stand up and be counted to turn it around."

South Africa captain, AB de Villiers: "Yeah, very happy, though still think there's a few areas we can work on. I enjoyed the South Africa support out there today. There's still stuff we can work on to get better, Hashim's on fire at the moment, he's breaking all sorts of records and hopefully that can continue well into the future. We were just trying different combinations, left-hand, right-hand combinations against the spinners, we change things [with the order] according to the situation. The wicket played well, we thought it might break up a bit more but the spinners did well. We lost wickets at quick intervals in the middle, fielding wasn't perfect, so lots to work on. We're proud [of being No. 1] but there are lost of ODIs played and we're working towards winning a World Cup and staying No. 1."

Hashim Amla is named Man of the Match: "Things are falling into place but an element of fortune has to go your way as well and I just try to stick to the basics. The one-day game has its different characteristics and you can play a few more flair shots. The wicket was tough early on and it was tough to score off the spinners, the pace was down but we got our partnerships going. I didn't think I would be achieving this, it's just an honour. I'm enjoying the game and the team results have been fantastic and that takes precedence. My circus moment [in the field] just tweaked my back but I'll rest it and hopefully be okay for The Oval."

Right, that's your lot for tonight (and not even a drop of rain to lubricate things). Gnasher and I will be back for the third one-dayer on Friday - we hope you will be too. Cheerio

8.20pm: It was never in doubt, even when Steven Finn and Samit Patel were slogging from the hip. Victory means South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the series, as well as leap-frog England to take No. 1 spot in the ODI rankings. A first ODI defeat of 2012 means England actually slip to third, behind India, though there are still three matches in the series to play. Hashim Amla, for it was he, laid the foundations - and what mighty foundations they were - on a pitch that was far more difficult to score on than he made it look; England lost wickets at regular intervals and in the end lost by a wide margin. Gnasher's report is waiting to pored over and I'll be back with the presentations shortly.

40.4
W
Morkel to Patel, OUT, plays back to a length ball and gone, nicks off! A feisty last-wicket stand is ended by Morkel, bowling a tight line on off, Patel was stuck on the crease and prodded at the ball to be caught at the wicket - which means South Africa win by 80 runs
40.3
1
Morkel to Finn, 1 run, full and wide of off, steps away and thrashes the ball back down the ground to long-off
40.2
1
Morkel to Patel, 1 run, length ball outside off, steered behind point and du Plessis effects a direct hit but Finn is home
40.1
1
Morkel to Finn, 1 run, pitched up, has a swing and gets a single into the leg side

England need 84 from the last ten. Fancy it?

END OF OVER:
40 | 20 Runs | ENG: 204/9

  • SR Patel44 (49b)
  • ST Finn13 (6b)
  • RJ Peterson9-0-51-2
  • M Morkel5-0-26-1
39.6
2
Peterson to Patel, 2 runs, attacks again, not cleanly struck and the ball loops over cover for a couple
39.5
6
Peterson to Patel, SIX runs, nailed over deep midwicket! This is right out the screws, a lot of bottom hand and that's six more - Patel is taking a leaf out of Finn's book

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
150(124) 16x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 0 1 4 4 1 0 12
SR Patel
45(51) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 0 0 3 9 1 0 10

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O5.4
M0
R29
W2
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GP Swann
O10.0
M0
R50
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF