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England Beats South Africa By 39 Runs

Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom guided England to a comfortable 39-run victory over South Africa in the Super Eights match of the Twenty20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval.Chasing 169, South African innings came to
PTI May 09, 2010 3:56 IST
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Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom guided England to a comfortable 39-run victory over South Africa in the Super Eights match of the Twenty20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval.

Chasing 169, South African innings came to end in the 19th over at the score of 129.

Graeme Swann was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 24 in four overs while Michael Yardy finished his four-over spell, scalping 2 for 31.

Jean-Paul Duminy waged lone battle for the Proteas but couldn't take it to the end.

Sidebottom dismissed Duminy after he struck a well made 24-ball 39 that included 2 fours and equal number of sixes.

Duminy added 37 runs with Boucher for the sixth wicket and then 21 runs for the next wicket with Botha.

Swann and Yardy struck in tandem to dent South Africa's run-chase. England were tottering at 55 for 5 after the end of 10 overs.

South Africa lost Jacques Kallis first after a sedate start. Stuart Broad provided crucial breakthrough to England as he got rid of Jacques Kallis in the fifth over.

South Africa could only manage 25 runs inside five overs. Herschelle Gibbs soon followed Kallis back in the dug-out after scoring just 8.

South Africa managed only 34 runs in their Powerplay while England made almost double.

Swann sent back struggling Proteas skipper Graeme Smith, who managed only 19 off 24 balls.

Yardy struck again, after dismissing Gibbs cheaply, to clean up Albie Morkel for a duck.

Earlier, Kevin Pietersen (53) and Craig Kieswetter (41) helped England make 168 for seven against South Africa.

England lost opener Michael Lumb (3) early against South Africa after skipper Paul Collingwood won the toss and decided to bat at Barbados.

Spinner Johan Botha struck again to dismiss dangerous Kevin Pietersen, who scored a quickfire 32-ball 53 and lead England's run charge.

Pietersen alongwith Kieswetter added 94 runs for the second wicket before the former became Johan Botha's second victim.

Kieswetter couldn't sustain much as he got out in search of a six at long on. Dale Steyn grabbed a fine catch to give JP Duminy first wicket.

Skipper Paul Collingwood top-edged Morne Morkel's delivery and gave an easy catch behind the stumps. Charl Langeveldt got rid of Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan, who scored a quick 14-ball 21.

Spinner Johan Botha dismissed Lumb in the very first over of the match to give the Proteas an early breakthrough.

Botha turned out to be the most successful bowler for Proteas as he finished his four-over spell after picking up 2 wickets at the expense of only 14 runs.

Dale Steyn gave away 50 runs in his quota of overs without picking up any wicket while Langeveldt finished his spell by scalping two dismissals and giving away 34 runs.

England defeated Pakistan by six wickets in their first match of the Super Eight stage on Thursday while South Africa also produced a clinical performance to get the better of New Zealand by 13 runs in the other match of the day.