Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jaques Kallis gives South Africa an easy win over England

An all-round performance by veteran Jaques Kallis gives South Africa an easy win over England in their first Super Eights game. Kallis first picks up two crucial wickets with ball to help South Africa to restrict them to 111 runs in 20 overs and then J.Kallis scored an unbeaten 57 in just 49 balls to chase down the score without any pressure.

By the todays performance against England, South Africa showed that they are getting better game-by-game and is side to beat for any team at the moment. Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell set the tone with wickets in their opening overs and were backed up by impressive spin and fine catching, particularly RE van der Merwe's effort to remove Kevin Pietersen.

After electing to bat first England got off to worst start as they lost three quick wickets inside first six overs including the wicket of K.Pietersen and they never recover from that. Their run-rates always hover around 5.5 and 6 runs per over. Only O.Shah made a significant contribution for England as he made 38 off 33 with two sixes, but it was a forlorn effort as wickets fell regularly.

At the end of six over England score was looking 25/3 and from then onwards South African twin spinner not allowed English batsman to get away what they would liked. In the end young lad Parnell finished the job brilliantly by picking up two wickets in two balls to bowl out England in 19.5 overs for 111.

South Africa started their run chase with cautiously but they never allow required run rate to jump over six and in the end they chase down the score quite easily with 10 balls to spare.

Now South Africa will take on West Indies on Saturday while England will take on India on Sunday.

Jaques Kallis was declared Player-of-the-Match for his all-round performance.

Match Summary (South Africa won by 7 Wickets)

England – 111/10 in 19.5 Overs

O.Shah- 38 K.Pietersen –19

W.Parnell– 3.5-0-14-3 J.Kallis- 3-0-20-2

South Africa– 114/3 in 18.2 Overs

J.Kallis- 57* H.Gibbs–30

S.Broad – 3-0-14-1 A.Rashid- 4-0-24-1

Click to view England v South Africa Super Eights T20 World Cup Photographs

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