South Africa cruise to victory against England (Lead)

June 12th, 2009 - 3:10 am ICT by IANS  

Nottingham, June 12 (IANS) South Africa coasted to an easy seven wicket victory against England in their first Super Eight Group E match of World Twenty20 here Friday.
England captain Paul Collingwood’s decision to bat after winning the toss backfired as they were bowled out for a paltry 111 with a ball to spare. Owais Shah top-scored with 38 runs.

South Africa cruised to the target with Jacques Kallis (57 not out) and Herschelle Gibbs (30) taking them home in 18.2 overs. Man of the match Kallis starred with the ball also taking two wickets.

England tasted success early with the wicket of Graeme Smith (11), but Kallis and Gibbs dashed their comeback hopes with a resolute 74-run stand. Kallis hit five fours and one six while Gibbs struck two fours and one six.

England put the brakes on South African scoring in the middle overs, but could not get the wickets.

Needing 29 off 36 balls, Gibbs struck a six off Graeme Swann before being bowled in the same over. But that did not set the panic button as AB de Villiers (11) and Jean Paul Duminy (2) completed the formality.

Earlier, young left-arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell wrecked the England batting with three wickets, giving away just 14 runs from four overs. Kallis and Roelof van der Merwe took two wickets each.

Fiery Dale Steyn (1-19) struck in the first over, as Ravi Bopara dragged his delivery onto his stumps.

Luke Wright was dismissed in the next over, caught by Mark Boucher off Parnell.

South African bowlers gave nothing away with the fielders backing them up. Kevin Pietersen (19) and Shah looked to built a strong partnership, but Merwe removed Pietersen with a brilliant diving catch at mid-on off Albie Morkel.

England were soon reduced to 25 for 3 and Shah was left to do the repair job, adding 53 runs with skipper Collingwood (19).

Kallis bowled Collingwood and England suffered another collapse, barely managing to cross the three-figure mark.

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