Firstly, I am going to be honest with you, I wasn’t up at 4am watching yesterday mornings cricket world cup match between an unbeaten South Africa and an up and down England, who were on the back of a defeat to the Irish.
England defeated the South African side by six runs in dramatic fashion, with Stuart Broad’s excellent 4-15 helping the rollercoaster England side defend a poor total of 171 all out.
When captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and decided to bat, It seemed once again that England were going to fall to consecutive defeats, when both Strauss (0) and Pietersen (2) fell in the first over of the match. Bell was removed for 5 caught and bowled by Peterson.
Trott and Bopara steadied the ship with a 99 run partnership, before Trott (52) was out caught and bowled by leg spinner Imran Tahir. Ravi Bopara was later removed for 60 by Morkel.
Things didn’t get much better with the bat for England, with only Prior and Swann making double figures. The England innings ended after 45 overs scoring a small 171. Tahir (4-38) and Peterson (3-22) starred with the ball for the South Africans.
The South Africans seemed to be cruising to victory, as Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and Jaques Kallis took the favourites to 123 runs for the loss of their wickets. With de Villiers and Du Plessis in, the hosts seemed to be cruising to a victory.
However, James Anderson had a different idea. He removed the in-form de Villiers, du Plessis was sharply run out and Anderson bowled JP Duminy for 0, turning the game on its head.
Yardy then had Peterson caught behind quickly after. Van Wyk and Dale Steyn took South Africa to within 12, before Bresnan removed van Wyk and Stuart Broad picked up the last two wickets to clinch the nail-biting victory for the topsy-turvy English side.
Not many English fans could have envisaged an England victory against the strong South Africans, after the embarrassing Irish defeat.
If England carry on with this form, it seems as though we will scrape through the group stages. But it seems we are bringing out our performances against the better sides, meaning if we do qualify, then we should be in good stead to play against the likes of potentially Australia in the Quarter Finals.
Only time will tell how England will fare in this roller coaster world cup, which is turning out to be the perfect advert for the 50 over game…