September 6, 2012
5th ODI, Trent Bridge
South Africa 186-3 beat England 182 by seven wickets
Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers hit unbeaten half centuries to help South Africa beat England at Trent Bridge yesterday and level the series 2-2.
Batting first, England stuttered their way to 182 all out from 45.2 overs. England’s captain Alastair Cook top scored for the home side with 51 from 72 balls, but there were very little contributions from the other England batsmen.
Yet again, Ravi Bopara failed after he was dismissed for a second ball duck when Dale Steyn had him caught behind. Eoin Morgan also failed to score putting England in trouble. Chris Woakes gave England some hope as he made 33 not out from 44 balls at the back end of the innings, but England’s total always looked short.
Robin Petersen was the pick of the South African bowlers finishing with figures of 3-37 from his 10 overs of left arm spin. AB de Villiers deciding to open the bowling with Petersen which proved a good move when he took the early wicket of Ian Bell for 10.
In reply South Africa looked in trouble at 14-3 with a wicket for Jade Dernbach and two wickets for Jimmy Anderson, but this was to be the last bit of joy for the England bowlers. De Villiers and Amla put on an unbeaten partnership of 172 in taking South Africa past their target.
Amla who has been in the form of his life in England this summer finished the series in style with 97* from 107 balls. His captain played an impressive hand at the other end as he finished 75* from 79 balls including 10 fours.
The series finished tied which was probably a fair reflection on the cricket played. The five match series was generally low scoring between two sides that looked tired after the Test series. The teams now play each other in three T20 matches before heading off to the World Cup in Sri Lanka.
The Scoop 06/09/12