ICC World Twenty20, 14th Match, Group E: England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 11, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 14th match, Group E
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
11 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Right. We're nearly ready for the off. Andrew Miller and George Binoy are my two colleagues at Trent Bridge. Dale Steyn's opening and it'll be Ravi Bopara to face the first ball. What an atmosphere

Anthem watch (Eng) This is rousing. Mascarenhas looks confused; Foster and Key proud. Broad's mouth is moving, but I'm not hearing much come out - but Luke Wright, well, he's on fire with a very noisy and smiley effort, while Collingwood - frowning, nodding head with serious intent - ices their cake with a strong effort. 8/10

Anthem watch (SA) Several players adopting the Americanised signal of patriotism (right hand on heart). All pretty quiet - but wait, Boucher and de Villiers are pulling it out of the bag here. There's Botha - good volume from the lanky spinner, and Smith is understandably belting it out, but Kallis lets the side down with an emphatically muted rendition. 7/10 and the crowd applaud.

Few questions about the wicket. Well, it's a screamer. New Zealand just belted nearly 200 on it, as Sri Lanka did yesterday, so runs aplenty, I'd wager. Very much looking forward to Steyn versus Bopara...

Perfect conditions out there - breezy but warm enough, with blue skies. The scene is emphatically set, ladies and gents. Anthem time coming shortly. I've been keeping a close watch on the participants, and the Irish have really shone in the anthems. Good tone, confident volume - outstanding leadership from Porterfield. We'll see how England and South Africa fare shortly. My money's on the hosts to produce a scintillating rendition.

England's women have restricted India to 112 for 8 from their 20 overs. Should be a walk in the park for England.

If you've anything interesting to say, wherever you might be reading from, you're welcome to scribble a note to us.

Smith would have batted, he said. His team is also unchanged, as we expected. South Africa have impressed in this tournament; they look as relaxed as I can remember for years, and the weight of the favourites tag doesn't seem to be hampering them. Yet, at any rate.

Toss news: Smith calls tails, and it's a head. England will bat with an unchanged team. Pietersen's fine to play and Collingwood seems chock-full of cheer today.

Adil Rashid's warming up in the middle. Will he play? He would in my team.

We came across an interesting venture earlier today called the Wisden City Cup, a scheme to promote inner-city cricket. All sorts of prizes on offer, including the chance to train with Middlesex. Check out their site if you're up for the challenge.

My winning colleagues, Andrew McGlashan and Jayaditya Gupta, are available for your questions in our frankly very entertaining live discussion at the moment. Do join in and swamp them accordingly. Incidentally, if you're at all confused by how the Super Eights work, you'd be wise to read our How The Super Eights Work piece.

4.55pm Good afternoon, cricket fans, and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second match of the day. Will Luke here, and we have a corker on our hands - England versus South Africa. Toss and team news shortly, along with a maelstrom of a preamble to while away the last hour of your working day.


Steyn to Bopara, 2 runs, down the leg side and flicked to fine leg with a cheery roar from the crowd

And a decent crowd it is, too. "In-ger-land" roars out


Steyn to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored


Steyn to Bopara, 1 leg bye, Bopara takes a step outside leg to try and unsettle Steyn, and it's a leg-side delivery which is worked off the pads for a crowd-pleasing single

Very, very partisan crowd here


Steyn to Wright, 1 run, fast, spicy delivery but well played by Wright, dropping it down past gully and they run a sharp and well-judged single


Steyn to Bopara, no run, outside off - no swing really from Steyn, and Bopara leaves alone


Steyn to Bopara, OUT, bowled him! A much slower delivery, an off-cutter, wide of the off stump at which Bopara threw his hands, and the inside edge knocked over his off peg. Gone!

RS Bopara b Steyn 2 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • LJ Wright 1 (1b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-1

Kevin Pietersen marches to the crease. KP v SA. It doesn't get better, really, does it? Wayne Parnell, who has seriously impressed us so far this tournament, to bowl


Parnell to Wright, no run, crashed out to the off side. Good timing, poor placement


Parnell to Wright, no run, a huge, massive appeal for a catch behind. Wright flayed his hands at it, missing, and in fairness Boucher never really went up. Nowhere near it


Parnell to Wright, no run, fuller and again Wright attempts a thudding slap through cover but misses


Parnell to Wright, no run, excellent delivery cutting back on Wright


Parnell to Wright, OUT, gone this time! Wright's walking! Another swing-and-a-miss from Wright, and this time he does edge it behind

LJ Wright c †Boucher b Parnell 1 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

South Africa are absolutely on fire here. An inauspicious start by England, with two new batsmen at the crease, neither of whom have yet to face a ball.


