South Africa Legends win by 8 wickets

South Africa bowler Thandi Tshabalala being greeted by his teammates for claiming an England wicket.

Brief Score:

England 121 all-out in 18.1 overs

South Africa 125 for two in 13 overs


Heavily depend on captain Kevin Pietersen, England Legends suffered a major batting collapse in their match against South Africa Legends once Pietersen (21 off 12, 5 fours) departed LBW from the bowling of right-arm spinner Thandi Tshabalala. South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Tshabalala claimed England’s three top order batsmen in his first spell of three overs to restrict the Englishmen to 121 in 18.1 overs. In all, he claimed three England batsmen in his four-over spell and conceded 26 runs.
Makhaya Ntini and Zander de Bruyn did the rest by ripping through the tail-end batting line up as they took two wickets each. While Ntini conceded 24 runs in three overs, Bruyn gave away 24 in 2.4 overs.
Daren Maddy tried to steady the England batting in the middle but could add 25 runs off 23 before he was out caught by A Puttick from the bowling of Bruyn. Chris Tremlett took on the bowling of South Africa in the tail and hit some fabulous shots but he too fell prey to the bowling of Bruyn on individual score of 23 in 15 balls including one four and two huge sixes. Three of England batsmen could not even open the account while the remaining three could not reach double figure.

In reply, South Africa Legends openers Wicketkeeper batsman Morne van Wyk and Andrew Puttick provided a good start. Ryan Jay Sidebottom looked struggling to find his length and continued to bowl on the leg stump, resulted in giving away 18 runs in his second over. Wyk did not find any problem to hit two sixes over fine-leg boundary. Wyk was out for 46 from 31 balls.
Puttick was bowled by right-arm spin bowler James Tredwell in his second over as the batsman failed to negotiate an arm ball that hit the off stump. The first wicket fell at 59 in the form of Puttick (23 off 22, 3 fours). Alviro Petersen and Jonty Rhodes remained unbeaten on 31 off 18 and 17 off 7 to ensure South Africa reach the target in 13 overs and win the match by 8 wickets.


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