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South Africa 71 for two (Hendricks 35*) v England – match deserted

Persistent dismal climate had the ultimate say within the second ODI at Kingsmead, the place solely 11.2 overs have been attainable in a match that was twice decreased in size, to 45 then 26 overs, earlier than lastly being deserted shortly after 7pm. The washout leaves South Africa 1-Zero up within the sequence, with the ultimate recreation to come back at Johannesburg on Sunday.

South Africa misplaced two wickets in the midst of the truncated contest, one in every mini-session. Joe Root bowled Quinton de Kock for 11, simply as he had executed after his matchwinning century at Cape City, earlier than Temba Bavuma was trapped lbw by Chris Jordan for 21 by the ultimate ball of the competition – once more, a near-replica of the leg-stump skidder than pinned him for 98 within the first recreation.

The competition had already been delayed by an hour and three-quarters when England received the toss and selected to bowl first on a floor that each captains anticipated to show a bit cheesy after sweating underneath the covers.

However in an preliminary five-over new-ball burst from Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, England have been pushed onto the again foot. There was subsequent to no swing on provide, as de Kock and Reeza Hendricks continued in the identical constructive vein with which South Africa had secured a seven-wicket win in Tuesday’s opening match at Cape City.

However, England struck again by means of an unlikely supply, as Root’s offspin entered the assault for the sixth over, and struck inside 5 balls, as his flat line from around the wicket skidded beneath de Kock’s tried lower to dismiss him for the second match operating.

It might have been an important incision, given de Kock’s fluent type all through England’s go to this winter. However there was time for simply 4 extra deliveries earlier than the rain returned, moments after Hendricks had drilled Woakes by means of additional cowl for his third 4 of the afternoon.

An extra three-hour delay ensued, and it was one thing of a shock when the situations cleared at 6pm native time, with England’s gamers initially caught on the hop by the velocity of the turnaround.

Tom Curran and Matt Parkinson took up the bowling duties in what was successfully a T20 situation, with Curran being slapped for a giant six over midwicket as Bavuma picked up a size ball.

Bavuma then cracked Parkinson for a one-bounce 4 again over his head, earlier than Jordan pinned him on the crease and earned the lbw determination by way of a profitable referral. Moments later the rain returned, and that was the tip of that.

South Africa had named one change to the aspect that received handsomely on Tuesday, with the left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin coming into the aspect to make his 50-over debut rather than the paceman Lungi Ngidi, who’s being eased again into motion following his prolonged harm lay-off. He’ll have to attend one other day for his first correct day of motion.

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