Poms level series
LONDON – England claimed their first victory over South Africa this summer with a four-wicket win in the third match of the NatWest Series at the Oval today.
Half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott anchored England to victory with 12 balls to spare.
Having lost the Test series 2-0 and fallen 1-0 behind after two matches of the one-dayers, England turned the tide at the Kia Oval courtesy of Morgan’s fluent 73 and a stoic 71 from Trott.
The bowlers played their part by dismissing the tourists for just 211 on a good surface, Ravi Bopara miserly with 1-31 in 10 overs and James Anderson polishing off the tail to close with 4-44.
England briefly looked in troubler on 64-3 but Trott dug in during a dogged 125-ball innings, while Morgan added the flair with seven fours and two sixes.
Ian Bell wasted no time getting England’s chase going but, after crashing three boundaries in Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s first over, he was pinned leg before wicket by Dale Steyn.
His opening partner Alastair Cook took 18 balls to get off the mark but did so by turning Tsotsobe off his hips for four.
Eleven more came off Steyn’s fourth over as Trott arrived at the crease and the hosts reached 45-1 after 10 overs.