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2nd ODI (D/N), Manchester, July 22, 2022, South Africa tour of England
(28.1/29 ov) 201
(20.4/29 ov, T:202) 83

England won by 118 runs

Player Of The Match
35 (18) & 1/5
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9.03pm So that's your lot tonight, thanks for joining us, see you across the Pennines for the decider on Sunday!

Time for the presentations.

The Player of the Match is Sam Curran. "Any time I go to bat, I bat with a batter's mindset, I'm happy down the order and try to chip in like today. I've been non-stop since school so enjoyed the break [during back injury]. The message is always take your positive option. The way Liam was striking against Heinrich was pretty impressive. I want to be adaptable and do my best."

Keshav Maharaj: "It was a score that could be chaseable but we never adapted. We needed a good foundation, some questions about some dismissals but it's back to the drawing board. I enjoy the captaincy, but [dealing with defeat] it's part and parcel of the job

Jos Buttler: " Delighted with the win, the guys played in the fashion we want to play with as a team, can we do it better, absolutely. I tell the guys to back themselves, take the risks, impose selves on the opposition. Me and Liam tried to get a rebuild going, Liam and Sam Curran had the bravery to take on the options. The guys are bowling brilliantly, Topley and Dave with the early wickets. Jonny said batting in the powerplay wouldn't be easy if we held our lengths. We haven't fired with the bat in white-ball cricket but we know how dangerous we can be when we do."

8.49pm So, that's the end of a curious contest. England's total of 201 proved to be more than enough in the end, thanks largely to two bursts of speed from Liam Livingstone and Sam Curran, whose brief flurries of big-hitting proved decisive. Dwaine Pretorius's career-best haul was trumped from the moment South Africa slumped to 6 for 4 in reply, with Reece Topley once again immense in the powerplay. With rain lurking, Buttler turned to his spinners to rush through the overs, and they responded with five wickets between them. Comprehensive in the end.

Sampath has the stat: "Four of top 7 lowest totals vs England in men's ODIs have come at Old Trafford."

Moeen Ali to Nortje, OUT

heaved high down the ground... and straight down Bairstow's throat at long-on! South Africa have equalled their lowest total against England, who have squared the series in style.

Anrich Nortje c Bairstow b Ali 6 (12b 0x4 0x6 20m) SR: 50
Moeen Ali to Shamsi, 1 run

whipped around the front pad, to the on-side

Moeen Ali to Shamsi, no run

fenced back down the pitch, a bit of a leading edge

Moeen Ali to Nortje, 1 run

thumped into the off side

end of over 205 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 81/9CRR: 4.05 RRR: 13.55 • Need 122 runs from 54b
Tabraiz Shamsi4 (3b 1x4)
Anrich Nortje5 (10b)
Adil Rashid 6-1-29-3
Moeen Ali 4-1-20-1

And there we go... England have technically squared the series! This pair are not scoring 121 in nine overs...

Rashid to Shamsi, no run

pinned on the pad and up goes the finger! Shamsi reviews, maybe he got an inside-edge, maybe he's stalling for time... that zipped straight on, but yes, there's a scratch of inside-edge

Rashid to Shamsi, FOUR runs

bashed hard down the ground. And why not, one bounce into the advertising hoardings at long-on

Rashid to Shamsi, no run

looped up, googly into the pads, nowhere near it

83 is SA's lowest ODI score against England, says Firdose

Peter Morley : "So if SA are bowled out in fewer than 20 overs, does that mean this doesn't constitute a match? " It would constitute a mismatch, which isn't quite the same thing

Rashid to Ngidi, OUT

popped back to the bowler! Held back by the bowler, above the eyeline, discombobulating the tailender and a simple take in front of the face. Nearly there

Lungi Ngidi c & b Rashid 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 0
Rashid to Ngidi, no run

tight to off stump, solid block

Rashid to Nortje, 1 run

pushed to mid-on, driving through the full length

Right, six balls, and England will have levelled the series in all but name

end of over 19Maiden
SA: 76/8CRR: 4.00 RRR: 12.70 • Need 127 runs from 60b
Lungi Ngidi0 (6b)
Anrich Nortje4 (9b)
Moeen Ali 4-1-20-1
Adil Rashid 5-1-24-2
Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

outside off, an excellent maiden as Ngidi plays another air shot

Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

hacked in the air, inches short of backward point

Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

opens the face on the drive but can't beat short cover

Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

zippy line from Moeen, skidding past that edge once more

Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

whacked off a good length, straight at mid-on

Moeen Ali to Ngidi, no run

beats the edge with another off-stump skidder, into the keeper's gloves

end of over 18Wicket maiden
SA: 76/8CRR: 4.22 RRR: 11.54 • Need 127 runs from 66b
Anrich Nortje4 (9b)
Lungi Ngidi0 (0b)
Adil Rashid 5-1-24-2
Moeen Ali 3-0-20-1

jarv: "clever from pretorius, slowed the game down ingeniously " That's 4D chess that is

Rashid to Nortje, no run

zapped out to the off side, another tidy over

Saurav Bhattara: "Rain is pouring. Why aint the ump stopping the play? Favoring the home side??" Favouring the paying public in conditions that are still playable. What's not to like?

Rashid to Nortje, no run

right up to the pads, half an appeal, but missing the leg stump

Rashid to Nortje, no run

zipped through outside off, attempted chop

Rashid to Nortje, no run

big googly, bounces as well as turns, and almost chopped onto the stumps

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