Parnell to Shah, 1 run, Parnell's first poor delivery, down the leg side and flipped for a single

End of over 2 (1 run) England 5/2 (RR: 2.50)

    • OA Shah 1 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 0 (0b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-1-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-1

Steyn to Shah, 1 run, angled down to third man - wideish ball

Pietersen on strike for the first time

Steyn misfires. Or rather, he misjudges his run-up to the booing of the crowd. Here he comes again - and he's lost his run-up once more! There are so many white markers on the ground, it looks like a child's gone mad with some crayons


Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, four! And what a noise from the crowd - a huge roar as Pietersen flicks it powerfully through midwicket


Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, excellent ball just outside off but that's a textbook straight drive from Pietersen and the crowd let him know it! A tremendous roar once more to a beautiful off-drive


Steyn to Pietersen, no run, a huge shout from Steyn - that's out! Is it? No! Perhaps a bit high? Good grief that's seriously tight! The replays suggest it was just sneaking over...


Steyn to Pietersen, no run, extravagantly left alone outside off. Pietersen looks to Tony Hill with a big smile on his face, expecting him to call it a wide. Hill smiles back, his hands remaining steadfast by his side

There's a really exciting, buzzy feel to this game that I don't think we've really felt (apart from India and Pakistan's match at The Oval) so far. This is electric!


Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, defended out to the off side

End of over 3 (10 runs) England 15/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • KP Pietersen 9 (5b 2x4)
    • OA Shah 2 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-13-1
    • WD Parnell 1-0-1-1

Parnell to Pietersen for the first time today. He's over the wicket


Parnell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen ignores it outside off, watches it sail by. Good carry through to Boucher


Parnell to Pietersen, no run, crashed to cover! Straight to cover, though


Parnell to Pietersen, no run, very good, straight delivery banged back to the bowler who threatens to wang into Pietersen's skull. He keeps hold of it instead


Parnell to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen rocks forward, then rocks back into a punchy defence. Doubtless wary of who is the non-striker, he roars no louder than he might otherwise

"If Trent Bridge had gunwales, which - frankly - it should, they would be rammed," Miller notes. "A smattering of white seating still visible in the stands at mid-on, but they are clearly just queueing at the bar."


Parnell to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to mid-on and he sets off. Shah's a little slow out of the blocks - natch - but they're home


Parnell to Shah, no run, quality over. Pushed out to cover - really, really tight bowling this

End of over 4 (1 run) England 16/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • OA Shah 2 (3b)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (10b 2x4)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-2-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-13-1

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Kallis to Pietersen, no run, straight and nudged to leg

"Only one wicket in seven matches for Kallis," notes Miller. "How unexpectedly village."


Kallis to Pietersen, FOUR, too straight and worked off his pads with a charge down the wicket by Pietersen - Botha makes a hash of it at fine-leg, much to the crowd's delight. Great, triumphant noise

Pietersen's eyeing a massive score here


Kallis to Pietersen, FOUR, down the pitch and pulls it just wide of the keeper - four more!


Kallis to Pietersen, no run, a massive swing and a miss! Careless shot really


Kallis to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked to leg - and they take the single


Kallis to Shah, no run, that's a good, tight line with which to end the over, cutting back into Shah who defends and screams a squeeky, desperate "no"

End of over 5 (9 runs) England 25/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • OA Shah 2 (4b)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (15b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-9-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-2-1

"This game is Key," writes Toothy Talbert. "If England Broadly get it Wright, and neither Swann about nor Rashid, that'd be pretty Anderson." Good god alive. Sacked.


Morkel to Pietersen, no run, good line, cutting back into the right hander


Morkel to Pietersen, OUT, what a catch, what a stunner from van der Merwe! A full toss, Pietersen tried to smash it over mid-on but couldn't loft it and van der Merwe dived to his left to take it aerially, almost behind him, with two hands. Fantastic snaffle!

