England’s most capped ODI player Paul Collingwood achieved the feat by taking two wickets, holding onto a catch and then following it up with an unbeaten 105 to help his side draw first blood in the 5-ODI Series. The former Captain was the obvious Man of the Match in England’s 7-wicket win at the Centurion.
The second ODI at the SuperSport Park in Centurion saw a disciplined effort from England both with the ball and the bat. They kept South Africa down to 250 for 9 and then chased that target losing only 3 wickets with four overs to spare. Opener Jonathan Trott (87 from 119 balls with 8 fours) and Paul Collingwood (105 not out from 110 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes) with a partnership of 163 for the 3rd wicket ensured that England cruised through the target. Eoin Morgan’s love affair with the South Africa bowling continued as he effortlessly scored an unbeaten 27 from 18 balls with 4 fours and a six to speed up the victory.
The South African innings saw two half centuries coming in from opener Hashim Amla (57 from 62 balls with 6 fours) and no.5 Alviro Petersen (64 from 65 balls with 5 fours and a six). JP Duminy struck a neat 41 from 47 balls as well. Bresnan bowled well for England for his 2 for 46 in 10 overs while Anderson was a touch expensive taking 3 for 60.