Stokes stars as England take South Africa series
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 3:36
In the end, a total of 153 was achieved thanks largely to Jonny Bairstow, who further pressed his claims for a place in England's XI with a third half-century in four ODI innings, and a belligerent unbeaten 37 from Toby Roland-Jones on his worldwide debut.
Maharaj endured three of the dropped catches off his bowling, Stokes badly put down first by Hashim Amla at slip - the ball going straight through the fielder's legs for four - and then by De Kock next ball.
It is understood there is no significant concern as yet about the availability of any of the first-choice trio for England's opening Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday.
England's preparation for the Champions Trophy took a knock as a catastrophic batting collapse that saw them reduced to 20/6 helped South Africa claim a comfortable seven-wicket win at Lord's.
Their hopes rested on the shoulders of Bairstow, so when he became Keshav Maharaj's first of three wickets (3-25) their fight was all but over - only another 19 added before Steven Finn (3) was the last man out.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and made a decision to field first.
"If you look at our dismissals, South Africa didn't let us get away".
England's lowest ever score in an ODI is the 86 they managed against Australia at Old Trafford in 2001, when they were bowled out in 32.4 overs.
With both sides making a host of changes ahead of more important battles looming in the near future, Toby Roland-Jones won a maiden global cap for England.
Bairstow's contribution of 51 was unable to sustain a telling fightback at Lord's - where Kagiso Rabada (four for 39) and Wayne Parnell (three for 43) did all the early damage.
Jonny Bairstow top-scored for England with 51 but, as was the case against Ireland earlier in the month, Morgan doused any talk of a late switch to include the Yorkshireman; Jason Roy, whose top score in five global innings this summer is 20, will not be making way.
The innings then took a decisive turn when Stokes was missed twice in his first two balls, with Maharaj again the unfortunate bowler.
He struck eight fours off 67 deliveries, putting on 62 for the seventh wicket with David Willey and a further 52 with Roland-Jones, who was 37 not out at the end of the innings.
South African bowlers dominated the show at Lord's as England were shot down for just 153. When Du Plessis nicked Ball behind for just five, England momentarily had designs on interrupting South Africa's procession toward the finish line.
Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler failed to even enter double digits and England were in all sorts of trouble at 20/6.