Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis produced valiant knocks for South Africa at Manchester but it wasn’t enough as visitors once again went down in this game as well. Hosts England comprehensively outplayed South Africa in all departments to see Joe Root and his men complete a historic series win. It was first time that England had beaten South Africa at home since Michael Atherton’s side in 1998.
It always seemed inevitable as a score of 380 runs was tough ask for South Africa. But South Africa had a glimmer of hope with Amla and Du Plessis at the crease. The experienced duo in the batting lineup formed 123-run partnership as South Africa looked set to take the game well into the last day. Once again the Proteas capitulated badly as Hashim Amla’s wicket started a procession to see three quick wickets in no time. Moeen Ali was chief architect with the ball as he just found enough from the surface to trouble the opposition batsmen.
Hashim Amla scored 83 runs and struck thirteen boundaries in his innings. Faf du Plessis also looked pro-active at the crease as looked for ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Du Plessis also was dismissed going for a big shot only to get an edge through wicket-keeper off the bowling of James Anderson.
England’s new-ball pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad were right on the money as they took out Dean Elgar and Heino Kuhn in the first 15 over of South African innings. Temba Bavuma also looked scratchy as he was dismissed by Toby Roland-Jones to see South Africa lose three wickets with 40 odd runs on the board.
South Africa’s tail did not offer any resistance as Moeen Ali picked up yet another five-for to see visitors get dismissed for 202 all out to see England win the game by 177 runs. England also retained Basil D’Oliveira Trophy after beating South Africa by 3-1 in four-match Test series.
Moeen Ali was awarded man of the series for his 250 odd runs with the bat and 25 wickets with the ball in hand. South Africa’s campaign ended in sheer disappointment as visitors failed to win anything on the tour that including their first-round exit from ICC Champions Trophy 2017.