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Jimmy Anderson’s first ever ODI five-for was a sight to behold (highlights here and here). South Africa’s batsmen, having been so imposing at Newlands on Friday, were in disarray as the hosts were skittled for 119, with the ‘Burnley Express’ taking 5-23, including the pivotal wickets of Amla, Boucher, and Duminy.

England’s tour so far has been more up and down than a kangaroo on a trampoline, but they find themselves 2-1 up in the 50-over series with one to play. Cue a 100+ run defeat for the tourists in Durban, probably.

As an aside, it may be worth noting that Kevin Pietersen failed with the bat again, lasting six balls and making just three runs despite getting a reprieve on his second ball when Morne Morkel dropped a sitter.

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As South Africa chase an unlikely 414 for victory in Perth, they have been given some real hope by Graeme Smith‘s 108 from 147 balls.

If the tourists do pull it off (they require 187 tomorrow with 7 wickets remaining), it will be the second highest successful run-chase in Test cricket history, and it will most likely be largely due to the 153-run partnership between Smith and Amla, which recalled the former’s innings at Edgbaston back in August.

Australia are still in the box seat, as they say, but the hosts may be a little nervous this evening.

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Another One Day International for England, another ‘Michelle‘ for an English bowler. Samit Patel took 5-41 as South Africa were 170 all out in lukewarm pursuit of England’s 296/7.

Kevin Pietersen might be tempted to get carried away with himself (after all, England have won every match since his permanent appointment as captain), but this South Africa side look about ready for the plane home, and aren’t really the side to set a benchmark against. Only Amla made any real impression for the tourists, with 46 runs from 66 balls.

Aside from Patel, England’s star performer was Flintoff, who made 78 not out at more than a run a ball, then took 2-33 from his 7 overs.

The next match is at Lords’ on Sunday, but the series is already England’s.

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