August 29, 2012
2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl
South Africa 287-5 (50 overs) beat England 207 (40.4 overs) by 80 runs
South Africa defeated England by 80 runs in the second ODI at the Ageas Bowl yesterday thanks to a stunning 150 from Hashim Amla.
The victory for South Africa has taken them to the top of the ICC one-day rankings and replaced England from this position in the process.
Amla scored more than half of South Africa’s runs as his 150 came from just 124 balls. Amla has become the fastest batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs, requiring 12 fewer innings than Viv Richards. Amla’s innings yesterday was his 57th in this form of the game.
There was also a half century for Graeme Smith who plays as just a batsman in one-day cricket, with AB de Villiers taking over from the captaincy in this form of the game. Graeme Swann was the pick of the bowlers for England with 2-50 from his 10 overs.
In reply, England never formed a partnership that was going to help trouble the South African score. Ian Bell and Samit Patel both scored 45, but England needed someone to bat through the innings much like Amla did for South Africa, if they were going to stand a chance of victory.
South Africa take a 1-0 lead with three matches in the series remaining. The teams move back to London for the third match that takes place at The Oval on Friday.
The Scoop 29/08/12