Match Over - England won by 2 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 27 May 2017, 12:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: BA Stokes


  • Umpire1: RJ Bailey
  • Umpire2: CB Gaffaney
  • Third Umpire: RJ Tucker



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0




Overs: 50.0 / 50.0

South Africa

England win by two runs and go 2-0 up in the series. What a finish! South Africa will wonder how they did get over the line after Miller and Morris did so well. But England - Ball and Wood - did not concede more than a single off the last 10 balls of the innings. There are bigger fish to fry over the next few weeks, but South Africa have head in hands and England are lapping up the applause from the crowd.

John: "Hey Andrew,just wondering how many comments you've got with 'C' word in them in the last 5 minutes" Oh, a few.

Let's just recap: England made 330, based around Ben Stokes' century and Jos Buttler finished things off. As at Headingley, South Africa were well placed in the chase but England managed to get AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock close together. While Morris and Miller cut loose, it appeared the wicket of Farhaan Behardien might have done more harm than good for England.

Imran: "Hey Andrew, and how many comments you've about Behardien's selection or his inning in them in the last 5 minutes ??" Almost as many as the 'c' word!

JT: "Bravo, Woody. Ice cool."

I'll bring you the presentation in a moment...AB de Villiers "I thought the boys played so well at the end, England got their plans well at the end. Unfortunate we didn't get across the line, but proud of the effort. We lost myself and Quinny together so it could have been easier, but we batted very deep. We were a little careless [in the field] and there was a bit of faulty thinking. There were probably four or five overs that went too big and cost us the game. I can't be unhappy, we fought right to end and probably had it in the back for most of that last half hour."

Eoin Morgan "Those are the sorts of games you really want to win. You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome. The tournament is bound to be pretty tight so this sort of prep is ideal. We are always trying to improve, Wood and Ball were using different skills than they usually would. The conditions we batted under this morning it was pretty difficult to get going."

Man of the Match is Ben Stokes "It just shows what a bit of pace on the ball can do. Rabada and Morris show it as well, hard to strike 90mph cleanly. You want to be in those situations. Woody, the nerve he showed, to defend seven was an amazing effort. A massive confidence booster. The bowling is getting effected by the knee, got a few more scans coming up, batting and fielding is fine. It's nice to hit the ball well, to have form behind you. Hopefully we can continue this form."

Phew! Well, that just about wraps things up for today. A fantastic all-round game of cricket. Thanks for joining us and we'll be back for the final ODI at Lord's on Monday - we'll also have coverage of India's warm-up match against New Zealand tomorrow. For now, from Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan it's goodbye.

49.6MA Wood to CH Morris, 1 run, England have done it! What a final over from Wood. It's back of a length, Morris heaves across the line and it rebounds off his back leg to the off side.
49.5MA Wood to CH Morris, No run, dot ball! And an appeal for a gloved pull. Was a short ball, very well directed, not called wide. Oh, the drama. Did it clip the arm?.
49.4MA Wood to DA Miller, 1 run, that's out of the screws, but only a single as the pull shot races to deep square...nearly took the square leg umpire.
49.3MA Wood to DA Miller, No run, dot ball! Short of a length, follows the batsman as he moves outside leg, beats the top edge.

Still in hand for South Africa

49.2MA Wood to CH Morris, 1 run, short again, pulled to long leg...was struck sweetly but almost straight at the fielder.
49.1MA Wood to DA Miller, 1 run, short, down the leg side, pulled to long leg...fielder quickly on it, so just the single.
End of over 49. 13 runs this over. 324/5 after 294 balls.
CH Morris 34 (19b 3x4 2x6 ) JT Ball 10-0-81-0
DA Miller 69 (48b 5x4 2x6 ) more

South Africa have done the hardwork now. Viv: "Taking the wicket of Fudge is indeed hurting England now. "

End of over 48. 13 runs this over. 311/5 after 288 balls.
CH Morris 33 (17b 3x4 2x6 ) MA Wood 9-0-44-0
DA Miller 58 (44b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 47. 9 runs this over. 298/5 after 282 balls.
CH Morris 23 (13b 2x4 1x6 ) JT Ball 9-0-69-0
DA Miller 57 (42b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 46. 14 runs this over. 289/5 after 276 balls.
CH Morris 16 (9b 1x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 10-0-64-3
DA Miller 55 (40b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Big over for South Africa. Keeps the requirement around 10. Well within range for these two

Nathan Hodges: "Chris Morris is the danger man. Pure class. Been watching him in the IPL and he will win the match for South Africa. Look out England "

End of over 45. 4 runs this over. 275/5 after 270 balls.
DA Miller 54 (39b 4x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 8-0-33-0
CH Morris 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Super over from Wood. Just four from it

