ICC World Twenty20, 15th Match, Group E: South Africa v England at Cape Town, Sep 16, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 15th match, Group E
South Africa won by 19 runs
16 September 2007 - night match (20-over match)

Welcome back after a long break ... almost long enough to make a cup of tea. Almost. The crowd are up for this, and after the second half of the South Africa innings, who can blame them. Just wait for the noise when Pietersen comes out of the dugout. Prior looks a bit like Al Murray's pub landlord.


Pollock to Wright, no run, straight, defended, all very low key


Pollock to Wright, no run, and the same again ... Wright half forward and caught in two minds, neither of them attacking


Pollock to Wright, no run, Pollock on the button, Wright again stifles any attacking urge


Pollock to Wright, OUT, half forward, loose drive, the ball loops to cover who takes it above his head at a very gentle pace

LJ Wright c de Villiers b Pollock 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Loud boos as Pietersen walks out. Learn to live with it guys ... he's gone and he's not coming back ... the boos will only fire him up ... silence might really get to him


Pollock to Pietersen, no run, full, Pietersen blocks and Pollock fields to his right


Pollock to Pietersen, no run, pulled off the back foot straight to mid-off

A superb first over from the experienced Pollock ... already the pressure is on England ...

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) England 0/1 (155 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 8.15)

    • KP Pietersen 0 (2b)
    • MJ Prior 0 (0b)
    • SM Pollock 1-1-0-1

Ntini to Prior, 1 run, forward and deliberately steered down and to the right of slip, third man fields

People coming back to their seats after grabbing some supper missed that wicket, but the noise will have told them what happened


Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, sweetly turned from outside off stump through midwicket and the silence is deafening ... whipped with his wrists, super shot into a big space

Slip comes out to midwicket


Ntini to Pietersen, no run, driven to the man just put there (at midwicket)


Ntini to Pietersen, no run, he shapes to pull but the ball keeps low and is through him ... loud cheers and Ntini gives a hard stare


Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, angled in, driven stump straight past Ntini and mid-off round to field


Ntini to Prior, 1 run, Prior stuns the ball into the off side and sets off for a run. Pietersen slow to react - he wanted to keep the strike - but with Prior sprinting towards him, he had to respond

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 7/1 (148 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 8.22)

    • MJ Prior 2 (2b)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (6b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0
    • SM Pollock 1-1-0-1

Pollock to Prior, 1 run, short, played with either soft hands or soft gloves into the on side for an easy single


Pollock to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen shimmies to the off and whips that behind square to the left of Ntini at fine leg who was on the edge of the 30-yard circle


Pollock to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, defended back to Pollock


Pollock to Pietersen, 1 run, almost up in the blockhole, dug out to mid-on who is back on the circle, so another ambled run


Pollock to Prior, no run, defended on the walk, Pollock quickly across to the leg side to field


Pollock to Prior, 1 run, he reaches for a drive to a wide ball, gets a thick edge and the ball bumbles down to third man

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 14/1 (141 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 8.29)

    • MJ Prior 4 (5b)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (9b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 2-1-7-1
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0

Ntini to Prior, no run, Prior fends and misses, shaping to run the ball behind square

Pietersen is chomping at the bit at the non-striker's end ... he wants the strike


Ntini to Prior, 1 run, short, mistimed pull into the leg side and mid-on round to his right to retrieve


Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, checked drive bounces inches wide of Ntini, a run as the ball trundles up to mid-off


Ntini to Prior, 3 runs, short, pulled again but once more not timed, chased within a foot of the rope by Philander who skips over the rope as he stops it and skips back to throw it in


Ntini to Pietersen, no run, firm drive to extra cover, good stop


Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, driven hard, a loud shout of catch but it clears Phinander at mid-on by no more than two or three inches, he was on the edge of the circle as he leapt

Pietersen thought he was out, there

End of over 4 (9 runs) England 23/1 (132 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 8.25)

    • KP Pietersen 15 (12b 3x4)
    • MJ Prior 8 (8b)
    • M Ntini 2-0-16-0
    • SM Pollock 2-1-7-1

Pollock to Prior, 1 run, tip-and-run play by Prior, dead batted into the covers. Everyone knows he has to give the strike to his team-mate


Pollock to Pietersen, no run, pushed to Morkel who is the deepest of the three men in the covers


Pollock to Pietersen, OUT, short, pulled behind square with no oomph, Ntini at short fine leg fields and throws down the stumps at the bowler's end ... Pietersen collides with Pollock and is sent sprawling and stumbles into the crease unable to get his bat anywhere near it. He's well short but only because he colided

KP Pietersen run out 15 (16m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

Pietersen's clutching his left elbow ... but he's got to go. The collision was accidental so he's out and he has himself to blame as he ambled the first half of the run. "The ground is nearly vibrating with those cheers," reports Andrew McGlashan. With joy at a dangerous batsmen being dismissed? Make your own mind up.

