Chennai, March 6: England grabbed victory in a thriller of a low-scorer against South Africa at Chennai. Desperate for a win and with a meagre total of 171 on the board, the team from Ole Blighty did a remarkable job to defend it, bowling out the Proteas for 165. South Africa were 100/3 at one stage, but Stuart Broad who emerged the most effective bowler with 4/15, led a fight back to win the match by 6 runs. James Anderson ensnared a couple of scalps and Michael Yardy, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann pitched in with one a piece.
Slow left-armer Michael Yardy opened the bowling to South Africa, but Hashim Amla straight away struck him for a four and repeated the shot in the bowler's next over.Several quiet overs followed as the English bowlers toiled away for a breakthrough. But first came South Africa's 50 when Graeme Smith struck Swann for a four in the 13th over.
Two overs later, Swann got Smith caught behind for 22 off 41 balls and South Africa were 63/1 in 14.1 overs. Then in the 18th over, Stuart Broad managed to bowl Amla for 42 off 51 balls and the Proteas had slipped to 75/2. Then Broad had Jacques Kallis caught behind for 15 off 20 balls as the score read 82/3 in 19.2 overs.
But Francois du Plessis and A B de Villiers allayed fears of a collapse, by batting sensibly and taking their side past 100 in the 25th over. However, just as it looked like the batting duo was running away with match, Anderson bowled A B de Villiers for 25 off 44 balls.
Then in the next over, du Plessis was run out for 17 off 38 and the tide began to turn in England's favour with the score at 124/5 in 33 overs. It turned even further when Duminy was bowled by Anderson for a duck. South Africa had lost their 6th wicket for the same score.
Robin Peterson and Morne van Wyk were two new batsmen at the crease while spinners Michael Yardy and Kevin Pietersen kept the pressure on. But Yardy removed Peterson for 3 in the 37th over. Then Dale Steyn struck a four each off Yardy and Pietersen to offset the pressure.
He hit another boundary off the latter bowler in the 42nd over to bring up South Africa's 150. Anderosn then missed a caught and bowled opportunity from Steyn, but in the 47th over, Bresnan compensated when he bowled Morne van Wyk for 13. It just took one more over for England to finish off the match when in the 47th Broad trapped Steyn in front for 20 and had Morkel caught behind for 1.