Stokes smashes century after lucky start as England make 330

by Leon Thompson May 28, 2017, 2:08
Stokes smashes century after lucky start as England make 330

Ben Stokes has been passed fit for the second one-day worldwide against South Africa, the European Central Bank have confirmed.

South Africa, on the other hand, have little time to put behind the loss and make a comeback to keep the series alive.

The world's top-ranked ODI side needed 20 off the last two overs when David Miller (71 not out) struck Jake Ball for a six and a four off successive deliveries.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers' end.

Stokes limped out of England's 72-run victory in the opening match with the Proteas on Wednesday due to a knee injury. Two singles were followed by a dot ball, a single and another dot ball.

South Africa, however, then missed dangerman Stokes twice in his first two balls, with Maharaj again the unfortunate bowler. And it was Plunkett who did the trick a second time, with a short ball which followed the South Africa captain as he tried to leave and ran over his glove for a second caught-behind.

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Stokes finally fell in the 44th over when he holed out in the deep to give debutant left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-72) his lone wicket. Stokes subsequently hoisted both medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo and Morris high over deep midwicket for sixes.

South Africa's reply of 328/5 was powered by opener Quinton de Kock's 98 until he was caught behind off Moeen Ali in the 36th over.

Next ball produced another edge, with de Kock failing to hold a more hard chance.

Things could only get better for Stokes, and they did dramatically: he reached his century off 77 balls with 11 fours and three sixes before being caught at long-off.

Earlier, South Africa paid for wasting at least a half-dozen catching chances.


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