Cricket- South Africa chase down 343 to beat England in second ODI and win series

Proteas men claim a strong fought back victory over England in 2/3 of ODI series in South Africa.

South Africa sealed a one-day international series victory over England as captain Temba Bavuma’s century led a brilliant run chase in his side’s five-wicket win.

England looked to have set a strong total as captain Jos Buttler (94 not out) and Harry Brook (80) led the tourists to 342-7 after Bavuma had put them in to bat in Bloemfontein.

However, the Proteas skipper led from the front with 109 from 102 balls, as South Africa kept up with the required rate throughout, before David Miller (58 not out) and Marco Jansen (32 not out) saw them home with five balls to spare after an unbroken stand of 65.

The victory gives South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead ahead of Wednesday’s series finale, and provides a further boost to their hopes of securing automatic qualification for the World Cup later this year in India.

While there were positives to take from England’s batting performance in particular, Buttler’s side have now lost five straight ODIs and will be seeking an upturn in form as they prepare to defend their 2019 title.

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