September 3, 2012
4th ODI, Lords
England 224-4 (46.4 overs) beat South Africa 220-8 by six wickets
England took a 2-1 series lead over South Africa at Lord’s yesterday thanks to a well-made 88 from England opener Ian Bell.
Alastair Cook won the toss and had no hesitation in asking South Africa to bat first. It was a 10.15am start at Lord’s, and it was thought that the September conditions would favour England’s seam bowlers.
England halted South Africa’s momentum throughout the innings by taking regular wickets. No South African batsman passed 50 as the highest scorer was Hasim Amla who made 45 from 73 balls.
England’s two best bowlers were surprisingly Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell. Bopara took 2-34 from 9 overs and Tredwell 3-35 from 8 overs of off spin.
In reply Cook was lbw to Steyn for just 2, but from then on England looked in control of the chase. The second wicket partnership of 141 between Bell and Jonathan Trott put England in charge. Trott made 48 but the innings of the match came from Bell who hit 88 from 137 balls including 8 fours and a six.
The innings was finished in positive style by Eoin Morgan (36*) and Kieswetter (21*) as England won the game by six wickets with 4 overs to spare.
With only one match remaining England now cannot lose the series but will be keen to secure a win at Trent Bridge on Wednesday to get some revenge for the Test series defeat.
The Scoop 03/09/12