ODI Series – South Africa v England Game 3
Opening Partnership the key to South African win
An big opening partnership between Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla brought South Africa back into their one day series with England. England won the toss and elected to bat first with Joe Root continuing his fine form scoring 125 but his run out slowed the England innings. There was support from Alex Hales (65) and Ben Stokes (53) but steady South African bowling meant England finished on 318/8 when early on it looked like they could have had more.
De Kock and Amla punished England for not putting more on the board with both openers getting centuries. Amla hit 127 and De Kock scored four sixes in his 135 from 117 balls. The two put on an opening partnership of 239. When the two eventually fell South Africa were in a very strong position with wickets in hand and it was left to Faf Du Plessis with 33 Not Out to see South Africa home. England bowled poorly and did not put any real pressure on. The win and puts the Africans back in the series at 2-1 with 2 games to go.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
ODI Game 3 – At Centurion Park, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
South Africa v England
England – 318/8 50 Overs – (Root 125, Hales 65, Stokes 53)
South Africa – 319/3 46.2 Overs – (De Kock 135, Amla 127, Du Plessis 33*)
South Africa win by 7 Wickets – England lead the series 2-1
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Quinton De Kock (South Africa)