England v South Africa: Dernbach and Morgan put smile back on Flower's face
20:12 GMT, 31 August 2012
England celebrated their first victory over South Africa this summer
after half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott saw them to a
four-wicket win in the third match of the NatWest Series.
Having lost the Test series 2-0 and fallen 1-0 behind after two matches
of the one-day leg, England turned the tide at the Kia Oval courtesy of
Morgan's fluent 73 and a stoic 71 from Trott.
High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar
The bowlers earlier played their part by dismissing the tourists for 211, Ravi Bopara miserly with one wicket for 31 runs in 10 overs and James Anderson polishing off the tail to close with four for 44.
England briefly looked in bother on 64 for three but Trott played the anchor role in a dogged 125-ball innings, while Morgan added the flair with seven fours and two sixes.
Ian Bell wasted no time getting England's chase going but, after crashing three boundaries in Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over, he was pinned leg before wicket by Dale Steyn.
Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73
Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan
His opening partner Alastair Cook took 18 balls to get off the mark but did so by turning Tsotsobe off his hips for four.
Eleven more came off Steyn's fourth over as Trott arrived at the crease and the hosts reached 45 for one after 10 overs.
Tight lines from Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell saw just 12 runs added in the next five overs.
Cook was particularly sedate and went for a laboured 20 with a tame shot to Robin Peterson.
Bopara then fell for a disputed duck, given caught behind off Morkel.
He immediately reviewed the verdict but the technology was inconclusive and he was forced to depart, albeit reluctantly.
At 69 for three from 20 overs, England had plenty of work to do.
Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch…
… and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side
Morgan's arrival added much-needed impetus – not to mention boundaries – as he raced past 30 at better than a run-a-ball.
A wide from Dean Elgar took England's target below 100 and Morgan
thrashed the spinner for the first six of the day in the 32nd over.
All the while, Trott was compiling slowly but surely and reached 50 from 86 deliveries.
Morgan's own half-century came off a breezier 54 balls and he overtook his partner with a flowing four over extra-cover.
A second six followed to the same area off Tsotsobe and his seventh four, off Morkel, brought up the century stand.
Morgan's game-changing knock ended with a looping caught-and-bowled to Peterson and 40 still needed.
Craig Kieswetter cleared the ropes once before being run out for 14,
leaving Trott to shepherd England within five runs of victory.
The impressive Parnell accounted for the number three, via the outside
edge, but Samit Patel was on hand to hit the winning boundary.
Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena
Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch
South Africa, having won the toss and batted, got off to a promising
start but after reaching 119 for two at the halfway stage they lost
wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out with 3.2 overs remaining.
Hashim Amla, having made a 311 not out on this ground in the Test
series, was quickly into his stride and plundered 11 off James
Anderson's third over.
His partner, Graeme Smith, had 18 of the first 50 runs before he was bowled by Anderson to an ugly stroke.
Cook turned to Bopara and his nagging medium pace soon after and he successfully strangled the scoring.
It was Jade Dernbach who made the key breakthrough, though, swinging a
full delivery past Amla's bat and removing leg stump for 43.
The bowling powerplay boosted England, costing just 21 runs and yielding that prize scalp.
Elgar and AB de Villiers were in danger of getting stuck until they took
13 off a single James Tredwell over, although the off-spinner exacted
his revenge at his next visit.
De Villiers was the man out, chipping to Bell at long-off for 28.
Bopara got a deserved wicket when he bowled Faf du Plessis for one and
Elgar went for a less-than-fluent 42 when he missed a trademark Dernbach
Number seven Parnell had a frenetic eight-ball stay, hitting one
authentic four through midwicket and two edged boundaries before
Dernbach had him caught behind.
That left JP Duminy to repair the innings and he made a diligent 33
before holing out off the bowling of Tredwell looking to up the rate.
Anderson made light work of the lower order, removing Steyn, Morkel and Tsotsobe in the space of eight deliveries.