Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second One-Day International between South Africa and England at Port Elizabeth. This is Rishad D’Souza and I bring to you timely updates from the game as and when they occur. It is difficult to pick a favourite for this match although the momentum rests with the visitors. South Africa were outplayed in the first game where England scored 399 runs. Although South Africa showed some fight later, it fell inadequate in the rain-affected encounter. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali were the stars in the match for England. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock scored a fine, undefeated ton. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 1st ODI at Bloemfontein

Live Cricket Score: ENG 263/5 in 46.2 overs | Batting: Jos Buttler 48(28), Moeen Ali 21(15): Buttler decided to quell any uncertainty of an England victory in the 46th over by absolutely annihilating Imran Tahir. He launched him for three sixes of consecutive deliveries to bring down the equation to a mere formality. Moeen Ali took the cue and finished it with two fours off consecutive balls in the 47th over. Emphatic win for England in the end. They go up 2-0.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 209/5 in 42 overs | Batting: Jos Buttler 14(15), Moeen Ali 2(2): Hales has missed out on a very well deserved hundred by just one run! He had been so composed at the crease despite going through some edgy situations at the crease. This is a huge blow to England’s chances. The game is in the balance at the moment although slightly poised in South Africa’s favour. The asking rate is about 7 but England have some really good batsmen even lower down the order. Hales has edged a pull to the keeper. OUT! Alex Hales 99(124) c de Kock b Abbott

Live Cricket Score: ENG 176/4 in 37 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 86(109), Jos Buttler 0(2): Morkel proving his mettle here. He keeps getting chided by fans for being a overrated bowler but he keeps doing these things. Now in a space of two overs he has picked two big wickets to reverse momentum in South Africa’s favour. He’s dismissed Ben Stokes for a six-ball duck. Pressure on England now and Hales has to play the steadying knock. OUT! Ben Stokes 0(6) b Morkel

Live Cricket Score: ENG 170/3 in 35 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 84(104), Ben Stokes 0(1): Great maturity shown by Alex Hales in this innings. He has sculpted his innings in great fashion on a relatively difficult surface. He has curbed his natural instincts to play a big knock and has put his team in a very good position now. However, Morne Morkel has gotten rid of Morgan for a 28-ball 29. The asking rate is still over six and if another couple of wickets fall now, it will become very interesting. OUT! Eoin Morgan 29(28) c de Villiers b Morkel

Live Cricket Score: ENG 140/2 in 30 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 74(91), Eoin Morgan 12(12): England lost Joe Root in the 26th over to Kyle Abbott but they are still very comfortably perched in this encounter. Eoin Morgan is the new man in and he seems to be in fine nick. That said the asking rate has now crept up over 6 and if South Africa can take a couple of wickets things could get really intense.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 111/1 in 25 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 59(75), Joe Root 37(62): England starting to look increasingly comfortable now. Hales has gone past the fifty-run mark and Root seems to be heading there. The scoring rate is in line with the asking rate and now England have a bucket of wickets in the bag.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 78/1 in 18 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 39(51), Joe Root 25(44): England are doing well to keep wickets intact. Alex Hales and Joe Root have been resolute to that end. The asking rate is still comfortably under six. South Africa need breakthroughs from somewhere. Root starting to look a little more comfortable now.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 50/1 in 13 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 23(33), Joe Root 13(32): Now things are looking a bit uncomfortable for Joe Root. He is scoring at far too slow a rate and the pressure is building on England. In terms of asking rate England don’t have too many worries but these kinds off stuck up innings tend to suck the momentum out of an innings. Of course, if he could start picking up the scoring soon, it would all prove to be worthwhile. However, as of now he is looking circumspect.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 28/1 in 8 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 8(15), Joe Root 6(14): That wicket of Roy has definitely slowed down England. They have gone into bit of a shell. However, they are not chasing a mammoth total and have the firepower to accelerate later. They’ll be better off with wickets in hand at this stage. Kagiso Rabada is bowling very well.

Live Cricket Score: ENG 20/1 in 3 overs | Batting: Alex Hales 6(5): England have lost the first wicket and it is a fantastic dismissal. Kyle Abbott has bowled a jaffa to get rid of Roy who was looking so good. Roy can’t even be blamed for that. It was pitched on a full length and nipped sharply to beat Roy’s forward defence to flatten the timber. OUT! Jason Roy 14(13) b Abbott

Innings Report: South Africa may not be the most pleased with the score of 262 for 7

