Stokes and Buttler power England to 330
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 16:54
Chris Morris joined the battle with the Proteas needing 69 off 39 balls and his 36 off 22 almost helped them home along with Miller's 71 not out but the pair got the jitters in the final over and couldn't get Wood away allowing England to wrap a 2 run win to claim a 2-0 series win.
David Miller looked to have guided South Africa to the brink of victory with 71 off 51, a six and a four off the first two balls of the penultimate over leaving them needing 10 from 10. England leads the series 1-0 after winning the first game at Headingley by 72 runs. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was named the man-of-the-match after making 101, equalling his highest ODI score, but Ball and Wood got England home as the tournament hosts enjoyed a morale-boosting success ahead of next week's Champions Trophy.
Stokes, playing with strapping on his knee, was given a couple of early lives but quickly put his scratchy start behind him to turn in the sort of dominating innings that helped win him the IPL's MVP award earlier this month.
De Kock went on to make 98 and shared a stand of 96 with de Villiers (52).
Stokes is box-office unmissable in all disciplines and, as England's first change, immediately proved it again as soon as he got the ball in his hands.
England captain Eoin Morgan said the fact his side had prevailed in a close finish augured well for their Champions Trophy chances. Hopefully we'll get a clearer picture (with the scans). And it was Plunkett who did the trick a second time, with a short ball which followed the South Africa captain as he tried to leave and ran over his glove for a second caught-behind.
In reply, the South African openers made quick work of reaching 50, Amla and de Kock both working the ball around untroubled under the afternoon sun. "I can't be unhappy, we fought right to end and probably had it in the back for most of that last half hour". "We lost myself and Quinny together so it could have been easier, but we batted very deep".
"We were a little careless (in the field) and there was a bit of faulty thinking", de Villiers said.
Alex Hales had just been dropped at long-on off Maharaj when he edged an attempted cut behind to Quinton de Kock, standing up to Dwaine Pretorius' medium-pace.
Containing bowling from England pacemen Jake Ball and Mark Wood, whose combined figures were a seemingly unimpressive none for 129, kept them at bay. Buttler crashed his first ODI fifty since the tour of Bangladesh a year ago, from 46 balls, during stands of 77 with Stokes and 78 with Moeen.