Rabada sparks England slump as Proteas take third ODI
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.