South Africa's Rabada and Parnell dismiss England for 153

Earlier, Ben Stokes made South Africa pay for dropping him twice in his first two balls with a century that powered England to 330 for six in the second One-day worldwide here.

After putting England in on a cloudy day at Lord's, it took South Africa new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell just five overs to send six of the hosts' batsmen back to the hut.

There had been some doubt over whether Stokes would play on Saturday after briefly leaving the field with left knee trouble during England's 72-run win at Headingley on Wednesday.

Three of their all-rounders Ben Stokes Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have been ruled out of the final one-day global against South Africa. Australia having one the last series against England in England and Bangladesh having beaten them in an ODI recently.

South Africa finished at 328-5 after England capitalized on dropped catches and made 330-6.

Averaging 54.23 in One-Day internationals, the wicketkeeper batsman has a strike-rate of 100.23 with 24 100s and a high score of 162 not out.

De Kock went on to make 34 before he was cleaned up by Ball, while Faf du Plessis could only muster five runs before becoming Ball's second victim.

It still took an outstanding final over from Mark Wood to keep South Africa at bay by just two runs after David Miller and Chris Morris had taken them to the brink of levelling the series.

Joe Root went soon after at the non-striker's end, run out by Dwaine Pretorius off his own bowling as Eoin Morgan drove down the ground and the seam bowler got a finger to the ball to guide it onto the stumps. South Africa chased down the target in 28.5 overs. "You have to take constructive risks at times, they luckily came off yesterday even though we were a little bit short. I have been feeling good over the last couple of months, I didn't get too many games in the IPL but I still felt good working hard on my game in the nets".

It should be noted that South Africa were past year sanctioned for altering the condition of the ball in a Test against Australia in Hobart.

Miller was unbeaten on 71 and Morris on 36 as South Africa failed to complete a winning advantage for a second straight ODI.

It came too late to effect the outcome of the series which England won 2-1 but the visitors made an important statement ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament with their opening match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

What is most significant about England is the true depth of their squad, with players such as Liam Plunkett coming in at 11, who has 3 first class centuries and can hit the ball out of any stadium at will, England bat through.

There was an admirable reaction to adversity at last from Yorkshire pair Bairstow and Willey, as AB de Villiers gave his new-ball bowlers a breather and rang the changes - including an early three-over spell for spinner Keshav Maharaj, who went on to finish with three for 25 in only his second one-day global. "It's flattering to be favourites, today is a reminder not to get carried away but we'll give it a good crack".

  • Julie Sanders