England Survive Late Batting Collapse To Beat South Africa and Level ODI Series

 

 

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All-Rounder, Moeen Ali took 1 wicket and scored 17 runs with the bat as the 32-year-old made his England return after six months out of the team. 

Third one-day international, Johannesburg
South Africa 256-7 (50.0 overs): Miller 69*, De Kock 69; Rashid 3-51
England 257-8 (43.2 overs): Denly 66; Hendricks 3-59, Ngidi 3-63
England win by two wickets; series drawn 1-1

England held their nerve to secure a 1-1 series draw with South Africa as Tim Silverwood’s side beat the hosts by two wickets at The Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. 

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were both recalled to England’s first eleven and the spin twins took four wickets between them (Ali: 1 and Rashid: 3) for a combined run total of 93 (Ali went for 51 runs and Rashid went for 42  runs).

However, there was drama in the Proteas innings after Temba Bavuma challenged an LBW call after he was given out by the on field umpire, but was given out following the review.

The next ball, Rashid thought he had dismissed Rassie van der Dussen first ball for LBW, as 31-year-old was about to leave the field of play, the fourth umpire stopped him from doing so. What had actually happened was that UltraEdge was not available to third umpire, Aleem Dar when Bavuma was dismissed and it meant that Mark Boucher’s side had in fact been given their review back.

And once the review showed Rashid’s delivery was missing the stumps, Van der Dussen had to turn from near the boundary and head back to the middle to resume his innings.

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ICC regulation surrounding the Bavuma and Van der Dussen review uncertainty.

 

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England players were not best pleased with the umpiring decision that occurred in Johannesburg. 

 

During the opening 50 overs, South Africa finished 256-7, despite having been 140-4 after 30 overs. Proteas captain, De Kock and number 6 batsman, David Miller both topped scored for the hosts with 69 runs.

England got off to a rapid start with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow putting on 61 runs just inside six overs. Bairstow who scored 43 runs was the first man out for the tourists, whilst Roy who scored 21, swiftly followed as South Africa had World Champions, England 69-2 with just eight overs gone.

Root, who made 49 and Denly, who made 66 stabilised the chase as they both played maturely to steady the ship for the tourists.

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Joe Denly and Tom Banton looked to be guiding England home with ease before South Africa began applying pressure with the ball. 

South Africa then fought back with four quick-fire wickets in a tense finale before Moeen (17) and Chris Jordan (0) guided England to 257-8 with 40 balls left in the match.

The run chase should never have been as tight it was, yet this was an improved performance from the world champions after they were beaten by seven wickets in the first ODI in Cape Town, whilst the second match in Durban was abandoned because of rain.

 

What’s Next?

England next face South Africa in three Twenty20 internationals, with the first match being in East London, Eastern Cape on Wednesday, with a start time of 16:00pm (GMT).

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