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ENG Vs SA, 2nd ODI: England Beat South Africa By 118 Runs, Take Series To Decider

ENG Vs SA, 2nd ODI: England Beat South Africa By 118 Runs, Take Series To Decider

In a rain-truncated 2nd ODI, South Africa were all out for 83 in 20.4 overs while chasing England's 201. The match was reduced to 29-overs-a-side.

England players celebrates a South African wicket in second ODI in Manchester on Friday.
England players celebrates a South African wicket in second ODI in Manchester on Friday. AP

England bowlers produced a stunning performamce to bowl out South Africa for just 83 to win the second ODI by a whopping 118 runs in a rain-truncated match at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday. The match has been reduced to a 29-overs-a-side affair.

Scorecard | As It Happened | Cricket News

South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj won the toss and opted to bowl first against England. The toss was delayed due to rain. 

South Africa dismissed Egland for 201 in 28.1 overs in the rain-truncated match, meaning Jos Buttler & Co. have been bowled out for the fifth successive time in the ODIs. Liam Livingstone top scored with a 26-ball 38, while Sam Curran hit 35 in 18 balls as England looked to set a big target.

For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius took four wickets (4/36) in six overs, while Anrich Nortje (2/53 in 5.1 overs) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/39 in 6) got a brace each.

In reply, a strong bowling performance from the hosts immediately put South Africa on the back foot, with the tourists reduced to 6-4 after four overs as Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram were all out for ducks.

The spin of Adil Rashid (3-29) and Moeen Ali (2-22) finished off the South Africans in just 20.4 overs. The only real resistance came from Heinrich Klassen, who hit 33 before being stumped by Jos Buttler — soon after England's wicketkeeper-captain showed brilliant reactions to run out Markram with a close-range throw.

The final ODI will take place in Leeds on Sunday. 

Playing XIs

South Africa made one change, with Dwaine Pretorious coming in for injured Andile Phelukwayo.

England made three changes. Phil Salt replaced retired Ben Stokes, while David Willey and Reece Topley in for Brydon Carse and Matt Potts respectively.

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Philip Salt, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Preview

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after their 62-run win in the tour opener at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.

Batting first, South Africa scored 333/5 with player of the match Rassie van der Dussen scoring 134 off 117 balls. Janneman Malan (57 off 77) and Aiden Markram (77 off 61) hit fifties.

In reply, England were dismissed for 271 in 46.5 overs despite a strong strong start. Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow hit 43 off 62 and 63 off 71 respectively, while Joe Root scored 86 off 77. Anrich Nortje was the top wicket-taker wis figures of 4/53 in 8.5 overs.

The match marked the swansong of England Test captain Ben Stoke's ODI cricket. He scored five off 11 and was wicketless in his spell of five overs (0/44).

England are staring at back-to-back ODI series defeats. Jos Buttler's men lost to India 1-2 in their previous series.

South Africa have not won a bilateral series in England in any format since their Test series win in 2012. Their last white-ball series win in England was way back in 1998.

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