Lords of new records
Telford Vice | 2017-05-30 07:57:34.0
HOWZIT, ROY: Proteas’ fast bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of England’s Jason Roy during Saturday’s second ODI match at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.
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That the result of the third one-day international (ODI) between England and South Africa at Lord’s yesterday was irrelevant didn’t get in the way of milestones being passed.
South Africa’s seven-wicket win in a series England clinched in Southampton on Saturday was their first success in an ODI at the grand old ground, where they have played four matches in the format.
Hashim Amla, already the fastest man to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 runs in ODIs, added 7000 to his list.
Amla made 55 in his 150th innings to knock India’s Virat Kohli – who got there in 161 trips to the crease – off the top spot. That effort was part of an opening stand of 95 Amla shared with Quinton de Kock, who scored 34.
South Africa remained on course for a comfortable victory even though Amla and De Kock were dismissed four balls apart with Faf du Plessis following them back to the most famous pavilion in cricket 15 deliveries later.
JP Duminy and AB de Villiers, and their unbroken stand of 55, took the visitors home with 21.1 overs remaining.
That won the game but by then the contest had been decided.
Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell saw to that by reducing England to 20/6 in the first five overs to record the fastest instance of a team taking the first six wickets in all 3874 ODIs yet played. England recovered before being dismissed for 153 in 31.1 overs.
South Africa took the advantage with more disciplined bowling than in the first two games of the series and a dramatically improved fielding performance.
Jonny Bairstow and David Willey found a path through the debris with a partnership of 62 for the seventh wicket. Then Bairstow and Toby Roland-Jones added 52, a stand ended when Bairstow ventured down the pitch to Keshav Maharaj and was stumped for 51.
Rabada took 4/39 with Parnell claiming 3/43 and Maharaj 3/25.
South Africa now turn their attention to the ICC Champions Trophy, in which they play Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.