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England outdo South Africa in a high scoring game

Talal Dar - 03-02-2016 - View: 238

England scored 399 but South Africa were going strong in reply when rain intervened and decided the outcome

England outdo South Africa in a high scoring game

In a very high scoring and interesting game, England managed to beat South Africa by 39 runs (D/L) method as the Englishmen posted a big total of 399 on the board and South Africa were also going strong due to De Kock's ton but rain intervened and ended the match.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first, as his openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy gave their side a flying start. They scored 68 off 46 balls before Roy got out after scoring 48 runs off 30 balls, but Hales kept going and scored a fifty.

Joe Root joined Hales and both had 62 runs partnership for the second wicket before Hales was dismissed after scoring 57. Root and Jos Buttler had 97 runs partnership for the third wicket. Root scored 52 whereas Buttler scored 105 runs off just 76 balls.

Ben Stokes also joined the party and hit 3 sixes in his 38 balls 57 runs. England were 399 after 49.4 overs but could not score off last 2 balls as they finished on the same score. But in reply Quinton De Kock was also in good form and made sure that it is not one sided game.

Hashim Amla got out early but De Kock had 110 runs partnership with Faf Du Plessis as the latter was dismissed after scoring 55 but De Kock kept going and scored century. Others kept departing and they were 250/5 in 33.3 overs when rain came. De Kock scored 138 off 96 balls as his effort went in vain and they were 39 runs behind par score by D/L method.

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