Broad claims four as England win by 6 runs

first_imgEngland halted the winning spree of South Africa beating them by 6 runs in a scintillating World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Sunday. ScoreStuart Broad claimed four wickets as Proteas struggled against strong bowling attack by England. The end result was that they were all out for 165 in 47.4 overs.Graeme Swann and James Anderson shared four wickets between them as England dried up the runs with their miserly spells restricting South Africa from getting an easy victory. In the first innings, English side failed to put a big score on the board and were all out for 171 in 45.4 overs.England got early blows by the South African bowling attack as their batting lineup was destroyed by left arm spinner Robin Peterson who claimed opener Andrew Strauss, without letting him opening his account, and Kevin Pietersen along with Ian Bell.Bell who was caught and bowled by spinner Peterson was walking towards pavilion with contributing just 5 runs off 7 balls. South African tactic of opening with left-arm spinner Peterson has worked wonders for the team as he claimed England’s captain. Strauss who could not middle the ball too well gave an easy low catch to Ab de Villiers.Another successful spinner, Imran Tahir, who claimed tail-enders like Michael Yardy, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad also caught and bowled set batsman Jonathan Trott, who scored 52 off 92 balls, on the fifth ball of his over immediately after Dale Steyn dropped Trott’s catch in the same over.  South African all rounder Morne Morkel got crucial wicket of England’s highest scorer of this match, Ravi Bhopara( 60 off 98 balls) along with Matt Prior who after scoring just 10 runs off 19 balls fell prey to  Morkel’s sharp delivery which got the outside edge and went straight into the wicketkeeper’s hand. Meanwhile, Dale Steyn claimed Tim Bresnan.advertisementSouth Africa, has won previous two World Cup matches against Netherlands by a massive 231-run margin in which Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored centuries and against West Indies they win by seven wickets. Meanwhile, England appears to be carrying bad luck since it last played against ‘minnows’ Ireland in which Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest century of the World Cup as his team caused the biggest upset of the tournament beating England by three wickets.Earlier, England chose to bat first against South Africa after winning the toss at Chennai’s Chidambaram Stadium.Although England has so far looked stronger chasing a total rather than defending one, captain Andrew Strauss decided to put his faith in his bowlers being able to hold down an unchanged South Africa batting lineup later in the day.While South Africa picked the same team that beat the Netherlands, Strauss will lead a team showing one change from the lineup beaten by Ireland, with middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara replacing allrounder Paul Collingwood.Collingwood had been struggling with knee problems but the switch was not forced. Although his unbeaten 30 from 23 balls helped England over the line against the Netherlands and hinted at a return to form, Collingwood has just one half century in his last 22 innings.Bopara played against the Netherlands but was dropped for the subsequent tied match against India.South Africa’s unchanged lineup means Robin Pieterson was again preferred to offspinner Johan Botha, while Morne van Wyk will keep wicket because of AB de Villiers’ back problems.De Villiers, who has scored centuries in each of South Africa’s matches so far, still plays and will bat at No. 4.last_img

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