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England start badly in run chase

England made a dreadful start chasing 155 to beat South Africa in the Super Eights, reaching 59-3 after 10 overs.

They lost Luke Wright in the first over, Kevin Pietersen was run-out after a collison with bowler Shaun Pollock and Paul Colingwood fell first ball.

South Africa had slipped to 42-3 by the sixth over, but 98 came from the final 11 overs as England wilted.

Albie Morkel, dropped twice, blasted three gargantuan sixes in succession, smashing a brutal 43 off 20 deliveries.

England made two changes, bringing in James Anderson and Jeremy Snape for Darren Maddy and James Kirtley.

Collingwood won the toss, and decided to let South Africa work out what was a good score on a heavily cracked pitch that was used for the earlier Australia-Bangladesh match and resembled a battered back street in Tooting.

England's early tactic of rotating the seamers in one-over spells proved successful and they were in command for the first half of the innings.

Stuart Broad struck with his first ball to dismiss JP Duminy, Graeme Smith, after four fours in his 19, top-edged to fine-leg and AB de Villiers edged the first ball of a new spell from Andrew Flintoff.

Chris Schofield bowled an impressive first over but Snape had the misfortune to have Mark Boucher dropped twice in two balls.

Justin Kemp compounded the misery with a flat sweep for six as the hosts looked to accelerate, but Matt Prior claimed an impressive catch to dismiss the danger man in the 16th over, when the powerful right-hander top-edged into orbit.

Morkel launched an awesome drive over cow corner that landed on the roof, but Collingwood and Owais Shah got themselves in a tangle to allow him a reprieve as the ball looped to safety at deep mid-on with both leaving it to each other.

Morkel then launched two sixes into the adjacent brewery - measured at 106 and 102 metres, the longest of the competition - and hit three maximums in succession as 21 came off Schofield's final over.

It was Schofield himself who was guilty of the next error, tipping the ball over the ropes with a tame one-handed effort when Morkel blasted a Broad full toss down the ground.

source - bbc.co.uk
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