Since the World Cup 2015, England are known to have a very strong batting line-up. Finally, it had a shocker at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s. South Africa took six England wickets for 20 runs in first five overs after they elected to bowl in the third and final ODI.
England lost Jason Roy in the first over as he edged to slip. Kagiso Rabada struck after being hit for a boundary. The second over saw Joe Root being trapped in lbw by Wayne Parnell. No wicket fell in the third over.
But the fourth over brought to an end to English captain Eoin Morgan, who edged the ball to the keeper to let Parnell take his second wicket.
The fifth over did serious damage to English line-up as three wickets fell. Rabada sent back Alex Hales on the first ball. He dismissed Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid in the last two deliveries to give South Africa complete control of the game.
The Lord’s scoreboard showed an astonishing score of 20/6 in five overs. This was the quickest loss of first five wickets in ODI history.
England recovered after the five-over shock. They posted 153 in 31.1 overs. Jonny Bairstow top-scored with 51 off 67. David Willey played a supportive role scoring 26. Debutant Tobias Ronald-Jones put on run-a-ball unbeaten 37 runs hitting 5 fours and a six. Except these three, none could reach double figures.
Rabada finished up with figures of 4 for 39 in nine overs. Parnell and Keshav Maharaj took three wickets each.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com