England continued to provide the thrills at the 2011 World Cup, this time in the first over of the match too. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson opened the bowling for South Africa and Andrew Strauss probably felt it was time to emulate his tormentor of the previous tie, Kevin O’Brien. His effort to launch the third ball did not go too far – long-on in fact, as he holed out for a duck. Discerning some early turn, the field closed in, and sure enough Kevin Pietersen edged the last delivery to first slip. Two wickets were down for 3 in the first over. Ian Bell tried to attack but bowler Peterson clung to his uppish drive. That was 15 for three in the 5th over. Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara rebuilt cautiously, putting on 99 runs in just over 25 overs before Trott too hit back a catch to leg-spinner Imran Tahir, soon after raising his half-century. This signaled a steady procession that danced to Tahir’s tunes in consonance with the occasional beat of the pacers. Even as Bopara played out a carefully strung 60, the lower order packed up softly. Seven wickets tumbled for 57 runs in less than 16 overs, as the English campaign found itself in jeopardy at 171 all out inside 46 over...