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England reaches 296-7 in 3rd ODI against SAfrica

England reaches 296-7 in 3rd ODI against SAfrica

Andrew Flintoff hit an undefeated 78 no Friday as England made 296 for seven against South Africa in the third one day international at The Oval.
Flintoff, who faced just 77 balls, struck nine fours and a six while opener Ian Bell made 73. South African off spinner Johan Botha took two wickets for 35 runs in nine overs.
England was threatening to score closer to 350 before the tourists clawed their way back into the match, and the series. England, who hold a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, raced to 50 in 45 balls and reached 101 without loss in 15.1 overs after some ferocious hitting from Bell and Matt Prior. Bell, who benefited initially from two edged fours in a single Mkhaya Ntini over, was particularly severe.
He drove crisply and repeatedly through the off-side and brought up his 15th ODI half-century from 36 balls, which included 10 fours and a straight six off Ntini.
Having put on a century stand with Bell, Prior miscued a hook off Albie Morkel to be caught at cover by a diving Herschelle Gibbs for 33. Prior's departure put a brake on the frantic scoring, and Botha then trapped Bell leg before wicket for 73 off 77 balls.
Stand-in captain Jacques Kallis then accounted for both Owais Shah for 23 and Kevin Pietersen for 5 as the hosts lost three wickets for 11 runs.
Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff revived the innings with a stand of 27 for the fifth wicket before Botha removed Collingwood for 14.
Flintoff, however, continued to bat positively and put on 74 off 70 balls with Samit Patel, in the latter's first innings for England. Apart from being struck on the helmet by a Morne Morkel bouncer, Flintoff rarely looked troubled. He waltzed down the wicket to both South African openers and reached his 18th ODI half-century from 56 balls.
Patel made an entertaining 31 in 33 balls before he was bowled by Ntini attempting a square cut.


Updated : 2021-10-28 12:39 GMT+08:00