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South Africa chase 318 to stay alive against England in series

Talal Dar - 09-02-2016 - View: 252

Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla scored centuries and had 239 runs opening partnership

South Africa chase 318 to stay alive against England in series

South African team has stayed alive in the One-Day International (ODI) series against England by winning the third game by 7 wickets as Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla scored centuries and had 239 runs opening partnership and helped their side chase 319 runs target.

England had first two games and were looking to become first team in almost 15 years to come to South Africa and win both Test and ODI series. Their morale was high as English captain won the toss and elected to bat first. Their batsmen have been in top form in this series.

Alex Hales, who had scored 57 in first game and 99 in the second, scored his third consecutive fifty. Hales scored 65 and had 125 runs partnership with Joe Root who went on to score a century. Root got out after scoring 125 and England lost 3 wickets for 26 runs.

But then Ben Stokes took charge and scored 53 runs off 37 balls to help England go above 300. In reply Quinton De Kock, who had scored century in the first game, once again showed great form. He dominated his partnership with Hashim Amla and scored 135 runs.

De Kock hit 16 fours and 4 sixes in his 117 balls innings, which was his 10th century. On the other hand Amla scored 127 off 130 balls as he hit 13 fours and 2 sixes. It was Amla's 22nd century. At the end Faf Du Plessis played a cameo of 33 off 29 balls to take South Africa over the line with 22 balls to spare.

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