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 262/7 in 50 Overs: BATTING: Farhaan Behardien 23(26),Kyle Abbott 7(7) : Both Farhaan Behardien and Kyle Abbott have managed to only make 16 runs in the 2.3 overs they have batted. Behardien should have been more aggressive in his approach. Both Recce Topley and Ben Stokes bowled good final overs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 240/6 in 47 Overs: BATTING: Farhaan Behardien 13(17),Kagiso Rabada 8(8) : After the wicket of Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien has managed to  keep the flow of runs in the last few overs. Kagiso Rabada has also played his little in rotating the strike. Both Reece Toppley and David Willey have bowled miserly in final few over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 225/6 in 44 Overs: BATTING: Farhaan Behardien 6(7)The umpires are not being very kind to the South Africans. Rossouw was seemingly beaten on the inside edge and Buttler took a low catch. There was confusion as to whether or not Rossouw nicked it and England reviewed against the on-field umpire’s decision. Replays were very inconclusive, yet the umpire overturned it. Earlier Duminy was misjudged not out. OUT! Rilee Rossouw 11(11) c Buttler b Topley

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 216/5 in 42 Overs: BATTING: Rilee Rossouw 8(5), Farhaan Behardien 1(1) Great misfortune befalls South Africa. JP Duminy has been adjudged not out, he was dissatisfied with the call from the onset for height but had no reviews left. Replays show the ball was going over the stumps! Full and straight by Topley, Duminy wrapped on pads. Farhaan Behardien the new man in. OUT! JP Duminy 47(66) lbw Topley

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 206/4 in 41 Overs: BATTING: JP Duminy 47(65), Rilee Rossouw 0(1)This is one knock by AB de Villiers that will be remembered for being long albeit without the usual insanity. Very sedately compiled 73 when his team was in trouble. Anyway, the wicket comes at a crucial stage and it is that man Ben Stokes who makes the breakthrough. It was not that great a ball really, full length and on leg. De Villiers tries to hit it but miscues it to the man at deep square leg. OUT! AB de Villiers 73(91) c Jordan b Stokes

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 175/3 in 38 Overs: BATTING: AB de Villiers 59(81), JP Duminy 35(58)Things are starting to brighten up for South Africa really well now. It’s only a matter time before AB de Villiers rediscovers his madness and will take the bowling apart. The only way for England to intercept that is to get him dismissed. JP Duminy has also played a very sensible knock. That said, England will be happy with how they have restricted South Africa to this point.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 150/3 in 33 Overs: BATTING: AB de Villiers 48(70), JP Duminy 26(39)Now South Africa looking in a far more comfortable position. They need to let this partnership grow further and then they will have a base to launch from there. De Villiers is playing really well but needs to get his scoring up a tad. The good news for them is they have weathered major portion of the spin bowling quotas.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 122/3 in 27 Overs: BATTING: AB de Villiers 37(53), JP Duminy 9(20) — South Africa are having a tough time against the spinners. No flow of runs coming their way. They will need to get a few boundaries. JP Duminy looking very unsettled. AB de Villiers looking a tad more comfortable but still a circumspect period of play for them.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 98/3 in 20 Overs: BATTING: AB de Villiers 23(30), JP Duminy 0(1) — The partnership had settled into a good flow. De Villiers being the class player he is started rotating strike very well and played a few nice shots to, but England have struck again! Adil Rashid with the breakthrough to remove Faf du Plessis! That was a fine delivery too. Gripped and took the edge. OUT! Faf du Plessis 46(48) c Jordan b Rashid

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 70/2 in 16 Overs: BATTING: Faf du Plessis 34(38), AB de Villiers 8(17) — AB de Villiers playing uncharacteristically slow. Just trying to weather the storm to regain his form. Everyone knows how he can explode if he finds that sweet spot. Danger is if he gets out now. Faf du Plessis looking quite comfortable meanwhile.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 54/2 in 11 Overs: BATTING: Faf du Plessis 25(23), AB de Villiers 1(2) — And the partnership was starting to flourish but Quinton de Kock has been dismissed leg before by all-rounder Ben Stokes. De Kock reviewed the decision but it was just in line of leg stump. On-field umpire call stays. OUT! Quinton de Kock 22(33) lbw Stokes

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 27/1 in 8 Overs: BATTING: Quinton de Kock 10 (25), Faf du Plessis 12 (15) No harm done following the early opening loss to SA in the form of Amla, who departed for mere 4, while the current batsmen in the form of de Kock and du Plessis are batting steadily and make sure that they don;t suffer further setbacks, and put up a good partnership for a good ttoal on the board.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SA 4/1 in 3 Overs: BATTING: Quinton de Kock 0 (6), Faf du Plessis 0 (1) — GONE!!!! Hashim Amla departs early for mere four as he is bowled by Reece Topley, while Faf du Plessis makes his way in. Not the sytart that South Africa wnated as their woes continue.

OUT! Hashim Amla b Reece Topley 4 (8)

Teams:

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

 

 

South Africa will seek to come back into this contest to brighten things up for themselves in this lackluster summer. They are likely to recall Kagiso Rabada in this match in a bid to stem the run flow. England will be quite happy with their team composition. Almost all batsmen contributed in some way as they posted a giant score in the first match.

South Africa will need the senior guys in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla to raise their acts if success is to be attained. Both those star batsmen failed in the previous encounter. Rabada can prove to be the shot in the arm they require as far as bowling is concerned. The momentum might be with England but South Africa are a strong unit and if they click, England could get outclassed. The match could be a thriller.