well-timed again, on off stump and driven but straight to the man at cover
3.45pm The match has been abandoned. The heavy burst of rain that has come across the ground has put paid to everyone's best efforts. It has always looked it would end this way today.
So after this false the start the series moves to Southampton on Tuesday. At this stage the forecast is a little more promising. Before then, however, is Friends Life t20 Finals Day tomorrow. Yorkshire, Sussex, Hampshire and Somerset are all chasing the title. We'll have ball-by-ball commentary for you from both semis and the final starting from 11am on Saturday. If you can, please join us. Until then, From Andrew McGlashan and Alan Gardner, it's goodbye.
3.35pm Not exactly sure how much time is left to work with, but it's probably about 25 minutes or so.
"What are the England selectors on!" starts MayurRao "Not having Prior and Bell in the T20 squad? They are proper stroke makers, clean hitters! No sloggers!" Point is, without those two the Twenty20 team has done pretty well.
Gah! The rain is back. Off the players troop. What a miserable day, and just when Ian Bell was starting to motor.
"Morkel without the self-confident Steyn goes into a Harmison/Mitch Johnson pie-throwing routine," suggest David. "The difference between the two sides is on the bench."
"Oh boy! I am ready to pay double to see those 2 sixes of Bell again!" says Altaf
lovely placement from Bell, he walks across the crease then flicks a back-of-a-length delivery over short fine-leg
One wide slip in place
dragged down short outside off stump and pulled to deep square-leg
full on off stump, opens the face to try and place into a gap at cover but picks out a fielder
tries to glide this through the off side and is beat by ball that is a touch shorter
shot! Bell's flying. Opens his stance to free up the off side then drives him with a straight bat high over mid-off...he isn't in the Twenty20 squad
full on off stump, opens the face and sends it fine of backward point down to third man
now he goes inside out through the off side, gave himself a touch of room and drove this from around middle and leg stump through the covers
huge blow! Clean strike from Bell. Uses his feet to Morkel - which is no mean feat - then picks up over the leg side and the ball comfortably clears the boundary
outside off, driven without much timing into the covers
coming at the bowler again, doesn't connect cleanly with this drive and it runs along the ground to mid-on who is on the edge of the circle
cracking shot, down the pitch to a fullish ball on off stump and handsomely driven up and over mid-off...one bounce over the boundary
takes a stride down the pitch and lofts this over cover, not timed as well as earlier in the over and it pulls up short of the rope
short of a length outside off, Cook shapes to cut and is beaten on the top edge
good shot, full outside off, Cook leans into a powerful cover drive and even across the slow outfield the ball beats the fielder
an ugly heave into the leg side but he can only pick out mid-on
play and a miss...back of a length, Bell tries to go through the off side and moves slightly to leg and the ball ends up missing leg stump
run out chance! Full delivery pushed towards mid-off and Cook would have been miles short if Parnell had hit but he missed the stumps by a huge distance
angled into Bell who works it into the leg side short of mid-on and scampers the run
tries something more aggressive, just gives himself a touch of room to drive but can only clump the delivery back to Morkel
|Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to field first|
|Series result||5-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 3296|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.15 start, First Session 10.15-13.45, Interval 13.45-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00|
|Match days||24 August 2012 - day (50-over match)|