Player of the Match
Player of the Match

England win by 6 runs. Phew! Don't take your eyes off England this tournament! The smiles are fixed back on their faces now after finally finishing on the right side of a thriller. They batted woefully, cluelessly against some spin bowling but put their fielding and bowling nightmares behind them with a stunning display. You wouldn't say their campaign has finally sparked into action but Anderson and Broad found their best and the fielding was very sharp again. Just don't mention the batting. Proof, if anyone doubted it, that ODI cricket does not need truckloads of runs to be exciting.

South Africa, for the first half of the game, looked like certain World Cup winners but under their powerhouse top order is a soft lower order. And that word still haunts them. For this brief moment, England are sitting on top of Group B, but that's entirely because they've played so many games.

Somehow, Andrew McGlashan has to hammer out a complete rewrite but when it's done his bulletin will be well worth a read and for now we have a gallery of the best of the day's pictures. I'm sure the Facebook page will be full of 'excited analysis' and there might well be some interviews and such like up on our YouTube channel.

Graeme Smith looks understandably a bit narked: "It was a great game but it is sad that we wound up on the wrong side. We knew that chasing would be hard on this wicket. We now have a week to prepare for the India game and it will be hard for us as the competition progresses."

Strauss is relieved and cheery fellow: "We were down when we lost the Ireland game, but the guys stood up admirably. We were more disciplined and we are delighted by this victory. The Bangladesh game is massive, but we need to improve on a lot of things before the game."

Batsmen's game anyone? Ravi Bopara is man of the match. Good innings in tough circumstances but wow, Broad and Anderson must feel robbed. Bopara says, "I didn't expect to be walking out at 15 for 3, but me and Trott realised that the wicket was not easy. I was surprised by the amount of turn and we knew that it would be tough when chasing."

Not for the first time, my fingers are fried. Three close finishes on the trot. Absolute pleasure, head over to the India game for now. From me, Sahil Dutta, and from the Andrews - McGlashan and Miller, thanks for the emails.

Broad to Morkel, OUT, Broad has done it! England take the game! South Africans, don't mention the C-word! Somehow England have pulled off a stunning win having been the wrong side of two close results before. It was full and up there to drive, Morkel aimed a big swing but could only feather through to Prior. Broad has conjured up a stunning final over to win the game, England's fielders are going ballistic, not so knackered anymore!

M Morkel c †Prior b Broad 1 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Broad to Morkel, no run, Broad spears in a full delivery from around the wicket and Morkel clears his front leg to try and thwack down the ground. Straight to mid-off
Broad to Imran Tahir, 1 run, wow! Tahir aims an almighty heave through the off side. The inside edge skews away through midwicket to get him off strike. That'll do nicely

He twitches, looks nervously around at the field. How will he play it?...

Imran Tahir, this is your stage now! Five balls to face

Broad to Steyn, OUT, Broad has nailed Steyn here. Full, nipped back a touch and struck flush in front. Looked stone dead, the umpire agreed and despite a review Steyn had to go.

DW Steyn lbw b Broad 20 (51m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.51

What England would do for 15 more runs to play with here. As it is Stuart Broad has to pull off a miracle for them or they will be sitting at the bottom of the group...

47 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 164/8 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 3.48, RRR: 2.66)

  • Dale Steyn20 (30b)
  • Morne Morkel1 (1b)
  • Tim Bresnan8-1-27-1
  • James Anderson6-0-16-2
Bresnan to Steyn, 1 run, excellent bouncer, sharp and rearing into the helmet. Steyn fends it off and gets the ultimate bonus of keeping the strike
Bresnan to Steyn, 2 runs, touch short, and too wide from Bresnan. Steyn pops up on his toes and steers a very confident cut shot through a diving point. Single figures needed now. Wonder how Tahir feels
Bresnan to Steyn, no run, solid, pressure-defining defence from Steyn
Bresnan to Morkel, 1 run, just a hint of width and that's all the invitation Morkel needs to swing his long, long arms through the ball. An outside edge sends it skimming down to third man

Field up with the Powerplay remember. Tempting for Morkel but Steyn is playing a blinder out there, Morkel should just support him.

This game somehow refuses to die. That stand of 33 might have, must have, proved decisive. Morne Morkel is the new man, he could finish this in a couple of deliveries.

Bresnan to van Wyk, OUT, is there another twist!? Surely not? Bresnan strikes just when England needed it. van Wyk looking to cut but it was too close for the shot, ended up bottom edging onto middle stump

MN van Wyk b Bresnan 13 (67m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.13

Bresnan to Steyn, 1 run, that's poor from mid-on. Hanging back on the ring Broad has allowed Steyn to push a single

13 from four overs. Easy, surely. Bresnan to bowl it.

46 | 2 Runs | SA: 159/7 (13 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 3.45, RRR: 3.25)

  • Morne van Wyk13 (36b)
  • Dale Steyn16 (26b)
  • James Anderson6-0-16-2
  • Graeme Swann10-2-29-1
Anderson to van Wyk, no run, carefully defended away. Just soaking up all the tension and pressure
Anderson to Steyn, 1 run, fuller here and Steyn mistimes a drive, hits into the ground and it loops up to mid-on, enough time for Steyn to hurtle a single
Anderson to Steyn, no run, Anderson not daring full for Steyn this time, short of a length and Steyn strong in defence
Anderson to van Wyk, 1 run, mighty effective stuff from an Wyk. Offered width he calmly steers a single to point

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

63HM AmlaGC Smith
12JH KallisHM Amla
7JH KallisAB de Villiers
42AB de VilliersF du Plessis
0JP DuminyF du Plessis
0MN van WykJP Duminy
3MN van WykRJ Peterson
33MN van WykDW Steyn
4DW SteynM Morkel
1Imran TahirM Morkel