Result
3rd ODI, Johannesburg, Feb 9 2020, England tour of South Africa
256/7
(43.2/50 ov, target 257)
257/8
England won by 2 wickets
Player Of The Match
9m
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

England overcome late wobble to square ODI series

England lose four wickets for 20 runs then edge over line after Rashid and Moeen tie South Africa down

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
South Africa256/7(50 overs)
England257/8(43.2 overs)
Joe Denly66 (79)
Joe Root49 (52)

6.15pm: Right, there we go, then. There were fears we wouldn't get much of a game today - in the end, we got more than we bargained for. Firdose's report should be your next port of call, and then stick around for further reaction. Thanks from myself, Matt and Chandon, we'll be back for more with the start of the T20I series on Wednesday. Ta ra!

Oh, and Bangladesh have just won the U19 World Cup, too. #SCENES!!

6pm: Presentations time, starting with Man of the Match, Adil Rashid: "I felt good today, been a while since I played, getting out there I was eager to play and it came out well. [Googly?] Some days it's easy to pick, today it was more difficult. Some days you bowl your variations better than others. Nice to come on a bit of spicy wicket with a bit of bounce, and me and Mo bowled well in tandem."

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock, who is also named Player of the Series: "We thought it was getting tight, we had a bit of a sniff, but it's still a loss at the end of the day. Cool to make it tough for the English guys. It takes some getting used to, different in quite a lot of ways, but the guys help me on and off the field, I'm just there to make the final decisions. [Positives signs?] Energy has stood out, we've got a young team but they had a lot of energy on the field and I enjoyed that."

England captain Eoin Morgan: [Development aside, nice to win?] "Yeah, of course, I thought we bowled well today. Adil and Mo coming in and showing their value, Adil with the control and variation he has was outstanding. Thought the chase was well within our grasp, disappointing to limp over the line. Thought we should have done it four or five down with the partnerships we had. [Positives?] Tom Banton showed promise, Joe Denly's two knocks have been really, really good, Saqib [Mahmood] came in today and bowled beautifully up front, likewise Parky [Matt Parkinson] in the first game. So lots there. Prob our best performance in the field and with the ball, nice to come back and play like that. On a wicket that exposes our weaknesses [with the bat], we need to get better at that."

5.50pm: England grab a share of the series, even as it threatened to squirm out of their grasp. It seemed like they were cruising with Joe Denly and Tom Banton at the crease, needing 25 with six wickets standing - only for the chase to nearly turn pear-shaped. Luckily, the famously doughty Moeen Ali, back in the side after several months of watching from the outside, was there to drag them to their target. South Africa scrapped hard, and they'll take plenty from these two-and-a-bit games, but it ends honours even, ahead of three T20Is next week.

"I think there should be a super over to decide who wins the series," parps Vyshakh. Now now

"Welcome back Moeen!" cheers James. "Very tidy 10 overs and sees England home."

Meanwhile, a few clicks down the highway in Potchefstroom, Bangladesh are on the verge of a sensational, maiden U19 World Cup win - ahead against India on DLS with the rain now coming down.

43.2
1
Sipamla to Ali, 1 run
swiped over the leg side, lands safely in the gap - meaning England win by two wickets after a rather ticklish finish here in Joburg!
43.1
4
Sipamla to Ali, FOUR runs
pitched up, Moeen drills it through the covers! In the air briefly as short extra cover threw himself, but couldn't get there. Scores level
end of over 43Wicket maiden
ENG: 252/8CRR: 5.86 • RRR: 0.71 • Need 5 from 42b
Chris Jordan0 (4)
Moeen Ali12 (14)
Lungi Ngidi9-2-63-3
Lutho Sipamla9-1-37-1

"Any scope for a Super Over today?" I don't think so, Peter Morley. But we may be about to find out...

42.6
Ngidi to Jordan, no run
on the stumps and securely blocked once again
42.5
Ngidi to Jordan, no run
Ngidi steams in, hits a length, the ball angling back at Jordan... who chops down in defence

There'll be some pink faces if England don't manage to get over the line here

42.4
Ngidi to Jordan, no run
climbing through outside off, 139kph/87mph and Jordan lets it zip through
42.3
Ngidi to Jordan, no run
short of a length and defended

Here's Chris Jordan, who knows which end of the bat to hold. England have lost 4 for 20 and the crowd getting into this again...

42.2
w
Ngidi to Rashid, OUT
gottim, edged behind! Ngidi strikes again, South Africa can dream... Rashid was hopping on the back foot, trying to work it off his body but only succeeding in grazing the bat through to de Kock! They can't, can they?!
AU Rashid c †de Kock b Ngidi 2 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00
42.1
Ngidi to Rashid, no run
pitched up, driven uppishly towards mid-off, doesn't carry

Ngidi into his ninth. Anyone feel like finishing this?

end of over 421 runs
ENG: 252/7CRR: 6 • RRR: 0.62 • Need 5 from 48b
Moeen Ali12 (14)
Adil Rashid2 (8)
Lutho Sipamla9-1-37-1
Lungi Ngidi8-1-63-2
41.6
Sipamla to Ali, no run
short in the channel and Moeen flirts with a late cut, doesn't connect - another over passes by

Here's WrongTeam: "Does feel kinda nice having Mo'n'Rash back. Will feel even nicer after another few runs." Still edging their way there

41.5
Sipamla to Ali, no run
round the wicket, defended into the covers
41.4
1
Sipamla to Rashid, 1 run
dug in and Rashid swings a pull through backward square leg
41.3
Sipamla to Rashid, no run
in the channel, played off the back foot towards backward point
41.2
Sipamla to Rashid, no run
short of a length and Rashid rides the bounce, turns to leg and calls... but Moeen quickly sends him back
41.1
Sipamla to Rashid, no run
defended solidly on the front foot

Lutho Sipamla back. Been decent, in what is basically his second ODI

end of over 417 runs
ENG: 251/7CRR: 6.12 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 6 from 54b
Moeen Ali12 (12)
Adil Rashid1 (4)
Lungi Ngidi8-1-63-2
Beuran Hendricks10-0-59-3

"Funny thing is that somebody mentioned earlier that none of the South Africans were caught. Now all English batsman are all caught. Is that a new Record?" Don't think statsguru categorises that one, Sam. But top quirkage, nonetheless

40.6
4
Ngidi to Ali, FOUR runs
short ball, sits up for the pull and this time Moeen collars four through mid-on! England almost home now
40.5
Ngidi to Ali, no run
cutter from Ngidi, jabbed watchfully towards backward point
40.4
2
Ngidi to Ali, 2 runs
short and flubbed leg side on the pull, not got hold of it but the ball but it loops to safety somewhere between mid-on and deep midwicket
40.3
Ngidi to Ali, no run
slower ball, on the stumps and defended calmly by Moeen
Best performances - batsmen
DA Miller
69 runs (53)
4 fours
4 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
slog shot
17 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
0021137846
Q de Kock
69 runs (81)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
flick
21 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
0975262614
Best performances - bowlers
AU Rashid
O
10
M
0
R
51
W
3
Eco
5.10
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
BE Hendricks
O
10
M
0
R
59
W
3
Eco
5.90
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Adil Rashid
Player Of The Series
Quinton de Kock
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberODI no. 4242
Season2019/20
Match days09 February 2020 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Saqib Mahmood
Umpires
Shaun George
Gregory Brathwaite
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Allahudien Paleker
Match Referee
David Boon