Replays show Pollock went right across Pietersen as he ran and in effect blocked him ... but he had his back to the batsman so not deliberate.


Pollock to Prior, 3 runs, driven to cover and overthrows result - poor fielding and Pollock is fuming


Pollock to Collingwood, OUT, uncertain shot with minimal footwork which flies right at slip who clings on to a good catch

PD Collingwood c Kemp b Pollock 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Pollock punches the air as he skips up and down in delight, as well he might. This over could be the decisive one ...


Pollock to Shah, 1 leg bye, at leg stump, Shah gets bat and pad onto it, the ball dribbles into the on side

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 28/3 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 8.46)

    • OA Shah 0 (1b)
    • MJ Prior 12 (10b)
    • SM Pollock 3-1-11-2
    • M Ntini 2-0-16-0

Ntini to Shah, 1 wide, speared down the leg side, Boucher leaps to his left and makes a classy one-handed diving stop


Ntini to Shah, no run, blocked, all very solid, Ntini fields


Ntini to Shah, no run, short, Shah looks to pull it into the ocean but misses, undone by some extra bounce


Ntini to Shah, 1 run, half volley driven to mid-on


Ntini to Prior, 1 run, a run a ball is not enough now, but Prior not in great touch


Ntini to Shah, no run, another calculated tip-and-run into the off side but this time to no effect


Ntini to Shah, no run, Shah misses with an attempted drive

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 31/3 (124 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 8.85)

    • OA Shah 1 (6b)
    • MJ Prior 13 (11b)
    • M Ntini 3-0-19-0
    • SM Pollock 3-1-11-2

Pollock to Prior, no run, dropped into the pitch at his feet, no run

Prior is going slow for an ODI let alone a Twenty20 match.


Pollock to Prior, no run, two steps down the pitch, a big heave and he misses by some way

He's move from frustrated to desperate now. All credit to Pollock for that.


Pollock to Prior, 1 run, patted into the leg side, at last Prior finds a space


Pollock to Shah, 1 run, driven off the back foot past extra cover, ugly but it did the trick


Pollock to Prior, 1 run, slower ball heaved to deep square leg ... an absence of timing ...


Pollock to Shah, 3 runs, slow and short, swatted into the leg side and deep square leg was put under pressure as they came back for two and he ran over the ball, allowing them back for a third

In a batsman's game, Pollock's bowling is a Man-of-the-Match performance. Outstanding ... and a good (albeit accidental) block to remove Pietersen as well!

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 37/3 (118 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 9.07)

    • OA Shah 5 (8b)
    • MJ Prior 15 (15b)
    • SM Pollock 4-1-17-2
    • M Ntini 3-0-19-0

M Morkel to Shah, no run, Shah cut in half as he tries to cut ... excellent start and he follows through with interest to emphasise the point

Shah nods his head, he knows he was beaten there


M Morkel to Shah, no run, pushed to extra cover and a quick run


M Morkel to Shah, 1 run, pulled to deep midwicket

"Having just watched the replay of the Pietersen run out from behind the bowler's end, there is no doubt in my mind that Pollock deliberately run across Pietersen to block him. That is cheating, despicable behaviour," emails Dick Glover ... from the UK!


M Morkel to Prior, no run, Prior struggles and then exchanges a word or two with the bowler

Snape, who's a sports psychologist - and was on England's backroom staff in the Caribbean, not often someone makes the transition back to the main team - says: "I've got to do it. I've read the textbooks, it's a bit difficult doing it under pressure. Time to regroup and have some big blows later."


