The clever bowling of Dwayne Pretorius and the cunning of spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi dominated England in a shortened second ODI at Old Trafford on Friday, with the hosts down 201 in the last of their 29 overs.
Due to heavy morning showers, the start of the match was delayed from 13:00 local time until 17:45, and South Africa won the toss to choose to bat first.
First players Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow got off to a brilliant start in the first couple of overs, with Roy hailing fast bowler Henrich Nortier with a couple of boundaries when he pitched too short. But Nortier bounced back, making the first spurt, Roy (14 of 11) distorted the catch on a short straight midwicket.
And then Pretorius overcame the highest record with a score of 3/26 in five overs. The average pace sent off Phil Salt (17), brilliantly caught by David Miller, and Joe Root (1), who both took aim at the inwinger’s leg but were deceived by the length and speed of the ball.
Pretorius then hit a superb inductor to castle the dangerous Bairstow (28 of 27) and England were 62/4 in the 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.
Momentum leans towards England
However, Sam Curran (35 of 18) made the momentum start to lean towards England by attacking both spinners and hitting three brilliant sixes in a row. This fired up Liam Livingston, who was delighted with the extra pace provided by Nortier, who beat him 6-6-6-4 in the 21st round.St. about.
However, Nortier bounced back with a smart slow dodgeball that Livingston (38 of 26) swung to mid.
David Wyllie scored a useful 21 goals before Pretorius came back to catch him in a deep midwicket and finished with a brilliant career-best 4/36 in his six overs.
Lungi Ngidi was outstanding in his change of pace and, much to his dismay, did not take any wickets.