ICC World Twenty20, 6th Match, Group B: England v Zimbabwe at Cape Town, Sep 13, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 6th match, Group B
England won by 50 runs
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
13 September 2007 (20-over match)

1.55pm Zimbabwe in a huddle by the boundary ... England getting lined-up in their dug-out ... here we go. Can lightning strike twice? Here come the England openers, a return to the international stage for Darren Maddy after seven years ... Elton Chigumbura to open the attack on the same pitch used last night. A delay as Maddy changes his bat before facing a ball!

1.45pm Still a fairly small crowd in at the moment, but it's the middle of a working day.

1.40pm England have won the toss ... and, like Australia last night, they will bat. High-risk strategy! Zimbabwe are unchanged.

England Darren Maddy, Matt Prior (wk), Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Owais Shah, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Schofield, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

ZimbabweVusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Brendon Taylor (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Keith Dabengwa, Prosper Utseya (capt), Gary Brent, Tawanda Mupariwa

1.30pm Andrew Flintoff plays for England ... teams news and toss any second.

1.05pm Rather odd scenes as Andy Flower, England's assistant coach, is stretchered off after injuring himself in training. It looks like he when over on a soft piece of outfield ... the medics were looking at his right ankle.

12.45pm Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of England against Zimbabwe from Cape Town. It's bright and sunny and the teams are out warming up. It's hard to tell how hungover the Zimbabweans are ... in the England camp Chris Schofield is bowling plenty of long hops in the nets.


Chigumbura to Maddy, 1 run, a loose drive to one outside off stump zips down to third man


Chigumbura to Prior, 1 run, full, driven firmly to mid-off, never with enough oomph to pierce the field


Chigumbura to Maddy, no run, full, straight and driven to extra cover who is three or four yards closer than usual


Chigumbura to Maddy, 1 run, dropped towards backward point with soft hands, a mix-up with the calling but they get away with it as the throw goes to the wrong end


Chigumbura to Prior, no run, wide, a slashing drive gets a thick inside edge into his pads


Chigumbura to Prior, no run, tight, Prior goes back and can only block and Chigumbura follows through to prevent the single

Excellent first over.

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • MJ Prior 1 (3b)
    • DL Maddy 2 (3b)
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-3-0

Brent to Maddy, 3 runs, too short, too wide, Maddy cuts over the infield, four on any other day but the outfield remains a complete pudding and the ball pulls up short

A few flags of St George around the ground and a smattering of England shirts, not a bad a place for a few days holiday.


Brent to Prior, no run, slower, pushed into the leg side, short midwicket on it like a panther


Brent to Prior, FOUR, swung from middle behind square on the leg side - the short boundary - and it's four all the way

Brent went for 19 in four overs last night ... he's gone for seven in three balls today!


Brent to Prior, 1 run, short and wide, steered to third man


Brent to Maddy, FOUR, firm drive past a diving cover, it beats the man and that's got the power to beat the slow outfield


Brent to Maddy, 1 run, pulled to square leg where the fielder makes a good, diving semi-stop

And now it's Jenny Thompson for the next few overs. Thanks Martin. Hello, only seems a few minutes since we were relating Zimbabwe's famous win and they're back... and once again it's massive. You can get Zimbabwe at 5 to 1 down the bookies, but England are 9 to 1 on. Meanwhile, the scoreboard's showing 555 for 15. Er, not quite right.

End of over 2 (13 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • DL Maddy 10 (6b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 6 (6b 1x4)
    • GB Brent 1-0-13-0
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-3-0

Chigumbura to Maddy, FOUR, one step... and one bounce over long-on with a huge drive, crouching down and launching off the back foot


Chigumbura to Maddy, no run, minimal footwork, stepping late and swishing as the ball had already gone through just outside off


Chigumbura to Maddy, OUT, goes to hit it over cover, but mis-times and doesn't get the distance nor height - Matsikenyeri does, though, leaping high to take it well

DL Maddy c Matsikenyeri b Chigumbura 14 (8m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 155.55

Wright now, who turns to camera and announces his favourite shot is the square cut. That's a prerecorded bit, of course, else it would look odd


Chigumbura to Wright, OUT, gone first ball! Edged a huge nick through to the keeper, looking to launch a huge cover-drive out of the ground

LJ Wright c †Taylor b Chigumbura 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hat-trick ball and it's Pietersen to face it


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


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

Zimbabwe's momentum from last night spilling over to today so far

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 20/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • KP Pietersen 0 (2b)
    • MJ Prior 6 (6b 1x4)
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-7-2
    • GB Brent 1-0-13-0

Mupariwa to Prior, FOUR, spearing down leg, low, turned it off the legs behind square


Mupariwa to Prior, no run, on the money, defended on the front foot with a barn door of a bat, figuratively speaking naturally


