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)

Broad to Sibanda, no run, starts with some movement and zip, nipping slightly away down the off-side


Broad to Sibanda, no run, pushed on to the back foot, squared up a little bit too, the ball nips away again off the seam


Broad to Sibanda, 2 runs, Zimbabwe off the mark with a pull to midwicket - a sloppy throw from Pietersen whose fielding in the one-dayers with India wasn't always top notch either


Broad to Sibanda, no run, drops his length back, moves it away, prompting a huge drive through cover drive


Broad to Sibanda, no run, down that corridor again, rising steeply as it flies through at throat height


Broad to Sibanda, FOUR, a huge outside edge from an attempted pull flies way over the lone slip's head and races on its way, a merry way in fact, all the way

Anderson opening up from the other end. With the ball. He's not on Oprah.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 6/0 (183 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.63)

    • V Sibanda 6 (6b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Anderson to Taylor, no run, wide, and heading wider, outside off - but very late swing, so he gets away with it


Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, driven into the covers and Taylor is away with a quick single


Anderson to Sibanda, FOUR, outside off, cracking cut behind point on one knee


Anderson to Sibanda, 1 run, moving in, up there, pushed into the covers


Anderson to Taylor, SIX, outside off and launched over the covers for a big, flat six off the back foot


Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, middled through mid-on. Glorious shot

Zimbabwe are ahead of the required run-rate already - but it's still a stiff ask

End of over 2 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 22/0 (167 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 9.27)

    • BRM Taylor 11 (4b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Sibanda 11 (8b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Broad to Sibanda, 4 leg byes, misdirected down leg, Sibanda offers a disdainful turn away off the legs, doesn't connect with bat and the ball runs through fine leg


Broad to Sibanda, 1 run, contacts this time, with the turn off the hips


Broad to Taylor, 1 run, straighter - outside off - played firmly off the back foot to wide third man where a non-wide Anderson returns with a smooth throw


Broad to Sibanda, no run, wider of the crease and a wider ball results - and England will be grateful for a dot


Broad to Sibanda, FOUR, on middle, launched in front of midwicket with a sweet click on the front foot - that would have rocketed to the boundary on a truer pitch, as it was, the ball made it with only relative comfort


Broad to Sibanda, no run, a whoosh with minimal footwork - the ball flies through to Prior

Immediate bowling change. As Will's not here I'll say it for him - here's Hercules. It's Andrew Flintoff

End of over 3 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 32/0 (157 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.66, RRR: 9.23)

    • V Sibanda 16 (13b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 12 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-16-0

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, finds the spot immediately, Taylor strong in front-foot defence


Flintoff to Taylor, no run, following him as Taylor moves back, defended on the back foot


Flintoff to Taylor, no run, slinked through and 'Oohs' result as Taylor flashes at a sharp one, moving back and away


Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, an easy single into the covers this time


Flintoff to Sibanda, no run, on middle and leg, a tad short, and swivel-pulled without being properly timed in front of square

Tight bowling, this, from Flintoff


Flintoff to Sibanda, no run, nipped in at the right hander and Flintoff sends in a very late appeal indeed - he knew he didn't have a chance with that one

End of over 4 (1 run) Zimbabwe 33/0 (156 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 9.75)

    • V Sibanda 16 (15b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 13 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • A Flintoff 1-0-1-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, short, gives himself room to chop up and away through third man - a diving Anderson does his best, but his best isn't good enough here


Broad to Taylor, FOUR, up and over, a clever shot, playing with the height and the pace and lifting it off the bottom of the bat very straight behind the wicket

Great shot, perfect for this format


Broad to Taylor, 1 run, a dink-and-run into short midwicket

Clever running, then, this time


Broad to Sibanda, FOUR, on middle and leg and with just enough room to pick off his toes and chip deliberately and strongly through midwicket

Zimbabwe motoring now - only Flintoff has provided any control


Broad to Sibanda, 1 run, better, worked into short midwicket for a quick single


Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off, cut to point and they risk a single - a direct shy from Maddy at the non-striker's end would have been close

