Amidst heavy dew and bad flood lights, the English captain Stuart broad won the toss and asked the South Africans to bat first. Considering the dew factor that proved crucial in the last match against the Sri Lankans, the decision seemed pretty obvious, but the South African batsmen replied in a great fashion as they put on a daunting total of 196, thanks mainly to half centuries from Hashim Amla and Ab De Villiers.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave the proteas a very strong start as they added as they added 90 runs for the first wicket. Amla in particular was aggressive to start with and gave full treatment to whatever bad deliveries were bowled by the English bowlers. De Kock on the other hand played second fiddle to Amla and took the odd chances when possible.

England did seem to get back in the game when they picked up both the openers and JP Duminy in the space of 4 overs, but Ab De Villiers went terminator mode and decided to return in form at the right point in the tournament for the South African liking. De Villiers destroyed the English bowling and played in a fashion that only he can. Dew or no dew, new ball or old ball, he played shots all around the park and blasted his way to 69 runs of 28 deliveries.

The English bowlers were clueless for most of the innings and especially when de Villiers was playing they didn’t know what had hit them. The South African batsmen added 111 runs in the last 10 overs which might prove to be crucial at the end of the game.

Brief score:

South Africa: 196/5 (Ab De Villiers 69, Hashim Amla 56.  C Treadwell 1/25, T Bresnan 1/28).

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