Johannesburg - Chris Morris played the innings of his life
to earn the Proteas a one-wicket victory over England to level the ODI at 2-2
in the Pink Drive ODI at the Wanderers on Friday evening.
As it happened: SA v England, 4th ODIThe two teams now go to the decider at Newlands on Sunday.
It was a wonderful double for South African cricket as the
Momentum National Women’s team earlier in the day beat England by 5 wickets,
chasing an identical target of 263, to square their series as well.
Morris had a previous highest ODI score of 12 but he
proceeded to pass every expectation with his innings of 62 (38 balls, 3 fours
and 4 sixes) and, when he was dismissed the scores were tied, leaving last man
Imran Tahir to hit the winning boundary.
It was also an important day for Tahir who regained his
touch of taking important wickets in the middle of the innings. He took three
wickets and played an important part in the England middle-order collapse that
saw them lose five wickets for 21 runs and saw England plummet to 108/6.
In the circumstances they did well to recover to 262 thanks
once again to Joe Root whose eighth ODI century (109 off 124 balls, 10 fours
and a six) was another superb innings. He must wonder what he has to do to be
on the winning side after scoring back-to-back centuries and ending up on the
losing side in both instances.
Tahir finished with 3/46 while Kagiso Rabada took 4/45 for
his best figures against England. It was his third four-wicket haul in only his
The England total was probably between 30 and 40 short of
par but they bowled themselves back into the match by chipping away with
regular wickets with five of South Africa’s top six getting good starts but
failing to kick on.
But Morris changed all that with his stand of 52 for the
ninth wicket with Kyle Abbott who contributed only three runs. Morris benefited
from a dropped chance by Adil Rashid that effectively cost England the match
and he went on to be named man-of-the-match.
Both Root and Quinton de Kock have gone past the 300 runs
aggregate in the series and one of them is likely to be named man-of-the-series
at Newlands on Sunday.
South Africa 266-9 in 47.2 overs (Chris Morris 62, Farhaan Behardien 38; Adil Rashid 2-38) beat England 262 all out in 47.5 overs (Joe Root 109, Alex Hales 50; Kagiso Rabada 4-45, Imran Tahir 3-46) by 1 wicket.