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Rich haul for Hall

April 18, 2007
Andrew Hall took five wickets to help South Africa surge into the World Cup semi-finals and eliminate England with a crushing nine-wicket win in the Super Eights on Tuesday.

Medium pacer Hall bagged a career-best five for 18 to dismiss a woeful England for 154 with two overs remaining after Michael Vaughan had won the toss and elected to bat despite a lively Kensington Oval pitch.

Hall's intelligent seam bowling prompted a middle-order batting collapse, with five English wickets falling for just 10 runs. It was his maiden five-wicket haul and the best ever South African bowling figures in the World Cup, bettering Lance Klusener's 5-21 against Kenya in 1999.

Speedster Andre Nel did the early damage to return with 3-35 while veteran pacer Shaun Pollock was also economical in a miserly spell of 10-2-17-0 on a lively Kensington Oval pitch.

Andrew Strauss looked confident on both sides of the wicket while Collingwood knuckled down as the duo rebuilt the innings.

All-rounder Jacques Kallis broke the partnership by having the left-handed Strauss caught by Smith, the batsman's 46 coming from 67 balls with two fours and a six.

Hall then sliced through the lower order, his skiddy action trapping Collingwood plumb in front and breaking through the defence of Andrew Flintoff (5).

He then took Paul Nixon and Sajid Mahmood with successive deliveries and only an unbeaten cameo innings of 27 from Ravi Bopara gave England's attack something to bowl at.

Hall picked up his fifth wicket with his final ball, dismissing James Anderson leg before as England's innings ended with two overs remaining.

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