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
1y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Pietersen leads the way in opening victory

Kevin Pietersen is having quite an impact as England captain. He did more than most to help his team take a series lead against South Africa with a 20-run victory at Headingley

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Scorecard summary
England275/4(50 overs)
South Africa255(49.4 overs)

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 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
48.2
1
Broad to Philander, 1 run
Philander reaches out for a good length ball outside off and plays it towards third man
48.1
1
Broad to Nel, 1 run
width offered outside off stump and Nel hits it into the cover region for a single
end of over 483 runs
SA: 243/7CRR: 5.06 • RRR: 16.50 • Need 33 from 12b
Andre Nel8 (13)
Vernon Philander22 (26)
Andrew Flintoff9-1-44-0
Stuart Broad9-0-55-1
47.6
1
Flintoff to Nel, 1 run
another low full toss and Nel can only squeeze it towards point
47.5
Flintoff to Nel, no run
Flintoff follows Nel as he moves towards leg with a low full toss, Nel swings but misses
47.4
Flintoff to Nel, no run
Nel backs away to a full ball and mis-hits it back towards the bowler
47.3
1
Flintoff to Philander, 1 run
a low full toss and Philander flicks it off his pads towards deep square leg
47.2
1
Flintoff to Nel, 1 run
this one is not quite in the block hole and Nel hits it down the ground
47.1
Flintoff to Nel, no run
Flintoff sends down a yorker which homes in on Nel's boot, Nel gets out of the way in the nick of time

Flintoff has two overs to go so he will bowl this one and the last one. South Africa need 12 an over.

end of over 4710 runs
SA: 240/7CRR: 5.1 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 36 from 18b
Vernon Philander21 (25)
Andre Nel6 (8)
Stuart Broad9-0-55-1
Steve Harmison10-1-43-2
46.6
4
Broad to Philander, FOUR runs
he's clobbered that and nearly broken Broad's shin in the process, it was a length ball and Philander cleared his front foot out of the way and drove the ball hard and straight past the bowler
46.5
1
Broad to Nel, 1 run
Nel bottom-edges the ball into the ground towards short third man, he was trying to cut
Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
90 runs (82)
7 fours
1 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
leg glance
39 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
051036162921
A Flintoff
78 runs (70)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
00139192089
Best performances - bowlers
KP Pietersen
O
5
M
0
R
22
W
2
Eco
4.40
JH Kallis
O
5
M
0
R
25
W
2
Eco
5.00
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of England
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2748
Season2008
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days22 August 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Ian Gould
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Steve Garratt
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama