Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
19 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | SA: 129/10 (40 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 40.00)

  • Charl Langeveldt2 (3b)
  • Ryan Sidebottom4-0-23-3
  • Stuart Broad4-0-26-2

So there we go, that's the end of that. I've been Andrew Miller, Liam Brickhill has been on bulletin duty, and join us again on Monday, for the KP-less contest against New Zealand in St Lucia.

Unsurprisingly, Kevin Pietersen is named as Man of the Match, but it's the last we're going to see of him for a few days. His wife Jessica is going into labour, and he's legging it back to Blighty for a few days ahead of the semi-final.

"I'm flying in the next 24 hours, and if there are no complications, I'll come back in a day before the semi," said Pietersen. "It's my first child, so it's a hell of an exciting time for me. I'll be dashing across the Atlantic, and hopefully dashing back."

"They were far better than us today," admits Graeme Smith. "We fought back well, but our first ten overs were poor. Consistency has been our problem of late in the shorter form of the game."

"When you see the lads going out to bat with that kind of intent, it's really exciting. Our line-up has got a lot of potential," says Paul Collingwood.

A huge victory for England, in every sense. The margin of victory puts them in pole position in terms of net run-rate, and now they square up to New Zealand with one foot in the semi-finals. South Africa, meanwhile, have one or two worries. A win against Pakistan should suffice to carry them through, but they'll need to lift their game something chronic.

England's victory was built on a sensational innings from Kevin Pietersen, whose 33-ball 53 contained some of the most sumptuous strokes of the tournament to date. None of South Africa's batsmen came close to matching his prowess, while England's extra spin option proved invaluable in mixing up the pace when their turn came to field.

18.6
W
Sidebottom to M Morkel, OUT, all over red rover. A low full-toss, and that's good enough as Morkel misses and the timbers are rattled!

M Morkel b Sidebottom 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

18.5
1
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, 1 run, crunched into the covers, but the placement is awry
18.4
0
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, no run, right up in the blockhole, and Sidebottom leaps to his right to prevent the single
18.3
1
Sidebottom to M Morkel, 1 run, low full-toss, outside off, tapped to midwicket
18.2
1
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, 1 run, tapped into the covers

Do, re, me, so, fa, la, te, dooooohh

18.1
W
Sidebottom to Botha, OUT, wow, Sidebottom clings onto a blinder! That was smashed straight back towards his kneecaps, and it was self-preservation that made that take possible

J Botha c & b Sidebottom 12 (21m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

END OF OVER:
18 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 126/8 (43 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 21.50)

  • Johan Botha12 (11b)
  • Morne Morkel0 (0b)
  • Stuart Broad4-0-26-2
  • Ryan Sidebottom3-0-20-1
17.6
1
Broad to Botha, 1 run, biffed away for Botha to retain the strike

Two more wickets, 13 more balls, 44 more runs. The odds ain't good

17.5
W
Broad to Steyn, OUT, short, smacked, caught. Elementary dismissal as Morgan charges in from the midwicket rope, and another one takes the long walk

DW Steyn c Morgan b Broad 5 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

17.4
0
Broad to Steyn, no run, a swing and a miss, and it's three a ball now
17.3
0
Broad to Steyn, no run, another bouncer, and this one follows Steyn as he advances down the track
17.3
1w
Broad to Steyn, 1 wide, banged in short, too short
17.2
1
Broad to Botha, 1 run, down the leg-side, but that cannons off the pads and away to square leg
17.1
1
Broad to Steyn, 1 run, tucked off the toes, and Sidebottom's arm is too good to allow a second run

It's not over yet, but Madame Boerewurst is going through her vocalisation techniques

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 122/7 (47 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 15.66)

  • Dale Steyn4 (2b)
  • Johan Botha10 (9b)
  • Ryan Sidebottom3-0-20-1
  • Stuart Broad3-0-22-1
16.6
3
Sidebottom to Steyn, 3 runs, Swann at third man tidies up expertly as the ball rushes across the turf
16.5
1
Sidebottom to Botha, 1 run, battered on the up, but Pietersen on the boundary's edge dares them to go for the second, and they wisely decide not to try
16.4
0
Sidebottom to Botha, no run, outside off, swinging away, and Botha can't make contact with an attempted dab

It's going to take a few more of those

16.3
6
Sidebottom to Botha, SIX runs, bosh. That's vast. In the slot, and smacked over long-on. That's travelled way back into the stands
16.2
1
Sidebottom to Steyn, 1 run, flashed up and over the covers, the man on the rope races in but can't quite make up the ground

Duminy injected some oomph to the innings, but not enough. He's gone, and so too are South Africa's hopes of an instant semi-final berth.

16.1
W
Sidebottom to Duminy, OUT, another slow bouncer, about the sixth in a row from Sidebottom, and that's a limp swat, straight to short backward square!

JP Duminy c Yardy b Sidebottom 39 (29m 25b 2x4 2x6) SR: 156.00

END OF OVER:
16 | 13 Runs | SA: 111/6 (58 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.93, RRR: 14.50)

  • Jean-Paul Duminy39 (24b)
  • Johan Botha3 (6b)
  • Stuart Broad3-0-22-1
  • Ryan Sidebottom2-0-9-0
15.6
1
Broad to Duminy, 1 run, biffed out to midwicket. Another single, and another hike in the run-rate. It's pushing 15 now

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st19JH KallisGC Smith
2nd15HH GibbsGC Smith
3rd10GC SmithAB de Villiers
4th2JA MorkelAB de Villiers
5th7JP DuminyAB de Villiers
6th37MV BoucherJP Duminy
7th21J BothaJP Duminy
8th14J BothaDW Steyn
9th1J BothaM Morkel
10th3CK LangeveldtM Morkel