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South Africa v England, 2015-16

Wisden's review of the fourth ODI, South Africa v England, 2015-16

15-Apr-2016
At Johannesburg, February 12, 2016 (day/night). South Africa won by one wicket. Toss: South Africa.
England looked dazed when Imran Tahir cut his first ball for the winning runs to square the series.By the time it crossed the boundary, many heads were already in hands, minds doubtless reflecting on opportunities lost. South Africa had needed 52 from 50 deliveries, with two wickets remaining,when Morris miscued Topley to deep mid-off, only for Rashid to spill the chance. Morris collected two runs, then proceeded to thrash 46 from his next 22 balls, including four sixes, before falling to Rashid's googly with the scores level. England had also dropped Duminy and de Villiers, missed a chance to stump Behardien, and shied wide of the stumps several times with batsmen struggling to make their ground.
A capacity Pink Day crowd - in support of breast-cancer awareness -was stirred by the twists and turns, and roused by a deafening sound system: the Wanderers may be nicknamed the Bull Ring, but it felt more like metal night at the Hammersmith Odeon. Not that England let the game slip in the field alone. They had collapsed from 87 for one in the 18th over, losing five for 21 to Tahir and Abbott, and forcing Root to rebuild. His stand of 95 with Woakes was a seventh-wicket best at the ground, and - having overturned an lbw decision on 95 - he went on to his eighth one-day international hundred, a responsible and skilful affair. The pitch was not quite as flat as predicted,and Broad got rid of Amla with his sixth ball on his first one-day appearance since the World Cup.Outstanding athleticism by Woakes ran out de Villiers in his follow-through, and Topley held an instinctive left-handed return catch to remove Behardien. But such moments merely underlined the errors that meant the series headed to Cape Town for a decider.Man of the Match:C. H. Morris.