South Africa seamers wreak havoc to secure consolation win

Posted May 31, 2017

The English batting efforts have landed them in the record books for all the wrong reasons, with the side becoming the first in ODI history to lose six wickets inside the first five overs of a match, which sparked flashes of days gone by for England sides with far less depth in talent than the current mob.

A rampant South African fast bowling attack, spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, extinguished the England fire by taking six wickets in the first five overs and limited the hosts to a paltry 153 at Lord's in the third one-day worldwide yesterday.

Jonny Bairstow's 51 saved England from the possibility of a worst ever ODI score.

But Morgan, the England captain, felt the wicket was more to blame than the batsmen and praised South Africa's seamers - Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell - for harnessing conditions expertly.

AB de Villiers has taken a break from Test cricket to focus on limited-overs cricket, and appears determined to lead South Africa to their first piece of limited-overs silverware since the 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy.

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"He's a guy we really need in our team if we're going to win the Champions Trophy or be real contenders", Morgan told TMS.

"We knew conditions were favourable for bowling but I suppose that's the way England bat at times - if there is something in the wicket and you land the ball in the right areas and they nick the ball you've got a chance against them because they play that expansive brand of cricket‚" Domingo said.

'They have had ups and downs but ultimately they have played in the fashion that we have played as a team and they have been very important to that'.

In reply South Africa were brisk, punishing David Willey especially as he strayed in line. Boult fell two spots to now lag behind Josh Hazlewood who is now fifth, giving Australia and South Africa two bowlers in the top five each.

The consolations for England were that they were already an unassailable 2-0 up in this three-match series and that the collapse had not come during the Champions Trophy ODI tournament, which they launch across London with a match against Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday.

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"He had an instinctive technique and style of play -- it was very basic, nearly 'see ball, hit ball". We had a lot to play for today. A lot of our shots were defensive shots.

Morkel went wicketless but he was South Africa's most miserly bowler‚ conceding 15 runs in his four overs. But there may be some disquiet in the camp if they find themselves inserted on an overcast morning on a pitch showing any sign of moisture.

The impressive Rabada, who ended with 4/39, continued his stranglehold over England opener Jason Roy to set the ball rolling but it was Parnell who dealt the critical blows.

On the batting front, both South Africa and England had three batsmen score more than 120 runs each.

"I got a bit excited there at the end - I thought we had it in the bag", said de Villiers.

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Reflecting on his conversation with the officials, de Villiers said: "I expressed I was quite upset about it".