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.
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."
whipped around the front pad, to the on-side
fenced back down the pitch, a bit of a leading edge
thumped into the off side
And there we go... England have technically squared the series! This pair are not scoring 121 in nine overs...
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
bashed hard down the ground. And why not, one bounce into the advertising hoardings at long-on
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
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
tight to off stump, solid block
pushed to mid-on, driving through the full length
Right, six balls, and England will have levelled the series in all but name
outside off, an excellent maiden as Ngidi plays another air shot
hacked in the air, inches short of backward point
opens the face on the drive but can't beat short cover
zippy line from Moeen, skidding past that edge once more
whacked off a good length, straight at mid-on
beats the edge with another off-stump skidder, into the keeper's gloves
jarv: "clever from pretorius, slowed the game down ingeniously " That's 4D chess that is
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?
right up to the pads, half an appeal, but missing the leg stump
zipped through outside off, attempted chop
big googly, bounces as well as turns, and almost chopped onto the stumps
|Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||3-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 4435|
|Match days||22 July 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|