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England vs South Africa (ODI)

Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Sophia Gardens, Cardiff,1st ODI, Date - 24/08/2012, Toss won by - South Africa
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Commentary (England innings)

That's it from all of us here. Do join us for the 2nd ODI at Southampton on 28th August. Till then, good bye and take care.

Some real bad news out from the middle. The game has been abandoned due to incessant rains. Sadly, only 5.3 overs were possible in the match. England had got off to a good start courtesy attacking intent from Ian Bell after the match was reduced to 23 overs a side. But then rain played spoilsport and made sure that no more play was possible.

Bad news again as it has started drizzling. The covers are coming on! Stay tuned for further updates!

5.3 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, A tad short and wide outside off, Bell stays back and punches it powerfully but straight to covers. 37/0

5.2 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, FOUR! Nice improvisation! Length delivery on off, Bell shuffles across and flicks it to long leg for a boundary. 37/0

Bowling Powerplay has just started from this over!

5.1 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, A tad short outside off, Cook rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 33/0

4.6 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Stays in his crease and pats a length delivery outside off to point. 32/0

4.5 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Bell gives himself room for a cut but misses. 32/0

4.4 M Morkel to Ian Bell, SIX! Hammered! Bell is on fire! Fullish on off, Bell dances down the track and lofts it over mid off for a maximum. 32/0

4.3 M Morkel to A Cook, Stays back and guides it to third man for a single. 26/0

4.2 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Gives himself room and carts it over covers, Duminy chases it and does well to save a run. They take three! 25/0

4.1 M Morkel to Ian Bell, SIX! Plundered! Back of a length delivery on off, Bell walks down the track and heaves it over mid-wicket for a powerful boundary. 22/0

3.6 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, Good length delivery outside off, Cook punches it straight to covers. 16/0

3.5 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Chips down the track again and mistimes his swipe to mid on for a quick single. 16/0

3.4 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, FOUR! Fullish outside off, Bell dances down the track and rams it over mid off for a thunderous boundary. 15/0

3.3 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, Fullish outside off, Cook stays back and lifts it over covers, doesn't get his timing right and they run through for three. 11/0

3.2 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Cooks goes for a cut but misses. 8/0

3.1 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, FOUR! First boundary of the innings! Fullish outside off, Cook leans forward and drives it past covers for a crunching boundary. 8/0

2.6 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Length delivery on middle, Bell drills it to mid on. 4/0

2.5 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Bell gives himself room and looks to force it over the infield but misses. 4/0

2.4 M Morkel to A Cook, Cook survives a run out! Fullish on off, Cook pushes it to mid off and scampers for a single. Parnell stationed there picks up and throws but misses his shy as the non-striker's end as Cook struggles to make his ground. Had that hit, Cook was a goner. 4/0

2.3 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Good length delivery on middle, Bell turns it to mid on and takes a single. 3/0

2.2 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Length delivery outside off, Bell pushes it back to the bowler. 2/0

2.1 M Morkel to Ian Bell, Good length delivery outside off, Bell defends it to the off side off the back foot. 2/0

1.6 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, Beaten! Nips away after landing outside off, Cook goes for a poke but misses. 2/0

1.5 L Tsotsobe to A Cook, Length delivery on middle, Cook pushes it to covers off the front foot. 2/0

1.4 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Back of a length delivery outside off, Bell stays back and guides it to third man for a single. 2/0

1.3 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Play and a miss! Wide outside off, Bell goes for a slash but misses. 1/0

1.2 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Walks down the track and pushes a length delivery outside off to point. 1/0

1.1 L Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Good length delivery outside off, Bell goes back and defends it to point. 1/0

Tsotsobe to bowl from the other end.

0.6 M Morkel to A Cook, Probing delivery outside off, Cook leaves it alone. 1/0

0.5 M Morkel to A Cook, Goes back and pats it to point. 1/0

0.4 M Morkel to A Cook, Play and a miss! A tad short outside off, Cook goes for a cut close to his body but gets beaten. 1/0

0.3 M Morkel to A Cook, In the corridor outside off, Cook shoulders his arms to it. 1/0

0.2 M Morkel to A Cook, Good length delivery outside off, Cook lets it go through. 1/0

0.1 M Morkel to A Cook, Length delivery on middle, Cook pushes it to mid-wicket. 1/0

The umpires back on. Match reduced to 23 overs per side now.

And the hover cover is coming off. Play might start soon.

Oh dear... It has started raining again. The players are going back and the covers are on.

0.1 M Morkel to A Cook, Bowls down the leg side at 84.4 mph, Cook tries to play but fails. Umpire calls it wide. 1/0