Result
1st ODI (D/N), Leeds, Aug 22 2008, South Africa tour of England
275/4
(49.4/50 ov, target 276)
255
England won by 20 runs
Player Of The Match
SA Innings
Full commentary

England and South Africa approached their innings with contrasting styles. England were slow at the start but picked up tremendous momentum as both Flintoff and Pietersen fired. South Africa, on the other hand, started quickly but lost quick wickets in the middle and ran out of gas in the end.

Pietersen had a fantastic match and was unsurprisingly named Man of the Match. He paced his 90 splendidly, he hit his first boundary off his 52nd ball but still scored at over a run a ball. He made a smart bowling change by delaying the third Powerplay and bringing on Samit Patel. The move paid off and Gibbs fell in the 16th over. Then he brought himself on and picked up two wickets and was involved in a run out as well.

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49.4
w
Flintoff to Ntini, OUT
that's the end of that! Flintoff detonates leg stump from the ground with another pinpoint yorker, he flexes his muscles in celebration, England have won the first ODI by 20 runs
M Ntini b Flintoff 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
49.3
4b
Flintoff to Ntini, 4 byes
Flintoff bowls an outstanding yorker which beats Ntini and beats Prior as well, the ball races for four byes
49.2
2
Flintoff to Ntini, 2 runs
low full toss outside off stump, Ntini drives the ball through point towards wide third man where Wright dives to save the boundary
49.1
w
Flintoff to Nel, OUT
and he's got it! Fintoff fired in the yorker, Nel went across his stumps looking to chip the ball to fine leg, Flintoff was too fast and the ball crashed into the base of middle stump
A Nel b Flintoff 10 (23m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

South Africa need 27 off the final over. Flintoff will be aiming to pick up his first wicket of the match.

end of over 496 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 249/8CRR: 5.08 • RRR: 27.00 • Need 27 runs from 6b
Dale Steyn3 (2)
Andre Nel10 (16)
Stuart Broad10-0-61-1
Andrew Flintoff9-1-44-0
48.6
2
Broad to Steyn, 2 runs
Steyn hits a low full toss down the ground for a single
48.5
1
Broad to Nel, 1 run
Broad goes wide of the crease and bowls a length ball angling into the batsman, Nel makes room and swings hard, he connects with the bottom of the bat and the ball falls between mid-on and long-on
48.4
1
Broad to Steyn, 1 run
Steyn backs away and swings a length delivery through midwicket

Steyn is the new batsman.

48.3
w
Broad to Nel, OUT
Philander's run out! Nel tried to pull the ball from outside off and inside edged it on to his leg, the ball fell on the pitch and after some hesitation the batsmen decided to go for the single, Broad ran to the ball and hit the stumps at the batsman's end with an under-arm throw, Philander was just short
VD Philander run out (Broad) 23 (43m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.18