March 6, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 updates: Day 16 Match 1

Today its the 16th day of the cricket's biggest event ICC World Cup 2011. On this day 2 matches are being played. First match is between South Africa and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India. England won the toss and they chose to bat first.

Andrew Strauss failed to score even a single run and was duck out playing only 3 deliveries. Even Kevin Pietersen got out in the first over itself. Ian Bell came in to bat and he was back to pavilion scoring only 5 runs. At this point of time, England were 15 for the loss of 3 wickets. Ravi Bopara came to bat and partnered with Jonathan Trott to put up a partnership of 99 runs.  Ravi Bopara scored 60 runs and Jonathan Trott scored 52 runs. This helped England to come out of the worst situation and gained some confidence. South Africa after breaking this partnership, easily managed to remove all the remaining wickets. England counld not sustain the bowling attack and finally surrendered scoring a total of 171 runs in 45.4 overs (ENG - 171/10, 45.4 over). Imran Tahir took 4 wickets and Dale Steyn took 3 wickets.

South Africa needed only 172 runs to win the match. Hashim Amla and the skipper Graeme Smith opened the batting innings. They both started off well and made a strong position. Their partnership was 63 runs before Graeme Smith gave asimple catch to Matt Prior bowled by Graeme Swann. After this break, England started to gave some pressure, Stuart Broad came back strongly and managed to remove Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis. AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis started to build up some partnership that helped South Africans to score some good runs. But this did not last long, James Anderson came in and took 2 crucial wickets at crucial stages. South Africa scored only 3 runs loosing 4 wickets quickly. After this, Stuart Broad cleared the lower order and did the job for England. South Africa were all out scoring only 165 runs in 47.4 overs (SA - 165/10, 47.4 over). Stuart Broad took 4 wickets.
England won the match by 6 runs. Man of the match was Ravi Bopara.

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