The 4th ODI between South Africa and England was played today at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. Toss was won by the home team South Africa and decide to bat first.
South Africa's Squad - Amla, Smith, de Villers, Duminy, Petersen, Boucher, McLaren, Botha, Parnell, M Morkel, Langeveldt.
England's Squad - Trott, Strauss, Pietersen, Collingwood, Morgan, Prior, Wright, Broad, Swann, Bresnan, Anderson.
As South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first, Amla and Smith entered the field to start South Africa's innings. The only good thing for the South Africans were their toss and after that nothing went good for them. They started to lose their batsman at a regular intervals. Their 1st wicket was at 1.2 overs when they lost their skipper Smith for just 2 runs and South Africa was 6/1. 2nd wicket was Amla with 11 runs at 6.6 overs South Africa were 24/2 and the wicket was taken by Anderson. 3rd wicket was Duminy who went out for 6 runs at 10.3 overs, South Africa were 35/3 and the wicket was taken by Anderson. 4th wicket was at 13.5 overs when de Villers went out for 22 runs , wicket was taken by Bresnan and South Africa were 55/4.
Then Petersen and Boucher joined the field and 23 runs came in their partnership and its was broken by Anderson at 20.6 overs when Boucher went out for 13 runs and South Africa were 78/5. Then again Anderson made the damage to the home side when McLaren went out with adding any runs at 22.5 overs and South Africa were 78/6. 7th wicket was Both at 26.2 overs with 1 run and South Africa were 84/7. Then 8th wicket went down for South Africa at 29.5 overs when Parnell went with 1 run and SA were 92/8. 9th wicket was M Morkel at 33.6 overs with 7 run and SA were 112/9. Last wicket was Petersen with 51 runs at 36.5 overs. South Africa was able to score only 119 runs, the only player who came well with bat was Peterson who scored 51 runs off 126 balls with 5-4's. Anderson was the bowler who made a major damage to the South African by picking 5 wickets, Broad and Collingwood each took 2 wickets and Bresnan took 1 wicket.
Then with the target of 120 England started their innings with Trott and Strauss, the openers played very well and scored 74 runs in their partnership in 16.5 overs and then Strauss went out with 32 runs and England were 74/1. The 2nd wicket was Petersen who went out with singel digit score 3 runs at 18.4 overs and England were 80/2. 3rd wicket was Collingwood who also went out in short time with 2 runs and England were 83/3. Then Morgan joined Trott and played till the end. Moran scored 28* runs and Trott scored 52*. For South Africa Botha took 2 wickets and McLaren 1 wicket.
England reached their traget at 31.2 overs by losing 3 wickets and won the 4th ODI by 7 wickets. Through this victory England lead the 5 match ODI series as 2-1. The player of the match award was given to Anderson for his 5 wicket haul.
5th ODI will be played at Durban on 4th Dec.