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England beat South Africa in 20 over match

September 1, 2008

England v South Africa, 4th ODI, Lord’s


Andrew Flintoff starred once again with bat and ball as South Africa were condemned to their fourth defeat of the series

Kevin Pietersen produced a bruising innings of 40 from 34 balls, before Owais Shah and Andrew Flintoff carried their side to victory in a fourth-wicket stand of 44, as England chased down a revised target of 137 in 20 overs to move a step closer to their coveted 5-0 whitewash. On a piecemeal day’s cricket that was delayed for more than two hours then suffered two further lengthy interruptions, Shah and Pietersen roused England from a sluggish start with a third-wicket stand of 74 in 9.1 overs, before Flintoff scorched them to victory with 14 balls remaining.

In the end the result was emphatic, but this performance was not quite the waltz that England had produced in their previous two matches at Trent Bridge and The Oval. In part that could be attributed to the frequent weather interruptions (the match began as a 39-over affair, was reduced to 33, then finished as a 20-over thrash) but nevertheless, there were two clear occasions when South Africa held the whip hand, only for England to prise their fingers off with an efficiency rarely witnessed in the country’s one-day cricket.

For the best part of a decade, South Africa have been a formidable one-day outfit, but this was a performance that revealed just how far they have slipped from the standards they were setting at the end of the 1990s. After being asked to bat first in juicy conditions, Herschelle Gibbs produced a glimpse of his former glories with a typically no-nonsense 74 from 75 balls, and Hashim Amla produced one of the most cultured 34s you could ever hope to witness, but a rollicking opening stand of 66 in nine overs was squandered as the soft underbelly of their batting order was exposed once again.

The man who exposed the frailties, unsurprisingly, was Flintoff, whose figures of 3 for 21 in seven overs transformed the dynamics of the match. He was thrown the ball moments after Steve Harmison had been clobbered by Amla for four wonderful boundaries in a single over, and his mere presence was enough to unsettle South Africa.

Off Flintoff’s first ball, Gibbs pushed a good length delivery down the ground and charged through for a single. Amla at first hovered in his crease then belatedly set off, by which time Shah at mid-off had gathered with his left hand, pirouetted while transferring to his right, and unleashed a flat and deadly accurate shy at the stumps at the far end. It was a sad end to a fine innings, but Amla’s reticence in the end cost him dear.

Two overs later, and Flintoff was in the action again – albeit in marginally controversial circumstances. Jacques Kallis, whose form has collapsed on this tour, swished loosely outside off to a ball that nipped off the seam, and appeared to beat the bat. Matt Prior behind the stump went up for a loud appeal, and Simon Taufel – after a consultation with his colleague – decided to refer the decision to the third umpire, Ian Gould. Under the current regulations, Gould can only adjudicate on whether the ball carried, not whether there was an edge or not. And so, a furious Kallis was sent on his way. Although belated replays did eventually suggest there had been a nick, it nonetheless seemed to be another muddled use of technology.

Gibbs brought up his fifty from 46 balls with a single into the covers off Samit Patel, but the momentum had been sucked clean out of South Africa’s innings, and England’s bowlers recognised as much. AB de Villiers never got going in a fitful 34-ball stay, JP Duminy slogged gamely before driving Flintoff to Ian Bell in the covers, and when Gibbs stepped across his stumps to be bowled off the thigh pad by Stuart Broad, South Africa were 158 for 5 and struggling. Vernon Philander – standing in for the injured Albie Morkel – became Flintoff’s third victim as he scooped an over-ambitious drive to long-off, and the gut feeling as the end of the innings approached was that rain would be South Africa’s only saviour.

For a while it appeared that would be the case. With five balls remaining, the heavens opened and the outfield was drenched, but such is the sophistication of the Lord’s drainage system that a restart was inevitable if the weather cleared up. Sure enough, at 5.38pm they were back on the field, with England handed an unexpected opportunity to test their Twenty20 techniques before the Stanford clash in November.

Chris Gayle and his colleagues would not have been quivering in fear as they watched the early exchanges of England’s chase. Prior and Bell had added almost 200 runs at a run a ball in the previous two matches, but all of a sudden neither man could get the ball off the square as South Africa’s bowlers produced a wholehearted defence of their inadequate total. It took until the fifth over for Bell to score the first boundary, whereupon he fell to the very next delivery, as Morne Morkel found the edge of a wild swipe with a full-length delivery. By this stage Prior had fallen to Dale Steyn for a fourth-ball duck, and after eight overs of Powerplays, England had yet to reduce their requirement to double-figures.

But then, all of a sudden, Pietersen found his range. His first real shot in anger richoceted off Shah’s leg at the non-striker’s end, but there was no mistake with his follow-up, a bruising pull through midwicket off Vernon Philander. Kallis decided the time was nigh to bring himself into the attack, but the move backfired spectacularly. Pietersen battered him for three withering fours in a row, before Shah launched the sixth – and final – ball of his spell into the Tavern Stand for six.

