England v South Africa, World T20, Group E, Barbados May 8, 2010

Pietersen sets up emphatic victory

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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England 168 for 7 (Pietersen 53, Botha 2-15) beat South Africa 129 (Duminy 39, Sidebottom 3-23) by 39 runs
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England completed a clinical 39-run win over South Africa at the Kensington Oval to get one foot in the semi-finals. The win was set up by a blistering half century from Kevin Pietersen, who added 94 for the second wicket with Craig Kieswetter as England got the better of South Africa's pace-heavy attack to post 168 for 7. England's spin duo of Michael Yardy and Graeme Swann then picked up 5 for 55 between them to run through the middle order, and were well backed up by the seamers as South Africa were rolled over for 129.

South Africa seem to bring out the best in Pietersen, and his match-winning knock today came in the nick of time as he will return to the UK in the next 24 hours to be present at the birth of his son. Provided there are no complications, he will return to the Caribbean in time for the semi-finals, which England now have a very strong chance of reaching.

The first signs that South Africa had misread a slightly tacky surface in opting for an attack based around quick bowling came when Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were carted for 90 in a combined eight overs in the midst of Pietersen and Kieswetter's barnstorming partnership, while Johan Botha went for a miserly 15 and picked up wickets at important moments.

Steyn was smeared for three momentum-seizing boundaries in his first over and Morkel, perhaps trying too hard to live up to the pre-match hype about the pace and bounce of the Barbados pitch, overstepped twice in his first over. He bounced back to find the edge of Pietersen's bat with a rising delivery on off stump, but was left livid as Mark Boucher behind the stumps and Jacques Kallis at slip watched leaden-footed as the chance flew between them.

A clearly flustered South African unit looked to Charl Langeveldt to stem the flow, but after giving away an unnecessary five wides with a ballooning half-tracker in his first over, he was dispatched for 16 in his second - including a monstrous mow over long off by Kieswetter - to leave England well-placed at 65 for 1 after the Powerplay and the two batsmen peacocking haughtily mid-pitch.

The introduction of Kallis's experienced head to the attack, and the return of Botha, introduced a measure of calm to proceedings but South Africa's uncharacteristically sloppy fielding performance continued when JP Duminy put down a lollipop at deep midwicket to give Kieswetter a life.

Graeme Smith, desperately searching for a wicket, brought Steyn back into the attack, but his comeback over was duly carted for 16 as Pietersen charged to his half century from just 30 deliveries. Smith stuck with the economical Botha, and the entire South African team breathed a sigh of relief when a catch finally stuck as Pietersen was picked up at short fine leg to give the offspinner his second wicket.

When Kieswetter got underneath a lofted mow and Steyn held the chance at long on. South Africa sensed an opening, and when Paul Collingwood and Luke Wright fell on either side of another leaky over from Steyn, it looked as though they could keep England to a relatively modest total. And indeed, with Langeveldt finding the blockhole with unerring accuracy at the death and Eoin Morgan suffering a rare failure to finish an innings, South Africa's seamers came back from a shaky start to restrict England after it had looked like a total of 200 was on the cards.

South Africa's Powerplay was the antithesis of England's as Smith and Kallis chose to bide their time rather than attack and Tim Bresnan provided the metronomic accuracy to restrict the flow of runs. The pressure soon told, as Kallis toe-ended a drive straight to Pietersen at mid off in the fifth over.

It had been spin that made the breakthrough for South Africa when Pietersen and Kieswetter's power hitting was threatening to take the game out of their reach, and when Yardy struck to remove Herschelle Gibbs with his first ball of the match it was apparent that spin would be the deciding factor in this match. Yardy's wicket owed everything to Ryan Sidebottom's remarkable leaping catch running back from short fine leg.

Graeme Swann was brought into the attack in the very next over and almost immediately had Smith in trouble with his guileful variations as the South African captain was caught at deep midwicket off a desperate, top-edged sweep.

Albie Morkel was next, propping half forward to a delivery from Yardy that turned in a touch only to be bowled through a massive gap between bat and pad. The procession continued in Swann's next over as AB de Villiers went to pull a short ball over midwicket but top-edged and was well-caught by Collingwood to leave South Africa on 53 for 5 needing more than 11 runs an over.