Mupariwa to Prior, 1 run, driven out to mid-on

Pietersen to face, scratching his mark out. He averages 16.17 in international Twenty20


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

Scoreboard is still on the blink, showing 111 for 11 at the moment and slowly cycles round all the multiple options. 666 gets everyone rocking. Speaking of which, Andrew Miller's in the house


Mupariwa to Pietersen, 1 run, cut into the ground


Mupariwa to Prior, 2 runs, worked behind point for a comfortable two

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 28/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • MJ Prior 13 (10b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (4b)
    • T Mupariwa 1-0-8-0
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-7-2

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

Wright's duck, by the way, makes it two in two - he got one at Lord's against India on Saturday


Chigumbura to Prior, 1 run, worked to cover for a well-taken single


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

We saw that a lot yesterday - the outfield boggily grabbing at the ball whenever it lands


Chigumbura to Pietersen, FOUR, right over cover this time


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


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


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

End of over 5 (17 runs) England 45/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • KP Pietersen 16 (9b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 14 (11b 2x4)
    • E Chigumbura 3-0-24-2
    • T Mupariwa 1-0-8-0

Mupariwa to Prior, SIX, a clean strike over long-on into the grass seating area


Mupariwa to Prior, no run, driven to long-off


Mupariwa to Prior, OUT, looked to go over the top but holed out at cow corner for a well-watched catch, eight yards in from the boundary

MJ Prior c Chibhabha b Mupariwa 20 (21m 14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 142.85

Zimbabwe's catching has been superb in the tournament so far

Collingwood in now


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


Mupariwa to Collingwood, 1 run, an inside-edged drive to backward square leg


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

A reader Miles Harper notes we omitted to mention that Maddy Prior (England's opening combo) was the lead singer Steeleye Span - 1975 Christmas hit with Gaude Te. How could we have done such a thing? Martin is now singing the lyrics - or is that his school psalm?

Here's what Maddy Prior had to say about her group: "Steeleye Span is like a bus. It goes along, and people get on and get off it. Sometimes the bus goes along the route you want to go, and sometimes it turns off, so you get off." Sounds like England's openers

End of over 6 (14 runs) England 59/3 (RR: 9.83)

    • KP Pietersen 23 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 1 (1b)
    • T Mupariwa 2-0-22-1
    • E Chigumbura 3-0-24-2

Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, nice looping start, but met with a patient drive to mid-on


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


Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, driven out for another quick single


Utseya to Pietersen, 1 run, worked through midwicket


Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, driven to long-off this time


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

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 66/3 (RR: 9.42)

    • KP Pietersen 27 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 4 (4b)
    • P Utseya 1-0-7-0
    • T Mupariwa 2-0-22-1

Taibu into the attack


Taibu to Collingwood, 1 run, starts with a bit of a dobble, dragging a touch short, gets away with a single through midwicket, pulled round


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


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


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


Taibu to Collingwood, 1 run, Prioresque bark of "One" for, well, one to long-on. An easy one


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

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 75/3 (RR: 9.37)

    • KP Pietersen 34 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 6 (6b)
    • T Taibu 1-0-9-0
    • P Utseya 1-0-7-0

Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, swept to midwicket


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


Utseya to Collingwood, no run, looking, looking, no as Collingwood creeps down and presents a (Stuart) broad bat in defence


Utseya to Collingwood, 2 runs, driven out to long-on, Collingwood setting off as soon as he hits it


Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, down, down and a drive to cover this time, Collingwood again scampering into the shot

He's oozing attacking intent here


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

England are looking for 170-180

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 82/3 (RR: 9.11)

    • KP Pietersen 37 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 10 (10b)
    • P Utseya 2-0-14-0
    • T Taibu 1-0-9-0

Taibu to Collingwood, 1 run, driven out to long-on


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


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


Taibu to Collingwood, 1 run, another strike rortation now with a dab to the covers


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


Taibu to Collingwood, 1 run, impishly nibbles a drive to mid-on and another quick single

Time for Andrew Miller. How super. Thanks Jennifer. Gosh, isn't this exciting? We like Twenty20

End of over 10 (11 runs) England 93/3 (RR: 9.30)

    • PD Collingwood 13 (13b)
    • KP Pietersen 45 (23b 3x4 2x6)
    • T Taibu 2-0-20-0
    • P Utseya 2-0-14-0

Dabengwa to Collingwood, no run, short but not timed, patted back to the bowler


Dabengwa to Collingwood, 1 run, sharp footwork makes room to drive into the off side. Good running brings a single, albeit with a hint of hesitation?


