Rabada sparks Eng­land slump as Proteas take third ODI

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KAG­ISO Rabada sparked a dra­matic Eng­land col­lapse as South Africa won by seven wick­ets to record a con­so­la­tion win in the third one-day in­ter­na­tional at Lord’s on Mon­day.

Eng­land slumped to 20 for six — the first time in an ODI that six wick­ets had gone down in the first five overs of an in­nings — af­ter los­ing the toss.

Jonny Bairstow’s fine fifty helped Eng­land re­cover to 153 all out.

But it never looked like be­ing enough and South Africa fin­ished on 156 for three, JP Du­miny seal­ing vic­tory with a four off David Wil­ley.

Eng­land took the three-match se­ries 2-1 but this was a morale­boost­ing success for the Proteas ahead of this week’s start of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy — a tourna- ment fea­tur­ing the world’s top eight ODI na­tions.

Fast bowler Rabada took four wick­ets for 12 runs in his first three overs on his way to four for 39 in nine.

New ball col­league Wayne Par­nell took three for 43 in eight.

“There was some­thing there for the bowlers to­day that all of us could cap­i­talise,” said Rabada.

“There was a bit in the wicket in the first 10 overs and a bit of a bounce, which bodes well for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.”

Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss added: “We didn’t play too well to­day but a 2-1 se­ries over South Africa... we’ll take that ev­ery day. We prob­a­bly didn’t read the con­di­tions as well as we could have done but credit to them on a wicket which had a lit­tle bit in.

“To­day’s re­sult en­sures we go into the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy with­out big heads,” the Aus­tralian said.

Bairstow apart, the only other Eng­land bats­men to make dou­ble fig­ures were Wil­ley (26) and num­ber nine Toby Roland-Jones, who made an im­pres­sive 37 not out on his ODI de­but, in a match played on the pace­man’s Mid­dle­sex home ground.

Hashim Amla (55) and Quin­ton de Kock (34) put on 95 for the first wicket but both open­ers fell on that to­tal.

Amla be­came Roland-Jones’s first ODI wicket when he bot­tomedged a pull onto his stumps and, three balls later, de Kock was yorked by Jake Ball.

But Du­miny (28 not out) and South Africa cap­tain AB de Vil­liers (27 not out) wrapped things up in a match where only 60 overs out of a sched­uled 100 were bowled.

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