Quinton de Kock played a belligerent innings to keep South Africa’s hopes alive in the five match series by pulling off the highest run chase at Centurion in one day cricket.
England had taken 2-0 lead coming into the game with all players oozing with confidence and great form.
South Africa needed to win this match in order to avoid a first double defeat in Test and ODIs against a visiting side suffered at the hands of Australia in 2002.
England got off to good start with their Skipper Eoin Morgan deciding to bat first on a good batting wicket.
Alex Hales and Joe Root put on a hundred run partnership to build a platform to give the team a challenging total.
South Africa did manage to claw it back in the middle overs as Rabada managed to take key wickets of Hales and Butler.
The flurry of wickets did not deter Root to play aggressively as he took spinner Tahir to the cleaners and made full use of excellent batting conditions.Ben Stokes provided a handy support to Root as he managed to complete his seventh century to take England over 250 after 40 overs.
The loss of Root wicket due to run out lead to the impetus thrown away as England managed to score just 69 runs in last ten overs due to some tidy bowling by South African pacers.England posted a challenging total of 318 requiring Proteas to produce something spectacular to keep their chances alive in the one day series.
The opening duo of Amla and De Kock got off a terrific start and put on a stand of 239 runs after 37 overs to provide ideal platform to chase the total down by other batsmen.De Kock continued his rich rein of form as he scored his second century against England in three games played in the one day series.De Kock is truly a special player as he has now become the youngest player to score ten one day centuries in the format.
England will be relieved as South Africa did not select him earlier for the start of the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy.
Du Plessis played a handy knock of 33 runs alongside AB DeVilliers to take the team home with five overs to spare in the match.