Posted in August 2012:

WORLD NUMBER 1

South Africa has become the no.1 test side in the world by defeating England by 51 runs in the third and final test match at Lord’s. The English team was chasing a stiff target of 346 runs which was not easy by any means against the top class South African bowling line up. At the end of the fourth day, the score of England was 16 runs for the loss of two wickets. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott were at the crease. The team was relying heavily on these two on the fifth day, but, Philander gave England an early blow by dismissing Bell. Bell tried to chase a delivery way outside the off stump; the ball took the outside edge and went straight into the safe hands of Smith. England got deeper into trouble when James Taylor ran himself out due to a misunderstanding with Trott. Four wickets were down at the score of 45 and England needed a big partnership badly. Jonny Bairstow came to bat and he played brilliantly in the second innings as well. He put up a partnership of 89 runs with Trott for the fifth wicket and stabilized the inning a bit. Imran Tahir ended the partnership by knocking over Bairstow. That was a quicker delivery and Bairstow should have played it on the front foot, but, Bairstow tried to cut it and his stumps got rattled.  Bairstow scored 54 runs off just 47 balls with 8 boundaries. Trott’s inning also didn’t last long and Steyn removed him with a brilliant delivery. Trott wasn’t able to negotiate the short, rising delivery and Kallis took a brilliant catch diving towards his left. Broad and Prior played some fantastic shots and added 62 runs together for the seventh wicket. Swann also showed some good hands and scored 41 quick runs to make the match interesting. But, unfortunately, Swann got run out at the score of 282 and the game turned in the favour of South Africa again. Philander secured South Africa’s victory by removing Prior and Finn on the consecutive deliveries. Philander was named as the man of the match for his all round performance in the match. Read more...