Collingwood proves all-round value
Paul Collingwood marked his record-breaking England one-day international appearance with a magnificent all-round display as his fifth one-day hundred guided the tourists to victory at Centurion.
Man-of-the-match Collingwood struck a measured 105 not out, following a superb catch and two vital wickets, on the day he surpassed the tally of 170 ODI caps he shared with Alec Stewart.
The all-rounder shared a 162-run an alliance with Jonathan Trott, who hit a composed 87 - his maiden one-day half-century in his second 50-over international.
Collingwood saw his side home by seven wickets with four overs remaining to put them one up in the five-match series, following Friday’s washout at Johannesburg.
The 33-year-old, who made his ODI debut in 2001, earlier held a stunner at backward point to remove AB de Villiers and had both Hashim Amla and Albie Morkel caught to limit the Proteas to a below par 250 for nine.
That proved insufficient to prevent England’s sixth consecutive ODI triumph against the Proteas at a ground where they amassed 323 for eight in September’s ICC Champions Trophy semi-final.
As in that match James Anderson claimed three wickets, while fellow seamer Luke Wright and part-time medium-pacer Trott displayed ample control to return tidy figures.
Alviro Petersen top-scored for the Proteas with 64, seven more than Amla - playing in place of Jacques Kallis who was yesterday ruled out of the one-day series with a fractured rib.
Swann’s place went to Adil Rashid, whose three overs proved expensive, while the tourists opted to open with Trott, meaning Joe Denly made way.
Andrew Strauss won an important toss at SuperSport Park and England struck a crucial early blow when Tim Bresnan induced Graeme Smith into a thin edge to Strauss at first slip for 12.
De Villiers soon followed for two, courtesy of Collingwood’s diving double-handed take to his left off Anderson, and the Proteas only added 20 during the bowling powerplay.
JP Duminy was reprieved on 23 when Strauss shelled a straightforward chance at short cover off Mahmood. Duminy and Amla's fifty partnership followed two overs later, from 70 balls.
Amla went to his fifth ODI half-century, from 61 deliveries, with a single off Rashid that also brought up the hundred. Duminy immediately followed this with a reverse swept four and pulled six off the leg-spinner.
However, in the next over the left-hander was caught behind off Wright for 41 from 47 balls.
Amla succumbed soon after, to Strauss’ simple catch at mid-off, having occupied 72 deliveries and struck six fours, before Petersen tried to redress the balance by striking the medium-pacer for a maximum over mid-off.
Anderson repeated Collingwood’s trick of a breakthrough immediately after a spilled caught and bowled chance when Ryan McLaren’s slashing edge carried to Matt Prior.
Morkel became Collingwood’s second victim when Eoin Morgan timed his leap at deep square-leg to perfection. Strauss, though, could not match Morgan, shelling Petersen at short cover on 39 off Trott and on 47 from Collingwood.
Shortly after, Petersen reached his second ODI half-century from 57 balls, accompanied by Mark Boucher, who finished unbeaten on 30.
Bresnan spared his captain’s blushes when he clipped Petersen’s off-bail during the batting powerplay, which cost 35. Roelof van der Merwe also perished, caught by Bresnan at midwicket off Anderson.
In the final throes, Dale Steyn smacked Sajid Mahmood for a maximum over long-on but the bowler exacted revenge later in the over, when Trott took a simple catch at midwicket.
England’s chase began steadily, Strauss upping the ante with fours in three consecutive overs.
However, the skipper looped a leading edge to de Villers at backward point off Charl Langeveldt on 12 and Pietersen played on to Morkel for four.
The bowling powerplay yielded only 17 but Trott and Collingwood dug in, the latter bringing up their fifty partnership with a pulled four off Steyn and the team hundred next ball with a clipped boundary to leg.
Trott’s half-century occupied 73 balls and Collingwood was close behind, aided by a free hit six off Langeveldt over long-on. He reached his fifty from 64 deliveries.
The pair brought up their hundred partnership from 121 balls, and carried on untroubled until Trott eventually fell, miscuing Langeveldt to Amla at deep square-leg. His innings occupied 119 deliveries and included eight fours.
England took the batting powerplay and Morgan wasted no time with a quickfire 27 from 18, including four fours and a six.
Collingwood went to three figures with a four through midwicket off Steyn, and shortly after that Morgan struck the exasperated fast bowler for a match-winning boundary.
In all, Collingwood's knock spanned 110 balls and contained seven fours plus two sixes.