Joe Denly, Adil Rashid help England draw level at The Wanderers

Splendid performances from Adil Rashid, Joe Root and Joe Denly was enough to see England register a hard-fought win over South Africa and level the three-match one-day series at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. With this result, England managed to draw the one-day series.

England Captain Eoin Morgan won the toss for the side and opted to bowl first. Tom Curran and Saqib Mahmood delivered excellent spells with the new-ball to keep South African batsman in check. Opener Reeza Hendricks once again failed to deliver big runs. His opening partner, Quinton de Kock, continued his rich vein of form with the bat. He put on a 66-run partnership with Temba Bavuma to stabilize the innings for South Africa.

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid came into the attack and kept it tidy in the middle-overs of the innings. Bavuma lost his patience and was trapped right in front of the stumps by Adil Rashid. Rassie van der Dussen also failed to make an impression with the bat and was bowled by Moeen Ali to see South Africa lose their third wicket with 94 runs on the board.

Quinton de Kock and JJ Smuts put on 46-run partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking for South Africa. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid dismissed de Kock to see South Africa lose their fourth wicket. Left-hander played well and scored 69 runs off 81 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

JJ Smuts looked good with the bat and was dismissed in a terrible mix-up with David Miller to see lose their fifth wicket in the 35th over of the innings. He scored 31 runs off 38 balls with the help of two fours and one six.

David Miller produced a splendid half-century to help South Africa post 256 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs. Left-hander put crucial partnerships with Andile Phehlukwayo and Lutho Sipamla to see South Africa add 70 runs in the last eight overs.

Miller remained unbeaten till the end and scored 69 runs off 53 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes.

For England, Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers and picked up key wickets of Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma. Moeen Ali and Saqib Mahmood bowled well and claimed one wicket each.

In reply, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got the side off to a flying start and put on 60-odd in the first six overs. Lutho Sipamla provided much needed breakthrough to see England lose their first wicket. Roy failed to get a big score and perished after 21 runs off 21 balls with the help of two sixes.

Jonny Bairstow delivered a blistering innings for the side and smashed 43 runs off 23 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. Beuran Hendricks dismissed Captain Eoin Morgan to see England go from 61 for 0 to 86 to 3.

Bairstow’s blitz in the initial overs allowed the likes of Joe Root and Joe Denly to play their natural game. Joe Root and Joe Denly decided to build the innings for England and put on a 76-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Root looked fluent in his innings and fell just one run short of half-century. He was dismissed by Tabraiz Shamsi, who picked his first wicket of the innings. Tom Banton came to the crease and put on a 60-run partnership to see England inch close towards a comfortable win.

Denly once again delivered the goods with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 66 runs off 79 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Banton, who chipped in with 32 runs off 32 balls with the help of four fours and one six.

Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets at the end it wasn’t enough as Moeen Ali produced a crucial cameo to help England complete the target in the 43rd over of the innings.

For South Africa, left-arm medium pacer Beuran Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 3 for 59 in his 10 overs. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was named player of the match, whereas Quinton de Kock was named player of the series.

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