After the defeat against Ireland the England players hoped they would perform better against one of the favourites South Africa. Having won the toss and electing to bat England were hoping to set a decent total to defend. However Captain Strauss was out on the third bowl without troubling the scorers, England managed to score just 171 runs with Bopara top scoring with 60. England going into the break were defiantly looking like a team which wouldn’t make it to the knock out stage. South Africa’s first wicket stand of 63 gave them a great platform to go win the game. However Anderson and Broad managed to skittle South Africa out for 165 and England won by 6 runs. Anderson whose previous figures include 0-72 and 1-91 bowled a fantastic spell ending on 6-0-16-2, Broad’s figures were also good as he ended on 4-15. Hopefully England can maintain this momentum going into the Bangladesh game.
In other news Kevin Pietersen who bowled 8 overs against South Africa has been ruled out of the tournament due to a hernia injury which will require surgery. Eoin Morgan has been called up as his replacement, and was in good form before he picked up an injury prior to the world cup. Will Matt Prior return to opening the innings?
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