England revitalise World Cup chances

England revitalise World Cup chances

A loss to South Africa today would have meant it difficult for England to progress to the quarter-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup but after a good performance with the ball, England managed to overcome South Africa in yet another close encounter for the English in the Group Stages.

After a shock defeat to Ireland followed a batting slip to draw on the last ball against India, fans were concerned about the form of the English team. Opting to bat first, England started the day abysmally losing three wickets very quickly and were eventually bowled out for 171 runs. South Africa, in contrast, started much better with the bat but as wickets fell they came thick and fast and England forged a thrilling 6 run win over South Africa.

England captain Andrew Strauss opened the wickets with a duck but redeemed himself with excellent bowling choices in the field seeing Stuart Broad claim the last of his 4 wickets to seal the match, giving away just 15 runs. South Africa’s middle batsmen fell apart as Anderson claimed two quick wickets to provide a much tighter spectacle.

England will now head face off against Bangladesh, who were recently thrashed by the West Indies ; achieving the lowest score in ICC Cricket World Cup History. A win against Bangladesh would surely place England in the knock-out stages of the competition, and an assured performance would do wonders for confidence amongst players and fans across the country.

England are currently best odds at 8/1, offered by Bet365, to go on to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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