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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

England claim series Victory

August 29, 2008


Andrew Flintoff starred with bat and ball, Ian Bell played arguably the most fluent one-day innings of his career and Samit Patel capped a sparky allround performance with a maiden five-wicket haul, as England’s cricketers surged to an unassailable 3-0 series lead in Kevin Pietersen’s first series as captain. With two games to come at Lord’s and Cardiff, England could even climb to No. 2 in the world rankings if they maintain the same intensity that has left their South African opponents counting down the days until they can fly home to Johannesburg.

It was another crushingly professional performance from England. On Tuesday they bowled South Africa out for 83 at Trent Bridge en route to a ten-wicket win, and though the margin today was less emphatic, their impact was identical. Bell and Matt Prior signalled England’s intent with a century stand in the first 15 overs of the innings, and though they did suffer a mid-innings wobble when four wickets fell for 38 in ten overs, Flintoff prevented any meltdown with a mature 78 not out from 77 balls.

England’s total of 296 for 7 was arguably 20 runs short of their potential, but it never came close to being challenged. Without the drive and inspiration of Graeme Smith at the top of the order, South Africa were a flaky unit when their turn came to bat. Hashim Amla, playing in only his fourth ODI, top-scored with a battling 46, but the experienced pair of Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis mustered 21 runs between them, while AB de Villiers – the other remaining star of this one-day line-up – crassly ran himself out for 12 while taking on Steve Harmison’s tracer-like arm at fine-leg.

At 82 for 4 in the 21st over, South Africa’s challenge was effectively over, but Patel ensured that there would be no unlikely revival. Operating from the Vauxhall End with a tidy line and good variation, he nibbled away at the lower-middle order and tempted a variety of indiscretions. Mark Boucher made room for a cut but was beaten by the arm ball, Albie Morkel slammed two vast sixes in three balls before chipping a low return catch from the very next delivery, and Patel then corralled the tail with the minimum of fuss – tossing the ball up temptingly, he claimed the last three wickets for four runs in 13 balls, to become the first England spinner to take five wickets in a one-day innings since Ashley Giles in Delhi in 2001-02.

The excellence of England’s team performances in the first two games had forced Patel to wait for his opportunity to take centre stage, but once it was given to him he did not disappoint. In addition to his wickets, he might have dismissed Gibbs with a squeakingly tight direct-hit shy that was turned down on referral, and he also sprinted 30-yards from mid-on to complete a cool catch over his shoulder as Kallis top-edged a pull off Flintoff. But arguably Patel’s most crucial role of the day came with the bat, when he entered the fray for the first time, with England in a spot of bother on 182 for 5. Unperturbed, he pulled Morkel firmly through midwicket to register his first boundary in international cricket, and then spanked Makhaya Ntini gloriously on the up and through the covers, en route to 31 from 33 balls in a vital stand of 74 with Flintoff.

Flintoff’s innings was cool, collected and undeniably brave. On 39, he was struck a fearsome blow over the right eye by Morkel, a blow that required treatment on the field as well as a spell in the dressing-room at the start of the South African innings. But he batted well within himself, grinding his way through the gears to finish unbeaten on 78 for the second innings in a row – his first back-to-back ODI fifties since 2004. When he went for his shots they came off handsomely, in particular a blasted six off Steyn that was dropped in the crowd at long-on, but he was equally happy to time the ball to the boundary, never better exemplified by a back-foot steer past point in the same Steyn over.

If one man epitomised South Africa’s lack of belief it was Ntini, who endured a nightmarish day in the field. In his second over he lost his run-up completely, serving up consecutive no-balls – one of which was top-edged for four – before following up with an awful wide, delivered from level with the stumps. With the free hit carried over for a third delivery in a row, Prior opened his shoulders to clobber a length ball over long-on for six. Steyn was scarcely any more economical, drifting onto the pads with alarming regularity as Bell clipped him exquisitely through the leg side for three fours in two overs, as he hurtled to his half-century from 36 balls – his first ODI fifty at better than a run-a-ball.

Kallis, in a continuation of his peculiar form on this tour, once again proved to be South Africa’s star with the ball. He didn’t bring himself on until the 26th over, but then struck with his very first delivery as Owais Shah was beaten by a big offcutter and bowled off the inside-edge. He added a crucial second one over later when Kevin Pietersen hopped across his stumps to be pinned lbw for 5, and, with Bell already gone for 73, Paul Collingwood then became Johan Botha’s second victim when he looped a leg-side catch off his pad and into the hands of Mark Boucher for 14.

