England rediscovered the form that made them darlings of limited overs cricket when they beat South Africa by just 83 to win their second ODI by 118 runs to tie the series at Old Trafford on Friday.
After rain delayed the start by three hours and 45 minutes, the match was reduced to 29 overs each side and England also had problems with the excellent Proteas bowling.
Being sent into battle, England fell to 101/6 after Duane Pretorius destroyed the highest order with his cunning seamers, taking three wickets.
But highly ranked Liam Livingston (38 out of 26) and exciting talent Sam Curran (35 out of 18) took England 201 places overall.
Swing bowling has often been a weakness for South African squads, and left-hand pacemakers Rhys Topley (4-0-17-2) and David Willey (4-1-9-1) handled the new ball superbly. Jannemann Malan and Rassi van der Dussen cook the ducks.
When Aiden Markram idiotically ran out of the game without coming face to face with the ball, trying to steal the ball from wicket keeper Jos Battler, who landed a deft straight shot, the Proteas fell to 6/4, their worst ODI start since points of view or their sum at the fall of the fourth wicket.
Another left hand seamstress from England, Curran, then sent a boat low into the stump of David Miller (12) to leave South Africa on 27/5.
Despite the efforts of Heinrich Claasen (33) and Duane Praetorius (17), the Protei never recovered from such a bad start, and when the rain returned, England turned to their spinners, Adil Rashid (6-1-29-3) and Moen Ali (4.4-1-22-2) to get to 20 overs as quickly as possible and secure the result.
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South Africa produced epic bowling thanks to smart seamstresses Pretorius, who scored a career-best 4/36 in his six overs, and the cunning of spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Pretorius sent off Phil Salt (17), brilliantly caught by Miller, and Joe Root (1), who both aimed for the foot towards the inwinger but were deceived by the length and speed of the ball, and then landed a superb castling induction. dangerous Bairstow (28 out of 27) while England was 62/4 in ninja.th about.
Then Maharaj (6-0-29-1) and Shamsi (6-0-39-2) bowled superbly, taking England further down to 101/6 in the 18th round.th about. Shamsi’s setup with captain Jos Battler (19) was brilliant when the left hand keeper sacked him for the second match in a row.
But then Curran and Livingston got the momentum leaning towards England. Curran hit three brilliant sixes in a row which ignited Livingston, who was delighted with the extra pace provided by Nortier and hit him 6-6-6-4 in the 21st round.St. about.
When the ball began to wobble at the start of their pitch, the Proteas batsmen reacted like scared kids.