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South Africa vs England, 3rd ODI

England in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2020 | 3rd ODI | Sunday 9th February | 08:00
 Match Ended
South Africa
256/7 (50.0) RR:5.12
England
257/8 (43.2) RR:5.93
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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 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.

1 43.2
Lutho Sipamla to Moeen Ali

ENGLAND WIN BY 2 WICKETS! Shortish ball around off, angling in, Moeen plays a mistimed pull shot in the air and it drops safely in the deep. They cross for a run and that will be it! Series shared!

4 43.1
Lutho Sipamla to Moeen Ali

FOUR! Moeen strokes a boundary to level the scores. He leans into a fuller length ball and strokes it elegantly through covers for a boundary.

Over: 43 | Maiden Over
0 42.6
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Jordan

Pitches it up and around off, Jordan pushes it back to the bowler. Another wicket maiden for Lungi Ngidi!

0 42.5
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Jordan

Another watchful back foot defense by Jordan. Ngidi collects the ball in his followthrough and throws a stare to the number 10 batsman.

0 42.4
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Jordan

Shortish and outside off, Jordan shoulders arms.

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