South Africa finished an innings and 12-run victory during the extended post lunch session at The Oval. England’s resistance in their second innings lasted 97 overs as the hosts got bowled out for 240.
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.
England have taken a 2-0 lead in the NatWest Series against Australia after defeating the hosts by 6 wickets in the Second ODI at The Oval in London on Sunday. Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell scored fifties as England chased down Australia’s target of 252 comfortably with 26 balls to spare.
Ian Bell made a brilliant comeback to one-day cricket, registering a sublime ton, which enabled England to take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series against West Indies. And while Bell did play a brilliant knock on Sunday, concluding that England have found a replacement to Kevin Pietersen in one-dayers would be rather premature.
England have today named squads for the ODI and the only T20I against West Indies. The only notable change in the English line-up is the comeback of Ian Bell which was possible following the shock retirement of Kevin Pietersen from limited overs cricket.
Perhaps it is because they think it certain that this game will end in a tame draw; or perhaps they feared there would have been more disruptions due to the weather; or maybe it was the ticket prices; £43 is a lot of money in these hard times.