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2nd ODI (D/N), Durban, February 07, 2020, England tour of South Africa
(11.2/26 ov) 71/2

No result

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7.01pm: Match abandoned, they've finally given up the ghost in Durban, a venue that has had a right old soaking this summer (sic)... All of which means South Africa maintain their 1-0 lead in the series, with one game to play in Johannesburg. Quinny de Kock is going to be unbeaten in his first series as captain! Anyway, thanks for sticking around, we'll be back for more on Sunday. Bye!

6.50pm: The cut-off is *drum roll* 7.22pm for a 20-over thrash (splash?). But it looks miserable around Kingsmead once again, with the crowd increasingly thin and a line of umbrellas heading for the exits

Here's Edward Bowden: "I think everyone should have heeded your commentary this morning - 'On a scale of 1 to 10, what are chances of play today? I wouldn't like to put a number on it, but the forecast looks something like this: it was raining earlier, it's raining now, and it's going to rain later.' - and gone home and put their feet up." Roller knew (of course he did)

"South Africa will take this, more than happily," declares Nelson. "Their chances of winning a shortened match were little to non-existent and now they can't lose the series."

6.39pm: Raining heavily again! Gah... Now the groundstaff are going to get their way, deploying the full range of covers as the drizzle returns to blight this schmozzle. Not great news, obviously, for the prospects of a result here

"How Duckworth-Lewis works is just a guy in a room with some dice, adding some (or removing some?) when a wicket is lost, he does some creative multiplication... and a score is reached." Ssshhh, George, don't spoil the magic

"@ Commentator; 'Seems like the rain has swept through for now...' You trying to make fun of us non-TV watchers?? That was like a minute ago and then now it's raining?" I think I was actually paraphrasing what the TV comms were saying, rssampat. Blame it on the weatherman

6.37pm: Off comes the cover, they're going to get straight back underway! Just a brief, slightly bizarre delay this time

England don't look to convinced by that decision (as they weren't by the original not out), and they are taking their time walking off the field. Umpires are still out there, just one cover on the 22-yard strip for now. The groundstaff were in the process of bringing on more protection for the square, but they've been told to stand down

Jordan to Bavuma, OUT

full and staying a touch low, hit on the back pad... Jordan appeals and Aleem Dar shakes his head, but England review, and this doesn't look good for Bavuma. Thudding into leg stump, according to Hawk-Eye, and that is curtains!. Up goes Dar's finger, and then immediately he signals to the groundsmen, too! It's raining again!

Temba Bavuma lbw b Jordan 21 (17b 1x4 1x6 22m) SR: 123.52

Fair point, from Jurie Schoeman: "Malcolm - maybe you should read up on how Duckworth Lewis works... That's exactly what the method takes into account. The SA score will be increased"

Jordan to Hendricks, 1 leg bye

shortish and skidding on as Hendricks attempts to pull, comes off the hip behind point

Chris Jordan on for Curran. Seems like the rain has swept through for now

end of over 119 runs
SA: 70/1CRR: 6.36 
Reeza Hendricks35 (33b 3x4)
Temba Bavuma21 (16b 1x4 1x6)
Matt Parkinson 2-0-15-0
Tom Curran 2-0-13-0

Nine runs off the over, but SA still struggling to lift the rate, approaching the halfway point of the innings

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 run

flighted, worked off the stumps through midwicket

Parkinson to Bavuma, 1 run

floated up outside off, 78kph/49mph and dabbed delicately off the back foot towards short third man

Parkinson to Bavuma, FOUR runs

clubbed back over the bowler's head! Good use of the feet and he drills it for a straight four

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 run

pushed through a little faster, Hendricks nudges through midwicket for a single

Parkinson to Bavuma, 1 run

tossed up, 76 clicks and met by Bavuma skipping down, worked into the leg side - but there's only one there

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 run

flighted outside the line of off and Hendricks goes inside out, chipped down the ground to long-off

end of over 107 runs
SA: 61/1CRR: 6.10 
Reeza Hendricks32 (30b 3x4)
Temba Bavuma15 (13b 1x6)
Tom Curran 2-0-13-0
Matt Parkinson 1-0-6-0
Tom Curran to Hendricks, 1 run

fullish on the stumps, this is whipped through square leg for one

Tom Curran to Hendricks, no run

spears in a yorker, right up towards the blockhole and Hendricks settles for digging it out

Here's Malcolm: "This is massively in favor of England. The chances of SA winning here are miniscule. England basically have an 8 or 9 over head start, because SA were playing normally for the first few overs. England can start from scratch and completely blast the match and the run rate to oblivion."

Tom Curran to Bavuma, 1 run

dug in short, pulled flat through midwicket for another single

Tom Curran to Hendricks, 1 run

fired on middle and leg, Hendricks clips through square

Tom Curran to Bavuma, 3 runs

skips out, attempts to hoick leg side again... back-of-the-hand slowie from Curran and Bavuma doesn't time it, manages to clear the infield for three towards long-on

Tom Curran to Hendricks, 1 run

length ball outside off, pushed into the covers for a single

Just drizzling, I think, the umpires are keeping them out (for now)

end of over 96 runs
SA: 54/1CRR: 6.00 
Reeza Hendricks29 (26b 3x4)
Temba Bavuma11 (11b 1x6)
Matt Parkinson 1-0-6-0
Tom Curran 1-0-6-0

"The 156-ball shootout," chuckles phillip martin. "The ECB may catch on.... "

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 run

flatter, a touch quicker and nudged towards square leg

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 wide

looped up well outside leg stump, straightening through to the keeper - but that's a wide

Parkinson to Bavuma, 1 run

flighted, drifting in as Bavuma comes down and works the ball into a gap leg side

And there's rain in the air again...

Parkinson to Hendricks, 1 run

pushed through, 76kph/47mph and skidding on, clipped leg side

Parkinson to Hendricks, no run

slow and loopy on middle and leg, Hendricks props forward in defence

Parkinson to Hendricks, no run

floated up and tapped into the off side

Parkinson to Hendricks, 2 runs

floated up outside leg, Hendricks mows across the line and gets a thin inside edge, YJB is beaten and it runs away for two!

Another change, Woakes off and Matt Parkinson into the attack