They could soon have sunk further into the mire had Kieswetter not fluffed a simple stumping chance, but the miss was not a costly one, as Boucher chipped to midwicket soon after to hasten South Africa's slide. Sidebottom completed a superb day in the field with two wickets in his final over - the first from a sharp caught-and-bowled chance - to wrap up a resounding win and take England one step closer to the semi-finals.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • MiddlePeg on May 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    @ BillW fair play for your explanation there. Boring though it is, the truth of the matter is that the make up of the present English team seems to reflect the bigger picture in 'England'. England is referred to as 'Britain' over here and is the only 'British' nation without it's own parliament. Therefore if Scots/Irish/Welsh politicians are allowed to make decisions on English issues (which they are), why shouldn't a cricketer with a Scottish mum (Kieswetter) be allowed to play for England? If the ICC brought in a strict origin rule, the political ramifications in England would probably result in the population being halved!

  • BillW on May 9, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I'm not whining (I'm a kiwi - I've no vested interest in this particular game either way) and I'm not trying to drag things down, but everyone here, commentators and comment makers alike, is referring to the teams as the countries, and, apart from England, as far as I can see, most of the players originate from those countries. Re the rugby reference - I don't follow rugby but I probably agree with you. I do recall that when a New Zealand team won the Americas Cup yacht race a couple of times, rich Americans and Europeans came with open cheque books - now the same sailors win but for foreign syndicates. Yes, England is the home of cricket - it just makes it that much stranger that they can't field a strong team of English players (you should see the size of the pool the kiwis have to draw on!)

    And yes, the English bowlers did do well, helped by 2 catches by Morgan and one by Pieterson :)

    I do think we should either stop calling teams by country names, or have some origin rule.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    I dont think Australia will be playing in the final.

  • Ludlowbowlingwizard on May 9, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    An England Australia final would be the right result, but after that who knows? Australias pace Vs Englands hitting could be the ultimate spectacle... But can anyone tell me why Nannes can play for Australia and Holland inside 12 months?

  • gudolerhum on May 9, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    England's commitment and co9nviction yesterday was terrific. They outplayed the SA guys completely. I was shocked by the approach of the SA openers. i was expecting an aggressive attitude but they came out playing defensively. Wrong start!!! If England can maintain this confidence they can make the final. I have a feeling the the Aussies may be peaking a little too early. We shall see.

  • on May 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    England end south Africa dream, Well Done!

  • SettingSun on May 9, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Although I think that Australia will win the tournament at a canter, it's great to see England continue to progress and improve in limited overs cricket. They actually seem to have plans now and when they face the spinners it's not just a constant sweep-fest.

    I'm surprised it took all the way up to @BillW, by the way, for someone to be whining about nationality issues. Well done, mate.

  • MiddlePeg on May 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    @BillW Funny the way that the 'South Africans' in the English team batted so well...and yet the best 11 men South Africa could muster were unable to bat against the ENGLISH bowling attack...

  • CricketingStargazer on May 9, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Be careful what you wish for simon_w, BillW has made a try to drag it down a bit! Strangely, no one makes the same comments about antipodean rugby sides ("ah! But that's different!") England now have to do something that they singularly failed to do last year in the Champions Trophy: the game v NZ is almost a dead rubber and England play it without KP. Last year they relaxed, lost and lost momentum. This year we'll see how much grit there is in the side. Right now they are looking good for a spot in the Final.

  • sathya_veda on May 9, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    In South Africa, the TV commentators harp on that the English team would collapse if it werent for the Saffies. See the trend continues here, so just for my personal education, how many of the Saffies in the England side are born to Saffa parents and grew up (spent more than half their life) in SA?

    I know KP did, but not sure bout the others

  • MiddlePeg on May 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    @ BillW fair play for your explanation there. Boring though it is, the truth of the matter is that the make up of the present English team seems to reflect the bigger picture in 'England'. England is referred to as 'Britain' over here and is the only 'British' nation without it's own parliament. Therefore if Scots/Irish/Welsh politicians are allowed to make decisions on English issues (which they are), why shouldn't a cricketer with a Scottish mum (Kieswetter) be allowed to play for England? If the ICC brought in a strict origin rule, the political ramifications in England would probably result in the population being halved!

  • BillW on May 9, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I'm not whining (I'm a kiwi - I've no vested interest in this particular game either way) and I'm not trying to drag things down, but everyone here, commentators and comment makers alike, is referring to the teams as the countries, and, apart from England, as far as I can see, most of the players originate from those countries. Re the rugby reference - I don't follow rugby but I probably agree with you. I do recall that when a New Zealand team won the Americas Cup yacht race a couple of times, rich Americans and Europeans came with open cheque books - now the same sailors win but for foreign syndicates. Yes, England is the home of cricket - it just makes it that much stranger that they can't field a strong team of English players (you should see the size of the pool the kiwis have to draw on!)

