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England Level the Series Despite Late Concerns

England Level the Series Despite Late Concerns Photo: TT
England beat South Africa to level series

England won the 3rd ODI against South Africa by two wickets to level the series 1-1.

Trailing 1-0 in the series and with the second match having been abandoned because of rain, England won the toss in Johannesburg, and invited South Africa to bat first. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks put on 23 for the home side but then Saqid Mahmoud got his first England wicket, bowling Hendricks for 11. De Kock and Temba Bavuma then combined, putting on 66 for the second wicket, until Bavuma was lbw to Adil Rashid for 29.Then fellow spinner Moeen Ali, returning to the England line-up, bowled Rassie van der Dussen.

De Kock added a further 46 with J.J. Smuts, but then the South African captain, who had scored 69, including 2 sixes and 5 fours, was bowled by Rashid. Smuts put on 15 with David Miller, but, having hit one six, he was the next man to go, run out by Tom Banton for 31. Then Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo put on 33 until Rashid had Phehlukwayo lbw for 14. Two overs later, Rashid run out Beuran Hendricks for 3.

However, Miller mounted a late attack, supported by Lutho Sipamla. The all-rounder scored 69 not out off 53 balls, striking 4 sixes and 4 fours, and, together with Sipamla, who was undefeated on 10 at the end, helped South Africa close on 256 7.

Rashid was the pick of the England bowlers with 3 for 51, whilst Mahmood and Ali took a wicket apiece.

England made a rapid start to their reply with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow putting on 61 off little more than 6 overs until Bairstow was the first man to go, out for 43, scored off just 23 balls, including 3 sixes and 6 fours, caught by Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Sipamla. Then, in the next over, Roy departed for 21, caught by Lungu Ngidi off a ball from Beuran Hendricks.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan added 19, but Morgan fell for 9, caught and bowled by Beuran Hendricks. However, Joe Root and Joe Denly then put on 76 for the visitors, scoring at five an over, as England wrested control of the match. Root fell for 49, caught by Bavuma off Tabraiz Shamsi, but Denly then combined with Tom Banton, with England well ahead of the asking rate.

The pair added 70 until both fell in the space of three balls. First Denly, who had struck 3 sixes and 6 fours was caught by Phehlukwayo off Ngidi, Then Banton was caught behind off Beuran Hendricks for 32. He had struck one six. Ngidi then took the wickets of Tom Curran and Rashid, but Moeen steadied the ship for his side, and his 17 not out was enough to steer them to victory, with more than 6 overs still to be bowled.

Both Ngidi and Hendricks took three wickets but their efforts were in vain for their side.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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