ENG vs SA 2nd ODI: A thunderous and dominating bowling display by England helped the side to crush South Africa by 118 runs in the second ODI as the three-match series is now leveled at 1-1. We now head into the decider which is set to take place tomorrow.
Winning the toss and electing to field first, South Africa got hold of the overcast conditions and bowled out England for 201 in a rain-affected match that reduced the game to 29 overs.
England was off to a clumsy start as the top-order failed to captivate on their performance and build partnerships. Jason Roy was dismissed for 14 whereas Bairstow scored a handy knock of 28 runs. Philip Salt and skipper Jos Buttler contributed 17 and 19 runs respectively while Joe Root and Moeen failed to cross the single-digit score.
The highlight of England’s innings was the contemporary and expedited knocks of Livingstone (38) and Sam Curran (35). The two added 43 runs for the seventh wicket and tailenders David Willey (21) and Adil Rashid (12) did justice to their efforts as England crossed the 200-run mark.
For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius was the pick of the bowlers as he registered a splendid figure of 4/36. Anrich Nortje (2/53) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/39) chipped in a couple of wickets whereas skipper Maharaj got a wicket apiece.
Chasing a challenging total of 202 in difficult conditions, South Africa was outplayed by England and bundled out for a mere score of 83 runs. The top order failed miserably and the middle order was unable to score in front of a terrific English bowling attack.
Except for Heinrich Klaasen (33), David Miller (12) and Dwaine Pretorius (17), no other Proteas batsman was able to cross the single-digit mark. Frontline batsmen Jaaneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram were dismissed for a duck.
For England, Adil Rashid starred in the bowling attack as he registered a figure of 3/29. Reece Topley (2/17) and Moeen Ali (2/22) picked a couple of wickets each whereas David Willey (1/9) and Sam Curran (⅕) scalped a wicket apiece.
ENG vs SA 2nd ODI: Player of the Match
Sam Curran was named as ‘Man of the Match’ for his stunning figures of 1-5 & a decent knock of 35 runs.
The third & the final ODI of the series will be played on July 24, Sunday at Headingley.
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