The result was never in doubt after that. Pietersen swatted another six through midwicket, and though he holed out to Amla at midwicket (it looked for a moment as though he was about to unfurl the switch-hit), Flintoff’s second scoring shot was a late cut of such sumptuous timing that you knew he was in the mood to see it through to the end. A fusillade of boundaries followed as the light faded along with South Africa’s hopes, and he was unbeaten on 31 from just 12 balls when the winning boundary whistled through deep backward square.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi


England v/s South Africa 4th ODI Scorecard

September 1, 2008
NatWest Series [South Africa in England] – 4th ODI
England v South Africa
2008 season
Played at Lord’s, London, on 31 August 2008 (50-over match)

Result England won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining) (D/L method)

South Africa innings (32.1 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
HH Gibbs b Broad 74 119 75 9 0 98.66
HM Amla run out (Shah) 34 40 31 8 0 109.67
captain JH Kallis c wicketkeeperPrior b Flintoff 1 12 8 0 0 12.50
AB de Villiers c Flintoff b Patel 14 35 34 0 0 41.17
JP Duminy c Bell b Flintoff 20 26 18 2 1 111.11
wicketkeeper MV Boucher not out 10 24 12 1 0 83.33
VD Philander c Anderson b Flintoff 10 14 12 1 0 83.33
J Botha not out 2 4 3 0 0 66.66
Extras (lb 11, w 7) 18
Total (6 wickets; 32.1 overs) 183 (5.68 runs per over)
Did not bat M Morkel, DW Steyn, A Nel
Fall of wickets1-66 (Amla, 9.1 ov), 2-75 (Kallis, 11.2 ov), 3-113 (de Villiers, 20.2 ov), 4-155 (Duminy, 27.2 ov), 5-158 (Gibbs, 28.2 ov), 6-179 (Philander, 31.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 3 0 23 0 7.66
SCJ Broad 6.1 0 33 1 5.35 (1w)
SJ Harmison 4 0 35 0 8.75
A Flintoff 7 1 21 3 3.00 (2w)
SR Patel 7 0 34 1 4.85
PD Collingwood 5 0 26 0 5.20
England innings (target: 137 runs from 20 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
IR Bell c wicketkeeperBoucher b Morkel 13 23 16 1 0 81.25
wicketkeeper MJ Prior c wicketkeeperBoucher b Steyn 0 10 4 0 0 0.00
OA Shah not out 44 69 40 4 1 110.00
captain KP Pietersen c Amla b Botha 40 39 34 5 1 117.64
A Flintoff not out 31 17 12 5 1 258.33
Extras (b 2, w 7) 9
Total (3 wickets; 17.4 overs) 137 (7.75 runs per over)
Did not bat PD Collingwood, SR Patel, LJ Wright, SCJ Broad, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson
Fall of wickets1-7 (Prior, 2.2 ov), 2-19 (Bell, 4.3 ov), 3-93 (Pietersen, 13.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
DW Steyn 3 0 17 1 5.66 (1w)
A Nel 2.4 0 11 0 4.12 (2w)
M Morkel 4 0 32 1 8.00 (3w)
VD Philander 4 0 30 0 7.50
JH Kallis 1 0 20 0 20.00
J Botha 3 0 25 1 8.33

Toss England, who chose to field first
Series England led the 5-match series 4-0

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

India v/s Sri Lanka 4th ODI Preview

August 25, 2008

Pressure on Sri Lanka to stay in Series

Mahela Jayawardene will need more support from his team-mates, especially the batsmen, in what is a must-win game for Sri Lanka

Match facts

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Start time 2.30pm (local time) 0900 (GMT)

Big Picture

After a hiding in the first game in Dambulla, India have regrouped well to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Much of the success has been due to the seam duo of Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar who, with their contrasting styles, have found chinks in Sri Lanka’s imposing top order. India’s batting wears a rather thin look in terms of form and numbers but the bowlers have compensated for that by relentlessly chipping away at the wickets and not allowing any top-order partnerships to develop.

Sri Lanka have their backs to the wall and need to win the next two to round off a victorious summer. The scenario is similar to last year’s home series against England, which they conceded 3-2 after winning the first game. Since their 5-0 clean sweep against South Africa four years ago, their only bilateral series wins have come against Bangladesh. Surprisingly, their batting hasn’t been up to scratch, contrary to the popular perception of their invincibility on home pitches. Mahela Jayawardene’s 94 yesterday was the highest score by a Sri Lankan at home in 14 complete ODIs, after Upul Tharanga’s 105 against Bangladesh in 2005. Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara have yet to fire in this series, Tillakaratne Dilshan has failed to convert his starts and the persistence with Chamara Silva hasn’t paid off.

Sri Lanka have just a day to get their act together and keep the series alive. They haven’t ever lost two successive ODI series at home, and Jayawardene will be desperate to ensure it doesn’t happen now.

Form guide (last 5 ODIs)

Sri Lanka LLWWL

Watch out for

Kumar Sangakkara: Following his century in the third Test, Sangakkara has had a rather quiet series so far, with scores of 19, 2 and 9, and on two occasions was squared up by Zaheer’s incoming delivery. He is too good a player to fail continuously, though, and a big score should be around the corner.

Wickets with the new ball: Seamers have enjoyed the conditions at the Premadasa at least over the last three day-night matches, claiming 42 of the 50 wickets taken by bowlers. Dilhara Fernando rolled England over with figures of 6 for 27 under lights last year and India’s seam attack was just as potent on Sunday.

Team news

The teams didn’t practice on the eve of the match. Chamara Silva will be under pressure to keep his place with the likes of Mahela Udawatte and Malinda Warnapura competing for his spot. Silva has scored just one fifty in his last 11 innings. With the opening pair not firing either, Sri Lanka may decide to bring in an opener to replace Silva, and drop Sangakkara to No. 3.

Sri Lanka (likely) 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Mahela Udawatte, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Chamara Kapugedera, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Chaminda Vaas, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Thilan Thushara, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

India will probably retain their winning combination and the performances of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina – both were due some runs – should come as a relief to the captain.

India (likely) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 S Badrinath, 7 Rohit Sharma, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Munaf Patel.

Pitch & conditions

A similar pitch to the first game is on the cards, and with conditions likely to suit bowlers in the evening, the captain winning the toss will almost certainly bat first. Scattered thundershowers are predicted on Tuesday, but hopefully, the forecast will be as inaccurate as it was on Sunday.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi