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Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Proteas bowling trio spark ODI win

Proteas bowling trio spark ODI win

Jonny Bairstow helped to spare the embarrassment marginally, but unsurprisingly there proved no way back into the match after England crashed to 20 for six in the first five overs - the worst ever start to a one-day worldwide fixture. What cost us was the first hour this morning when there was a lot of live green grass on the wicket, but South Africa bowled beautifully.

Although they lost the ODI series to England 2-1, they are favorites to make it through to the semi-finals.

Shocked into a change of mindset by their wretched from in the tournament, they discarded their coach, several senior players (including their top wicket-taker, James Anderson, and top run-scorer, Ian Bell) and their old approach in reinventing themselves as an ultra-aggressive side who are committed to attacking with bat and ball as a default option.

But after a slight stutter in which three wickets fell for six runs, South Africa reached their target of 154 in just 28.5 overs to register their first ODI win at Lord's.

That allowed Jonny Bairstow to compile an excellent 51 off 67 balls.

AB de Villiers gave his new-ball bowlers a breather and rang the changes - including an early three-over spell for spinner Keshav Maharaj, who went on to finish with three for 25. Amla became Roland-Jones's first ODI wicket when he bottom-edged a pull onto his stumps and, three balls later, de Kock was yorked by Jake Ball. If you look at our dismissals today, South Africa didn't let us get away, sometimes you have to sit in.

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South Africa, however, only needed five overs to have England six down. And with Bairstow continuing his fine run of form with another half-century - his third in his four most recent ODI innings - there might be a temptation to bring him into the side in place of Roy.

This series served as a warm-up for the Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world's top eight ODI sides.

"Why not? We've got really good players, wonderful talent and some experience as well", he said. That's the feeling that I got and I expressed that I was quite upset about it.

In 87 years of global cricket since New Zealand played their first Test in 1930, the only tournament they have won was when they beat India in the 2000 Champions Trophy final.

Wood and Plunkett were rested along with the absences already announced as injury precautions for Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali. "They have had ups and downs but ultimately they have played in the fashion that we have played as a team and they have been very important to that".

"Batting, fielding and running around isn't an issue". "It's unfortunate that we didn't cross the line but I'm proud of the way we fought right until the end". I's just when he's bowling at full tilt.

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