ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 6th match, Group B

England v Zimbabwe

England won by 50 runs

2.5

Chigumbura to Pietersen, no run, starts from wideish of his crease, nips it back in from off, Pietersen leaves it - his big shoulders full of intent

2.6

Chigumbura to Pietersen, no run, short from Chigumbura and climbs awkwardly, Pietersen cutting off the back foot into the ground, too late on the shot to get much purchase

England 20/2   KP Pietersen 0* (2b)

3.4

Mupariwa to Pietersen, no run, on the back foot, defended down into the ground

3.5

Mupariwa to Pietersen, 1 run, cut into the ground

England 26/2   KP Pietersen 1* (4b)

4.1

Chigumbura to Pietersen, 3 runs, the lesser-spotted flamingo from Pietersen, reaching out to outside off and wristing it off the legs through midwicket

4.3

Chigumbura to Pietersen, 2 runs, the steepler and Pietersen gets away with it, the ball not coming on and he's down on one knee to launch over extra cover, where it plugs

4.4

Chigumbura to Pietersen, FOUR, right over cover this time

4.5

Chigumbura to Pietersen, FOUR, short and pulled away behind square

4.6

Chigumbura to Pietersen, 1 wide, slower ball outside off, flashes a cut at it

4.6

Chigumbura to Pietersen, 2 runs, whipped over square leg to end a useful over for England

England 45/2   KP Pietersen 16* (9b 2x4)

5.4

Mupariwa to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged to cover for a quick one

5.6

Mupariwa to Pietersen, SIX, up and over, that went a long way indeed over long-on

England 59/3   KP Pietersen 23* (11b 2x4 1x6)

6.2

Utseya to Pietersen, 1 run, patient again, driven to mid-off

6.4

Utseya to Pietersen, 1 run, worked through midwicket

6.6

Utseya to Pietersen, 2 runs, worked out on the leg-side again, to deep square to be precise

England 66/3   KP Pietersen 27* (14b 2x4 1x6)

7.2

Taibu to Pietersen, 2 runs, short wide, Collingwood drives strongly through cover and Keith Dabengwa on the extra cover boundary does extraordinarily well

7.3

Taibu to Pietersen, no run, huge lbw shout as the ball knocks Pietersen on the knee. Ouch

7.4

Taibu to Pietersen, 1 run, driven out to mid-on

7.6

Taibu to Pietersen, FOUR, low on middle stump, Pietersen moves outside off and sweeps audaciously behind square. Outrageous confidence, and more than gets away with it - sumptuous timing

England 75/3   KP Pietersen 34* (18b 3x4 1x6)

8.2

Utseya to Pietersen, 1 run, down the track, driven to mid-on

8.6

Utseya to Pietersen, 2 runs, comes down again and meets the ball outside off, before driving it back out to mid-on

England 82/3   KP Pietersen 37* (20b 3x4 1x6)

9.2

Taibu to Pietersen, SIX, there's no room for error and Pietersen dispatches that lesson there - as he launches wide of long-on. Not quite timed, mind

9.3

Taibu to Pietersen, 1 run, opens his shoulders, again doesn't quite time it, but the ball finds mid-off

9.5

Taibu to Pietersen, 1 run, launched to the covers this time, where it plugs deep again, then bobbles awkrwardly, the fielder doing well to watch

England 92/3   KP Pietersen 45* (23b 3x4 2x6)

10.3

Dabengwa to Pietersen, FOUR, good late adjustment from the bowler as Pietersen made room on the leg side, but to no avail. A superbly timed sweep brings another boundary

10.4

Dabengwa to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, tries the reverse sweep, but gets away with it

England 99/3   KP Pietersen 49* (25b 4x4 2x6)

11.4

Brent to Pietersen, no run, very wide of off stump and Pietersen attempts a steer down to third man. Big appeal for caught-behind, but the umpire shakes his head

11.5

Brent to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller length, pushed down to long-on, and that's Pietersen's fifty. Well batted

England 109/3   KP Pietersen 50* (27b 4x4 2x6)

12.1

Dabengwa to Pietersen, SIX, what an incredible shot! Pietersen plays a full-blooded reverse pull, he was switching hands before the ball leaves the hand, and it whistles clean out of the middle!

12.2

Dabengwa to Pietersen, FOUR, same intent, not lofted this time. But what an eye. England are motoring now

12.3

Dabengwa to Pietersen, FOUR, that's sheer arrogance. The man had been placed back for the reverse shot, and he still took it on and won. Incredible confidence and skill, and Zimbabwe are struggling now

12.4

Dabengwa to Pietersen, 2 runs, back to normality now. A big heave with a regular shot this time, but ironically it was the least well timed of the over

12.5

Dabengwa to Pietersen, SIX, that's monstrous. Down on one knee and absolutely belted over midwicket. An 80 yard thump and the boundary rider had no hope

12.6

Dabengwa to Pietersen, no run, short and wide, but too wide for Pietersen to time properly as he swung into the ball. Maybe that's the secret when he's in this mood?

England 135/3   KP Pietersen 72* (33b 6x4 4x6)

13.4

Chibhabha to Pietersen, 1 run, better line and length, another cross-batted clobber, but not timed this time

England 143/3   KP Pietersen 73* (34b 6x4 4x6)

14.1

Utseya to Pietersen, FOUR, whacked. That looked like one of my golf shots, heaved across the line and hooked over long-on

14.2

Utseya to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked out to midwicket and that's the 150 up for England. And the 100 partnership from 53 balls

14.3

Utseya to Pietersen, OUT, another massive swipe but this time Pietersen doesn't get enough bat on it ... the ball spirals high into the outfield at deep extra cover, but is comfortably snaffled. Credit to Zimbabwe, they've been outstanding in the field in both matches, and that's a vital breakthrough

KP Pietersen c Masakadza b Utseya 79 (41m 37b 7x4 4x6) SR: 213.51

England 151/4   KP Pietersen 79 (37b 7x4 4x6)
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Photos

Sep 13, 2007

The scoreboard at Newlands had the odd glitch, England v Zimbabwe, Group B, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 13, 2007

The scoreboard at Newlands had the odd glitch

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Sep 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen was named Man of the Match for his 79 from 37 balls, England v Zimbabwe, Group B, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen was named Man of the Match for his 79 from 37 balls

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