Cricket : Morris lead Proteas to level the series two all
Chris Morris stole the show to level the series two all
The Proteas have won the last three ODI’s played at the Wanderers, which were all played in pink, and waned to continue with that trend as they look to level the five-match series 2-2 in yesterday’s match.
South Africa won the toss and sent England in to bat in the fourth one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
England, went into the match leading the five-match series 2-1, made two changes, with bowlers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes replacing Chris Jordan and David Willey.
South Africa made one change from the team that won the third match by seven wickets in Centurion on Tuesday. All-rounder Chris Morris replaced fast bowler Morne Morkel.
The Proteas staged memorable come back that is know with the Pink drive games.
The lanky bowling all-rounder’s Chris Morris he fetched $1-million recently to represent the Delhi Daredevils in this year’s Indian Premier League. It was his whirlwind knock of 62 off 38 deliveries (3 fours and 4 sixes) that carried Proteas over the line, although his previous highest ODI Score was 12. Morris got extremely lucky in the early stages of his innings when he rashly slogged a Reece Topley ball into the deep and was dropped by Adil Rashid.
With the Proteas needing one run to win with 2 wickets in hand Morris was dismissed leaving last man Imran Tahir to hit the winning boundary. It was a tense moment for a while in South Africa.
It was also an important day for Tahir who regained his touch of taking important wickets in the middle of the innings. He took three wickets and played an important part in the England middle-order collapse that saw them lose five wickets for 21 runs and saw England plummet to 108/6.
Tahir finished with 3/46 while Kagiso Rabada took 4/45 for his best figures against England. It was his third four-wicket haul in only his 13th ODI.
The England total was probably between 30 and 40 short of par but they bowled themselves back into the match by chipping away with regular wickets with five of South Africa’s top six getting good starts but failing to kick on.
Chris Morris add a touch of brilliance by donating his man of the match prize and match fee to the Breast Cancer foundation.
Teams Line ups:
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.
Man of the Match: Chris Morris
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Shaun George (RSA),
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)