ICC WT20: South Africa Clinical, England Lacklustre

ICC WT20: South Africa Clinical, England Lacklustre
ICC WT20: South Africa Clinical, England Lacklustre
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South Africa 114-3 (Kallis 57no, Gibbs 30) beat
England 112 (Pietersen 38, Parnell 3-14) by seven wickets

ICC World Twenty20 Group E, Trent Bridge

South Africa delivered an utterly ruthless and clinical performance to hand England a seven-wicket defeat in Group E of the ICC World Twenty20 at Trent Bridge.

England were handed a lesson in Twenty20 cricket as they were bowled out for 112, their lowest score in T20 Internationals, having won the toss and a Jacques Kallis unbeaten half-century guided the Proteas to a comfortable win with ten balls to spare.

The extreme pace of Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell reduced England to four for two and despite innings of 38 from Owais Shah and a pair of 19s from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, superb bowling and fielding from South Africa shot the home side out with a ball to spare.

.hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } "Whatever you do you have got to do it well I guess," a delighted Graeme Smith said afterwards. "We set a great tone with the ball and in the field, every guy that came on performed his role superbly well and the intensity which was created in the field was great and just to be able to clinically finish the game off which was nice to see," he added.

Albie Morkel was given one over and he returned a wicket maiden, having Pietersen brilliantly caught at mid on by Roelof van der Merwe, who went on to return two for 32.

Parnell ended the innings by clean bowling Stuart Broad (9) and James Anderson (0) in consecutive deliveries at the death.

England bowled well, but they never had the runs behind them, and the experience of Kallis, who scored his maiden Twenty20 International half-century, ensured that South Africa were always in command.

Graeme Smith (11) top-edged Broad to be well caught by James Foster but a partnership of 74 between Kallis, who closed unbeaten on 57, and Herschelle Gibbs (30) took the Proteas to the brink.

Gibbs was bowled by Graeme Swann and although AB de Villiers (11) fell to a superb slip catch from Collingwood as he fended at Adil Rashid, it was too little, too late for England, who now find themselves under pressure to win both remaining group games against India and the West Indies.

.hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } "We have to re group again which we were very good at after the Holland game," Collingwood said. "We have to keep going out there and playing in a positive manner - that is the only way we are going to win this tournament.

"We are in a very tough group but we believe we have got the guys in the dressing room who can win in this competition."

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