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tiptrot.com June 28, 2017


Stokes hits risky century in England's 330-6 v South Africa

28 May 2017, 02:02 | Susie Olson

England will take on South Africa in the second One Day International (ODIs) scheduled between the two sides at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on 27 May, Saturday.

England lead the three-match series, a warm-up for the Champions Trophy that starts next week, 1-0 after a 72-run win at Headingley on Wednesday.

Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj was given an ODI debut in place of Imran Tahir, while Dwaine Pretorius and Farhaan Behardien also came into the side, with Wayne Parnell and JP Duminy making way.

The left-hander went on to smash 101 off 79 balls with 11 fours and three sixes after AB de Villiers won his second successive toss and opted to field first.

After Stokes's heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.

England have begun this series with increased security measures promised around the match venues after Monday's terror attack in Manchester. Two singles were followed by a dot ball, a single and another dot ball.


England will be boosted by a fully fit Ben Stokes.

He deceived Stokes with a well-flighted delivery that took the left-hander's outside edge only for the ball to go straight through Hashim Amla's hands at slip for four.

But as Wednesday s match demonstrated, England can win well without a major contribution from Stokes, a point emphasised by fast bowler Liam Plunkett.

Earlier, South Africa paid for wasting at least a half-dozen catching chances.

He unfurled a range of destructive shots, sending Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris for three massive sixes.



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