Rampaging Smith, Bosman hit hapless England for a six

Rampaging Smith, Bosman hit hapless England for a six

South Africa made 241 for six, the second-highest total in Twenty20 internationals, after Smith and Bosman put on 170 for the first wicket in 13 overs. Chasing the stiff target, England managed a just 157 for eight to crash to an 84-run defeat as the home side levelled the two-off T20 series. Only Jonathan Trott (51) could come up with a decent score as the visitors crumbled under the massive weight of runs.

Stand-in England captain Alastair Cook had a baptism of fire as sixes flew into the crowd. A total of 17 sixes and 19 fours were hit in the innings.

Smith hit six sixes and eight fours as he made 88 off 44 balls, while Bosman cleared the boundary nine times and hit four fours in making 94 off 45 deliveries. Only 14 runs were scored off the first three overs before Smith and Bosman went on the rampage, with 21 runs hit off Sajid Mahmood’s first over. Ironically, Smith was bowled off a free hit delivery after a no-ball, while Bosman was caught at mid-off in the same over off a second no-ball. Another 72 runs were scored off the next four overs as Cook rotated his bowlers without success.

With his regular bowlers taking a hammering, Cook turned to part-time spinner Joe Denly who had Smith caught at long-on off his first ball.

Three more batsmen, including Bosman, fell to catches in the deep as South Africa tried to maintain the momentum of the opening partnership.

Cook was leading England because Paul Collingwood was ruled out because of a back injury. Collingwood’s injury meant an earlier-than-planned return to action for star batsman Kevin Pietersen, who had not been expected to play before a 50-overs match against South Africa ‘A’ after joining the touring party late following heel surgery.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann had a side injury and was replaced by leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
England had won the first match by one run according to the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain stopped play in Johannesburg on Friday.

Score Board


Smith c Mahmood b Denly    88
Bosman c Anderson b Wright    94
Morkel c Bresnan b Pietersen    14
Duminy c Wright b Anderson    2
De Villiers (run out)    24
Kallis b Mahmood    7
Kuhn (not out)    5
McLaren (not out)    1
Extras: (B-2, LB-1, W-1, NB-2)    6
Total: (for 6 wkts, 20 overs)    241
Fall of wickets: 1-170, 2-192, 3-203, 4-204, 5-214, 6-238.
Bowling: James Anderson 4-0-28-1, Tim Bresnan 4-0-48-0, Mahmood 4-0-61-1, Luke Wright 4-0-40-1, Rashid 1-0-25-0, Kevin Pietersen 2-0-27-1, Denly 1-0-9-1.


Denly b Abdulla    14
Cook c van der Merwe b Morkel    26
Trott c Kuhn b Morkel    51
Pietersen b van der Merwe    29
Morgan b Steyn    10
Wright c sub b Steyn    12
Prior (not out)     10
Bresnan c Smith b McLaren    0
Rashid (run out)    1
Mahmood (not out)    1
Extras (W-3)    3
Total (for 8 wkts; 20 overs)    157
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-65, 3-117, 4-132, 5-144, 6-146, 7-146, 8-150.
Bowling: Steyn 4-0-29-2, Abdulla 4-0-28-1, McLaren 4-0-26-1, Van der Merwe 4-0-39-1, Morkel 4-0-35-2.