Crashing start for Zimbabwe, then. Here's Flintoff again

End of over 5 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 47/0 (142 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.40, RRR: 9.46)

    • BRM Taylor 22 (13b 3x4 1x6)
    • V Sibanda 21 (17b 4x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-26-0
    • A Flintoff 1-0-1-0

Flintoff to Sibanda, 1 run, on leg, worked into short midwicket and how do you like your singles? Scrambled, in this case


Flintoff to Taylor, FOUR, just overpitches, and an easy on-drive punch brings up a four and the fifty


Flintoff to Taylor, no run, finds his line and a better length, the ball nipping in and zipping out to cover this time


Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, just outside off now, the ball run down for a single where Schofield tidies up


Flintoff to Sibanda, no run, intelligent delivery, full ball on off-and-middle, and driven into the ground towards the bowler


Flintoff to Sibanda, FOUR, angling down leg now, excellent swivel pull off the back foot and that races away

Pressure diffused just then with that four. Mascarenhas on now. Can his county experience count?

End of over 6 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 57/0 (132 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 9.42)

    • V Sibanda 26 (20b 5x4)
    • BRM Taylor 27 (16b 4x4 1x6)
    • A Flintoff 2-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-26-0

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, quick single towards point, good running

Hard to deal with the medium pace, especially on this pitch


Mascarenhas to Sibanda, no run, tighter delivery, and the ball can only be trapped


Mascarenhas to Sibanda, 1 run, short and with width outside off, flat-batted up and over mid-off


Mascarenhas to Taylor, 2 runs, width again and a similar, but firmer, club over mid-off - but it plugs two yards inside the boundary


Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, outside off, cut behind point off the back foot and another zippy run


Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, just outside off, dinked towards cover and the pair set off immediately

Zimbabwe need just under ten an over, and now it's Schofield. What a story he has, and what can he script here?

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 62/0 (127 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 9.76)

    • BRM Taylor 31 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • V Sibanda 27 (22b 5x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-5-0
    • A Flintoff 2-0-11-0

Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, on off to begin with, cut out to cover


Schofield to Sibanda, 1 run, on off, worked off the back foot into the covers


Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, driven straight to long-on


Schofield to Sibanda, 1 run, eased into the covers


Schofield to Taylor, no run, outside off, cut right into the ground


Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, on leg and some great fielding from Anderson, who is as tidy as ever, somehow he caught it and then was able to drag it back in before the momentum carried him over for six

Well done Anderson, he's done some excellent fielding this summer. Good opening over from Schofield

End of over 8 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 67/0 (122 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.37, RRR: 10.16)

    • BRM Taylor 34 (24b 4x4 1x6)
    • V Sibanda 29 (24b 5x4)
    • CP Schofield 1-0-5-0
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-5-0

Mascarenhas to Taylor, SIX, no doubt that that one was a six, however, a flat-bat from Taylor right over square


Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, outside off, comes over to meet it and steals a quick'un


Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, outside off, cut away to cover


Mascarenhas to Sibanda, OUT, outside off and goes straight in the air, Sibanda looking to go for the pull shot one too many times and the top edge is taken easily enough at cover

V Sibanda c Maddy b Mascarenhas 29 (32m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.00

So Sibanda's gone after giving Zimbabwe an excellent start. Now it's Taibu, who likes cutting, don't you know.


Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, outside off again and waited before wristing wide behind point


Mascarenhas to Taibu, no run, in trouble immediately, coming forward to meet the ball which curls naughtily away from him, but survives

End of over 9 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 75/1 (114 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 10.36)

    • T Taibu 0 (1b)
    • BRM Taylor 42 (28b 4x4 2x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-13-1
    • CP Schofield 1-0-5-0

Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, backs away to dig a straight one to mid-off


Schofield to Taibu, 1 run, good loop from Schofield, but a patient drive to mid-off


Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, driven out straight to long-on for an easy one

Schofield tweaks his field


Schofield to Taibu, 1 run, pushed off the toes in front of square


Schofield to Taylor, no run, a missed stumping there by Prior - Taylor's head was raised and he was way out of his crease after missing the drive


Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, poked forward to round off another good over from Schofield

