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South Africa v England 3nd ODI live & preview

South Africa v England 3nd ODI live & preview Photo: TT

If England win the third ODI against South Africa at Supersport Park in Centurion on Tuesday, they will take an unbeatable 3-0 lead, with just two fixtures remaining in the contest.

England took the first match of the series by 39-runs under the D/L method, when the rain ruined what was an enthralling clash, That victory was followed up with a5-wicket success in Bloem on Saturday, when the Proteas 262-7 was overhauled with over three overs remaining.

Despite losing in Bloem, the home side will have been pleased to see key batsman AB de Villiers returning to form, top scoring for the hosts with 73.

The tourists were less aggressive in their pursuit of their target than they have been of late, and seemed content to stay up with the required run rate, while keeping wickets in hand for the latter stages of the innings.

Alex Hales who struggled to make an impression during the Test series, top scored with 99, before Jos Buttler celebrated his contract in the IPL with a quick fire 48 that hustled England to victory.

Kagiso Rabada, who made such an impression in the Test series, returned to the team having been rested for the first ODI and along with Morne Morkel, was the only bowler to contain the English batsmen to less than 5.83 runs per over.

The Proteas will hope that they can repeat the victory that they recorded in the fourth Test of the recent series. The home team won by 288 runs, reducing the margin of their defeat to 1-2, Rabada collecting 13 wickets. That win is the only international success for the hosts over the English tourists on tour to date.

The ground hosted two ODIs in 2015, both of which ended in victory for the home team. An under-strength New Zealand were beaten by 20 runs in August, with Hashim Amla making 124, in a total of 304-7. Back in January of last year, the West Indian visitors were crushed by 131 runs, with Amla once more making a century, along with three figures for Rossouw. The Proteas ending with 361-5 in just 42 overs.

England last visited the venue to play an ODI back in 2009, when they won the game by seven wickets.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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