England in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Date & Time: 09 February 2020
RR: 5.93 | England beat South Africa by 2 wickets
That's all we have from this ODI series. There are now three T20Is lined up and both teams would take it with more seriousness with the World Cup approaching. Do join us for the first T20I on 12th February at 1800 local (1600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
ADIL RASHID IS GIVEN THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD! Playing his 100th ODI, he picked up the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo and was brilliant with his varieties. QUINTON DE KOCK IS CHOSEN FOR THE SERIES AWARD. He showed brilliant form with the bat and also led his team smartly.
It was a dismal show by South Africa! They started well with the bat but then lost their way in the middle overs. David Miller's blitzkrieg pumped their total past the 250-run mark but then their opening bowlers received a pounding. That diminished their chances very early in the run chase and from thereon, they played only catch up. Lungi Ngidi was a major disappointment however he redeemed himself towards the end with a 3-wicket haul. Beuran Hendricks and Lutho Sipamla showed good promise but they weren't penetrative enough. On a surface where Moeen and Rashid bowled so well, Tabraiz Shamsi failed to produce the magic and that in a way hurt South Africa's chances of a series win.
Chasing a modest total, England got off to a rollicking start with Jonny Bairstow firing in all cylinders. The required rate anyway was never demanding and after a brisk beginning, the scoreboard pressure vanished completely. They did lose three quick wickets after the opening partnership but then the stand between Joe Root and Joe Denly once again put them on top. Yet another solid alliance followed between Denly and Tom Banton and that put the chase 'nearly' to bed. There were a few hiccups with the target in sight but eventually, the expected result happened and England levelled the ODI series.
England have huffed and puffed to the target! It could have been a straightforward win after the partnership between Joe Denly and Tom Banton but both these batsmen got out in a quick succession followed by the wicket of Tom Curran. That stretched the run chase a bit but the victory for the world champions was never in doubt. Moeen Ali didn't panic and closed the match towards the end with a calm head.
Chris Jordan is the new man in.
Powerplay 3 signaled by the umpire. Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
Adil Rashid's turn to bat.
Tom Curran arrives in the middle.
Beuran Hendricks (8-0-47-2) is back on!
Moeen Ali is the new man in.
Lungi Ngidi is back on. 5-0-52-0 are his unfortunate figures so far.
Beuran Hendricks is back on! 6-0-40-2 from him so far.
Drinks break. 62 runs left more for England to achieve to level the series. They are steady after losing Joe Root and South Africa need a miracle to have a shout in this match. What will happen next? A comfortable win for England or South Africa forcing a collapse?
Tom Banton is the new batsman. A slip and leg slip for him. Good attacking captaincy by Quinton de Kock.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back on! 4-0-16-0 from him so far. A leg slip in place.
Lutho Sipamla returns in action. 4-0-19-1 are his figures so far.
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl for the first time in this innings.
JJ Smuts is on now!
Lungi Ngidi to continue from this end. Can he bowl a good one?
Lungi Ngidi comes charging in and as he is about to deliver the ball, Root bails out.
Drinks break! England got off to a flier but they have lost 3 quick wickets. They are still ahead in this chase in terms of the asking run rate but the loss of wickets is a cause of concern. South Africa have pulled things back and a couple of wickets more will put the hosts firmly in control.
Lungi Ngidi is back on! 2-0-29-0 from him so far.
Spin for the first time as Tabraiz Shamsi is on now.
Joe Denly, the man who bailed out England in the first ODI walks in next.
Powerplay 2 begins! A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the 40th over. Chris Jordan is into the attack now.
LBW appeal against Morgan is taken upstairs! The bowler and the keeper were really excited for this one. The front foot landing is really close but good enough. Ultra Edge detects no bat. It is pitching in line too but just clipping the poles. So, umpire's call it is and Morgan stays.
Skipper Eoin Morgan joins England's Test skipper in the run chase.
Joe Root joins Jason Roy in the middle.
Quinton de Kock makes the change and replaces Ngidi after two very expensive overs. Lutho Sipamla introduced into the attack.
Beuran Hendricks to bowl from the other end. 2 slips in place.
We are back for the run chase! The South African players are out in the middle. The two English openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, stride out in the middle to open the innings for England. Lungi Ngidi with the ball first up. Here we go...