South Africa are knocked out of yet another tournament that they entered as favourites, driven off the front foot to covers for a single, there are four inconsequential overthrows as well, England march into the semi-finals
What a performance from England, outclassing South Africa today. Shah and Colingwood were impressive in the middle overs, and Morgan blasted England past 300. It was always going to be a tough target and despite Smith's stunning century South Africa ended well short and are out of the tournament. Sri Lanka are still in with a chance of making the final four, depending on the result of the England-New Zealand match.
If New Zealand beat England, they will make it, otherwise it they will be out because their net run-rate is below Sri Lanka's.
For everyone asking why South Africa are out, the have finished with a net run-rate less than Sri Lanka's, so they are eliminated irrespective of the result of the England-New Zealand game.
Smith: "It's jugely disappointing, I think it's about giving your all, unfortunately we fell 22 runs short. Two of the games, we have given away over 300 runs, it's difficult to chase that much regularly. You have to give credit to the way England batted, anything around 300 we would have cruised in but 320 was a step too far.
"I wish I had a remedy, we've got the potential, there is no point giving excuses," he says about going out of another ICC tournament.
Strauss says that's the best he has seen England bat in an ODI. "The way Paul and Owais played the spinners was crucial, setting the platform for Morgan at the end. For the last 18 months, Anderson has been expceptional, and now he's learning to have a Plan B even when the ball isn't swinging. "
Owais Shah is the Man of the Match. "Can't wait for fielding practice tomorrow," he jokes. "I'd love to bat on this pitch everyday. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on."
That's it from us at Cricinfo today. Do join us tomorrow for the big game between India and Australia. Thanks for the many mails, good night.
Last words go to Matt, who mails in: "I'm South African. I'm sitting in Newark Airport in the US. I'm gutted."
back of a length outside off, Steyn looks to smash that over midwicket, mistimes it towards cover
full ball again, flicked to deep square leg for a single
a full ball on middle and leg, Steyn force it towards mid-on
Steyn swings a length ball to the square leg boundary
full toss, driven towards long-on for a single
short and wide, Steyn looked to dab it to third man, misses the ball
wide down the leg side
Parnell rocks back and swings the ball to long-on for a single
The cameras focus o a gloomy South African dressing room
Steyn's attempted shovel sends the ball towards extra cover
an everything-behind-it heave from Steyn connects only with air
Steyn punches the ball over the bowler's head, crowd cheers this time
The bugle which regularly gets the crowd going sounds again, but to no responses
length ball outside off, Steyn wafts at it and misses
fullish outside off, confidently driven past extra cover for a single
outside off, guided to third man for a single
The crowd cheers as the scorecard flashes that this is Steyn's highest score, 7 not out
overpitched outside off, Steyn punches it down to long-off for a single
Steyn's not given up yet, he swings a length ball over wide long-on,. one bounce and over the ropes
Anderson keeps it full, Steyn thrashes it past the bowler for two
fullish ball on offstump, drives toward mid-off
length ball outside off, Parnell swings and misses, the ball sneaks between bat and pad, England fielders are sure there was an edge on it, the umpire didn't think so
|SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Toss||England, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 2900|
|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 days||27 September 2009 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||England 2, South Africa 0|