KP Pietersen c van der Merwe b Morkel 19 (20m 17b 4x4 0x6) SR: 111.76


Morkel to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot


Morkel to Collingwood, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

This is messy for England, it really is. 25 for 3 after winning the toss and the crowd are silent now Pietersen is out


Morkel to Collingwood, no run, such a Collingwood shot. A dinky, mistimed, plywood-sounding donk out to cover


Morkel to Collingwood, no run, that's better, more power in the stroke but it's straight to cover

That's the lowest score after six overs that this tournament has seen so far. Quite brilliant cricket from South Africa; uncompromisingly accurate and aggressive. And that's the first maiden of the tournament, too, Andrew Miller spots.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 25/3 (RR: 4.16)

    • PD Collingwood 0 (4b)
    • OA Shah 2 (4b)
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-9-0

Both into the attack


Botha to Shah, 1 run, dabbed out to extra cover - but who's the fielder? Gibbs! In comes the throw and it's a direct hit! Replays are horribly inconclusive - it's impossible to give him out on that evidence but it's yet further proof just how fired-up South Africa are. They're in screaming form tonight

Big cheers ring round this packed Trent Bridge


Botha to Collingwood, no run, dabbed off the back foot straight back to the bowler


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, cracked square of the wicket

Gibbs is simply astonishing at extra cover. The speed, agility and accuracy - absurdly good


Botha to Shah, no run, defended on the back foot


Botha to Shah, 1 run, gives himself room to the leg side, defending out to cover

England really have to throw the bat now


Botha to Collingwood, no run, very full, Collingwood cracks it back to the bowler

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 28/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • PD Collingwood 1 (7b)
    • OA Shah 4 (7b)
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-1

Around the wicket


van der Merwe to Shah, no run, defended back to the bowler


van der Merwe to Shah, no run, well bowled, much quicker and fired into his pads

Crowd are booing each dot ball...


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 wide, tries to sweep...but it's a wide


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, flicked to leg for a single - ironic, and slightly ridiculous, cheers that England have found a run


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 2 runs, on his legs and chipped just wide - only just! - of midwicket, but South Africa's outfielding on the boundary is slick and alert, saving four without so much as breaking sweat


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 2 runs, squared up and they steal two more. But Shah is seriously slow out of the blocks and has to dive in - he looks like he's running on sand


van der Merwe to Collingwood, no run, faster and speared into his pads, pushed out to the off side

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 34/3 (RR: 4.25)

    • PD Collingwood 5 (10b)
    • OA Shah 5 (10b)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-0
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0

Around the wicket


Botha to Shah, no run, defended on the off stump


Botha to Shah, no run, swept to short fine leg

Two dots


Botha to Shah, 2 wides, down the leg side and again he tries to sweep, but it's a wide


Botha to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss and four! Bunted through cover. A rare loose delivery from a South African and that's England's first boundary in four overs


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, steps to leg, guiding it out off the back foot


Botha to Shah, no run, very fast and straight in at the stumps! A yorker. So hard to dig that out


Botha to Shah, 1 run, a beamer pulled to deep square leg, but not given as no-ball. Erm - that was neck-high, or certainly above shoulder. Odd decision

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 42/3 (RR: 4.66)

    • OA Shah 6 (14b)
    • PD Collingwood 10 (12b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-11-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-0

van der Merwe to Shah, no run, Shah steps outside leg; van der Merwe fires it into the leg side


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, goes leg-side with a sweep but only for a single


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 2 runs, a leading edge out to deep extra cover


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 1 run, driven hard out to long-off


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, ooh, fine yorker! Can't do anything with that. Shah was going to sweep, then realised it was heading towards his off stump at a rate of knots, so he adjusted to dab it defensively


van der Merwe to Collingwood, no run, chipped uppishly, but short of mid-off! This is outstanding bowling, it really is

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 47/3 (RR: 4.70)

    • PD Collingwood 13 (15b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 8 (17b)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-11-0
    • J Botha 2-0-11-0

Botha to Shah, 1 run, a swept single off the pads


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, reverse sweep out to deep point...or deep square leg, depending on your view


Botha to Shah, no run, another yorker defended

Boos - strong, loud boos - around the ground


Botha to Shah, SIX, full toss banged for six! That's woken up the crowd. They're here for sixes, not dots...