Here's Andrew Miller to take you through to the conclusion. Thanks Jennifer. It's squeaky-bum time

End of over 10 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 80/1 (109 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 10.90)

    • BRM Taylor 45 (32b 4x4 2x6)
    • T Taibu 2 (3b)
    • CP Schofield 2-0-10-0
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-13-1

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, pushed out to midwicket for another single


Mascarenhas to Taibu, OUT, that's the breakthrough, and a very timely one from England's point of view. Mascarenhas dropped it on a length as ever, Taibu went for a big swing across the line, and under-edged onto his stumps

T Taibu b Mascarenhas 2 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Another failure for Taibu, Zimbabwe's best batsman


Mascarenhas to Chibhabha, no run, full-length and driven into the covers


Mascarenhas to Chibhabha, 1 run, nurdled into the gap to bring the main man, Taylor, back on strike


Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, lovely length, Taylor is drawn forward and defends resolutely


Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, pushed onto the back foot this time, but the same result - no width to work with, and Taylor jabs the ball down into the crease. Excellent over for England

End of over 11 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 82/2 (107 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.45, RRR: 11.88)

    • BRM Taylor 46 (35b 4x4 2x6)
    • CJ Chibhabha 1 (2b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-15-2
    • CP Schofield 2-0-10-0

Schofield to Chibhabha, no run, looped onto a good length, and pushed back down the pitch


Schofield to Chibhabha, 1 run, driven with intent, but no way past mid-off - a hint of an attempt at a run, but wisely declined


Schofield to Taylor, no run, expansive use of the feet, but in the end Taylor has no option but to defend with his pad. Clever variation of pace


Schofield to Taylor, no run, lovely line and length again, Zimbabwe just beginning to drift now


Schofield to Taylor, 1 run, turned around the corner and that's a chancy run, but they get away with it. Fortune favours etc ...


Schofield to Chibhabha, no run, on off stump and tweaking away. Driven but without much timing to complete a tidy over

End of over 12 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 84/2 (105 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 13.12)

    • CJ Chibhabha 2 (5b)
    • BRM Taylor 47 (38b 4x4 2x6)
    • CP Schofield 3-0-12-0
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-15-2

Mascarenhas to Taylor, OUT, cracking control from Mascarenhas, and that could be game, set and match for England. A perfect legcutter, Taylor - frustrated by the slowing of the run-rate - swings across the line, and his stumps are shattered

BRM Taylor b Mascarenhas 47 (43m 39b 4x4 2x6) SR: 120.51

A disconsolate departure, but what a pair of innings for Taylor. A memorable 24 hours


Mascarenhas to Matsikenyeri, no run, drawn forward to yet another good length ball


Mascarenhas to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked off the legs slightly airily, but safe


Mascarenhas to Chibhabha, 1 run, dropped, and that's an absolute and total howler from Pietersen at mid-off! A horribly mistimed lofted drive, looped into his hands, and straight out again ... well, well ...


Mascarenhas to Matsikenyeri, no run, massive appeal for lbw, turned down but that must have been mighty close. Meanwhile Pietersen is muttering to himself, as well he might. That was dreadful


Mascarenhas to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, nudged into the covers and an immediate call. Panic stations setting in a bit now, but another run ticked off

End of over 13 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 87/3 (102 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.69, RRR: 14.57)

    • S Matsikenyeri 2 (4b)
    • CJ Chibhabha 3 (6b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 4-0-18-3
    • CP Schofield 3-0-12-0

Schofield to Matsikenyeri, no run, coolly flighted and tweaks a touch. Played respectfully into the covers


Schofield to Matsikenyeri, OUT, a fraction of width and Matsikenyeri goes down on one knee to thump that over the covers. But lurking on the boundary's edge is Andrew Flintoff, and he doesn't drop those. A fourth wicket falls, and Zimbabwe's challenge is ebbing away

S Matsikenyeri c Flintoff b Schofield 2 (3m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


Schofield to Chibhabha, 2 runs, a firm strike into the leg side, and another couple


