At The Oval, June 28. England won by six wickets.
England 5 pts, South Africa 1 pt. Toss: South Africa.
Rarely can two England one-day batsmen have played as well together as Trescothick and Solanki. Both men made blistering hundreds to hurry England to victory with more than four overs to spare, while their opening stand of 200 was an England record, surpassing the 193 put on by Gooch and Athey against New Zealand at Old Trafford in 1986. Solanki was caught behind off a Pollock no-ball on 21, but then unfurled an array of wristy, attacking strokes, and needed just 101 deliveries to complete his maiden one-day international century. Trescothick, England's stand-in captain after Vaughan withdrew on the morning of the match because of a back injury, reached his sixth one-day hundred from 110. Not even a mini-collapse of three wickets for three runs could dampen English spirits, and Flintoff finished things off in style with a murderous 32. In perfect batting conditions, South Africa's below-par total of 264 was built around a steady 107 from Kallis, and received some late impetus from Hall, who hit the first five balls of Gough's final over for four.
Man of the Match: V. S. Solanki. Attendance: 17,799; receipts £554,998.