England win South Africa series
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 2:00
Ben Stokes warmed up for next week's Champions Trophy with a century as England reached 330-6 in the second One-day worldwide against South Africa on Saturday. It was all down to a heroic last over from Mark Wood. "He's a massive player who can win games with bat, ball and in the field".
Alex Hales had just been dropped at long-on off Keshav Maharaj when he edged an attempted cut behind to De Kock, standing up to Dwaine Pretorius' medium-pace.
Stokes, who underwent a scan after the game, had a bruising schedule in the recently completed Indian Premier League, where his Rising Pune Supergiant team got to the final.
But only singles followed as Miller and Morris ran out of steam. Morgan joined in with the pyrotechnics and looked set for a half-century of his own until edging Rabada to de Kock. The Three Lions will be looking for a similar performance in the second ODI.
Jos Buttler eased himself into the innings, while Stokes took charge. Amla was hit flush on the helmet grille by Wood before falling falling for 24 when he drove Stokes to Morgan at short extra cover.
Quinton de Kock (98) and captain AB de Villiers (52) launched South Africa's chase, but both were dismissed within four overs as England hit back for 211-4 in the 36th over.
Next ball produced another edge, with wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock failing to hold a more hard chance.
The removal of the stuttering Farhaan Behardien (17 runs off 25 balls) changed the course of the match once more, but this time in South Africa's favour.