Rain has washed away England’s chances of series win as the second ODI against South Africa finished in ‘No Result’, meaning Eoin Morgan’s men have to beat their hosts on Sunday to avoid ODI series defeat.
It was not for the want of trying from both the players and umpires, who came back out on multiple occasions to try and ensure that a 20-over per side game, the minimum needed for an ODI, could be played.
Reduced overs games so often create real drama and excitement, and as the shape and length of the game continued to change–reduced first to 45 overs and then to 26–a shoot-out between the sides was looking an increasingly likely and mouthwatering prospect.
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In all honesty, the shorter format seemed as if it may suit the Three Lions, with the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Tom Banton in their side.
As it was, the elements robbed us of that, only allowing us 11.2 overs with South Africa reaching 71/2.
What cricket we did see was certainly enticing.
Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks came out looking to pick up where South Africa had left off in the first ODI and made a quick start.
Joe Root halted their momentum with the ball, however, getting one to skid on with the arm and do for De Kock, who stumps were left in tatters.
That’s twice in two games the South African captain has fallen to Root.
Tempa Bavuma came out looking to be positive and amidst rain delays, helped take the hosts’ score up to 71/2 before Chris Jordan slammed one into his back leg.
The umpire waved away England’s appeals but the DRS overturned the decision, giving Jordan his second wicket this series.
That was the last of the action, however, as another downpour rolled in and the delay ruled out a result in the second ODI.
The two sides now look ahead to Johannesburg on Sunday, where Morgan’s men will be determined to ensure they can level the series.