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


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


Dabengwa to Collingwood, 1 wide, down the leg side, Collingwood has a limp waft at it, but the wide is called


Dabengwa to Collingwood, no run, low full toss, clobbered into the covers


Dabengwa to Collingwood, 1 run, swung into the leg side, Pietersen barely reacts as Collingwood calls the single, but there's no danger of a run-out. And he's probably still sauntering to the crease now

Pietersen's on 49 from 25 balls. And he said recently he's terrible at Twenty20. Who is he kidding?

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 101/3 (RR: 9.18)

    • PD Collingwood 15 (17b)
    • KP Pietersen 49 (25b 4x4 2x6)
    • KM Dabengwa 1-0-7-0
    • T Taibu 2-0-20-0

Brent to Collingwood, SIX, short and thumped. Collingwood had oodles of time to swivel into position and deposit that over midwicket. Shot!


Brent to Collingwood, no run, fuller length, better length, driven into the covers


Brent to Collingwood, 1 run, loopy slower ball, shovelled into the leg-side. Clever variation


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


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


Brent to Collingwood, FOUR, short again from Brent, who's lost his way after yesterday's heroics, and that's paddled effortlessly behind square. England in command after their early alarms

End of over 12 (12 runs) England 113/3 (RR: 9.41)

    • PD Collingwood 26 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 50 (27b 4x4 2x6)
    • GB Brent 2-0-25-0
    • KM Dabengwa 1-0-7-0

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!


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


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


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


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


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?

End of over 13 (22 runs) England 135/3 (RR: 10.38)

    • KP Pietersen 72 (33b 6x4 4x6)
    • PD Collingwood 26 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • KM Dabengwa 2-0-29-0
    • GB Brent 2-0-25-0

Chibhabha to Collingwood, no run, tighter line, and Collingwood misses with an off-side carve


Chibhabha to Collingwood, SIX, he doesn't miss this time though - right in the slot for a big heave across the line. It came off the toe-end of the bat and wasn't timed by any means. But still plopped over the rope for six


Chibhabha to Collingwood, 1 run, more smearing across the line. Deep midwicket fields on the bounce, but the runs are coming at a torrent now


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

The crowd are loving KP's innovation, the Zimbabweans aren't quite sure what to do


Chibhabha to Collingwood, no run, swishing hard, and a loud "oof!" from the keeper as the ball whistles past the blade and the off stump


Chibhabha to Collingwood, 2 runs, clunked meatily into the covers. No standing on ceremony now for England's batsmen

End of over 14 (10 runs) England 145/3 (RR: 10.35)

    • PD Collingwood 35 (26b 1x4 2x6)
    • KP Pietersen 73 (34b 6x4 4x6)
    • CJ Chibhabha 1-0-10-0
    • KM Dabengwa 2-0-29-0

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


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


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


Utseya to Flintoff, no run, no timing for Flintoff's first ball, which he attempts to nurdle off the legs


Utseya to Flintoff, 1 run, short and outside off stump, punched off the back foot into the covers for a single. That's his favourite shot, apparently.


Utseya to Collingwood, 1 run, right over the ball, classical cover drive/push to keep the strike

End of over 15 (8 runs) England 153/4 (RR: 10.20)

    • PD Collingwood 36 (27b 1x4 2x6)
    • A Flintoff 1 (2b)
    • P Utseya 3-0-22-1
    • CJ Chibhabha 1-0-10-0

Chibhabha to Collingwood, 1 run, OUT, a loose full toss, smeared out to deep point, and immediately Collingwood's looking for two. He's very quick between the wickets ... but not quick enough. Cracking throw from Taibu on the boundary's edge, and terrific work from Taylor to scoop and whip off the bails. Two quick wickets, and Zimbabwe have a chance to dent the momentum

PD Collingwood run out 37 (33m 28b 1x4 2x6) SR: 132.14

Here's Owais Shah - a century at The Oval last week, so he's in form and confident


Chibhabha to Shah, 1 run, opens the face and steers his first ball down to third man to get off the mark


Chibhabha to Flintoff, 1 run, slow, slow, slow full toss. Flintoff's eyes briefly lit up, but it dipped late and he merely turned it square for a single


Chibhabha to Shah, 1 run, dobbled onto a good length. Zimbabwe are keeping their cool so far


Chibhabha to Flintoff, 1 wide, too far down the leg side. Neat take by Taylor though


Chibhabha to Flintoff, 1 run, another low full toss, steered out to midwicket


Chibhabha to Shah, no run, excellent slower-ball yorker to complete a successful over

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 159/5 (RR: 9.93)

    • OA Shah 2 (3b)
    • A Flintoff 3 (4b)
    • CJ Chibhabha 2-0-16-0
    • P Utseya 3-0-22-1

Utseya to Flintoff, no run, thumped into the covers but straight to the fielder


Utseya to Flintoff, 1 run, canny bowling, Flintoff started down the pitch, so Utseya followed him and cramped him for room


Utseya to Shah, 1 run, swished out to midwicket for another single


Utseya to Flintoff, 1 run, steady bowling. Flintoff drives with circumspection and that's another single


Utseya to Shah, 1 run, tidy again, pushed down to long-off


Utseya to Flintoff, 1 run, dropped - that was short, and Flintoff climbed into it, but short cover can't cling on. Costly?

