England Edge Out South Africa To Win ODI Series

Updated: 27 May 2017 23:46 IST

England beat South Africa by just two runs to win the second ODI at Southampton to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

England Edge Out South Africa To Win ODI Series
England defeated South Africa by two runs to win the second ODI. © AFP

England beat South Africa by just two runs to win the second One-day international at Southampton on Saturday to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. South Africa, set 331 to win, finished on 328 for five, with Quinton de Kock making 98. The world's top-ranked ODI side needed 20 off the last two overs when David Miller (71 not out) struck Jake Ball for a six and a four off successive deliveries.

Yet with a mere 10 now wanted off as many balls, South Africa - often accused of 'choking' in pressure situations - saw Miller and Chris Morris fail to score the runs they required as Jake Ball and fast bowler Mark Wood both held their nerve.

Earlier, Ben Stokes made 101 and Jos Buttler a dashing 65 not out as England posted a total of 330 for six after losing the toss.

The series, a warm-up for the Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales that starts next week, concludes at Lord's on Monday.

Brief scores: England 330-6, 50 overs (B Stokes 101, J Buttler 65 no) bt South Africa 328-5, 50 overs (Q de Kock 98, D Miller 71 no, AB de Villiers 52; L Plunkett 3-64). England won by two runs

Highlights
  • England beat South Africa by two runs in the second ODI
  • South Africa scored only 7 runs off the last 10 balls to lose the series
  • Ben Stokes was the man of the match
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