England won the last two ODIs against South Africa sealing the three-match series. The third tournament at Lords is a dead rubber, but South Africa will definitely try hard to win the last match. The tournament, ahead of Champions Trophy is an indication of the teams’ stance. For South Africa, it was the first ODI series defeat since 2015. England won the second ODI by two runs. England took a good advantage of pitch conditions to build up a high total. However, they had to try hard defending the score of 330.
Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes bowled less, but crucial spells. Stokes contributed more as a batsman. With the victory in the previous ODI, England registered their eighth consecutive victory. For the last match, England will rest ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali. This might give another chase to South Africa to mark at least a win before the Champions Trophy. England’s campaign so far showed their strength in batting, but their defense has not been that strong. The batsmen are scaling their scores running pass the 300th mark, but the bowlers hardly stopped South Africa before 250, always bringing on the chase near a challenging figure.
Still, bowlers like Liam Plunkett has been coming up with stronger stances. Plunkett bowled skillfully against Afghanistan and in recent matches, he is successful to take off AB de Villers. In absence of Woakes, Plunkett can deliver the necessary support. On South Africa’s side David Miller played strong but JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardein played weak innings. In the upcoming match, they might rest the latter.
Eion Morgan, England captain said it was “unbelievable” to win without taking wickets. He termed the instance as an “unbelievable effort.” For AB de Villiers, South Africa skipper, there is still a lot to play at Lords. He wants to focus on a similar game plan to their earlier effort. He said, “a win will be great.”
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