End of over 44. 7 runs this over. 269/5 after 263 balls.
DA Miller 51 (35b 4x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 9-0-48-3
CH Morris 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

The asking rate touches 10

End of over 43. 6 runs this over. 262/4 after 258 balls.
F Behardien 14 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 8-0-59-1
DA Miller 49 (33b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Nadar Sian: "Why not Morkel in the squad?he has been effective wicket taker for SA." He's in the squad. Not picked yet. Will play at Lord's

End of over 42. 8 runs this over. 254/4 after 251 balls.
F Behardien 10 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 8-0-58-0
DA Miller 45 (30b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Ten from the over which works for South Africa

England will probably prefer bowling to Behardien

End of over 41. 8 runs this over. 246/4 after 246 balls.
DA Miller 39 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) JE Root 3-0-18-0
F Behardien 9 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Root has got through three overs for 18. That's decent, but will Morgan feel it's enough?

End of over 40. 7 runs this over. 238/4 after 240 balls.
F Behardien 8 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 7-0-53-1
DA Miller 32 (24b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 39. 7 runs this over. 231/4 after 234 balls.
F Behardien 5 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) JE Root 2-0-10-0
DA Miller 28 (21b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 38. 10 runs this over. 224/4 after 228 balls.
F Behardien 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 6-0-46-1
DA Miller 23 (19b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Naman: "Do you think this is the last chance for Miller and Behardien to show that they belong? The top 4 have done their job, scoring 200 between them. Now its up to the ever-inconsistent SA lower middle order to finish it." Think David Miller has a bit of credit left

End of over 37. 3 runs this over. 214/4 after 222 balls.
F Behardien 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) JE Root 1-0-3-0
DA Miller 15 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Root races through the over

Nabyendu Mandal: "Something tells me (read: gut feeling).. Chris Morris and Rabada are gonna play cameos and win this match for South Africa!"

End of over 36. 7 runs this over. 211/4 after 216 balls.
Q de Kock 98 (103b 11x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 5-0-36-1
DA Miller 13 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Olli: "Is Miller off to bat?" It's hard to be in two places at once

End of over 35. 5 runs this over. 204/3 after 210 balls.
DA Miller 7 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 8-0-41-2
Q de Kock 97 (101b 11x4 0x6 ) more

Fifteen to go. It's on, but the rate is starting to nudge upwards. Time for a drink, I think. Here's Gnasher

Aditi: "Why are the SA fans getting grumpy? Surely <9/ over for 16 overs is not so much to ask any more?" Beats me. The team were a bit moody in the field as well, to be fair. Maybe it's just one of those days

FanofAndyMiller: "Jacques' words don't seem so crazy now, do they" One wicket doesn't change the fact that they are very well placed in what would be a record-breaking chase

End of over 34. 8 runs this over. 199/3 after 204 balls.
Q de Kock 96 (100b 11x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 4-0-29-0
DA Miller 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Jacques: "It's like SA is resting for six days (40 overs) and trying to do all the work on the seventh (last 10 overs), it's just, well, unbiblical!!" Gosh. If you say so!

Kevin: "I still think SA will pull it off. Miller, Pretorius and Miller are still around. Behardien is more than capable of hammering a quick 40. "

End of over 33. 3 runs this over. 190/3 after 197 balls.
DA Miller 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 7-0-35-2
Q de Kock 89 (96b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Jacques: "Indeed I am. Have you ever seen the traditional SA collapse?" Here it comes!

Gavin: "Miller is a very lucky man to be given so many chances, his inconsistency is scary. Time to man-up and get some runs." Sorry. I try. I'm just not very good

Divyamsh: "Could you please give us insight about Stokes's injury? Is he still on the field? " Still galloping around. Has looked a bit ginger at times, but that's just his hair

End of over 32. 9 runs this over. 187/2 after 192 balls.
AB de Villiers 52 (49b 6x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 7-0-50-0
Q de Kock 88 (94b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Jacques: "Typical SA, "let's keep wickets in hand, we can always catch up later". Simply doesn't work that way, I'm not saying take too many risks, but in a game like this you have to take some risks. SA, in order to have any chance, need to be batting at 6.5 at least, not even reaching 6 now." Are you watching the same game as me?

End of over 31. 4 runs this over. 178/2 after 186 balls.
AB de Villiers 45 (45b 5x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 6-0-32-1
Q de Kock 86 (92b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Pavlos: "On Wed, SA were 177-3 after 30 overs. We all know how that turned out." This is a fair point. This chase does feel more measured, though

Ruan: "Proteas look good when the top order does the work - can't recall any game other than the one against Australia that the middle order won!"