    And yes, the English bowlers did do well, helped by 2 catches by Morgan and one by Pieterson :)

    I do think we should either stop calling teams by country names, or have some origin rule.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    I dont think Australia will be playing in the final.

  • Ludlowbowlingwizard on May 9, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    An England Australia final would be the right result, but after that who knows? Australias pace Vs Englands hitting could be the ultimate spectacle... But can anyone tell me why Nannes can play for Australia and Holland inside 12 months?

  • gudolerhum on May 9, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    England's commitment and co9nviction yesterday was terrific. They outplayed the SA guys completely. I was shocked by the approach of the SA openers. i was expecting an aggressive attitude but they came out playing defensively. Wrong start!!! If England can maintain this confidence they can make the final. I have a feeling the the Aussies may be peaking a little too early. We shall see.

  • on May 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    England end south Africa dream, Well Done!

  • SettingSun on May 9, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Although I think that Australia will win the tournament at a canter, it's great to see England continue to progress and improve in limited overs cricket. They actually seem to have plans now and when they face the spinners it's not just a constant sweep-fest.

    I'm surprised it took all the way up to @BillW, by the way, for someone to be whining about nationality issues. Well done, mate.

  • MiddlePeg on May 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    @BillW Funny the way that the 'South Africans' in the English team batted so well...and yet the best 11 men South Africa could muster were unable to bat against the ENGLISH bowling attack...

  • CricketingStargazer on May 9, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Be careful what you wish for simon_w, BillW has made a try to drag it down a bit! Strangely, no one makes the same comments about antipodean rugby sides ("ah! But that's different!") England now have to do something that they singularly failed to do last year in the Champions Trophy: the game v NZ is almost a dead rubber and England play it without KP. Last year they relaxed, lost and lost momentum. This year we'll see how much grit there is in the side. Right now they are looking good for a spot in the Final.

  • sathya_veda on May 9, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    In South Africa, the TV commentators harp on that the English team would collapse if it werent for the Saffies. See the trend continues here, so just for my personal education, how many of the Saffies in the England side are born to Saffa parents and grew up (spent more than half their life) in SA?

    I know KP did, but not sure bout the others

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @BillW; Agreed that there are a lot of 'mercenaries' in England team, who outperformed the 'Englishmen' in batting. But......how many other countries have offered overseas players the same opportunities in 1st class cricket as England? Also, how many other countries have have the same historical selection issues as SA? Add to all that, the inglorious fact of all test playing nations have historical and empirical links with Britain and the fact that Englands 'foreigners' all have some ancestral link to Britain. As a result we have the situation that exists.

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Peitersen is no doubt n class player, but has always been criticized fornot playing big innings or finishing off games.....It seems he's gonna shut every1s mouth in this T20 season.

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Its a treat to watch Peitersen playing like this....Too good player....

  • beefybovril on May 9, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Let's be honest guys, Sa are inept at playing spin as a team. Apart from Kallis and De villiers, we are always undone by Spin. Thinik of how Pakistan destroyed us in the last world cup. Smith doesn't use his feet and wrists enough, Morkel, let's be totally honest, is clueless against a quality spinner, and Gibbs past his sell by date long ago. Gibbs hasn't contributed a meaningful score to Sa since the 424 chase many years ago. We will never win these tournaments until we learn to play spin.....sad but true.

  • wasimqur11 on May 9, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    All the 4 teams of Pool E were interested in this match. Even after loosing the match against NZ by 1 run, the Pak team didnt leave the stadium.They shud be thankful to KP who has kept their hopes alive in this WC.They now will be hoping that they win against SA and Eng hold on to NZ. Only thing Pak did well was that they lost both of their super 8 encounters very narrowly, so the net RR shud not be problem for them. If we go with the history (1992 WC and 2009 T20 WC) if Pak gets through this they might well defend their T20 title... But again there are lots and lots of IF's in it....So lets hope for the best becoz that is the only way Pak can do it....

  • on May 9, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Looks like England is getting the form of South Africa

  • BillW on May 9, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Actually the English batsmen batted terribly - fortunately the three South Africans and the Irishman in the English team did OK! Top scoring English batsman, Collingwood, contributed 14 - same number as the South African bowlers did, courtesy of extras!