M Morkel to Prior, FOUR, he leans back and cuts in the air for a one-bounce four behind square


M Morkel to Prior, no run, extra pace and although Shah aims to repeat the shot, it climbs too much

The impartial dancers love it. A closer look at them here - though you may not have time to read right now... It's frenetic out there

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 42/3 (113 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 9.41)

    • MJ Prior 19 (18b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 6 (11b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-5-0
    • SM Pollock 4-1-17-2

"KP can have no complaints. He tried to run across the path of the ball. He was on the round-the-wicket side of the stumps when he collided with Pollock. Tough..." emails Chris ... from South Africa!


van der Wath to Shah, 1 run, steered to third man


van der Wath to Prior, no run, a step to leg and an agricultural heave. Ugly and utterly ineffective. The ball dribbles back to the bowler


van der Wath to Prior, 3 runs, turned off his legs, fine leg has 20 yards to scurry to his left and the batsmen take on the arm as well

Graeme Smith scowls ... alot


van der Wath to Shah, 1 run, turned to square leg, the batsmen were looking for two but the man in the deep was sprinting in alert to that


van der Wath to Prior, SIX, banged in, pulled uppishly and it just has the legs to get over the rope. Had deep midwicket been at square leg then it would have been right down his throat


van der Wath to Prior, no run, dug in, Prior, who was on the walk, surprised and he has to nod it past

More chat from Prior. He should concentrate on hitting the ball ...

End of over 9 (11 runs) England 53/3 (102 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 9.27)

    • MJ Prior 28 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 8 (13b)
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-11-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-5-0

M Morkel to Shah, 2 runs, punched through the covers to the man in the deep

A run a ball with the odd two will not bother South Africa one jot.


M Morkel to Shah, no run, the ugly heave syndrome has now spread to Shah ... the ball goes nowhere


M Morkel to Shah, 2 leg byes, Shah steps so far to the off that when it hits him he is well outside the line, the ball spears off his pads into the on side


M Morkel to Shah, 1 run, textbook yorker, Shah digs it out and a quick run as the ball trundles into the leg side

Philander's practising his air-bowling - hint to Smith, or command from Smith?


M Morkel to Prior, no run, Prior heads to leg, so much so that he almost overbalances, a yorker-length ball just outside off leaves him looking very clumsy


M Morkel to Prior, 1 run, angled to third man ... and he keeps the strike

And for the final swish and bash, it's Jenny Thompson. Thanks, Martin. Hello again. Ready for it? The momentum with South Africa right now... but can England, who have plenty of wickets in hand, turn things around? We'll find out shortly... in the meantime a very large bag of sawdust is being brought out. It, like the game, is massive. New Road could have done with borrowing some this summer...

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 59/3 (96 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.90, RRR: 9.60)

    • MJ Prior 29 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 11 (17b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-9-0
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-11-0

van der Wath to Prior, no run, angling down leg, Prior follows it round, driving out wide of mid-on


van der Wath to Prior, 1 run, down leg again, Prior backs away and drives out to Albie Morkel wide of mid-on


van der Wath to Shah, 1 run, waits for a short one outside off, and drops his hands at the last minute to play a back-foot ease down to third man


van der Wath to Prior, no run, full toss down leg, tries to play it off the hips - absolute gimme left alone


van der Wath to Prior, 1 run, low full toss and middle-and-leg, driven out to extra cover


van der Wath to Shah, 1 run, right on the money outside off, but England pinch a single with a nibble in front of point off the back foot

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 63/3 (92 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 10.22)

    • OA Shah 13 (19b)
    • MJ Prior 31 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-15-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-9-0

And it is Philander


Philander to Shah, 2 runs, outside off pulled left of midwicket where Kemp gets a hand on it


Philander to Shah, 2 runs, driven on the up short of long-on and they get back for two

Smith is furious that they allowed the second there


Philander to Shah, SIX, that went high over midwicket - Shah standing tall and pinging it - golf swing crisp - from outside off deep into the midwicket crowd


Philander to Shah, no run, wideish down off now, moving away a touch, Shah cuts unconvincingly over it


Philander to Shah, no run, slower ball outside off, Shah backs away and is too far away to do anything other than steer straight to point


Philander to Shah, SIX, Shah cuts loose again, stepping down and depositing the ball, with an aerial drive wide of long-on

Super, crisp shot that and an important over for England

End of over 12 (16 runs) England 79/3 (76 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 9.50)

    • OA Shah 29 (25b 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 31 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • VD Philander 1-0-16-0
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-15-0