End of over 30. 2 runs this over. 174/2 after 180 balls.
AB de Villiers 42 (40b 5x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 6-0-41-0
Q de Kock 85 (91b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Venkatesh: "Yes exactly. Ive no clue why was that double single comment published. Do you randomly publish comments ? Pickings from a lot ?" Pickings are desperately slim at the moment, as you can probably tell!

End of over 29. 3 runs this over. 170/2 after 173 balls.
AB de Villiers 39 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 7-0-27-0
Q de Kock 84 (87b 10x4 0x6 ) more

The familiar undulating groans of a Mexican Wave ring out around the ground. It's all a bit easy at the moment for South Africa, and the crowd are recognising that

End of over 28. 7 runs this over. 167/2 after 167 balls.
Q de Kock 83 (83b 10x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 5-0-39-0
AB de Villiers 38 (35b 5x4 0x6 ) more

yash: "such foolish comments are getting published and not a single wittier one of mine :(" Never mind, Yash. Warn me when you're being witty, until then I'll make do with the foolish ones!

avnish anshu: "This de Kock is some player, isnt he? Too bad he is not counted in the same breath as Root, Kohli, Smith or Williamson. " Give him time ... he's only played 19 Tests

End of over 27. 5 runs this over. 160/2 after 162 balls.
AB de Villiers 33 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 6-0-24-0
Q de Kock 82 (82b 10x4 0x6 ) more

Brett Maes: "I fear England have scored about 14 runs short - that would be enough for de Kock to get his double, and AB his single. Now one of them has to miss out. "

End of over 26. 8 runs this over. 155/2 after 156 balls.
Q de Kock 81 (79b 10x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 6-0-41-0
AB de Villiers 29 (28b 3x4 0x6 ) more

John Pearce: "I loved the story from John Arlott (I think it was) where he referred to the Australian captain having one long leg and one short leg. - An American rang the BBC to say he loved his commentary but why did he need to be so rude about the Australian captain!!"

End of over 25. 11 runs this over. 147/2 after 150 balls.
AB de Villiers 27 (26b 3x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 3-0-21-0
Q de Kock 75 (75b 10x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 136/2 after 144 balls.
Q de Kock 70 (72b 9x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 5-0-33-0
AB de Villiers 21 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 5 runs this over. 131/2 after 138 balls.
AB de Villiers 16 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 2-0-10-0
Q de Kock 70 (71b 9x4 0x6 ) more

neel: "Beats mid-off but not long-on.....u mean to say some one ran from long on or it was long off" Yes, that's exactly what I mean. Remarkable things, legs.

Eusha: "I wonder if Bangladesh can become the Sri Lanka of 1996 in this Champions Trophy. They pack a hefty punch." They've got a tough group, but yes, they are a potent package

End of over 22. 6 runs this over. 125/2 after 131 balls.
Q de Kock 67 (68b 9x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-27-0
AB de Villiers 13 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sandeep: "Being drunk to the point of being sleepy, and watching this match. Heaven has indeed come a little bit down for me today. You might be wondering how I managed to tyoe in this much." You were doing so well until the ty(oe)po

End of over 21. 5 runs this over. 119/2 after 126 balls.
AB de Villiers 12 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-5-0
Q de Kock 63 (65b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Prajjwal Kandel: "What might be the reason JP Duminy is left out? Is he dropped?" Squad rotation to give everyone practice before the Champions Trophy

End of over 20. 7 runs this over. 114/2 after 120 balls.
Q de Kock 61 (62b 9x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-21-0
AB de Villiers 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Dilshad : "@aafaq khan Actually it was 4 centuries in a row for Sanga. " Four ODI centuries. It's five and counting in first-class...

Sandeep: "Over 7 for more than 30 overs. Are we going to see a dead rubbet for the next match?" I guess that depends on England taking wickets

End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 107/2 after 114 balls.
Q de Kock 59 (58b 9x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 5-0-28-1
AB de Villiers 4 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sandeep: "Nooooooo. I will never agree to that. When India played England there, the crowd was outright bullish, even though there was a good majority of Indian supporters." Nothing quite beats the vacuum-like intake of collective breath when Virat Kohli gets out in front of an Indian crowd, but I take your point

Aafaq Khan: "Speaking of Sanga, 5 centuries in a row. Why was he in such a rush to retire?" I guess going on when you're at the top of your game is an attraction for some

End of over 18. 5 runs this over. 100/2 after 108 balls.
Q de Kock 53 (53b 8x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-14-0
AB de Villiers 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Andy: "Andrew, in what way do you think ODIs are more straightforward than Tests in terms of allegiance?" Well, you get a winner and a loser at the end of the day. In a Test match, you might end up spending all day watching a Kumar Sangakkara hundred, and it'd be a bit of a waste of your day not to enjoy it!

End of over 17. 2 runs this over. 95/2 after 102 balls.
Q de Kock 50 (50b 8x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 4-0-21-1
AB de Villiers 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

imran: "Andrew, have a burning question it just me or have the Eng fan have turned more patricians? don't see them clapping away for the opposition as they seemed to do." Hmm ... maybe? It's a different dynamic to a Test match, mind you. ODIs are a bit more straightforward when it comes to allegiance

With that wicket which stunts South Africa's progress it's drinks. I'll hand over to Miller

End of over 16. 9 runs this over. 93/1 after 96 balls.
Q de Kock 49 (48b 8x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-9-0
F du Plessis 16 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 8 runs this over. 84/1 after 90 balls.
Q de Kock 47 (46b 8x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 3-0-19-0
F du Plessis 9 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 76/1 after 82 balls.
F du Plessis 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-12-1
Q de Kock 39 (40b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Stokes is certainly not moving very well. Can't be wise to keep him on, surely?

Kapil: "QDC isn't got going as SA would have liked. AB special with some Morris magic would be required if SA needs to win this" De Kock is going okay

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 69/1 after 78 balls.
F du Plessis 9 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 2-0-11-0
Q de Kock 34 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) more

imran: "how can we forget the debut of that guy who bowled the ball of the century? -:p" Yeah, he turned out okay in the end

End of over 12. 2 runs this over. 62/1 after 72 balls.
Q de Kock 33 (34b 5x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-5-1
F du Plessis 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 4 runs this over. 60/1 after 66 balls.
Q de Kock 32 (33b 5x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 1-0-4-0
F du Plessis 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 56/1 after 60 balls.
F du Plessis 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-3-1
Q de Kock 30 (30b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Think we need to keep an eye on Stokes' fitness again. Not sure he's entirely comfortable. The physio has been on at the wicket. Two slips for Faf

End of over 9. 3 runs this over. 53/0 after 54 balls.
HM Amla 23 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 5-0-19-0
Q de Kock 28 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Sam: "@Bolton: Couldn't be worse than Pankaj Singh's" Poor Pankaj

End of over 8. 10 runs this over. 50/0 after 48 balls.
Q de Kock 27 (23b 5x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 4-0-32-0
HM Amla 22 (25b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 5 runs this over. 40/0 after 42 balls.
Q de Kock 22 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-0-17-0
HM Amla 17 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Viv: "Gnasher, you ain't getting comments today about Hash reaching 7000 runs? There were plenty in last match itself." They are still coming. Keeping tabs on it

Yousaf Younas: "It's safe to assume that Amla is not having a good day. isn't it? What's with the dropped catches and now a ball to the helmet. Poor bloke!" Could turn it around yet

End of over 6. 11 runs this over. 35/0 after 36 balls.
Q de Kock 20 (16b 4x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 3-0-22-0
HM Amla 14 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 2 runs this over. 24/0 after 30 balls.
Q de Kock 12 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-12-0
HM Amla 12 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Bolton: "just checked out Plunkett's test debut, what a hammering" It was a little

The physio has come out. Amla and the helmet getting checked over. England's players went up to make sure he was okay

End of over 4. 6 runs this over. 22/0 after 24 balls.
HM Amla 11 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 2-0-12-0
Q de Kock 11 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Sean: "SA coach not the problem: the captain is. Faf is a far more effective leader and tactician and AB should just bat and be quiet."

End of over 3. 5 runs this over. 16/0 after 18 balls.
Q de Kock 10 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-10-0
HM Amla 6 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Ankur Saxena: "In all this Hoo Haa about England's batting we are forgetting that England still has a less than competent bowling attack. In CT playing against the likes of India and Australia will be difficult without a potent attack!!" Guess we'll find out soon enough

Paul: "John, Russell got us were we are up to now. There is however a couple of players who can do better and help the team !"

End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 11/0 after 12 balls.
HM Amla 5 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 1-0-6-0
Q de Kock 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

John Pearce: "Although England have been scoring heavily in their first innings in ODI's - I feel that the scores could be even higher! If Hales is really on form and both Stokes and Buttler get in early enough they could beat their own record!"

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
HM Amla 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-5-0
Q de Kock 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
Q de KockC JC Buttler B MM Ali9814410311095.15
HM AmlaC EJG Morgan B BA Stokes2440293082.76
F du PlessisC JC Buttler B LE Plunkett1626202080
AB de VilliersC JC Buttler B LE Plunkett52605060104
DA Millernot out 71805152139.22
F BehardienC MM Ali B LE Plunkett1725250068
CH Morrisnot out 36382232163.64
D Pretorius -
K Rabada -
AL Phehlukwayo -
KA Maharaj -
Total 328/5
MA Wood10.004804.8
JT Ball10.008108.1
BA Stokes3.001214
LE Plunkett10.006436.4
AU Rashid6.004106.83
MM Ali8.005917.38
JE Root3.001806