    Does any other team in this competition field as many foreign mercenaries as the "English" team? Maybe a country-of-origin rule wouldn't be a bad idea.

  • saif127 on May 9, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    CASE 3:SA wins,Eng wins..SA & Eng will go through..CASE 4:SA wins,NZ wins (At present,SA's NRR: -.65,NZ:-.3)this is the most complicated case where NRR comes into play..if both teams bat 1st SA's winning margin has to be 15 runs more than NZ' winning margin(eg. SA win by 35 runs,NZ by 20 runs) to overcome NZ in NRR.Then SA & ENG are through..winning in batting 2nd is more complicated calculation...The only case Eng may be out if SA & NZ win by huge margins(really really huge,which is very unlikely)

  • saif127 on May 9, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    SA have made their chances very hard to go to semifinal by losing by a big margin..CASE 1:Pakis wins,Eng wins..given SA's NRR is lower than NZ & PKstn,match against Pakis is a must win game for SA.If they lose(by any margin),they are out..If NZ also loses,then Paki will go through(even if their winning margin is just 1 run)..so Pakis' chances are very clear:win by any margin & pray for Eng to win..CASE 2:Pakis wins,NZ wins..Pakis & SA are out(whatever is the losing margin)..

  • on May 9, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @innocentsami. There is a chance if Pak beats SA on Monday and England beats NZ.

  • on May 9, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi.. I support England this time to win the World Cup.. this is a real good team....

  • simon_w on May 9, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    wow - an usually rational discussion for a cricinfo comments section! someone needs to drag it down a bit :)

    PROTEAFAN - I reckon you're absolutely spot on, mate.

    scritty - those are some interesting statistics, I'm a little surprised 'off-the-bat', and the SA victory I can remember was that absolute hiding we (eng.) got in Cooky's first game in charge, when Loots Bosman went crazy. Think you mean to say SA are England's 'bunny' side, though, not 'rabbit' side :)

    "Peiterson [sic] is the real sculpture [sic] of this victory" - lol, love it :)

  • saif127 on May 9, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    So England are almost through,SA's calculation will be easier if NZ loses So,SA & Pakis both will be hoping to win the match & pray for Eng to win

  • MikaelAkerfeldt on May 9, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Easy to say that Smith's team selection was wrong today.Yesterday the Australians skittled out the Indian top order with some good fast bowling.And Harbhajan yesterday,and Swann,Yardy and Botha today, showed that if you're a quality spinner you can be very good in these conditions.Sa never got their lengths right and gave away too many freebies in the powerplay,they were far more accurate against the Indian top order. But credit must go to KP,blistering innings that.And then some good bowling from the English men. But I hope they don't choke at the Semis!

    The Last 4 [Probable] :

    1) Australia 2)England 3)Sri Lanka 4)New Zealand.

  • on May 9, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Poor performance by SA, England outwitted them by slowing the game down and not allowing the ball to come on to the bat at pace

  • lyoung on May 9, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    If New Zealand lose to England and Pakistan beat South Africa, that leaves those three teams with 1 win each, so presumably it comes down to net run rate to decide which of those three teams makes it through to the semis.

  • Umair_umair on May 9, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    @innocentsami. Pakistan had highest Net Run Rate, comapred to NZ and SA. So if Pakistan beat SA and and Eng beat NZ, Pakistan will simply go through to Semis(because Pakista's Net RunRate will reamin higher in that case). But then there is a big 'If'. :)

  • Itchy on May 9, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    C..h..o..k..e - another tournament, another failure. At least SA can say they are consistent.

  • on May 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    absolutely brilliant from england, if we can get overs 7-13 ticking over a bit better then we can only keep progressing. still unsure about why we wont pick jimmy anderson, good performance today from sidebottom but anderson is far and away the better cricketer. this is the first time ive backed england to win a tournament and i have to say im very confident of collecting!

  • innocentsami on May 8, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Is there any chance for pakistan to qualify for semi final ? If they will be able to beat SA ?

  • on May 8, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Peiterson is the real sculpture of this victory backed up by some high standard bowling and fielding efforts by the team-mates. Peiterson began the streak from IPL3 earlier this year and now he is in full swing. This victory is also an upset for SA just like NL did to Pak, today.

