NatWest Series [South Africa in England] - 3rd ODI

England v South Africa

England won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

1.1

Finn to Smith, 2 runs, length delivery, touch down the leg side and chopped through square leg with relish by Smith, to get him off the mark

1.2

Finn to Smith, no run, angled across outside off, Smith gets outside the line of off stump and pushes back to the bowler

1.3

Finn to Smith, no run, length ball, pushed across the left-hander again, punched back down the track and Finn gets a hand on it

1.4

Finn to Smith, 2 runs, pitched up around the line of off, Smith closes the face and squirts it through square leg for another couple

1.5

Finn to Smith, no run, shorter length, tries to pull the ball late and is hit on the body

1.6

Finn to Smith, no run, beaten outside the off, though Smith drew his bat away ... and again Finn flicks off the bails, to Smith's evident displeasure, though Dharmasena is apparently happy to live with it

South Africa 6/0   GC Smith 4* (6b)

3.1

Finn to Smith, FOUR, too straight to Smith, who again closes the face and clips a four through midwicket

3.2

Finn to Smith, 1 run, pushed back wide of the mid-on for a single

3.6

Finn to Smith, no run, pitched up around the line of off, blocked into the leg side

South Africa 18/0   GC Smith 9* (9b 1x4)

4.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, better line and length, drawing Smith out of his crease, he shoulders arms

South Africa 30/0   GC Smith 9* (10b 1x4)

5.2

Finn to Smith, no run, touch short, pushed across Smith, who turns the ball straight to to midwicket

5.3

Finn to Smith, no run, pitched up around off stump, driven back and Finn fields in his follow-through

5.4

Finn to Smith, no run, back of a length outside the line of off, deflected towards point

5.5

Finn to Smith, no run, dug in short at the man, Smith pulls meatily into the ground, it bounces high but Bell makes a Collingwood-esque stop at square leg to prevent a run

5.6

Finn to Smith, 1 run, tip and run to mid-on, Cook picks up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end ... but Smith was safe

South Africa 32/0   GC Smith 10* (15b 1x4)

6.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and angled across, punched back to the bowler on the front foot

6.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, dug in short this time, Smith rides it and the ball rolls towards the slips

6.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, advances aggressively, Anderson drags his length back and Smith doesn't connect properly with a swipe across the line, the ball rolling to mid-on

6.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up at the stumps, turned to the man at midwicket

6.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, full and wide of off, Smith crabs his way outside the line and drives down the ground, mid-off comes across

South Africa 33/0   GC Smith 11* (20b 1x4)

7.3

Finn to Smith, 1 run, full toss, around leg stump, Smith only gets one with a shovel through square

South Africa 36/0   GC Smith 12* (21b 1x4)

8.1

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, strays down the leg side, flicked business-like round the corner for four to fine leg

8.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, pushed across, wide of off, blocked back down the wicket

8.3

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, short and pulled through deep square leg for a couple

8.4

Anderson to Smith, OUT, advances and gone, bowled! Looks like Anderson rolled his fingers over the ball, again Smith's impatience got the better of him and he missed tried to pull through the on side, the ball flipping the leg bail off on its way through

GC Smith b Anderson 18 (37m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

South Africa 50/1   GC Smith 18 (25b 2x4)
Series Results
England v South Africa at Nottingham - Sep 5, 2012
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 93 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Lord's - Sep 2, 2012
England won by 6 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 31, 2012
England won by 4 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Southampton - Aug 28, 2012
South Africa won by 80 runs
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Aug 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan played the best innings of the day, England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest ODI, The Oval, August 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan played the best innings of the day

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Aug 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan was named Man of the Match for his rapid half-century, England v South Africa, 3rd NatWest ODI, The Oval, August 31, 2012

Eoin Morgan was named Man of the Match for his rapid half-century

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