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Morgan's style leads England to victory

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

England claimed a 1 run victory over South Africa in a rain effected game at the Wanderers which was abandoned after 13 overs because of heavy rain and lightning.

Set an imposing target of 203 for victory South Africa were 127/3 when the rain struck with both sides scrutinising the Duckworth/Lewis score sheets as they left the field. Agonisingly for the Proteas they fell short by one run thanks to an excellent over from James Anderson who conceded only six runs off the 12 over before the rain started to fall.

Graeme Smith (41) and Loots Bosman (58) had opened the host's reply with an attacking style which looked to have put the England bowlers on the back foot after England had scored a team record 202 runs.

Bosman who had returned to the starting lineup in place of the rested Jacques Kallis hit 58 runs from just 31 balls which included five fours and four big sixes.

With South Africa looking to take advanatge of some poor bowling by Tim Bresnan and the recalled Sajid Mahmood it appeared the target of 203 wasn't going to be enough as Bosman was dispatching Bresnan and Mahmood around the Wanderers with ease.

Luke Wright made the breakthrough England needed picking up the wicket of Smith after South Africa had managed to rack up 97 runs off just 8 overs. Bosman followed an over later and South Africa were left to rebuild as light rain started to fall.

Earlier England were put into bat by Graeme Smith and were soon on the back foot losing opener Joe Denly to the very first ball of the game trapped LBW by Charl Langeveldt.

Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott started England's recovery scoring 25 runs before Cook, who had almost missed the game through illness was trapped LBW by Ryan McLaren.

Trott, playing his first game in South Africa since switching allegiances to England departed for 33 before Morgan joined Collingwood at the crease.

Their partnership of 98 took the game away from South Africa as England took control.

Collingwood departed for 57 from just 32 balls in the 16th over. With the wickets of Luke Wright and Matt Prior falling cheaply it was left to Morgan to set South Africa a big total.

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