  • scritty on May 8, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    @prashanthkrishna England have won 11 of their last 12 limited over or T20 games against South Africa now. If you look at the main test playing nations records against each other in ODI and T20, the worst pairing is SA v England - England totally dominate SA in ODI and T20 and have for a few years. It should be no suprise that England won very easily against their "rabbit" side.

  • PROTEAFAN on May 8, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    To me the biggest problem is that SA has taken the wrong team to the tournament. Kallis scored a lot of runs as an opener in the IPL, but at a low strike rate, and Smith is OK for one dayers and great for tests, but battles to hit aerial shots and moves around the field like a MACK truck, so he is not a T20 player. Boucher too is past his best. With the resources that are available in the Carribean, a better line-up would be: Duminy, Bosman, Gibbs, de Villiers(wk), A Morkel, Kleineveldt, Kallis, Botha (c), Steyn, Theron, Langeveldt. Duminy is good enough to bowl 4 overs, even though Smith doesn't think so, and Albie Morkel should only be used to bowl if absolutely necessary.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 8, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    A pretty impressive performance by England. Only Sri Lanka have bettered England's 191-5 against the West Indies and again the batting looked good and the bowling was far too good for the South Africans. For once it looks like England are a fair bet in a global tournament.

  • on May 8, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    As it stands, the next game between South Africa and Pakistan will seal fates. If Pakistan win, then it's up to the England vs New Zealand match to determine who goes through. England look a promising side now. The big contest is tomorrow between Sri Lanka, who are arguably the best side in the tournament, against Australia, who are arguably the best side in the tournament. Get the beers in!

  • on May 8, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    sa proved once again that they are chokers :-(

  • olig on May 8, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Does prashanthkrishna know next week's lottery numbers? Another surprisingly un-English performance... Although, obviously, there will be the usual "but they're all South Africans" sniping! Who cares? Not me!

  • on May 8, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    same old inconsistent SA. england did play very well, hats off too them. but with the bowling attack SA have, they bowled horrible lines, apart from kallis who only bowled 3 overs and botha. they should have gone with roelof instead of morne morkel today.they missed a trick there. were too caught up in thinking the track would assist the opening attack. look how well englands bowlers bowled today. great line and length. bresnan swann and yardy stuck to the game plan. South africa again were lacking in one at all. Smith needs to step up. Pakistan may very well beat them on monday.

  • gwd80 on May 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @ prashanthkrishna

    Ha ha - oops!!

  • Dr.Raza on May 8, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    NOw that england have beaten southafrica. there is still hope for pakistan rokib

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    well done .. England. Wish you all the best against Australia. And you will meet Sri lankans in the finals.

  • gloves71 on May 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    @prashanthkrishna: you were saying?????

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Sorry, prashanth...SA are just how I like my cream...whipped!

  • TikkaMasala on May 8, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    go on England, excellent performance from England. So much for S. Africa winning this match easily lol. England have a good young side with a couple of experienced heads thrown in. This bodes well for English cricket. Looking at all the games on this pitch, it seems batting first is the key. Lets see what happens.

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    yo ROKIB. why do u support pakistan being a bangladeshi?

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    today....KP was FANTASTIC!!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    lets hope that we can watch a very tight and interesting match :)

  • prashanthkrishna on May 8, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    South Africa going to win this match easily.Australia going to win world cup

  • rokib.buet on May 8, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    if south africa wins the match,pakistan will not be able to play semi-final!!

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  • rokib.buet on May 8, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    if south africa wins the match,pakistan will not be able to play semi-final!!

  • prashanthkrishna on May 8, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    South Africa going to win this match easily.Australia going to win world cup

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    lets hope that we can watch a very tight and interesting match :)

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    today....KP was FANTASTIC!!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    yo ROKIB. why do u support pakistan being a bangladeshi?

  • TikkaMasala on May 8, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    go on England, excellent performance from England. So much for S. Africa winning this match easily lol. England have a good young side with a couple of experienced heads thrown in. This bodes well for English cricket. Looking at all the games on this pitch, it seems batting first is the key. Lets see what happens.

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Sorry, prashanth...SA are just how I like my cream...whipped!

  • gloves71 on May 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    @prashanthkrishna: you were saying?????

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    well done .. England. Wish you all the best against Australia. And you will meet Sri lankans in the finals.

  • Dr.Raza on May 8, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    NOw that england have beaten southafrica. there is still hope for pakistan rokib