Rampant SA too good for poor England

STAND-IN skipper Alastair Cook admitted his side lacked the skill to beat South Africa after a humbling 84-run defeat in the second Twenty20 international at Centurion.<br /><br />England&rsquo;s bowlers were put to the sword with Graeme Smith (88) and Loots Bosman (94) sharing a world-record 170-run opening partnership before Cook and co fell well short chasing down 241.<br /><br />And Cook quickly confessed that South Africa&rsquo;s charge from the off was the difference between the teams.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was not the result we wanted, they took the game away from us from the fourth or fifth over and from then on we were behind the eight ball,&rdquo; he said. <br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always tough when you go round the park that, it was great hitting and you have to give credit to the way they played.<br /><br />&ldquo;You can set a field but if you don&rsquo;t put the ball in the right place the margin on that wicket was very small. I&rsquo;m not sure if anyone has chased 240, we had the belief but we didn&rsquo;t have the skill today.&rdquo; <br /><br />A delighted Graeme Smith pinpointed his opening stand with Bosman as the key to his side&rsquo;s victory.<br /><br />&ldquo;We were positive, Loots and I got a rhythm and a beautiful wicket and we just wanted to keep England on the back foot,&rdquo; he said. <br /><br />After the hosts bludgeoned their way to 241-6 off of their 20 overs, including a mammoth 17 sixes,, England&rsquo;s response never got out of second gear.<br /><br />When batsman Kevin Pietersen, in his first match since Achilles surgery, walked to the crease England required 177 off 10.3 overs. <br /><br />Jonathan Trott made a fluent half-century off 38 balls but once Pietersen, who had looked in promising touch, departed for 29 it was effectively all over. <br /><br />England&rsquo;s next fixture is at Potchefstroom tomorrow in a 50-over match against South Africa A.<br />