Returning Reece Topley collapsed dramatically as England beat South Africa by 118 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Friday to level the three-match series 1-1. South Africa chased down 202 to win a match, reducing the rain to 29 overs per team, being bowled out for just 83 runs, with Topley taking a 2–17 spell in four overs. Dropped 27-5.
Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali shared five wickets between them as South Africa were bowled out with almost nine overs to spare.
In-form Topley took rest from England’s 62-run defeat in the first ODI at Durham on Tuesday, three days after scoring half-centuries and century respectively, removing Janmann Malan and Rassie van der Dussen for ducks.
Malan hits a boundary at mid-on in an attempt to flick one off his pads and Van der Dussen gives wicketkeeper and England captain Jos Buttler a thin edge.
David Willey, like Topley, was chipped to cover for the fast, dangerous Quinton de Kock of the left arm.
And South Africa were 6-4 when Aiden Markram was run out without facing Buttler’s delivery.
Another left-arm seamer Sam Curran bowled David Miller for 12 to help the Proteas beat the Proteas 27-5 in nine overs.
And there was no way out for the Proteas against 50-over world champions England, as Heinrich Klaasen scored 33 – one of just three double digits in the innings – against a disciplined England attack.
Earlier, Dwayne Pretorius returned to South Africa duty with four wickets as England were bowled out for 201 runs.
Pretorius finished with career-best figures of 4-36, with star batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow being removed in the space of three balls.
Left-arm wrist spinner Tabrez Shamsi (2-39) and fast bowler Enrique Nortje (2-53) took two wickets each.
Only all-rounders Liam Livingstone (38) and Sam Curran (35) scored more than 30 runs for England, with Willie scoring a useful 21 before becoming Pretorius’ fourth wicket.
But, as it turned out, England had more than enough runs to play for as they leveled the series ahead of Sunday’s decider in Leeds.
Sent in to bat by South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj, England were reduced to 62-4 within nine overs.
For the only change in the winning team on Tuesday for Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, then struck twice in his second over to remove Root and Bairstow.
Star batsman Root, who had scored just one run, charged up the pitch only to flick the ball up and down in the air, with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock making no mistake with the catch.
He then fooled Bairstow (28) with a slow delivery and the batsman tried to drive.
And 62-4 turns 72-5 when Moeen Ali falls for just six, sweeping left-arm spinner Maharaj straight over deep square leg.
But England’s lower order, as it turned out, gave the hosts enough runs to defend against the Proteas.
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