England opted to bat in favourable conditions and though they started well, the loss of Joe Denly and Andrew Strauss in fairly quick succession meant the middle order had to step up to the task. Owais Shah and Paul Collingwood did just that with a 163-run stand for the third wicket. The pair began in sedate fashion and then accelerated, Shah especially, to help take England to a formidable total.
If Shah and Collingwood lay the foundation for England's mammoth score, it was Eoin Morgan's blistering 67 off 34 balls that helped them eventually achieve it. He didn't take too long to settle in, coming at a time when a blitz was the need of the hour, and was ruthless in the final powerplay, cashing in on every available opportunity to smack four fours and five sixes to take England to a total that proved adequate.
The fact that England kept taking wickets at regular intervals meant Graeme Smith was left with too big a task to achieve. James Anderson started the proceedings, getting rid of the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs while one frontline batsman after another kept walking back to the pavilion after getting starts. Even at the death, the innings of Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel proved short-lived; had either one been able to spend a longer time with Smith, the result may have been different