Schofield to Chibhabha, OUT, another one bites the dust, and that's Schofield's second wicket in four balls. A hint of turn out of the rough, Chibhabha aimed to play across the line, and looped a leading edge straight back to the bowler

CJ Chibhabha c & b Schofield 5 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Incidentally, those are Schofield's first international wickets, seven years after his debut ... which was also against Zimbabwe in 2000


Schofield to Masakadza, 1 run, runs immediately, dabbed down to third man


Schofield to Chigumbura, no run, down on one knee for the sweep, and picked up at backward square to complete a successful over for Schofield and England

End of over 14 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 90/5 (99 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.42, RRR: 16.50)

    • E Chigumbura 0 (1b)
    • H Masakadza 1 (1b)
    • CP Schofield 4-0-15-2
    • AD Mascarenhas 4-0-18-3

Here's Jimmy Anderson


Anderson to Masakadza, no run, wide of the crease, and angled into the right-hander. Clean through an attempted drive and through to the keeper


Anderson to Masakadza, 2 runs, a touch of width, and carved down to backward point


Anderson to Masakadza, 1 run, tighter line and fuller length, but a flash of the blade sends that whistling out to the sweeper on the point boundary


Anderson to Chigumbura, 1 run, an uncompromising slog picks up another single as Anderson leaps in a vain attempt to intercept the ball in his followthrough


Anderson to Masakadza, 2 runs, walloped - stand-and-deliver stuff. It looked as though it was clean into the stands, but in the end it plugged in the soft outfield


Anderson to Masakadza, no run, fuller and tighter to complete the over. Zimbabwe's requirement is now approaching superhuman, but they can still be proud of their efforts today. The slower bowlers have put the squeeze on after a flying start

End of over 15 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 96/5 (93 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.40, RRR: 18.60)

    • H Masakadza 6 (6b)
    • E Chigumbura 1 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-22-0
    • CP Schofield 4-0-15-2

Collingwood to Chigumbura, SIX, well, that'll help! Too full and too much width, and that is flat-batted high and handsomely over long-on


Collingwood to Chigumbura, 1 run, ambitious again, but not quite there for the shot this time


Collingwood to Masakadza, 1 run


Collingwood to Chigumbura, OUT, too short, but effective nonetheless. Chigumbura went for the maximum, but could only pick out Luke Wright, who was lurking ten yards in from the midwicket boundary. A flurry of wickets, and England are set for a comfortable victory now. With a wounded Australia to come tomorrow, that's just as well ...

E Chigumbura c Wright b Collingwood 8 (9m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00


Collingwood to Masakadza, 2 runs, floated onto a good length, and a lofted drive finds no-man's land at deep cover


Collingwood to Masakadza, 1 run, nudged into the covers for a quick single

Zimbabwe really need to bat out their overs now, to give themselves the best possible chance of edging out Australia (or England) in the final reckoning

End of over 16 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 107/6 (82 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 20.50)

    • H Masakadza 10 (9b)
    • P Utseya 0 (0b)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-11-1
    • JM Anderson 2-0-22-0

Anderson to Masakadza, FOUR, too short, and Masakadza swings across the line and connects sweetly. The ball fizzes through midwicket


Anderson to Masakadza, 2 runs, dabbed into the off side and finds the gap well


Anderson to Masakadza, 1 run, an ambitious clunk of a shot, but Collingwood at mid-off cuts off the second


Anderson to Utseya, 1 run, fuller length, angled into the pads and turned to backward square


Anderson to Masakadza, 1 run, full length but a foot outside off stump. Masakadza swings lustily down the ground, all along the ground, and long-off sweeps up


Anderson to Utseya, no run, yorker, and a good one too. Not quite in the Newlands 2003 mould, but effective nonetheless

End of over 17 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 116/6 (73 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 24.33)

    • P Utseya 1 (2b)
    • H Masakadza 18 (13b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-31-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-11-1

Collingwood to Masakadza, 1 run, dropped. A big swish across the line, Collingwood the bowler hurtles out to midwicket to complete the return catch, but the ball sneaks through his fingers. Another miss in the field ...


