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England crash to massive defeat

Second Twenty20 international, Centurion:
South Africa 241-6 beat England 157-8 by 84 runs
Match scorecard

By Oliver Brett

Alastair Cook and Sajid Mahmood
Alastair Cook and Sajid Mahmood, who took 1-61, assess the damage

Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith's world- record stand set South Africa on the way to an 84-run victory over England in the second Twenty20 international.

Bosman (94 off 45 balls) and Smith (88 off 44) put on 170 in just 13 overs before South Africa finished on 241-6 after hitting 17 sixes in Centurion.

With Alastair Cook leading England for the first time, and Kevin Pietersen in the side, England finished on 157-8.

Jonathan Trott hit 51 in a hopeless run chase as the series finished 1-1.

It was a bruising afternoon for England's bowlers, with the Proteas racking up a total just 19 runs short of the best in all Twenty20 internationals.

The bowling ranged from the commendable (James Anderson) to the mediocre and the downright awful with Sajid Mahmood (1-61) the worst offender and Adil Rashid's only over disappearing for 25.

South Africa's batsmen were in the mood to dish out punishment, with Bosman smashing nine sixes and Smith six in a partnership that was a record for any wicket in this format.

Bosman, so close to being the first South African to reach a century at this level, has come into the national side relatively late in his career, but at 32 the Eagles and Mumbai Indians right-hander seems determined to make a lasting impression.

England's build-up had been affected by a back twinge for regular captain Paul Collingwood, with Pietersen appearing two days earlier than scheduled. He was playing his first match since Achilles surgery forced him out of the last three Ashes Tests.

Cook took the captaincy of a national team for the first time since leading England's Under-19 side to the semi-finals of the 2004 World Cup, while Rashid replaced Graeme Swann (sore side).

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South Africa made three changes from the side that had lost the first match by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Back-up wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn got a first international outing, while left-arm seamer Yusuf Abdulla and a more familiar figure in Jacques Kallis also came into the side.

The home side's openers took just 14 runs from the first three overs, but it all went horribly wrong for England as soon as Mahmood was handed the ball at the start of the fourth over.

His first three deliveries were all hit for muscular boundaries by Smith, and there were also two no-balls - one of which was hit by Bosman to mid-off, but the catch, of course, did not count.

The over had cost 21 runs and the floodgates were unleashed as Tim Bresnan was flicked for a Bosman six in the next over, and two of Luke Wright's first three balls - a dreadful long-hop and a thigh-high full-toss were also smashed for maximums.

That left the total 69-0 after six overs, and there was no let-up in the scoring even though England were now allowed extra boundary fielders.

Mahmood was driven high over mid-off for four by Bosman, who then swung a short ball from the Lancashire bowler onto the grassy bank behind deep square-leg.

The 100-run partnership came up in the following over when each batsman clobbered two sixes apiece off Rashid, and Wright was then denied an lbw verdict against Bosman before Smith edged one past the diving Matt Prior for four more.

Loots Bosman
Bosman hit nine sixes in a brutal display of power hitting

Smith now heaved a couple more sixes off Bresnan as the run spree continued, and Mahmood's pain continued as another 19 runs came off his third over.

A century for Smith looked a formality, but Joe Denly's first ball for England brought him a wicket when a big lofted drive was caught by Mahmood just inside the ropes at long-on.

Cook elected to give Pietersen two overs, and though he took the predictable punishment a stunning catch by Bresnan at long-on gave him an entry in the wickets column.

Bosman was eventually caught by Anderson, diving forward to give Wright a wicket the Sussex man deserved, but a final assault from AB de Villiers took South Africa to 241-6.

England's response to South Africa's fireworks was the more measured application of Denly and Cook, and frankly they were never likely to get close.

By the time Pietersen got to the wicket at number four, an insurmountable 177 was needed from just 10.3 overs.

Pietersen and Trott, players who had learned their craft on these pitches, did play some bright shots in their first partnership together.

A lovely pulled six off Ryan McLaren gave Trott a 38-ball half-century, which in most circumstances would have been an excellent effort.

He finally fell soon afterwards, before Pietersen - looking reasonably fit and playing some decent shots - made 29 off 19 balls, bowled attempting a switch-hit off Roelof van der Merwe.

Some desperate slogs resulted in a few more easy wickets for the bowlers, with Dale Steyn (2-29) emerging with the best figures.

England's next engagement is at Potchefstroom on Tuesday in a 50 overs-a-side match against South Africa A as they start their build-up to the five match one-day series.



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