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England 37/0(5.3 overs)
Ian Bell *26 (18)
Morne Morkel0/19 (3)

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."

5.3
Tsotsobe to Bell, no run

well-timed again, on off stump and driven but straight to the man at cover

"Oh boy! I am ready to pay double to see those 2 sixes of Bell again!" says Altaf

5.2
4
Tsotsobe to Bell, FOUR runs

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

5.1
1
Tsotsobe to Cook, 1 run

dragged down short outside off stump and pulled to deep square-leg

end of over 516 runs
ENG: 32/0CRR: 6.40 
Ian Bell22 (16b 1x4 2x6)
Alastair Cook9 (14b 1x4)
Morne Morkel 3-0-19-0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0
4.6
Morkel to Bell, no run

full on off stump, opens the face to try and place into a gap at cover but picks out a fielder

4.5
Morkel to Bell, no run

tries to glide this through the off side and is beat by ball that is a touch shorter

4.4
6
Morkel to Bell, SIX runs

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

4.3
1
Morkel to Cook, 1 run

full on off stump, opens the face and sends it fine of backward point down to third man

4.2
3
Morkel to Bell, 3 runs

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

4.1
6
Morkel to Bell, SIX runs

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

end of over 412 runs
ENG: 16/0CRR: 4.00 
Alastair Cook8 (13b 1x4)
Ian Bell7 (11b 1x4)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0
Morne Morkel 2-0-3-0
3.6
Tsotsobe to Cook, no run

outside off, driven without much timing into the covers

3.5
1
Tsotsobe to Bell, 1 run

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

3.4
4
Tsotsobe to Bell, FOUR runs

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

3.3
3
Tsotsobe to Cook, 3 runs

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

3.2
Tsotsobe to Cook, no run

short of a length outside off, Cook shapes to cut and is beaten on the top edge

3.1
4
Tsotsobe to Cook, FOUR runs

good shot, full outside off, Cook leans into a powerful cover drive and even across the slow outfield the ball beats the fielder

end of over 32 runs
ENG: 4/0CRR: 1.33 
Ian Bell2 (9b)
Alastair Cook1 (9b)
Morne Morkel 2-0-3-0
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 1-0-1-0
2.6
Morkel to Bell, no run

an ugly heave into the leg side but he can only pick out mid-on

2.5
Morkel to Bell, no run

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

2.4
1
Morkel to Cook, 1 run

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

2.3
1
Morkel to Bell, 1 run

angled into Bell who works it into the leg side short of mid-on and scampers the run

2.2
Morkel to Bell, no run

tries something more aggressive, just gives himself a touch of room to drive but can only clump the delivery back to Morkel

Best performances - batters
IR Bell
IR Bell ENG
26 runs (18)
2 fours2 sixes
Control
78%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
13 runs
1 four1 six
140031017
AN Cook
AN Cook ENG
10 runs (15)
1 four0 six
Control
75%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
8 runs
1 four0 six
01001017
Best performances - bowlers
M Morkel
M Morkel SA
O
3
M
0
R
19
W
0
ECO
6.33
LL Tsotsobe
LL Tsotsobe SA
O
2.3
M
0
R
18
W
0
ECO
7.2
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
Series
Season2012
Series result5-match series level 0-0
Match numberODI 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 days24 August 2012 - day (50-over match)
ODI debut
Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
England
Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
Australia
Simon Taufel
Reserve Umpire
England
Michael Gough
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft