South Africa struggled to end the opening day’s play at Lord’s with a modest total of 262 for 7. Things would have been a lot worse than this but for a crucial stand of 72 between JP Duminy (61) and Vernon Philander (46*) for the 7th wicket.
England have gone onto capture the NatWest Series at Chester-le-Street 3-0 with one more match to come. Needing only 201 to win, England was lucky to get improved batting conditions as the overcast conditions disappeared and the sun came out to ease things for the batsmen.
Times have changed indeed. When was the last time England went 2-0 up in a five-match ODI series against Australia? Sunday’s easy win at The Oval game them that cushion, and now they can have faint hopes of claiming the top ODI spot, which would happen if they beat the Aussies 5-0, an extremely tough task, but not impossible for the current English squad, at least home conditions.
England defeated Australia by 15 runs in the first NatWest ODI at Lord’s with the fast bowling quartet of the hosts coming good. Australia chasing a formidable target of 273 were restricted to 257 for 9.