Proteas smash England

GRAEME Smith said before the first match that South Africa wanted to stamp their authority on the 11-match series against England with big wins in the early matches.

GRAEME Smith said before the first match that South Africa wanted to stamp their authority on the 11-match series against England with big wins in the early matches.

While the Proteas lost out in the first match by one run, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method in a game affected by rain, they won the second Standard Bank Pro20 match in Centurion yesterday in emphatic fashion, beating England by 84 runs to level the series 1-all.

Chasing 242 to win, England made 157 for eight.

Smith and his opening partner Loots Bosman got the match off to a brilliant start, with a world record partnership of 170 - surpassing the previous record held by Chris Gayle and Devon Smith of the West Indies.

Alastair Cook, standing in for the injured Twenty20 (T20) captain Paul Collingwood, tried all the available bowlers, but the South Africans flayed them all.

They really climbed into Sajid Mahmood, whose first over went for 21 runs. But there were few English bowlers who did not come in for punishment, and Smith and Bosman smashed 13 fours and 15 sixes between them.

They each reached their half-centuries off 25 balls, equalling the South African record set by AB de Villiers against Scotland in the World Cup earlier this year.

Bosman was finally out for 94, caught by Joe Denly off Luke Wright.

South Africa finished on 241 for six - the second highest score in international Twenty20 cricket.

Though the series is shared 1-all, there is no doubt that Smith will be happier than England ODI skipper Andrew Strauss as the two teams prepare for the first one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday. - Sapa

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