South Africa v England, 5th ODI, Cape Town February 14, 2016

A good day for DRS

George Dobell and Firdose Moonda
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the deciding match of the one-day series

Double bluff? Was Jos Buttler expecting the short ball when he dragged on against Kagiso Rabada © Getty Images

Error of the day

The bowler, Chirs Morris, did not even appeal when Alex Hales played and missed a drive at a delivery outside off stump. But Quinton de Kock, the keeper, had done so and umpire Johan Cloete quickly raised his finger to gives Hales out caught behind. The batsman, on 20, immediately called for a review and saw the decision overturned with replays showing several inches between bat and ball. In fairness to Cloete, Hales' bat had made contact with the pitch which produced the noise the umpire mistook for an edge. It was also reward for Hales not encouraging Jason Roy to call for the review - as he nearly did - when he was trapped leg before by Imran Tahir. Had Roy done so, Hales would have had to accept the decision and England may have struggled to reach 150.

Drop of the day

With centuries in the previous two games, Joe Root was clearly the key man for England. So Hashim Amla's anguish was obvious when he put down a relatively straightforward chance offered by Root when he had scored just 12. Morris, bowling at a lively pace, was the unfortunate bowler who, having attacked Root with the short ball, drew the outside edge when he pitched one up, but Amla, at slip, was unable to cling on to the ball.

Review of the day

Imran Tahir did not so much suggest his captain, AB de Villiers, call for a review after his appeal against Root was declined, as insist. The bowler was adamant that he had trapped Root, attempting a sweep, leg before and, despite some uncertainty from his captain and keeper, was successful in his request to utilise the review. He was vindicated, too, with replays showing the ball would have hit three-quarters of the way up middle stump. For umpire Cloete it continued a tricky start to the day, but Tahir - and South Africa - had the key England wicket.

Set-up of the day

With a leg slip in position, it seemed Kagiso Rabada was setting up Jos Buttler for the sort of short ball that earned his wicket in the previous match, or the sort of leg stump line of attack that brought immediate success in the game before, at Centurion. Instead Rabada produced a full delivery on off stump that saw Buttler a little slow to come forward and manage only to inside edge the ball on to his leg stump. It was a clever piece of bowling from Rabada and meant Buttler finished the series with innings of 0, 1 and 0 - with two first ball failures - in the final three games.

Review of the day II

Just when umpire Cloete may have been wondering if he was the only one to get things wrong - and he has made some big mistakes in this series - his partner, Chris Gaffaney, also got one wrong, albeit it a much tougher call. Reece Topley got a ball to nip right through Quinton de Kock, it seemed to have missed everything but Topley and Jos Buttler appealed and persuaded Eoin Morgan to review. Replays showed the ball had clipped the inside edge on its way through and de Kock had to go.

Shot of the day

Although de Villiers scored 73 in the second match of the series, he had not really asserted himself as the leader with bat in hand until he guided the chase in this match. He steadied South Africa from 22 for 3 and then showed his intent when presented with the opportunity for a free hit. Ben Stokes had overstepped when delivering his first ball and so his second, to de Villiers, was a gift but then Stokes wrapped it in fancy paper and put a ribbon on it too. A juicy length ball allowed de Villiers to take took half a step across, got under the ball and loft it over deep mid-wicket to get his innings going. If shots could talk that one said, "I've got this." He had it.

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