The Fourth match of the one day series between England and South Africa produced all thrills and spill as the hosts snatched a crucial one wicket victory to keep series alive. The match was played at all famous Bull ring atmosphere at The Wanderers, Johannesburg
The England lost early wicket of Jason Roy put Hales and Root stabilized to build a partnership when Hales was out of the bowling of Imran Tahir.Morgan was also gone playing a reckless shot off a wide delivery from Tahir. Stokes came in and went early due to some astounding exhibits of fielding by Amla.Imran Tahir quickly seized the initiative and took the momentum from England. The Spinner was struggling for rhythm in the series but quickly was seen going into his groove.
England batting collapsed to 106 for 6 after Moeen Ali and Butler were out due to some clever plans laid by AB Devilliers.Joe Root stayed calm under pressure and formed a partnership with Chris Woakes to stabilize the innings and take towards 200 before Adil Rashid chipped in with a useful 30 to take England towards 260 runs.
South Africa in reply lost the wicket of Amla who was bowled by Stuart Broad due to inside edge.
Quinton De Kock and Faf Du Plessis formed a nice partnership before De Kock was cleaned by Stokes.Du Plessis went back due to snorter of a delivery by Chris Woakes.
Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy formed a partnership to take the team half way mark before David Wiese also played a handy innings to take the total near to the target.The fall of Behardien wickets saw Chris Morris arrive to the center stage and he delivered one of the most exhilarating performances to steer the team home with one wicket to spare.
The all-rounder bludgeoned every bowler and coped well under pressure with match winning innings of 62 runs that include three fours and four sixes.
Morris innings brought the memories reminiscent to the times when South Africa had great lower order players like Boucher, Pollock and Klusener who could win a match from any situation.
He could well provide the stability long awaited by the Proteas who had the tried the likes of Albie Morkel, Rory Kleinveldt and Roelof van Der Merwe to the fill void left by great all- rounder’s.