Collingwood to Utseya, FOUR, drifts onto the pads, and an elegant leg-glance picks up four very useful runs


Collingwood to Utseya, 1 run


Collingwood to Masakadza, 2 runs, dobbly line and length, takes an eternity to reach the bat, but is eventually nudged to midwicket


Collingwood to Masakadza, no run, outside off stump and down on one knee for the sweep, but there's no connection


Collingwood to Masakadza, 1 wide, drifts down the leg-side this time, and rightly called


Collingwood to Masakadza, 3 runs, yorker length but misdirected. Pietersen at fine leg does well to pull that in inside the rope, and Luke Wright wings the return in to the keeper

End of over 18 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 128/6 (61 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.11, RRR: 30.50)

    • H Masakadza 24 (17b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 6 (4b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-23-1
    • JM Anderson 3-0-31-0

Here's Flintoff


Flintoff to Masakadza, no run, slow yorker, loops down the track and Utseya is deceived by the lack of pace


Flintoff to Masakadza, 1 run, clubbed out to long-on, another jogged single


Flintoff to Utseya, 1 run, full and straight, dug out with a swish of the bat, and picked up in the covers


Flintoff to Masakadza, 1 run, right up in the blockhole once again. Another expansive strike, but can't be timed


Flintoff to Utseya, 2 runs, a short run-up this time from Flintoff - a useful trick that - and it's full and straight once again. Quality death bowling, but well played too, finding the gap down the ground


Flintoff to Utseya, 2 runs, just a little bit too short this time. Utseya rocks back and has a heave over midwicket. Not timed, but reasonably effective in the circumstances

End of over 19 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 135/6 (54 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 54.00)

    • P Utseya 11 (7b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 26 (20b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 3-0-18-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-23-1

Stuart Broad to wrap up the proceedings


Broad to Masakadza, no run, on the spot, and through to the keeper


Broad to Masakadza, 1 run, biffed out to the covers, but can't beat the field


Broad to Utseya, 1 run, low full-toss and wide of off stump too. Utseya reaches for it with one hand, and scampers a single to midwicket


Broad to Masakadza, OUT, in the slot for a swing, but Masakadza can't get enough bat on it. It disappears high, high into the stratosphere, and lands safely in the hands of Luke Wright at deep midwicket. A useful innings comes to an end, as Dabengwa comes to the crease

H Masakadza c Wright b Broad 27 (24m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 117.39


Broad to Utseya, no run, a swing and a miss. A fraction slower from Broad, and Prior tidies up

last ball ...


Broad to Utseya, 1 run, full delivery clubbed down the ground, and that's the end of that

Zimbabwe have done themselves proud once again. No disgrace in this defeat. They batted their full 20 overs, and finished on 138 for 7, which funnily enough is the same score as Australia made in yesterday's shock encounter.

Taylor played beautifully once again for his 47 from 39 balls, and at 81 for 1 in the 11th over, England were moderately rattled. But the slower bowlers did the trick, with Mascarenhas and Schofield sharing five quick scalps between them.

"We lost key wickets at the wrong time," admits Prosper Utseya. Paul Collingwood says: "It was a good win, but not a perfect performance by any means."

Now then, now then. Tomorrow is utterly, totally massive. England and Zimbabwe top Group B with two points, Australia are yet to get off the mark. They must beat England tomorrow to have any hope of progressing to the second round of the ICC World Twenty20. It's all getting very serious down in the Western Cape.

"Hopefully we'll come out tomorrow and put the perfect performance in," says Collingwood. To that end, they'll be looking for more of the same from the Man of the Match, Kevin Pietersen. His 79 from 37 balls was the difference between the sides today, and it could eventually be the difference between qualification and early elimination. "It would be nice to send Australia home wouldn't it?" grins Pietersen at the post-match presentation.

We've been Andrew Miller and Jenny Thompson. Join us tomorrow at 1.30pm local time (11.30 GMT) for live ball-by-ball coverage of England v Australia at Newlands.

End of over 20 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 138/7 (51 runs required)

    • P Utseya 13 (10b 1x4)
    • KM Dabengwa 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-29-1
    • A Flintoff 3-0-18-0





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