England see their World Cup defence wither in Mumbai heat | Emma John

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South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen proves his prowess in scorching conditions before the champions collapse

The Wankhede Stadium witnessed some of the bravest batting seen in a one-day international. Unfortunately for England, it wasn’t by them. Their innings lasted 22 overs and just under two hours. Heinrich Klaasen was at the crease for longer than all their batters combined.

If anything could make England’s third and worst batting collapse of this tournament look more abject than it was it was the comparison with Klaasen’s heroic hundred. Fighting two separate foes – England’s bowling and the oppressive weather – he scored a double victory.

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Written by Emma John
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