England v South Africa First ODI: Scores and match report
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 4:30
Moeen Ali insisted no one in the England camp was getting carried away after they underlined their Champions Trophy credentials with a comprehensive 72-run one-day global win over South Africa at Headingley.
South Africa are playing hosts in a three-match ODI series ahead of the Champions Trophy starting June 1.
Both fell to soft dismissals though and when Stokes and Buttler went in quick succession, England found themselves in trouble at 198/5 with just over 15 overs to go.
Captain Eoin Morgan says England can topple South Africa and go on to win the ICC Champions Trophy if they focus on their "unbelievable" talent.
Even though, Morris managed to dismiss Morgan, Ali ensured England reached 339 for six in the 50 overs.
England had slumped to 5-198 but Morgan's sixth-wicket stand of 117 with fellow left-hander Moeen Ali, who made a dashing 77 not out on his return, turned the tide.
England had all its big guns fresh from their Indian Premier League stint with Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and captain Eoin Morgan.
"I find batting at No 7 tough", Ali said after the first one-day global victory over South Africa at Headingley, "but I'm trying to get better at it".
South Africa has won all their last 6 bilateral series and the record to stay unbeaten will be on the line in the do-or-die 2nd ODI at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
Once de Villiers did likewise, leaving South Africa 225-7 in the 38th, the game was up for the tourists, whose tail subsided as Woakes finished with 4-38. "Moeen's 70-odd also allowed England to get 20-30 runs more than what we expected".
"They played better tonight and hopefully we'll win the next one".
"In any ODI‚ if somebody gets a hundred it's going to propel you to a good total".
Du Plessis followed for 67 in the next over, feathering Liam Plunkett behind, whereafter the self-implosion began.
'We've got the team that is capable of (winning our next seven matches),' he said.
Morgan completed his century off 91 balls when he hooked fast bowler Kagiso Rabada for a six over long leg, before being caught in the covers in the 48th over.
Earlier, players and match officials, all wearing black armbands as a mark of respect, were joined by spectators in observing a minute's silence in memory of the victims of Monday's terror attack in nearby Manchester that killed 22 people and injured dozens more.