Result
18th Match, Bridgetown, May 8 2010, Group E, ICC World Twenty20
168/7
(19/20 ov, target 169)
129
England won by 39 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Pietersen sets up emphatic victory

England completed a clinical 39-run win over South Africa at the Kensington Oval to get one foot in the semi-finals

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Scorecard summary
England168/7(20 overs)
South Africa129(19 overs)
end of over 193 runs • 2 wicket
SA: 129/10CRR: 6.78 • RRR: 40.00 • Need 40 from 6b
Charl Langeveldt2 (3)
Ryan Sidebottom4-0-23-3
Stuart Broad4-0-26-2

So there we go, that's the end of that. I've been Andrew Miller, Liam Brickhill has been on bulletin duty, and join us again on Monday, for the KP-less contest against New Zealand in St Lucia.

Unsurprisingly, Kevin Pietersen is named as Man of the Match, but it's the last we're going to see of him for a few days. His wife Jessica is going into labour, and he's legging it back to Blighty for a few days ahead of the semi-final.

"I'm flying in the next 24 hours, and if there are no complications, I'll come back in a day before the semi," said Pietersen. "It's my first child, so it's a hell of an exciting time for me. I'll be dashing across the Atlantic, and hopefully dashing back."

"They were far better than us today," admits Graeme Smith. "We fought back well, but our first ten overs were poor. Consistency has been our problem of late in the shorter form of the game."

"When you see the lads going out to bat with that kind of intent, it's really exciting. Our line-up has got a lot of potential," says Paul Collingwood.

A huge victory for England, in every sense. The margin of victory puts them in pole position in terms of net run-rate, and now they square up to New Zealand with one foot in the semi-finals. South Africa, meanwhile, have one or two worries. A win against Pakistan should suffice to carry them through, but they'll need to lift their game something chronic.

England's victory was built on a sensational innings from Kevin Pietersen, whose 33-ball 53 contained some of the most sumptuous strokes of the tournament to date. None of South Africa's batsmen came close to matching his prowess, while England's extra spin option proved invaluable in mixing up the pace when their turn came to field.

18.6
w
Sidebottom to M Morkel, OUT
all over red rover. A low full-toss, and that's good enough as Morkel misses and the timbers are rattled!
M Morkel b Sidebottom 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
18.5
1
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, 1 run
crunched into the covers, but the placement is awry
18.4
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, no run
right up in the blockhole, and Sidebottom leaps to his right to prevent the single
18.3
1
Sidebottom to M Morkel, 1 run
low full-toss, outside off, tapped to midwicket
18.2
1
Sidebottom to Langeveldt, 1 run
tapped into the covers

Do, re, me, so, fa, la, te, dooooohh

18.1
w
Sidebottom to Botha, OUT
wow, Sidebottom clings onto a blinder! That was smashed straight back towards his kneecaps, and it was self-preservation that made that take possible
J Botha c & b Sidebottom 12 (21m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00
end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 126/8CRR: 7 • RRR: 21.50 • Need 43 from 12b
Johan Botha12 (11)
Morne Morkel0 (0)
Stuart Broad4-0-26-2
Ryan Sidebottom3-0-20-1
17.6
1
Broad to Botha, 1 run
biffed away for Botha to retain the strike

Two more wickets, 13 more balls, 44 more runs. The odds ain't good

17.5
w
Broad to Steyn, OUT
short, smacked, caught. Elementary dismissal as Morgan charges in from the midwicket rope, and another one takes the long walk
DW Steyn c Morgan b Broad 5 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
17.4
Broad to Steyn, no run
a swing and a miss, and it's three a ball now
17.3
Broad to Steyn, no run
another bouncer, and this one follows Steyn as he advances down the track
17.3
1w
Broad to Steyn, 1 wide
banged in short, too short
17.2
1
Broad to Botha, 1 run
down the leg-side, but that cannons off the pads and away to square leg
17.1
1
Broad to Steyn, 1 run
tucked off the toes, and Sidebottom's arm is too good to allow a second run

It's not over yet, but Madame Boerewurst is going through her vocalisation techniques

end of over 1711 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 122/7CRR: 7.17 • RRR: 15.66 • Need 47 from 18b
Dale Steyn4 (2)
Johan Botha10 (9)
Ryan Sidebottom3-0-20-1
Stuart Broad3-0-22-1
16.6
3
Sidebottom to Steyn, 3 runs
Swann at third man tidies up expertly as the ball rushes across the turf
16.5
1
Sidebottom to Botha, 1 run
battered on the up, but Pietersen on the boundary's edge dares them to go for the second, and they wisely decide not to try
16.4
Sidebottom to Botha, no run
outside off, swinging away, and Botha can't make contact with an attempted dab

It's going to take a few more of those

16.3
6
Sidebottom to Botha, SIX runs
bosh. That's vast. In the slot, and smacked over long-on. That's travelled way back into the stands
16.2
1
Sidebottom to Steyn, 1 run
flashed up and over the covers, the man on the rope races in but can't quite make up the ground
Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
53 runs (33)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control63%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
11 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
5011132823
C Kieswetter
41 runs (42)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control62%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
15 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
043212659
Best performances - bowlers
RJ Sidebottom
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
Eco
5.75
GP Swann
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
Eco
6.00
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 2010
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Match numberT20I no. 168
Season2010
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-14.50, Interval 14.50-15.10, Second Session 15.10-16.30
Match days8 May 2010 (20-over match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Simon Taufel
Reserve Umpire
Ian Gould
Match Referee
Alan Hurst
PointsEngland 2, South Africa 0