SOUTH AFRICA - ENGLAND
South Africa keep one day series alive against England
A huge opening stand from Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, who both hit hundreds, allowed the hosts to chase down England's target of 318 and stay in the series.
An almighty opening partnership of 239 from Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla propelled South Africa to victory by seven wickets at Centurion, and kept the five match series alive, with England ahead 2-1.
England won the toss and decided to bat, and it seemed to have been a decent decision, as they made what looked like a competitive 318 for eight, with Joe Root making a career-best of 125.
England captain Eoin Morgan admitted: 'I certainly thought at half-time that we would win the game.'
But De Kock and Amla had other thoughts as they purred through the runs to post South Africa's fifth highest ODI partnership of 239, just 17 behind the side's best ever of 256.
De Kock was in majestic form as he made 135 off 117 balls, with 16 fours and four sixes before he hit leg-spinner Adil Rashid, England's best bowler, to Root at mid-off.
A mix-up with Stokes caused Root to be run out and South Africa came back into the match by taking another three wickets, including that of Stokes, in quick succession.
David Willey and Adil Rashid scored 27 runs off the last 15 balls of the innings as England finished strongly
With lightning flashing around the ground early in the South African innings, De Kock and Amla were soon ahead of the required run rate should play have been stopped. But the weather cleared and they batted on serenely.
De Kock, at the age of 23, became the youngest player to score ten one-day international centuries, reaching the mark off 96 balls, while Amla scored his 22nd one-day hundred off 109 deliveries.
Morgan paid tribute to 'an incredible opening partnership' by the South African pair but added: 'We didn't string together enough balls in the right areas to put pressure on them.'
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