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England Punished by South Africa in Twenty20 World Cup

12/6/2009
The Twenty20 World Cup has proved to be as temperamental as the English weather for the home nation, with England crashing to a limp defeat against South Africa in the first match of the World Twenty20 Super Eights.

After an embarrassing defeat against the Netherlands in the opening game, England then seemed to have found their form after beating Pakistan. However, the game against pre-tournament favourites South Africa once again exposed some of the frailties of English cricket at the highest level.

Batting first, England only put 111 on the board in their allotted 20 overs – the lowest score recorded in their 18 Twenty20 internationals. South Africa found no difficulty in surpassing that score, winning with seven wickets and 10 balls in hand.

The loss has seen bookmakers effectively write off England’s chances of winning the tournament, with Totesport pricing the hosts at 18/1. South Africa are now generally 2/1, with SkyBet offering a generous looking 9/4, while India have been made 7/2 second favourites.
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