Monday 23 April 2018

Cricket: Redemption for England

England bounced back from their World Cup defeat to Ireland by producing an astonishing comeback to beat South Africa by six runs in Chennai.

They lost two wickets in the first over and, although Jonathan Trott (52) and Ravi Bopara (60) put on 99, England were all out for 171 in the 46th over. South Africa were cruising in reply at 124-3 but they lost four wickets for three runs in five overs.

Graeme Swann drew first blood getting rid of Graeme Smith but Broad offered that first real ray of hope, removing Hashim Amla (42) and Jacques Kallis (15) in quick succession to expose the South African middle-order. Anderson, who has been expensive this tournament, suddenly got busy with reverse swing and South Africa lost five quick wickets that completely derailed their chase.

Irish Independent

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