Morgan leads England past South Africa for top world cricket slot
London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Eoin Morgan put on an outstanding hitting performance, scoring 73 out of 67 balls, to carry England to a four-wicket win over South Africa Saturday in third One-Day International and reclaim the top spot in the world ranking.
“I do feel responsibility in the middle order, but I enjoy that and I hope I can continue to help us win games,” Morgan said after the victory at the Kia Oval that helped England to tie the five-match series at 1-1.
Aside from Morgan, Jonathan Trott scored a 71 while Samit Patel hit the winning run for the Alistair Cook-skippered Britain. Hashim Amla led South Africa with 43 and Dean Elgar contributed 42
Right-handed pace bowler James Anderson was South Africa’s main tormentor, bagging four wickets for 44 runs while Steven Finn added 42 runs.
“It’s always nice to get a first win over South Africa in any form,” Cook said. “There were a few nerves and on this wicket you couldn’t take it to them too much. It was pleasing to cross the line and make it 1-1.”
“A lot of character was shown out there. It was a really good bowling performance. All the lads fielded better and bowled better. You wouldn’t want to chase more on the wicket. Morgan and Trott both had a good performance,” he added.
South Africa took first blood when they won the series opener at Southampton before the second match at Cardiff was washed out. The fourth ODI of the five game series will be played at Lord’s Sunday.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers conceded his side did not master the conditions to set an imposing target for England.
“It was a good toss to win but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage,” De Villiers said. “It was a decent wicket to play on but we should have been looking at 250-odd runs. Most of our senior players got in but we didn’t make it count. The bowlers bowled very well and made a good situation out of a bad one.”