ENG vs SA 2nd ODI: The second ODI of the three-match series between South Africa and England is scheduled to be played on Friday at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. South Africa won the first ODI by 62 runs on Tuesday and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Another win would help them win the series.
In the first game, the Proteas smashed a huge score of 335 runs in the first innings, thanks to a sensational knock from Rassie van der Dussen. The South African batter smashed 134 runs in just 117 balls, a knock which was laced with 10 fours.
Aiden Markram also gave him valuable support, amassing 77 runs in 61 deliveries, including 9 fours. England’s bowling unit didn’t look effective. The likes of Sam Curran, Matty Potts, Carse and Rashid all failed to hit the straps. Livingstone got 2 wickets for 30 runs in 4 overs.
England would be looking to exhibit a better bowling performance in the next game. In response to the score, England got all-out for 271 runs on the board. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow provided a brilliant start with the bat, stitching up a 102-run partnership for the opening wicket.
England lost despite Bairstow’s 86-run knock
Roy scored 43 runs in 62 balls, including 3 fours and 1 six. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow amassed 86 runs in 77 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. Later, Joe Root also played an outstanding knock of 86 runs in 77 balls.
However, once the opening partnership was broken by South Africa, wickets kept falling in short intervals and England failed to gain any momentum. Joe Root’s wicket in the 45th overtook the game completely in South Africa’s grasp.
The middle-order batter, namely Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Livingstone got out cheaply and that hampered the run chase. England will be without Stokes in the ODIs from here on and it will be interesting to see who replaces him in the next game.