WCL | Phil Mustard’s power blended with Owais Shah- Ravi Bopara bowling class pepper South Africa Champions

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England Champions beat South Africa Champions by nine wickets at Edgbaston. Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah’s three-fer restricted the South African side to just 137 runs whereas Phil Mustard’s powerful knock of 84 off 35 deliveries ultimately sealed the victory for England Champions in 11 overs.

Brief score: ENGC 138/1 (11) [Mustard 84* (35), Pietersen 28(11); Kleinveldt 1/14(2)] beat SAC 137 (19.2) [Gibbs 26 (19), McLaren 22(24); Bopara 3/9(1.2)] by nine wickets.

England Champions skipper Kevin Pietersen won the toss and opted to bowl first against South Africa Champions at Edgbaston. The decision proved fruitful as Ryan Sidebottom struck early, dismissing Proteas skipper Jacques Kallis in the first over. The trouble continued for South Africa as Richard Levi and JP Duminy fell within the powerplay, leaving the score at 38/3. Herschelle Gibbs provided a brief respite with a cameo of 26 off 19 balls, but he was dismissed in the seventh over. The South African innings crumbled further, with Justin Ontong and Ashwell Prince departing cheaply reducing the score to 66/6 in 10 overs. Dane Vilas' 16 off 17 offered some stability, but his departure in the 14th over dashed any remaining hopes. Meanwhile, Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah each took three wickets as South Africa Champions were bowled out for 137.

In reply, England Champions got off to a flying start with Kevin Pietersen and Phil Mustard racing to 62/0 in just four overs. However, Rory Kleinveldt managed to dismiss Pietersen in the fifth over but that didn’t slow the run chase. Mustard, alongside Ian Bell, continued to dominate, reaching his fifty in just 22 balls and pushing the score to 85/1 in seven overs. The duo maintained their aggressive approach, guiding England Champions to victory in the 11th over as England Champions won the game convincingly by nine wickets.

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