England level series with South Africa in Pink ODI at Johannesburg

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England level series with South Africa in Pink ODI at Johannesburg
South Africa vs England . (Image Source: First Post)

The Pink ODI holds a parallel tradition in itself with hosts South Africa donning the Pink jersey. This time around, even the English team replaced their navy blue stripes with a shade of pink in support of awareness of breast cancer.

World Champions and the number-one ODI team in the world, England, managed to square the series with a narrow two-wicket win over South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Quinton de Kock’s side was put to bat first and they managed to score a below-par score of 257 in front of the daunting English batting lineup.

De Kock and their experienced campaigner, David Miller, took the responsibility of putting a face-saving total as the Proteas kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Both scored 69 each to counter Adil Rashid’s effort of 3/51, which derailed the South African proceedings. Rashid featured in his 100th ODI.

‘Killer Miller’, finally living up to his reputation, entertained the crowd with his unbeaten knock, which was laced with four boundaries and an equal number of maximums.

Opening the batting, Jonny Bairstow came out all guns blazing with his 43, coming at a strike-rate of 187. Jason Roy and Joe Root chipped in with few before England lost three wickets at 86, by the end of 12th over.

Subsequently, it was Joe Denly who anchored the run chase with his sensible knock of 66, which brought the English at the cusp of a victory. Tom Banton provided much-needed support at the other end before he fell victim to Beuran Hendricks.

The efforts of Lungi Ngidi and Hendricks brought excitement to the contest with their respective three-wicket hauls. In the end, England just managed to reach across the finishing line with only two-wickets in hands.

Rashid was adjudged as the man of the match while captain De Kock clinched the man of the series with his batting efforts.

Brief Scores:

South Africa Innings 256-7 (50)
Quinton de Kock 69(81), David Miller 69(53) Adil Rashid 3/51

England Innings 257-8 (43.2)
Joe Denly 66(79), Lungi Ngidi 3/63 Beuran Hendricks 3/59

England won the match by two wickets

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