De Kock, Amla Set Up Proteas Win

Hashim Amla scored his 22nd One Day International century and Quinton De Kock his 10th to set South Africa up for a five-wicket victory over England and keep the series alive in the third ODI at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.  The English still lead the series 2-1 as the two teams head for the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.  Should the Proteas win this match then the two teams will go to a decider in the fifth match at Newlands on Sunday.

The tourists got themselves into a strong position by posting a total of 318/8 in their 50 overs thanks in the main to a ninth ODI century from Joe Root (125 off 113 balls, 10 fours and five sixes).  But Amla (127 off 130 balls, 13 fours and two sixes) and De Kock (135 off 117 balls, 16 fours and four sixes) always had the chase under control with a partnership of 239 in 36.5 overs which was only eight runs short of the South African first-wicket record.  De Kock now has an incredible conversion record of 10 centuries as against five half-centuries.

Amla has now achieved the performance of going past 50 on at least 50 occasions with 22 centuries and 28 50s.  Kyle Abbott had the best figures of the match with 2/50 while Adil Rashid (1/45) had the most economical figures of the game.