England were bamboozled by the South African spin of first Robin Peterson and later Imran Tahir as the side from Ole Blighty crumbled to 171 all out in 45.3 overs. Peterson (3/22) rattled England's top order while after some damage caused by the pacers, leg-spinner Imran Tahir (4/38) polished off the tail. Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara were the only two batsmen able to put on scores of some note with 52 and 60, respectively.
Staging a recovery after an initial burst from off-spinner Peterson, Trott and Bopara had brought England to 97/3 in 25 overs. The batting duo then took their side to 100 in the next over, shortly before Trott brought up his 50 with a four off Peterson.
In the 28th over, Dale Steyn dropped a tough chance by Trott off the bowling of leg-spinner Imran Tahir. But that slip-up didn't cost the Proteas anything as later in the over, Tahir caught and bowled the same batsman. Trott departed for 52 off 94 balls after sharing in a 99-run stand with Bopara. England were 114/4 in 29.5 overs.
Bopara and Matt Prior continued the repair work. But no sooner were the two settled into a steady partnership and Bopara had brought up his half century, than Morkel had Prior caught behind for 10 off 19 balls. England were 134/5 in 35.3 overs.
Then, in the 40th over, Bopara's defiant stand came to end for 60 off 98 balls when he was trapped in front by Morkel. In the very next or and one run later, Steyn removed Tim Bresnan in a similar manner. England's tail was exposed 149/7 in 40.1 overs.
Graeme Swann and Michale Yardy took England past 150 later in the same over. Though Swann struck a couple of fours in a bid to up the flagging run-rate, Yardy couldn't hold out against the spin of Tahir for much longer and lofted him into the hands of short cover for 3 off 17 balls. England were 161/8 in 43.2 overs.
Then Tahir trapped Broad in front for a duck and England had lost their 9th wicket for the same score and same bowler went on to wrap up the innings when he had Swann caught brilliantly by J P Duminy at long on. England were all out for 171 in 45.4 overs.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, England's inning got off to tumultuous start. South Africa who had decided to open the bowling with off-spinner Robin Peterson were immediately rewarded. In just the 3rd ball, England captain Andrew Strauss holed out to A B de Villiers at long on for a duck.
Then three balls later, Kevin Pietersen edged Peterson to Jacques Kallis at slip and was on his way for 2 as England had slipped to 3/2 in the first over. In the 5th over, Peterson took a fantastic diving-full-length-to-his-left caught and bowled to dismiss Ian Bell for 5. The slide was continuing for England at 15/3 in 4.4 overs.
But Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara stemmed the rot, taking their side to over 50 in the 14th over, courtesy a boundary by Bopara off Morne Morkel. The batsmen kept plugging away for ones and twos and each survived a couple of close calls to take England to 95/3 in 25 overs.