...though you really can't blame England too much. Quality bowling here


Botha to Shah, no run, defended on the front foot


Botha to Shah, 1 run, tickled to leg

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 56/3 (RR: 5.09)

    • OA Shah 16 (22b 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 14 (16b 1x4)
    • J Botha 3-0-20-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-11-0

van der Merwe to Shah, SIX, Shah's got hold of this. A skip down the pitch and he lofts him high and handsome over long-off for six

Better cricket by Shah, making something out of nothing


van der Merwe to Shah, FOUR, savage! A ferociously slapped four through extra cover


van der Merwe to Shah, FOUR, more. More! Down the leg side and flogged over midwicket, flat, and very nearly for six

This is much more like it and the crowd are alive once more


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, tickled to leg


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 1 run, Colly nurdles this to long-on. Top nurdling


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, a phantom step outside leg, before nudging a single to short midwicket

End of over 12 (17 runs) England 73/3 (RR: 6.08)

    • OA Shah 32 (27b 2x4 2x6)
    • PD Collingwood 15 (17b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-28-0
    • J Botha 3-0-20-0

Kallis back into the attack


Kallis to Shah, 1 run, lovely crunchy shot and he's timed the pants off it, pulling through midwicket but straight to the fielder


Kallis to Collingwood, FOUR, ooh a paddle down the leg side! Boucher gloved it - that's cheeky from Collingwood


Kallis to Collingwood, OUT, bowled him! Stumps shattered as Collingwood steps to leg and is castled by an 86mph middle-stump yorker

PD Collingwood b Kallis 19 (24m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Foster the new man in


Kallis to Foster, no run, oh what a ball! A bouncer which nearly decapitates Foster, snapping his head out of the way. 90mph from Kallis...


Kallis to Foster, no run, swing and a miss outside off


Kallis to Foster, 1 run, tries to pull this fast, aggressive bouncer and flings it to leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 79/4 (RR: 6.07)

    • JS Foster 1 (3b)
    • OA Shah 33 (28b 2x4 2x6)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-15-1
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-28-0

Meanwhile, England's women have smashed India by 10 wickets, chasing down 113 with 26 balls to spare. Monstrous effort from the ladies.


van der Merwe to Foster, OUT, gone! Reverse swept but mistimed and short third man makes a leap high to his right, a fine catch

JS Foster c Morkel b van der Merwe 1 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Terrible shot, that. No need for such dinkiness off the first ball, particularly one so full. Here's England's apparent one-day saviour, Mascarenhas.


van der Merwe to Mascarenhas, no run, flicked to leg


van der Merwe to Mascarenhas, 1 run, down the leg side, Mascarenhas works it to square leg


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side

Van der Merwe looks like a baddie in a film. Utterly unapproachable; he looks like he'll bite your head off


van der Merwe to Shah, 1 run, down the leg side


van der Merwe to Mascarenhas, OUT, oh that's awful. Far too close to be cutting, and it's a little quicker than he expected. The off stump is ruined, as are England

AD Mascarenhas b van der Merwe 1 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


van der Merwe to Swann, 1 run, flicked to the leg side

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 83/6 (RR: 5.92)

    • GP Swann 1 (1b)
    • OA Shah 34 (29b 2x4 2x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-32-2
    • JH Kallis 2-0-15-1

Kallis to Swann, 1 run, steps to leg and guides to third man


Kallis to Shah, FOUR, four down the leg side, clipping it nicely

Still time for England to post a competitive. They just need both these batsmen to go absolutely mental


Kallis to Shah, no run, odd shot - caught in two minds whether to drive or defend or leave. So, that's three minds he was caught in


Kallis to Shah, no run, terrific ball on the off stump at 88mph. They just haven't given England a sniff


Kallis to Shah, OUT, beautiful - brilliant from Kallis. That is a stunning leg-cutter! Shah nibbled and Boucher did the rest. This is some display from South Africa

OA Shah c †Boucher b Kallis 38 (52m 33b 3x4 2x6) SR: 115.15


Kallis to Broad, no run, horrid shot, a loose flap outside off

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 88/7 (RR: 5.86)

    • SCJ Broad 0 (1b)
    • GP Swann 2 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-2
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-32-2

Plenty of angry feedbackers fizzing in our inboxes. England have simply been outplayed. South Africa have hardly put a foot wrong, bar the occasional and fleeting wide or full toss. Their cricket has been astonishingly slick; they've bowled like potential champions.


