2nd ODI England vs South Africa, Bavuma ton gives 2-0 series win, keeping South Africa’s direct World Cup qualification hopes alive
No one would have thought to see these results before the series as South Africa had no match-up against a strong England team as ODI & T20I World Champions. However, South Africa certainly had other ideas to show their guts and resilience in this vital home series for them. Toss was won by South Africa, and Bavuma asked England to bat first. England lost two early wickets in the first power play on a good batting pitch. However, then the English batsmen started chipping in with reasonable partnerships to put a handsome total on the board. Harry Brook and Jos Buttler took the responsibility and came up with a handy partnership of 73 runs.
Then Moin Ali Joined Buttler to put up another formidable partnership of 105 runs. Chris Woakes and Sam Curran also had their fair share in the total. In 2nd ODI England vs South Africa, England’s team was able to put up a great total of 342/7 with a brilliant knock by Buttler 94 (82), helped by Brook 80 (75), and Moin Ali’s 51 (44). South Africa was looking all set to give their best in this huge chase, eyeing the series win. Things went well for South Africa in this crucial chase as they had a good opening partnership of 77 runs between Quinton de Kock and Captain Bavuma. Bavuma looked at his best putting English bowlers under pressure from the beginning. South Africa was on course to chase this target as Bavuma steadied the ship, and all the other batsmen helped him to build the nice partnerships needed to chase 343.
Everything seemed good but Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen’s wicket in quick succession pulled England back into the game. This is where South Africa needed some good performance from their lower order, and they responded on time. Makram (49) and Klaasen (27) put them in a driving seat. Now, they had a great finisher like Miller to finish the game, and Millar did with his magnificent 58 (37), supported by Marco Jansen 32 (29). South Africa needed 6 runs in the last over, and Miller deposited the ball into the stands to win the match and series for South Africa after a long dismal, and disappointing performances in recent times. Now, they are placed in the safe zone to get direct 50 overs World Cup qualification with 4 more games to play.