Sunday, 31 August 2008

Thank You Freddy Much

England continue on their winning streak tonight, notching up yet another win against South Africa at Lord's by 7 wickets.

The amount of rain overnight and this morning seemed to offer Andrew Symonds more of a chance of catching something nice for tea at Lord's than the prospect of a full game being played. But after several hours of waiting around, watching replay after replay of the previous games of the series, patience prevailed (and an intervention by Duckworth-Lewis).

In a rain-reduced match, England were set a total of 137 in 20 overs (off D/L). After a dodgy start, with Prior out for a duck and Bell (13) following soon after, it was left to Shah (43 not out) and Pietersen (40) to get the run chase started.

And it should come as no surprise that Flintoff (31 off 12 measly balls and not out), having dominated this series with the bat and ball, hit the winning runs with ease.

South Africa opened the batting with confidence not yet seen in the ODI series, with Gibbs (74) and Amla (34) making a promising partnership. But a bad decision led to a brilliant run-out by Shah, leaving Amla stranded half-way down the pitch. Kallis (1) continues his unlucky streak, and South Africa finished on 183-6 after 32.1 overs (bloody rain, again).

England must be eyeing the opportunity that a win in Cardiff on Wednesday will see them catapulted to second in the ICC rankings. How this seems possible, Nightwatchgirl does not wish to investigate, but England seem to have a team that is becoming stronger in every aspect of the game.


Anonymous said...

A fine showing from Freddie. A shame that after Wednesday, there'll be no One-Day cricket for ages.

DreamDancer said...

Can't wait to see this England team take on India this winter. I reckon Freddie and Harmison can get wickets on Indian pitches. Our middle order is full of wristy players like Shah and KP so we should be fine when batting as well.