Botha to Swann, 2 runs, flicked to leg


Botha to Swann, 1 run, where's this gone? (Why am I asking you?) It's swept just short of deep square leg

Over the wicket


Botha to Broad, 1 run, flicked to leg


Botha to Swann, no run, quicker - much quicker and he beats the attempted cut


Botha to Swann, OUT, er, gone, I think. Tried to smite him over midwicket and got a leading edge to short third man. Barely a celebration; it's all too facile for South Africa

GP Swann c Morkel b Botha 5 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Rashid now, to see if he can salvage anything from this innings


Botha to Rashid, 1 run, neatly turned to leg

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 93/8 (RR: 5.81)

    • AU Rashid 1 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (2b)
    • J Botha 4-0-25-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-2

England's dug-out is a miserable looking place. Here's Steyn to cheer them all up


Steyn to Rashid, no run, fast and straight, driven neatly but - wow - de Villiers dives brilliantly at short third man to save four. Stunning


Steyn to Rashid, 2 runs, a bouncer, wide of the off stump, cut down to third man


Steyn to Rashid, no run, he follows this outswinger, trying to cover-drive it but missing


Steyn to Rashid, no run, a swing and a miss outside off


Steyn to Rashid, 1 wide, oops! Well wide of the off stump


Steyn to Rashid, no run, Rashid steps to leg and whacks it back to the bowler...no power in the stroke


Steyn to Rashid, no run, wide of the off stump

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 96/8 (RR: 5.64)

    • AU Rashid 3 (7b)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-16-1
    • J Botha 4-0-25-1

Parnell over the wicket


Parnell to Broad, no run, Broad stands tall, slaps, misses

It's a little like watching men versus boys. Not exactly, but a little. South Africa looks so assured of everything they do


Parnell to Broad, 1 run, worked out to the off side. Gibbs again hits the stumps - 2 out of 2 tonight for him - though there was no chance of a run-out

Parnell remains over the wicket to the right-hander


Parnell to Rashid, 1 wide, wide down the leg side


Parnell to Rashid, no run, nicely timed but who's there at point? de Villiers. No chance of a run


Parnell to Rashid, 1 run, good yorker but Rashid dabs it to leg


Parnell to Broad, 1 run, down the leg side and worked to third man

England's hundred is up! Ironic cheers by the crowd


Parnell to Rashid, 1 run, a thumping slog but Rashid has yet to time the ball since he came in

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 101/8 (RR: 5.61)

    • AU Rashid 5 (10b)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (5b)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-7-1
    • DW Steyn 3-0-16-1

Steyn to Rashid, no run, hammered to mid-on


Steyn to Rashid, no run, wide of the off stump. But not a wide! Well, that's a little unfair to be honest. The ball was only just inside the white line


Steyn to Rashid, no run, another short ball, Rashid tries to whack it through midwicket


Steyn to Rashid, no run, and again he plays and misses. Rashid swings and misses over midwicket. Poor Rashid, he's just completely inexperienced. Nothing he can do


Steyn to Rashid, 2 runs, a touch fuller and he's got contact down to long-off


Steyn to Rashid, 1 run, slower ball, wellied to mid-on

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 104/8 (RR: 5.47)

    • AU Rashid 8 (16b)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (5b)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-19-1
    • WD Parnell 3-0-7-1

Last over, Rashid on strike


Parnell to Rashid, 1 run, pulled over midwicket


Parnell to Broad, 2 runs, full and straight, bashed to long-on


Parnell to Broad, FOUR, Broad heaves this high, but how long? Smith's dropped it on the boundary - he leapt high, clasped it, but fell over and parried it for four


Parnell to Broad, OUT, bowled. 87mph yorker rips out the off stump - a superb delivery. Parnell is a serious prospect.

SCJ Broad b Parnell 9 (19m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50


Parnell to Anderson, OUT, gives himself room and he too is bowled - another middle-stump yorker. Parnell wraps things up in stunning style

JM Anderson b Parnell 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

An outstanding performance from South Africa. It's hard to think how they could have improved on this, really. So much so that I have absolutely nothing to add, other than the fact this is England's lowest-ever total in Twenty20s. "England's women managed more runs than that today, without even losing a wicket," chirps Miller with a wry grin. I'll be back in 10 minutes for South Africa's chase.






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