England vs South Africa

Match info: England v South Africa ODI Series 2012 at The Swalec Stadium - 1st ODI

Date: 24th Aug 2012 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and R A Kettleborough

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

England

37/0 (5.3 Overs)

Abandoned

South Africa

No result

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  • Match abandoned

    Well, that's the end of that. They've called it off as a lost cause. We'll be back on Tuesday for the second ODI in Southampton.
  • Match abandoned

    And that's the end of that. The game has been called off, about two hours later than it should have been. We'll be back on Monday for the next one
  • Over 5.3 - Eng 37/0 (Cook 10, Bell 26)

    Cook's happy to take the singles and leave the shots to Belly, changing strike off the first ball. Bell flicks one off his hips to fine leg for four, walking across his stumps, the ball not as fast onto the bat as before. And they're off, the rain is back. Bell looks annoyed. We have 20 minutes or so until the game has to be abandoned.
  • Over 5 - Eng 32/0 (Cook 9, Bell 22)

    BANG! Six for Bell first ball, hoicking it over long on, before adding another three via an inside-out drive through cover off Morkel. Duminy does well to chase it down and save one. Cooks adds one, and then Bell drives Morkel T20-style straight back over long off for six. Very good from England.
  • Over 4 - Eng 16/0 (Cook 8, Bell 7)

    Cook gets the first boundary of the innings, driving it past the covers to the ropes. He then swings at a wider one and gets a looping top edge, but it falls safely. It doesn't reach the boundary though as the outfield is soggy, and they run three. Bell punishes a half-volley by driving it back over Lopsy's head for four. They only get two off the next one as Dean Elgar, on debut, makes a diving stop at mid-on.
  • Over 3 - Eng 4/0 (Cook 1, Bell 2)

    Morkel's getting it up there in terms of speed, just under 90mph, and he's bowling a tight line. Bell gets a scampered single, knocking it to mid-on, before Cook almost gets run out. Parnell makes a hash of the under arm flick though and he's safe.
  • Over 2 - Eng 2/0 (Cook 0, Bell 1)

    Lonwabo Tsotsobe takes the new ball from the other end, and starts with a dot ball, Bell also blocking into the covers. Bell then swings at a wider one, which moves nicely in the air. He gets off the mark with an angled shot down to third man. Cook plays and misses off the final ball, so just one off it.
  • Over 1 - Eng 1/0 (Cook 0, Bell 0)

    Morkel continues, and Cook can't get him away, either playing and missing or pushing it to the covers. It would have been a maiden but for the earlier wide.
  • It's been reduced again, now to 23 overs per side.
  • At least the ground staff are getting some exercise. The hovercraft is being dragged off now.
  • Over 0.1 - Eng 1/0 (Cook 0, Bell 0)

    Morne Morkel starts with a wide down the leg side first ball to Cook. This isn't a Test, Morne! Aaaand then they leave the field. The crowd is not impressed, and neither am I. Just call it off. It's all about money, they don't want to pay the fans back for their tickets!
  • The players are on the field, but so is the hovercraft pitch cover thing. It's very grey though, and the lights on fully on. I predict a few misfields and the ball not reaching the ropes if hit along the ground.
  • It's 10 minutes to go and they haven't called it off yet... touch wood. To recap: SA will bowl first after winning the toss and have handed a debut to Dean Elgar, while Dale Steyn is rested. England have chosen Ravi Bopara ahead of Jonny Bairstow. We'll have 24 overs of T20-like action.
  • One more time, just for fun. Play's scheduled to begin at 4pm SA time, and will be for 24 overs a side.
  • Right, and we're under way at last! Kidding. It's raining and the covers are back on for what is the heaviest downpour of the day.
  • Ok. Rain has stopped again, and play is set to start at 2:45 SA time (1:45 UK). It will be 32 overs per side. Maybe. We hope.
  • Guess what... That's right! The rain is back! Just call it off and be done with it.
  • They've raised our hopes again by saying play will start at 2:15 SA time (1:15 UK time). We'll see about that.

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