England vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Rabada, Amla hand South Africa consolation win

Rabada was named Man of the Match for his figures of 4-39 off nine overs

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Kagiso Rabada wreaked havoc on England’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul, while opener Hashim Amla scored 55 to lead South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third ODI at Lord’s.

The Proteas had already lost the series coming into this game, but with their win, they avoided a series whitewash as it ended 2-1 in favour of England.

Choosing to bowl first, South Africa were all over England from the get-go as Rabada removed opener Jason Roy for four runs on the fifth ball of the match.

Not many people would have predicted the collapse to come as Rabada and Wayne Parnell tore through England’s top and middle order to leave them in dire straits at 20/6 at the end of the fifth over.

This marked the first time in ODI cricket that six wickets have fallen in the first five overs.

With the hosts staring down the barrel of being utterly humiliated, Jonny Bairstow and David Willey ensured that did not happen as they put together a 62-run partnership before Willey was sent packing by Parnell for 26.

Bairstow and debutant Toby Roland-Jones kept the runs flowing with a 52-run stand, during which Bairstow brought up his fifty.

Bairstow scored his fifth ODI fifty

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However, he failed to build on it as he was stumped by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj for 51, which came off 67 balls and included eight boundaries.

Maharaj proceeded to take out Jake Ball and Steven Finn as well as England were bundled out for 153, which left Roland-Jones stranded on 37, which came off 37 deliveries and included five boundaries and a six.

Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Parnell and Maharaj snapped up three wickets apiece.

Chasing 154 to win, South Africa made a fantastic start to their innings as De Kock and Amla amassed a 95-run partnership, during which Amla registered his 33rd half-century, before he was clean bowled by Roland-Jones for 55 off 54 balls, which included 11 boundaries.

Amla became the fastest player to score 7,000 runs in ODI history

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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.

However, that was to be England’s last taste of success as South Africa captain AB de Villiers and JP Duminy finished things off with an unbeaten 55-run partnership.

De Villiers ended up making 27 off 30 balls, which included five boundaries, while Duminy remained undefeated on 28 off 43 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Ball was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Roland-Jones claimed one.

Morgan was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “We seemed to nick everything, South Africa made the most of the conditions, but we’ve had better starts than 20 for 6. If you look at our dismissals today, South Africa didn’t let us get away, sometimes you have to sit in. It was a nice reminder.

“Today wasn’t our day. Jason has scored a huge amount of runs for us, the way in which he plays is very important and it will continue to be like that. A big score is around the corner. We’ve gain a lot of confidence from this series. It’s flattering to be favourites, today is a reminder not to get carried away but we’ll give it a good crack.”

De Villiers was glad to have ended the ODI series on a high, and said: “It looks a lot better now, we had a lot to play for today and there were some encouraging signs. It was very pleasing. The boys hung onto almost everything that came their way. The intensity was very good.

“It comes down to the basics, top of off with the odd bouncer, and a couple of fuller ones moved around a bit. All three grounds have been different. It’s all about the senior players to communicate to the rest of the team. We are pretty sure [of our best XI] but we have 15 really good players and the team can change at any time. We are very confident.”

Rabada was named Man of the Match, and said: “There was something there for the bowlers today. I struggled at a bit at Leeds…if you aren’t getting better it’s a bit of a concern. It’s nice to bowl here, there’s a bit in the wicket and some good bounce. Always a pleasure. Hopefully we can go into the Champions Trophy on a high.”

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