JA Morkel to Prior, no run, dragged it short and the slower ball cuts from outside off wide of leg, Prior already through the shot


JA Morkel to Prior, 1 run, squirted down to just inside the third-man boundary where it's tidied and returned


JA Morkel to Shah, 1 run, backs away, moves back across, and all before the ball has been delivered - when it is there's a crisp drive out to the man inside the cover fence


JA Morkel to Prior, 1 wide, down leg and a wide is rightly signalled


JA Morkel to Prior, OUT, outside off, Prior goes for the inside-out drive and sends the ball high and over to the deep cover who comes in to hold a fairly straightforward catch

MJ Prior c Philander b JA Morkel 32 (57m 31b 1x4 1x6) SR: 103.22

Flintoff to the crease now


JA Morkel to Shah, 1 run, spears in full, and the batsman just plants his bat there at the last minute, stunning the ball to the covers


JA Morkel to Flintoff, no run, squared up, Flintoff squirts a leading edge towards cover but it just falls short and he and England breathe again

Ntini now

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 83/4 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.38, RRR: 10.28)

    • A Flintoff 0 (1b)
    • OA Shah 31 (27b 2x6)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-4-1
    • VD Philander 1-0-16-0

Ntini to Shah, 1 run, stands tall and has what may be politely described as a heave, the inside edge driving towards fine leg - although he wanted it to go through cover


Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, short and pulled in front of midwicket


Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, drive on the up - lobbing mid-off in the process - but without the distance he was hoping for, and it plugs before finally making the rope


Ntini to Flintoff, no run, outside off, nipping a touch off the seam, the batsman offers a game jab away from his body, but is too late on it and lucky not to get the edge

Good delivery, that


Ntini to Flintoff, 1 run, walks out to meet the ball which pitches outside off, and drives to cover, calling "Yeahyeahyeah" as he goes. That will be a "yeah", then


Ntini to Shah, no run, big booming ... miss outside off with a huge fresh-air drive to a wide one down off

End of over 14 (10 runs) England 93/4 (62 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 10.33)

    • OA Shah 32 (29b 2x6)
    • A Flintoff 9 (5b 2x4)
    • M Ntini 4-0-29-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-4-1

JA Morkel to Flintoff, 1 run, outside off and has Philander just dropped the match? Flintoff cut away on the back foot firmly to him inside the cover boundary

How important will that drop be?


JA Morkel to Shah, FOUR, audacious flick off the legs - very wristy shot, that one, whipping away behind square


JA Morkel to Shah, OUT, cleaned him up with a straight one, Shah swinging away to midwicket with a forceful pull... but he missed

OA Shah b JA Morkel 36 (44m 31b 1x4 2x6) SR: 116.12

This one could right to the wire, but with that wicket South Africa have wrenched back the momentum. Snape's chance to be a hero, now


JA Morkel to Snape, 1 run, rising delivery, veering towards leg, turned off the hips to get off the mark - and they choose not to go for the second, though it was on


JA Morkel to Flintoff, 1 run, on leg, driven out to mid-on to bring up the hundred


JA Morkel to Snape, 1 run, outside off, the up-and-over towards deep third man, Snape deliberately opening the face to run it there

So, 54 required from 30 balls - where's your money?

End of over 15 (8 runs) England 101/5 (54 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 10.80)

    • JN Snape 2 (2b)
    • A Flintoff 11 (7b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-12-2
    • M Ntini 4-0-29-0

Philander to Snape, 1 run, turned off the hips to a wide fine leg


Philander to Flintoff, 1 run, down the track, and a thick inside edge is boomed off the back foot - as booming as inside edges get, of course - towards a straight long-on


Philander to Snape, no run, cheers for the dot ball, a drive to cover


Philander to Snape, 2 runs, driven down the ground this time and a scramble for Flintoff to make his ground, but he does


Philander to Snape, 1 run, slower ball, full, run down to deep third man


Philander to Flintoff, 1 run, comes outside his crease down off to meet a fullish ball which he drives back out to mid-off for a comfortable single

Great over for South Africa, who have pushed up the RRR again

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 107/5 (48 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 12.00)

    • A Flintoff 13 (9b 2x4)
    • JN Snape 6 (6b)
    • VD Philander 2-0-22-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-12-2

van der Wath to Flintoff, 1 run, short, straight and Flintoff backs away, giving himself room to cut off the back foot through the covers

