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Pietersen, Spinners do it for England

England all but ensured progress to the semifinals when they beat South Africa by 39 runs in sparkling style here on Saturday.

cricket Updated: May 09, 2010 23:58 IST

England all but ensured progress to the semifinals when they beat South Africa by 39 runs in sparkling style here on Saturday.

A belligerent half-century by Kevin Pietersen set England on the way to a good total of 168 for seven. Then spinners Graeme Swann (3-24) and Michael Yardy (2-31) showed their worth as South Africa were bowled out for 129.

After England lost Michael Lumb early, Pietersen joined Craig Kieswetter and the pair looked up for the battle against the country of their birth. Pietersen and Kieswetter smashed 94 for the second wicket and that helped them put an imposing total. The bowlers then tightened screws and sealed the affair.