South Africa nicks strong Consolation victory in final ODI

 . Last updated on May 30, 2017, 12:54 PM
South Africa nicks strong Consolation victory in final ODI

The match was a dead rubber, but South Africa dug out a consolation victory, which would help the team substantially to gain confidence for the upcoming Champions Trophy. Also, the way South Africa nicked the match was an exemplary stance of its batting as well as bowling might. Its bowlers slogged England at 153 in the first inning, while, in the next inning they hauled the target with half of its batsmen in half the inning. England won the series defeating South Africa in first two matches, but South Africa was quite strong on their consolatory comeback.

In previous eight matches, England scored hefty runs batting first, but it did not happen in the last fixture. Sending England to bat first, South Africa dragged the team to one of its worst first five over stretches. Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj and Wayne Parnell dismantled six wickets for 20 runs in the first five overs. It was, in fact, the first instance where England faced such adversity.

At number 5, Johnny Bairstow recovered the inning beating a half century. His 51 was the best score followed by the unbeaten score of 37 from Toby Roland-Jones. David Wiley’s 26 was a substantial addition to the score. South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada finished with four wickets, while Wayne Parnell and Keshav Maharaj took 3 wickets each.

South Africa was stronger in the chase. Hashim Amla, the front man, reached 7000 ODI runs as the fastest to reach the mark, creating an ODI history. He scored 55 off 54 balls hammering 11 fours in the stretch. England removed him in the 15th over with the chase soaring to 95. Quinton de Kock followed in the next over scoring 34. The next wicket was of Faf du Plessis, after which, South Africa had the winning partnership. JP Duminy, who could not do a lot in several matches remained unbeaten with AB de Villiers taking the chase to winning mark. Duminy scored 28 off 43 and de Villiers added 27 off 30.


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