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Turning point: Early breakthroughs turn it England's way

June 20, 2013 09:59 IST

James Anderson set the tone for England's win with a wicket in the very first over of the match.

James AndesonColin Ingram was beautifully set up by England's pace ace, who started with a few outswingers before getting one to come in and the South African was caught plumb in front of the stumps.

Steve Finn made it worse for the visitors in the next over. South Africa’s batting mainstay Hashim Amla was caught behind for one and both the openers were back in the hut by the second over of the match.

As has been witnessed in the tournament, the teams who have gotten good starts have run away with good scores -- England and India being the best examples.

South Africa's middle order also failed to come to the party as England made most of the early advantage and went for the kill.

South Africa could never really recover from those early dismissals and kept losing wickets at regular intervals as England kept up the pressure to bowl them out for a paltry 175 before cruising home to an easy seven-wicket win 75 balls to spare.