June 29, 2017

England v South Africa, 2nd ODI

28 May 2017, 02:13 | Simon Arnold

England take on South Africa in the second ODI at The Rose Bowl and will hope to take an unassailable lead in the three-match series.

On a heavily overcast morning, South Africa unsurprisingly chose to bowl first after winning the toss, having made three changes to the team who lost on Wednesday at Headingley. That became 10 off 10 balls when David Miller (71 not out) struck Jake Ball for a six and a four off successive deliveries.

England have begun this series with increased security measures promised around the match venues after Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

However, Durham's Wood produced a master-class of "death" bowling to restrict the opposition to just four singles as Eoin Morgan's side secured a two-run victory to wrap up the three-match series with one game to go.

Stokes completed his hundred with a scampered two only to hole out at long-off soon afterwards, giving Maharaj a wicket at last in his final over.

Quinton de Kock (98) and AB de Villiers (52) launched South Africa's rely.

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South Africa wasted at least a half-dozen catches with Stokes getting reprieves off his first two deliveries on 0 and 4 in Southampton.

Stokes hoisted both Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris high over deep midwicket for sixes.

Stokes partly returned the favour when he dropped de Kock, then on 28, when he floored a tough one-handed caught and bowled chance with his first ball in the Proteas' innings.

Next ball produced another edge, with de Kock failing to hold a more hard chance.

Buttler (65no), who had a close umpire's call for lbw on eight, went on to hit four of five fours in one over off Phehlukwayo as he and Moeen Ali took England's predictable big finish to 111 in the last 10.

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