SA V ENG, 2ND ODI: South Africa on Sunday took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after beating England by five wickets in the second ODI in Bloemfontein.
Top-knocks from Jos Buttler and Harry Brook guided England to 342/7 in 50 overs. Batting first, the visitors started off cautiously but Buttler and Brook smashed 94* and 80 respectively and took England to a huge total. Apart from them, Moeen Ali also played a knock of 51 off 44 balls. For South Africa, Anrich Nortje scalped two wickets.
While chasing, Quinton de Kock and Bavuma gave the hosts the strong start they needed to achieve their huge target of 343 runs. Temba Bavuma scored a 102-ball 109, supported by Aiden Markram (49), David Miller (37-ball unbeaten 58), and Rassie van der Dussen (38). In addition to maintaining their lead in the campaign for direct qualification to the 50-over World Cup, the victory gave South Africa an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
England Playing XI: Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley
South Africa Playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Brief scores: England 342/7 in 50 overs (Jos Buttler 94*, Harry Brook 80; Anrich Nortje 2-64) lost to South Africa 347/5 in 49.1 overs (Temba Bavuma 109, David Miller 58*; Olly Stone 2-48) by five wickets.