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2nd ODI, Gqeberha, February 06, 2016, England tour of South Africa
(46.2/50 ov, T:263) 263/5

England won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
99 (124)
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5.48pm A few thoughts from the presentations. First up, AB de Villiers. "We were about 20 short," he says. ""290-300 would have been ideal. I think JP got an unlucky one, they felt a little hard done-by, it was still a competitive total but credit to the opposition, they played a good game of cricket and out-thought us."

"It was a good cricket wicket throughout the 100 overs. No excuses, we were out-played."

Eoin Morgan: "Completely different conditions, the challenge today was adapting, the game was in the balance but Jos Buttler took the game into his own hands. We were very happy with 260, and given the way we've been playing with the bat, it was within range."

Morgan said he bowled his spinners straight through in a bid to get AB de Villiers out, which was a cunning captaincy ploy.

Unsurprisingly, the Man of the Match is Alex Hales for his 99: "A different sort of innings required today, we knew if we took it deep we'd get over the line. The Test series was difficult but I learnt a lot and since we switched to the white ball, it've felt in good touch."

So that is that. Join us again in Centurion on Tuesday for the third ODI, and have a read of David Hopps' match report. From myself and Alan Gardner, goodbye.

5.38pm Well, that was brisk. England's one-day renaissance shows no sign of slowing down ... actually, renaissance rather implies they were ever any good in the format (humble apologies to Goochie's class of 92, of course...). This is a team with the means to go a long, long way in the coming years. THey have class acts in all departments, and in Jos Buttler, a gun batsman who can win in style from any situation. Today was about Alex Hales' solidity at the top of the order, fine bowling from the spin twins, Moeen and Adil Rashid, and a career-best 4 for 50 from young Reece Topley. England are 2-0 up, and despite a return to form for AB de Villiers, South Africa were second-best by some distance again today.

soham: "amazing turnaround by the english team after wc debacle.never seen such a attacking positive english odi team before!cant say about 2019 wc because its too far but for 2017 champions trophy this team is alreasy a contender!" Troo dat ... and I wouldn't be surprised if they were contenders in the World Twenty20 too...

SanjayN: "Last 5 overs, 61 runs. Says it all. Well played, England, too good again for SA. Mumbai Indians got Buttler for a steal. Just compare the silly money that's been paid out for some seriously mediocre players."

Morkel to Moeen Ali, FOUR runs

smashed through midwicket, game over!

Morkel to Moeen Ali, FOUR runs

Moeen's turn to have a mow! A typical range-hitting stand-and-deliver blow, straight back whence it came. One bounce and into the rope

end of over 4621 runs
ENG: 255/5CRR: 5.54 RRR: 2.00
Jos Buttler48 (28b 4x4 3x6)
Moeen Ali13 (13b 1x4)
Imran Tahir 10-0-66-0
Kagiso Rabada 9-0-35-0
Tahir to Buttler, no run

a rare dot-ball, but too little too late, that is a massive 21-run over

Tahir to Buttler, SIX runs

flogged! Monstrous cross-batted assault, down on one knee, not a ring in sight though as Tahir is jilted into the stands, back over his head!

Tahir to Buttler, SIX runs

mowed over midwicket! Buttler can't be bothered to nudge and nurdle England to victory, he's got a long handle and he intends to use it!

Tahir to Buttler, SIX runs

big stride, head over the ball, clears the front leg, battered into the stands. Fetch!

Tahir to Moeen Ali, 1 run

Ali escapes the strike, as well he might

Hoover: "If Buttler isn't motivated to perform after earning many a pretty penny today, he never will be!" I'd have thought the reverse would be true. Stick on the shades and the dollar-shaped bling, and chill in the dug-out. I'm alright Jack ...

Tahir to Moeen Ali, 2 runs

chipped in the air ... Berhardien at long-off galloped across but it is dropped! Think Jordan's catch but much easier ...

end of over 453 runs
ENG: 234/5CRR: 5.20 RRR: 5.80
Jos Buttler30 (24b 4x4)
Moeen Ali10 (11b 1x4)
Kagiso Rabada 9-0-35-0
Kyle Abbott 9-1-58-3
Rabada to Buttler, no run

very full once again, Buttler gets in a tangle as he attempts to work the ball away. Good tight work

Swapnil: "Hales becomes the sixth batsman to get out in 99 in odi for england.. if I am using the statsguru right." Your skills have not let you down ...

Rabada to Moeen Ali, 1 leg bye

on the pads, full again, worked into the leg side

Rabada to Buttler, 1 run

dead-batted to mid-off, and a sharp call allows them to scamper home before the shy comes in

Rabada to Buttler, no run

full and straight, Rabada doing all he can to keep South Africa in the hunt

Rabada to Buttler, no run

driven off the back foot, but can't pick the gap

Rabada to Moeen Ali, 1 run

another single, England easing along now

end of over 4416 runs
ENG: 231/5CRR: 5.25 RRR: 5.33
Jos Buttler29 (20b 4x4)
Moeen Ali9 (9b 1x4)
Kyle Abbott 9-1-58-3
Kagiso Rabada 8-0-33-0
Abbott to Buttler, FOUR runs

crunched through backward square, and that is surely the game. A volley of runs, 12 in three balls, 16 off the over, and England's equation looks serene once again

Abbott to Buttler, FOUR runs

slower ball, and that's a fine riposte, bunted through midwicket, and picks the gap nicely. Too short at that pace

Abbott to Buttler, FOUR runs

edged, but the keeper can't intercept! Nothing you can do as a bowler about that, a perfect ball, climbing at the edge, but without a slip in place what can you do?

Abbott to Buttler, 2 runs

short, pulled through midwicket, a measured placement of a pull rather than a full-blooded mow

Abbott to Moeen Ali, 1 run

poked back down the pitch, Abbott gathers in his followthrough

Naman: "This is the beauty of such pitches. Most of the games on flat wickets are one-sided but on these kind of wickets, a 260 run target makes for a fantastic contest. You just never know what's gonna happen." Quite so. Four big overs from Abbott and Rabada, and who knows?

Abbott to Buttler, 1 run

dabbed out to cover