That mini-collapse, however, was as troublesome as England’s day would get. From Bell’s early blitz to Patel’s perfect denouement, everything else they attempted came off with spectacular success. As they shuffled off the field to the safety of the dressing-room, South Africa’s defeated cricketers were left to wonder how they will ever get the better of the former countryman who is now captaining their opponents with such aplomb.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi


England v/s South Africa 3rd ODI Scorecard

August 29, 2008
NatWest Series [South Africa in England]3rd ODI
England v South Africa
2008 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London, on 29 August 2008 (50-over match)

Result England won by 126 runs

England innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
IR Bell lbw b Botha 73 107 77 11 1 94.80
wicketkeeper MJ Prior c Gibbs b JA Morkel 33 68 37 5 1 89.18
OA Shah b Kallis 23 43 37 3 0 62.16
captain KP Pietersen lbw b Kallis 5 12 7 0 0 71.42
A Flintoff not out 78 106 77 9 1 101.29
PD Collingwood c wicketkeeperBoucher b Botha 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
SR Patel b Ntini 31 49 33 3 0 93.93
LJ Wright c Gibbs b Steyn 17 20 13 2 0 130.76
SCJ Broad not out 0 1 0 0 0
Extras (lb 3, w 16, nb 3) 22
Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 296 (5.92 runs per over)
Did not bat SJ Harmison, JM Anderson
Fall of wickets1-101 (Prior, 15.2 ov), 2-144 (Bell, 24.2 ov), 3-146 (Shah, 25.1 ov), 4-155 (Pietersen, 27.2 ov), 5-182 (Collingwood, 34.2 ov), 6-256 (Patel, 45.3 ov), 7-295 (Wright, 49.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
DW Steyn 10 0 67 1 6.70 (1w)
M Ntini 9 1 68 1 7.55 (2nb, 2w)
M Morkel 10 1 51 0 5.10 (1nb, 3w)
JA Morkel 5 0 30 1 6.00 (5w)
J Botha 9 0 35 2 3.88
JH Kallis 7 0 42 2 6.00
South Africa innings (target: 297 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
HM Amla c wicketkeeperPrior b Harmison 46 66 59 6 0 77.96
HH Gibbs c Shah b Anderson 12 26 16 1 0 75.00
captain JH Kallis c Patel b Flintoff 9 52 25 1 0 36.00
AB de Villiers run out (Harmison/wicketkeeperPrior) 12 23 23 1 0 52.17
JP Duminy c wicketkeeperPrior b Flintoff 18 61 33 1 0 54.54
wicketkeeper MV Boucher b Patel 19 30 27 1 0 70.37
JA Morkel c & b Patel 16 12 17 0 2 94.11
J Botha b Patel 17 39 31 1 0 54.83
M Morkel c Broad b Patel 6 19 10 0 0 60.00
DW Steyn not out 5 15 12 0 0 41.66
M Ntini c wicketkeeperPrior b Patel 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 5, lb 4, w 1) 10
Total (all out; 42.4 overs) 170 (3.98 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-19 (Gibbs, 6.3 ov), 2-67 (Amla, 15.4 ov), 3-77 (Kallis, 18.2 ov), 4-82 (de Villiers, 20.5 ov), 5-114 (Boucher, 28.6 ov), 6-134 (JA Morkel, 32.4 ov), 7-142 (Duminy, 33.5 ov), 8-160 (M Morkel, 38.4 ov), 9-170 (Botha, 42.1 ov), 10-170 (Ntini, 42.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 7 0 17 1 2.42
SCJ Broad 6 1 28 0 4.66
SJ Harmison 9 1 28 1 3.11
A Flintoff 7 0 33 2 4.71 (1w)
SR Patel 9.4 2 41 5 4.24
PD Collingwood 4 0 14 0 3.50

Toss South Africa, who chose to field first
Series England led the 5-match series 3-0

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi


Tennis elbow ends Smith’s tour

August 28, 2008

England v South Africa, 3rd ODI, The Oval

Jacques Kallis will lead South Africa in the absence of Graeme Smith © Getty Images

Graeme Smith is going to miss remaining 3 matches of South Africa’s one-day tour of England, and is unlikely to play again until the tour of Australia in December, after failing to recover from a tennis elbow problem that has troubled him since the start of the tour. Jacques Kallis will stand in as captain.

Smith saw a specialist in London on Thursday and received a cortisone injection but, according to South Africa’s coach Mickey Arthur, there is no question of his fitness being risked, especially with his side already struggling at 2-0 down in the five-match series.

According to Shane Jabaar, South Africa’s physiotherapist, there is no guarantee that Smith will be fit to face the Australians. “A tennis elbow is a chronic problem and one can’t say how long the rehabilitation will take,”

Smith was first diagnosed with the problem during his stint with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL in April, but all of the attention was focussed on the hamstring tear that threatened to rule him out of the first Test at Lord’s in July.

Ironically, it was Smith’s superhuman stint with the bat at Edgbaston that, in the words of Jabaar, effectively “drilled a nail right through his elbow”. By batting for five hours and 41 minutes for his series-clinching 154 not out in the second innings of that match, Smith compounded the problem to a grave extent.

Kallis’s first role will be to galvanise his team’s morale after they were rolled over for 83 in the second ODI at Trent Bridge on Tuesday but he was adamant that the task that faces him is not insurmountable.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi