Match Over - South Africa won by 7 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Lord's, London
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 29 May 2017, 12:00 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: K Rabada


  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: MA Gough
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 31.1 / 50.0




Overs: 28.5 / 50.0

South Africa

South Africa win by seven wickets and pull the series back to 2-1. They'd sealed the match after five overs today, leaving England on 20 for 6 - the first time ever in ODI cricket that six wickets had gone in the opening five overs. Bairstow, Willey, and Roland-Jones staged a recovery but it was never likely to be enough. South Africa's opening stand was 95 and it was job done. Next stop: Champions Trophy. I'll bring you the presentations shortly.

James B: "Seems like a good time to remind England fans that before today's glitch England were averaging close to 350 for not a lot of wickets from their last 11 innings. Not time to hit the panic button. Today was about bad mentality rather than a lack of ability, this will scare some sense into them." Stop being so sensible

Man of the match Kagiso Rabada. "There was something there for the bowlers today. I struggled at a bit at Leeds...if you aren't getting better it's a bit of a concern. It's nice to bowl here, there's a bit in the wicket and some good bounce. Always a pleasure. Hopefully we can go to the Champions Trophy on a high."

Player of the series Eoin Morgan...but he won't be having a word just yet

AB de Villiers. "It looks a lot better now, we had a lot to play for today and there some encouraging signs. It was very pleasing. The boys hung onto almost everything that came their way. The intensity was very good. It comes down to the basics, top of off with the odd bouncer, and a couple of fuller ones moved around a bit. All three grounds have been different. It's all about the senior players to communicate to the rest of the team. We are pretty sure [of our best XI] but we have 15 really good players and the team can change at any time. We are very confident."

And is Morgan. "We seemed to nick everything, South Africa made the most conditions, but we've had better starts than 20 for 6. If you look at our dismissals today South Africa didn't let us get away, sometimes you have to sit in. It was a nice reminder. Today wasn't our day. Jason has scored a huge amount of runs for us, the way in which he plays is very important and it will continue to be like that. A big score is around the corner. We've gain a lot of confidence from this series. It's flattering to be favourites, today is a reminder not to get carried away but we'll give it a good crack."

And that just about wraps things up for today. There's a couple more days of build-up to go, then it's full steam ahead on June 1. We'll back for that match between England and Bangladesh. For now, from Andrew and Alan, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

28.5DJ Willey to JP Duminy, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and that's that! A lovely way to finish it, full and wide outside off, a classic cover drive.
28.4DJ Willey to JP Duminy, No run, fuller, he comes forward and drives to mid-off.
28.3DJ Willey to JP Duminy, No run, nearly drags one on, back of a length, takes an inside edge into his pads.
28.2DJ Willey to AB de Villiers, 1 run, driven straight down the ground to long-off.
28.1DJ Willey to AB de Villiers, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short, wide outside off, a freebie for AB as he slashes it away in the air through point.
End of over 28. 5 runs this over. 147/3 after 168 balls.
JP Duminy 24 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 7-1-35-0
AB de Villiers 22 (28b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Michael Jones: "As well as equalling the record for most consecutive centuries, Sanga would (if the light improves) be only the third batsman to score a hundred in each innings in two consecutive matches - and the second for Surrey. Tom Hayward scored 144* & 100 vs Notts and 143 & 125 vs Leics in the space of six days in June 1906, David Hookes 185 & 105 for South Australia vs Queensland and 135 & 156 vs NSW in 10 days in February 1977. Hookes's sequence earned him selection for the Centenary Test a few weeks later." Good stuff

End of over 27. 10 runs this over. 142/3 after 162 balls.
AB de Villiers 20 (25b 4x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 4-0-34-0
JP Duminy 21 (37b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Rain falling again

End of over 26. 11 runs this over. 132/3 after 156 balls.
AB de Villiers 11 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 6-1-30-0
JP Duminy 20 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 6 runs this over. 121/3 after 150 balls.
AB de Villiers 7 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 7-2-34-1
JP Duminy 13 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 3 runs this over. 115/3 after 144 balls.
JP Duminy 13 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 5-1-19-0
AB de Villiers 1 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Took AB 13 balls to get off the mark. Won't have seen that often in ODIs

End of over 23.  A maiden over! 112/3 after 138 balls.
JP Duminy 11 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 6-2-28-1
AB de Villiers 0 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Johnnie: "What world record would Sanga match." Would equal the most first-class centuries in a row - six

punit: "Why do ODI's have restrictions on the number of overs a bowler can bowl. There is no restriction for the number of overs a batsman can face. I can understand there might be a spinner bowling for 25 overs straight. I guess it's just to ensure there is a bit of variety in the bowling?" How about, to even up the game a little, you allow two bowlers a maximum of 12?

End of over 22.  A maiden over! 112/3 after 132 balls.
AB de Villiers 0 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 4-1-16-0
JP Duminy 11 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 6 runs this over. 112/3 after 126 balls.
JP Duminy 11 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 5-1-28-1
AB de Villiers 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 2 runs this over. 106/3 after 119 balls.
AB de Villiers 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 10-0-43-2
JP Duminy 5 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

That's a very solid spell from Jake Ball. Got better as it went on

End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 104/3 after 114 balls.
AB de Villiers 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 4-1-22-1
JP Duminy 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more

hardik: "That's true Charlie. Been following TRJ at Middlesex. Always wondered why his batting didn't put him ahead of the others. Especially with the direction the English team has taken with batting all the way down the order." Roland-Jones did feature in a Test squad last summer as well

Rain in the air again

End of over 18. 2 runs this over. 101/3 after 108 balls.
F du Plessis 5 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 9-0-41-2
JP Duminy 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Well, that's 3 for 6 by England...Charlie: "Interesting that JB and TRJ have both played exactly 70 List A matches. TRJ has picked up 29 more wickets at an average of 8 runs less than JB. Cheaper ER too (-0.64). Not to mention TRJ´s superior batmanship. Why is JB ahead in the pecking order!?"

End of over 17.  A maiden over! 99/2 after 102 balls.
JP Duminy 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 3-1-19-1
F du Plessis 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 4 runs this over. 99/2 after 96 balls.
F du Plessis 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 8-0-39-1
JP Duminy 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 11 runs this over. 95/1 after 90 balls.
HM Amla 55 (54b 11x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 2-0-19-1
Q de Kock 34 (36b 4x4 0x6 ) more

So it won't be a 10-wicket victory for South Africa. Nice moment for Toby Roland-Jones, on his home ground. JP Duminy in at No. 3 for some time at the crease

End of over 14. 9 runs this over. 84/0 after 83 balls.
HM Amla 51 (51b 10x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 7-0-35-0
Q de Kock 27 (32b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Naeem: "Amla only needs to average 35 over his next 28 ODI innings to beat AB to 8000 runs!"

Daryn Moffitt: "Any chance we could see how many each of those 6 batsman that got to 1000 ODI runs in 21 innings faced to get there??? Or more simply, who had the better strike rate to get there..." That would require time I don't have right now!

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 75/0 after 78 balls.
Q de Kock 27 (32b 3x4 0x6 ) TS Roland-Jones 1-0-8-0
HM Amla 43 (46b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 67/0 after 72 balls.
HM Amla 42 (45b 8x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 6-0-26-0
Q de Kock 20 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 59/0 after 66 balls.
Q de Kock 20 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 3-0-16-0
HM Amla 34 (39b 7x4 0x6 ) more

2.30pm: And the umpires call lunch, 11 overs into the South Africa reply. They have whittled away more than a third of the required 154 to clinch this match - and a first ODI win at Lord's, into the bargain. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock have been largely untroubled, though England pretty much ensured that would be the case when they plummeted to 20 for 6 in the first five overs this morning. SA shouldn't stuff this one up, but Toby Roland-Jones will at least be hoping to make an impression with the ball after the interval. Gnasher will be back to similarly give it both barrels in half an hour or so...

"Bring on TRJ!" hollers Kunal. Is Morgy listening?

End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 57/0 after 60 balls.
HM Amla 33 (37b 7x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 5-0-18-0
Q de Kock 19 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 56/0 after 54 balls.
HM Amla 33 (33b 7x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 2-0-14-0
Q de Kock 18 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 48/0 after 48 balls.
Q de Kock 18 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 4-0-17-0
HM Amla 25 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more

"Amla... I don't think I've seen a player in recent history with such assured class," coos lebigfella, "very very pleasing on the eye & is grace personified"

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 42/0 after 42 balls.
HM Amla 24 (26b 5x4 0x6 ) ST Finn 1-0-6-0
Q de Kock 13 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Waseem Bukhari, with the full length and breadth of Amla's greatness: "After setting the ODI records for being Fastest to 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K, and 6K runs, Amla has also become the fastest to 7K runs in his 150th innings, beating Kohli by 11 innings & AB DeVilliars by 16 innings. What a class player. Respect"

An update from the ground: David Miller left the field earlier with a tight hamstring, so might not be able to bat at No. 5 (should SA need him)

End of over 6. 2 runs this over. 36/0 after 35 balls.
Q de Kock 12 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 3-0-11-0
HM Amla 19 (22b 4x4 0x6 ) more

"Alan, my only question is with so much rain around in this match and practice matches, is it wise schedule Champions Trophy at this period of time? We have rain curtailed trophy last time as well where NZ missed out on semi-final spot and the final was mockery of ODI cricket." There's always the possibility of rain in the English summer, shivashish. We like to give the bowlers something

End of over 5. 11 runs this over. 34/0 after 29 balls.
Q de Kock 12 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 3-0-24-0
HM Amla 18 (18b 4x4 0x6 ) more

"Seems like George MacPhers turned off the television after the 49th over last game!" chuckles Kunal

End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 19/0 after 23 balls.
Q de Kock 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 2-0-5-0
HM Amla 13 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Here's shuaib: "11 more runs and Amla has another record. Fastest to 7000 runs." Down to six now... He's closing in

End of over 3. 5 runs this over. 15/0 after 18 balls.
HM Amla 12 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 2-0-13-0
Q de Kock 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Brendan: "Willey, Ball, de Kock and two slips in. And so far you guys have said nothing. I am disappoint." I'm a big advocate of letting your audience do your work for you...

End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 10/0 after 11 balls.
HM Amla 8 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 1-0-2-0
Q de Kock 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Thanks to the top order (especially from Roy and Root) giving their wickets away England were at least 170-180 runs short of what would have been a decent total. Our bowlers better do the job and get early wickets or else the winning streak will end and England would have bottled a chance to get a series win. My prediction is South Africa to win by 7 wickets unfortunately." Well, apart from the fact England have already won the series, that is all pretty sound, George Macphers

"Well I can definitely see why YJB isn't as good as the five men whose combined score he scored twice over," wisecracks Lucy. But did he do enough to force his way into the side for Thursday? I reckon he needed about 100 more...

End of over 1. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 6 balls.
HM Amla 8 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 1-0-8-0
Q de Kock 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
HM AmlaB TS Roland-Jones556054110101.85
Q de KockB JT Ball3464394087.18
JP Duminynot out 2858433065.12
F du PlessisC JC Buttler B JT Ball51171071.43
AB de Villiersnot out 2743305090
DA Miller -
CH Morris -
WD Parnell -
KA Maharaj -
K Rabada -
M Morkel -
Total 156/3
DJ Willey4.504308.9
JT Ball10.004324.3
ST Finn7.013505
TS Roland-Jones7.023414.86