Road Safety World Series: South Africa Legends end the England Legends winning streak | Cricket News
RAIPUR: South Africa Legends ended England Legends’ winning streak in two games after being beaten by eight wickets in the Road Safety World Series here at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium on Thursday.
With 122 wins, the team led by Jonty Rhodes reached the goal in just 13 overs. South Africa is now eight points behind Sri Lanka Legends (16) and India Legends (12) in third place in the points table.
The Africans got off to a great start thanks to openers Andrew Puttick and Morne van Wyk, who had formed a good partnership before James Tredwell bowled for 23 minutes. Van Wyk failed to hit his half-century after being caught off guard by wicket keeper Phil Mustard from left spinner Usman Afzaal for 46.
The conditions for South Africa’s victory were in place, and captain Rhodes did the formalities with two fours and a six in the 13th to help his team across the line.
Previously, off-spinner Thandi Tshabalala stole the show with the ball when South Africa bundled England for 121 in 18.1 overs. Rhodes’ bowlers had chosen the first field after winning the throw and made the life of the English batsmen with disciplined bowling difficult.
Tshabalala was the most successful bowler at three to 26. His victims included Kevin Pietersen, Jim Troughton, and Chris Schofield. In the meantime, the Pacer Makhaya Ntini and Zander de Bruyn each took two wickets.
After making a straight run in the five limits he hit, a slog against Tshabalala Pietersen cost his wicket. While making a slog he hit Tshabalala’s flight delivery wrong, and a bit of a turn held him in LBW for 12-ball 21.
After catching Troughton, Tshabalala dismissed the left-handed Schofield. Tshabalala bowled around the wickets and threw the ball a little outside of the section Schofield was about to leave, but it miraculously came in to break his stumps.
De Bruyn was another bowler who got two important wickets from Darren Maddy (25) and Chris Tremlett (23).
Brief Results: England Legends 121 (Darren Maddy 25, Chris Tremlett 23; Thandi Tshabalala 3/26); South Africa Legends 125/2 (Morne van Wyk 46, Alviro Petersen 31 *; James Tredwell 1/21).