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James Anderson leads England to win over South Africa

Fourth one-day international, Port Elizabeth:
England 121-3 beat South Africa 119 by seven wickets
Match scorecard

James Anderson
Anderson's last seven overs brought him five wickets for eight runs

By Oliver Brett

James Anderson bowled with great skill to capture his first five-wicket haul as England crushed South Africa for a 2-1 series lead with one match to come.

South Africa opted to bat first in the fourth one-dayer but lost Graeme Smith to Stuart Broad in the second over and were bundled out for a feeble 119.

Anderson shrugged off knee trouble to scythe through the batting, and was well supported by his team-mates.

Jonathan Trott's unbeaten 52 saw England cruise to a seven-wicket win.

Three wickets fell between the 17th and the 22nd overs, but Trott and Eoin Morgan (28 not out) got England home with more than 18 overs to spare.

Mark Boucher
An Anderson outswinger was far too good for Mark Boucher to deal with

Having been on the receiving end of a brutal South African innings on Friday in Cape Town, when the hosts smashed 354-6, England must have had some trepidation about facing the same batting line-up again.

There were two changes for the Proteas - but they were in the bowling department with Dale Steyn and Roelof van der Merwe out, and Charl Langeveldt and Johan Botha in.

The batsmen who had soundly beaten England at Newlands were the same on paper - but the home spectators must have thought the personnel behind the helmets were different players altogether.

England, unchanged from the previous game, got a boost in the second over when a Broad lbw appeal against Graeme Smith was upheld by Australian umpire Rod Tucker.

The suggestion was the ball might have just have pitched on leg-stump and held its line, and Smith had to go.

Anderson's first three overs went for 15 runs and produced no wickets.

But, in his 120th match, the Lancashire swing bowler knows what works best for him - and he persisted with deliveries that he thought would take wickets.

The brave tactic paid off handsomely, as Anderson - in two spells - took five of the next six wickets to fall.

The deliveries that removed Mark Boucher and then Botha were brutally hard to deal with. Both balls pitched on an awkward length and left the right-handers, Boucher's off-stump being plucked out of the ground while Botha nicked to Matt Prior.

Two other wickets were more fortuitous, Amla chipping lazily to short mid-wicket while the left-handed JP Duminy played a curious attempted pull to a slow bouncer which he managed to drag to Prior.

At the other end, Tim Bresnan was the perfect foil, bowling with nagging accuracy and returning figures of 1-15 from eight overs to keep the pressure on from both ends.

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Bresnan's only scalp, the fourth in the innings with the total on 55, was the big one of Cape Town century-maker AB de Villiers.

Umpire Tucker was again called into action as he gave the batsman out lbw to a ball that jagged back into him, and it was probably straight enough to just about clip the top of leg-stump.

After Anderson had finished off his sensational spell - he had converted an indifferent start of 0-15 off his first three overs into a man-of-the-match haul of 5-23 - South Africa were already in a losing position at 92-8 after 30 overs.

Wickets seven and nine were supplied by Paul Collingwood, England's most capped one-day player taking his 100th wicket when Andrew Strauss leapt to his left at backward point to remove Wayne Parnell.

All the while, Alviro Petersen - batting at six and hitting his third half-century of the series - was trying to show his team-mates that there were no real devils in the wicket.

There was some swing and seam on offer, but it should not have been enough to cause this South African team too many headaches.

But suddenly Petersen had only Langeveldt for company, and had to play his shots. Attempting to hit a sixth boundary over a mid-on standing tantalisingly on the edge of the circle he did not get quite enough bat on the ball.

Luke Wright, the one malfunctioning member of the bowling attack, atoned for his five uninspiring overs with a wonderful one-handed leap and South Africa were dead and buried in 37 overs, Petersen by some distance the top scorer with 51.

Jonathan Trott
Trott batted in unflustered style to make sure of the win

England had time to begin their modest chase before the lunch break, openers Trott and Strauss fluently reaching 31-0 from the seven overs available.

After the interval, Strauss survived a huge appeal for a catch behind off Morne Morkel - an indication that this was not going to be South Africa's day.

A series of secure pulls and drives from both batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over at a healthy rate, before the spin of Botha reaped immediate success as Strauss was trapped lbw on the back foot for 32 as he made room to cut.

That left England 74-1 in the 17th over and Kevin Pietersen arrived at the scene to predictable boos, before being dropped almost immediately by Morkel on the long-leg boundary.

A mini-crisis ensued as Pietersen declined to make the most of his life, chipping a catch to short mid-wicket, and Collingwood edged Ryan McLaren behind to leave the score 83-3.

Morgan was allowed to edge McLaren for a couple of boundaries through gaps in the slip cordon, and it was he who hit the winning runs via another edge for four.



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