England could not recover from a dreadful start and folded for 171 in 45.4 overs in a World Cup Group B match against South Africa on Sunday. Opening the bowling, South Africa's left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (3-22) wrecked the English top order, claiming two wickets in his first over. The 99-run fourth-wicket partnership between Jonathan Trott (52) and Ravi Bopara (60) in 25-odd overs somewhat arrested the slide but England never got going. Smarting from the defeat by Ireland in their previous match, England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and decided to bat first but a nightmare unfolded before his eyes at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.