England beat South Africa by 39 runs

England beat South Africa by 39 runs

England beat South Africa by 39 runs

England's Craig Kieswetter in action during theirTwenty20 Cricket World Cup match with South Africa in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday. APKevin Pietersen struck a blistering half century and shared 94 runs with Craig Kieswetter (41) as a England beat South Africa by 39 runs in a Group E Super Eight match and inch a step closer towards a semifinals in the Twenty20 cricket World Cup here.

Man-of-the-match Pietersen's classy 53 and his second-wicket partnership with Kieswetter laid the platform for England's 168 for seven against the land of his birth at the Kensington Oval yesterday.

Pietersen hit eight fours and a six during his 33-ball innings and Kieswetter slammed three boundaries and two sixes to accumulate 94 runs in just 63 balls after skipper Paul Collingwood elected to bat.South Africa, in reply, suffered a dramatic top-order collapse to eventually fold out for to 129 with an over to spare.
Only Graeme Smith (19), Jacques Kallis (11), JP Duminy (39) and Johan Botha (12) could manage double figures against the clinical English attack.

Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom scalped three wickets each, while Michael Yardy and Stuart Broad picked two scalps apiece to help England's cause.Chasing 169 to win, South Africa found the going tough and lost half their side inside 10 overs with the scoreboard reading 55 and if it wasn't for Duminy's 25-ball innings it could have been much more embarrassing for the Proteas.

Duminy added 37 runs with Mark Boucher (9) and shared 21 runs with Botha to provide some respectability to their run chase.Earlier electing to bat first, England lost opener Michael Lumb in the fifth ball when he was trapped in front of wicket by Johan Botha but they still went on to compile 65 runs in first six overs, courtesy Kieswetter and Pietersen's lusty hitting.

Kieswetter and Pietersen put the attack to the sword and shared as many as nine fours and a six in the first six over.Kieswetter started the proceeding with a blazing four at cover and Pietersen followed it up with two more fours in the second over of Dale Steyn.
Morne Morkel was at the receiving end in the next over when Pietersen slammed the lanky pacer at mid-wicket and then picked up another one in the last delivery.
There was still no respite for Morne as Peitersen shoveled a pull through square leg in his next over to pick up a four and then slammed one at mid-wicket.Not ready to lag behind, Kieswetter then welcomed Charl Langeveldt with a six at long-off and went on to score two more fours to amass 16 runs off the over.

After a few silent over, Pietersen stepped the tempo once again in the 11th over, hammering Steyn for two fours and a six to accumulate 16 runs en route to his fifty.
However, Botha struck in the second ball of the next over to remove Pietersen. Looking to loft the ball over leg gully, his inside-out sweep landed straight in Graeme Smith's hands as England slipped to 98 for two in 11.2 overs.

Paul Collingwood then hit 14 runs in nine balls, which included two massive sixes, while Kieswetter also played some good shots but once they were gone England lost the momentum.Kieswetter was holed out by Steyn, while Collingwood's miscued shot landed in wicketkeeper Mark Boucher's gloves.Eoin Morgan (21), Tim Bresnan (13) and Michael Yardy (8) then did their bit to swell the England innings.Johan Botha was pick of South African bowlers as he bagged two wickets for 15 runs, while Jacques Kallis gave away 15 runs in his three overs to put break on the England innings.Morne and Langeveldt scalped two wickets apiece for 40 and 34 runs respectively but the most expensive bowler was Dale Steyn, who bled 50 runs in his four overs.

M Lumb  lbw b Botha  3
C Kieswetter†  c Steyn b Duminy  41
K Pietersen  c Smith b Botha  53
P Collingwood*  c †Boucher b M Morkel  14
E Morgan  c de Villiers b Langeveldt  21
L Wright  b Langeveldt  0
T Bresnan  b M Morkel  13
M Yardy  not out  8
GP Swann  not out  1
Extras (LB-3, W-7, NB-4) 14
Total (For seven wickets in 20 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-98, 3-113, 4-124, 5-137, 6-148, 7-162
Bowling: J Botha 4-0-15-2, D Steyn 4-0-50-0, M Morkel 4-0-40-2, CK Langeveldt 4-0-34-2, J Kallis 3-0-15-0, JP Duminy 1-0-11-1.

South Africa:
G Smith c Lumb b Swann 19
J Kallis c Pietersen b Broad 11
 H Gibbs c Sidebotton b Yardy 8
 AB de Villiers c Collingwood b Swann 5
A Morkel b Yardy 0 JP Duminy c Yardy b Sidebottom 39
MV Boucher  c Morgan b Swann  9
 J Botha c and b Sidebottom 12
 D Steyn c Morgan b Broad 5
M Morkel b Sidebottom 1
C Langeveldt not out 2
 Extras: (B-2, LB-9, W-6, NB-1) 18
 Total: (all out in 19 overs) 129
 Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-34, 3-44, 4-46; 5-53; 6-90; 7-111; 8-125; 9-126.
 Bowling: Ryan Sidebottom 4-0-23-3, Tim Bresnan 3-0-14-0, Stuart Braod 4-0-26-2, Michael Yardy 4-0-31-2, Graeme Swann 4-0-24-3.