Singles, of course, no good for England


van der Wath to Snape, no run, slower delivery, clever, and catches out Snape who is through with the pull shot too early


van der Wath to Snape, 1 run, full length on leg stump, knocked to mid-on


van der Wath to Flintoff, 2 runs, full length, driven inside the deep cover boundary where there are three marshalls keeping it out


van der Wath to Flintoff, no run, terrific ball there, straight and nipping in, Flintoff backing away on the back foot and he was a deceived man


van der Wath to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, down the pitch and Flintoff comes across but can't connect, the ball rapping him on the leg just outside off. No appeal

Excellent over from van der Wath which has most probably sealed the match

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 112/5 (43 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 14.33)

    • A Flintoff 16 (13b 2x4)
    • JN Snape 7 (8b)
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-19-0
    • VD Philander 2-0-22-0

M Morkel to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, short and Flintoff comes across from outside off and swivels round in trying to pull the ball square


M Morkel to Snape, no run, backing away and tries a big whoosh, cutting right over the ball


M Morkel to Snape, no run, down leg, misses it, and the ball veers just wide of leg

Mascarenhas may have been better coming in ahead of Snape, who's not batted yet this tournament


M Morkel to Snape, OUT, that's it for Snape; the pressure told after all, with a drive straight to cover

JN Snape c de Villiers b M Morkel 7 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Mascarenhas to the crease now


M Morkel to Flintoff, 1 run, backs away and drives to backward point


M Morkel to Mascarenhas, 1 run, digs out a yorker, wristing it to midwicket

Two overs left now, South Africa easing to victory...

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 115/6 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.38, RRR: 20.00)

    • AD Mascarenhas 1 (1b)
    • A Flintoff 17 (15b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-11-1
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-19-0

van der Wath to Mascarenhas, FOUR, short and flatbatted through mid-off


van der Wath to Mascarenhas, 1 run, outside leg, Mascarenhas adjusts to drive to long-off for a harmless single


van der Wath to Flintoff, OUT, came right across again - a familiar effort from him this innings - and he's castled by a straight one, the ball taking the top of off

A Flintoff b van der Wath 17 (27m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

Schofield to face now. He can bat a little bit... but not enough to win this match


van der Wath to Schofield, FOUR, connects well with the drive backward of point


van der Wath to Schofield, 1 run, nipping back in at the left hander off the seam, swivelled to short midwicket

Sky are still talking up this as if England can win...


van der Wath to Mascarenhas, 1 run, goes for the booming on-drive, but doesn't quite connect and they can only get a single

Here's Andrew "Sky" McGlashan: "This should be no problem for Mascarenhas...it's just five sixes after all!"

End of over 19 (11 runs) England 126/7 (29 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 29.00)

    • AD Mascarenhas 7 (4b 1x4)
    • CP Schofield 5 (2b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 4-0-30-1
    • M Morkel 3-0-11-1

M Morkel to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, driven out inside the cover boundary


M Morkel to Mascarenhas, FOUR, outside leg, huge inside edge evades short fine leg


M Morkel to Mascarenhas, no run, down leg, a swing and a miss

Collingwood looks very sad at this defeat


M Morkel to Mascarenhas, 1 run, full delivery, outside leg, Mascarenhas brings down his bat to dig the ball out towards gully

Excellent bowling still


M Morkel to Schofield, 1 run, driven through cover to the man sweeping inside the cover boundary


M Morkel to Mascarenhas, 1 run, low full toss and Mascarenhas can only drive one-handed to short midwicket

Well played South Africa, a deserved victory, and they're still unbeaten following their three games in the competition. Man of the Match Albie Morkel's 43 turned their innings in their favour, and then the pace attack bowled cleverly to restrict England. "We obviously made some mistakes in the field, but I think we would have taken 154 to chase down," says a disconsolate Collingwood afterwards, while Smith says: "We know we bat deep. We will move on to Durban now with confidence." South Africa play New Zealand next, but England will play the Kiwis first - on Tuesday. Pakistan's face-off with Sri Lanka is the next match we'll be covering, so do come back tomorrow for that. Until then, from myself and Martin Williamson, it's goodbye.

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 135/7 (20 runs required)

    • AD Mascarenhas 15 (9b 2x4)
    • CP Schofield 6 (3b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 4-0-20-1
    • JJ van der Wath 4-0-30-1





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