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 164/5 (RR: 9.64)

    • A Flintoff 6 (8b)
    • OA Shah 4 (5b)
    • P Utseya 4-0-27-1
    • CJ Chibhabha 2-0-16-0

Chibhabha to Flintoff, no run, dropped! again! Identical shot, identical miss. Still, at least it's a boundary saved


Chibhabha to Flintoff, 1 run


Chibhabha to Shah, 1 run, wild smear, and mistimed for a single to backward square leg


Chibhabha to Flintoff, no run, dropped, but a really tough chance. An under-edge from Flintoff who was fooled by the change in pace. Clever bowling, but unlucky


Chibhabha to Flintoff, SIX, there he goes! He wasn't going to hang around for long. Two steps down the pitch, and smacked high into the stands at long-on


Chibhabha to Flintoff, OUT, He's out this time! A legcutter slower ball, Flintoff has another heave, and is comprehensively bowled. A look of bemusement as he leaves the crease

A Flintoff b Chibhabha 13 (11m 13b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Here's Dimitri Mascarenhas. He can hit a cricket ball. Favourite shot? "Slog over cow corner." Fair enough

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 172/6 (RR: 9.55)

    • OA Shah 5 (6b)
    • CJ Chibhabha 3-0-24-1
    • P Utseya 4-0-27-1

Chigumbura to Shah, SIX, massive swipe, Shah makes room, opens his shoulders and clears cow corner by a distance. That's Mascarenhas's zone, but he's a magnanimous type


Chigumbura to Shah, OUT, in the air again, but miscued this time - the ball swirls down to third man, and that's an excellent tumbling catch. Zimbabwe keeping themselves in touch with some cracking work in the field

OA Shah c Chibhabha b Chigumbura 11 (9m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 137.50


Chigumbura to Mascarenhas, OUT, walloped, but straight to the man at deep extra cover! That was right out of the middle of the bat - flat and tracer-like. He couldn't have hit it any better, but he's gone first ball ...

AD Mascarenhas c Masakadza b Chigumbura 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Chigumbura to Schofield, no run, hat-trick ball is negotiated with a nibble outside off stump


Chigumbura to Schofield, 1 run, nudged into the gap for Schofield's first international run in seven years


Chigumbura to Broad, no run, outside off, slower than Broad anticipated, and he misses with an attempted glide to third man. Lovely over, and successful too

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 179/8 (RR: 9.42)

    • SCJ Broad 0 (1b)
    • CP Schofield 1 (2b)
    • E Chigumbura 4-0-31-4
    • CJ Chibhabha 3-0-24-1

Brent to Schofield, 1 run, a clever, loopy, slower ball. Schofield defends resolutely with an open face, and steers down to third man


Brent to Broad, 1 run, fuller length on leg stump, and Broad punches down the ground for a single


Brent to Schofield, FOUR, slower ball again, a wild slash from Broad gets a thin outside edge, and is helped over the boundary by a despairing dive from third man


Brent to Schofield, 1 run, OUT, a baseball carve into the leg side, an instant call for two and Dabengwa fields and throws expertly from long-on. It's gone to the third umpire ... Broad's long strides can't make up the ground, and that's another late wicket. England could be bowled out here

SCJ Broad run out 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Brent to Schofield, no run, cracking delivery, a slower-ball yorker, and Schofield has to play that straight back down the pitch


Brent to Schofield, 2 runs, swung into the leg-side again - like Lance Klusener without the timing. Two more runs as the throw comes in and that's the end of that

Breathless stuff as ever but England will be happy enough with that total, especially on a sluggish wicket such as this. Zimbabwe, however, did not let themselves down at all. Excellent as ever in the field, and it was only the undisputed brilliance of Kevin Pietersen that made the difference between an ordinary total and an adequate one. Right, Zimbabwe need 189 for a place in the Super Eights. You've just got time for a cup of Twent-tea20, and then it'll be Jenny Thompson to kick off the run-chase. Thanks Andrew. Here comes yesterday's hero Brendan Taylor, opening up with Vusi Sibanda. And it's Stuart Broad to take the ball for England.

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 188/9

    • CP Schofield 9 (7b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 0 (0b)
    • GB Brent 3-0-34-0
    • E Chigumbura 4-0-31-4





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