|South Africa started their super 8 campaign in the ICC world twenty20 with a comprehensive win over New Zealand in the Group E 2nd game played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. After setting the massive target of 171 runs for victory on slow bouncing wicket they bowled well to restrict the New Zealand on 157 runs to start their Super 8’s game with a 13 runs victory.
New Zealand batsman failed to score some quick runs in the middle overs and that was the main reason behind their loss against South Africa. With this loss now they need to win their next game against Pakistan to remain in the competition.
Albie Morkel was the star of the day; he smashed five sixes in scoring 40 off 18 balls to propel South Africa to 170-4. At the end of 15 overs South Africa were struggling to even reach 140 run marks but thanks to A.Morkel inning which gave much needed boost to South African total. He and AB Devilliers put on 72 runs of just 39 balls to bring South Africa right back into the game after they were struggling at 97/3 in the 14th over.
New Zealand started their run chase in dramatic fashion loosing B.McCullum in the very first over of their inning. However J.Ryder (33 runs of 28 balls) and M.Guptil (18 runs of 19 balls) provided much needed stability in the middle by putting on 44 runs for the 2nd wicket. But dismissal of M.Guptill and J.Ryder in quick succession again put New Zealand on the back foot.
In the end it was too much left for N.McCullum and D.Vettori to achieve the near impossible target in last three overs.
Albie Morkel was declared Player of the Match for his match winning 40 runs of 18 balls.
Match Summary (South Africa Won by 13 Runs)
South Africa– 170/4 in 20 Overs
AB Devilliers – 47* A.Morkel- 40
J.Oram- 3-0-22-1 N.McCullum– 4-0-35-1
New Zealand – 157/7 in 20 Overs
J.Ryder- 33 N.McCullum– 26*
J.Botha- 3-0-23-2 M.Morkel– 4-0-27-2
England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in their first super 8’s game
Earlier in the first game of Super 8’s England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets to register their first win in ICC world twenty20 2010. Chasing the target of 148 runs for victory, England achieved the target easily with the help of Kevin Pietersen unbeaten 73 runs of 52 balls and some sloppy Pakistan fielding.
England were indebted to three incredible let-offs from Saeed Ajmal, who dropped Craig Kieswetter twice at mid-on and Michael Lumb once at mid-off, all inside the first five overs.
Kevin Pietersen hit two huge sixes and seven fours in his match winning knock of 73 runs.
Earlier Pakistan after put into bat looked quite comfortable at half-way stage at 76/2 at the end of 10 over mark. But two quick wickets in one over change the whole complexion of the game. In the 11th over bowled by M.Yardy, first he dismissed dangerous looking Md. Hafeez (18 runs of 14 balls) and on the very next ball faced by Pakistani Captain Shahid Afridi he went on for suicidal run which ended his inning.
Afterwards it was all England right through the game with upper hand. England bowlers Michael Yardy (2-19), pacers Stuart Broad (2-25) and Ryan Sidebottom (2-28) claimed crucial wickets to put breaks in the scoring in the end overs.
K.Pietersen was declared Man of the Match for his match winning unbeaten 73 runs of 52 balls.
Match Summary (England Won by 6 Wickets)
Pakistan– 147/9 in 20 Overs
S.Butt – 34 U.Akmal- 30
M.Yardy- 4-0-19-2 S.Broad– 4-0-25-2
England – 151/4 in 19.3 Overs
K.Pietersen- 73* M.Lumb– 25
S.Ajmal- 3.3-0-18-2 A.Razzaq– 3-0-22-1