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Temba Bavuma century helps South Africa to second win over England

Bavuma century helps South Africa to second win over England
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A century from Temba Bavuma guides South Africa to a five-wicket victory over England in Bloemfontain, securing the one-day series with a game to spare.

South Africa have earned a record-breaking victory over England in the second one-day international, chasing down 343 to prevail by five wickets.

Despite the pressure of needing to earn a whitewash series triumph to remain in the hunt for automatic qualification for the World Cup, the Proteas again impressed on Sunday, a century from Temba Bavuma putting his nation into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Like on Friday, England lost the toss, but South Africa put the visitors into bat on this occasion, giving them a chance to post an imposing total.

When Jason Roy (9) and Dawid Malan (12) fell cheaply, that looked unlikely until Harry Brook made up for his duck on debut with a rapid counter-attack.

Either side of Ben Duckett's dismissal for 20, Brook hit seven fours and four maximums during a 74-ball knock of 80, and his exit from the crease was not necessarily felt as Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali took over.

Moeen made 51 from 45, and while Chris Woakes (14) and Sam Curran (28) added valuable runs, it was Buttler's 94 from 82 which stood out, the skipper ending unbeaten with eight fours and three sixes to his name.

England captain Jos Buttler playing against South Africa on January 29, 2023.© Reuters

In making 342-7, England were the clear favourites to prevail with the highest-ever successful chase at this particular ground standing at just 274.

Nevertheless, South Africa never particularly found themselves at a disadvantage throughout their reply, which started with Quinton de Kock and Bavuma putting on 77 for the opening wicket.

Although the former went for 31, Bavuma was ably assisted by Rassie van der Dussen (38) before he departed for 109 off 102 balls, hitting 14 fours and one six.

Adil Rashid was taking punishment with the ball but his dismissals of Van der Dussen and Aiden Markram (49) kept South Africa in check at 282-5, leaving 61 required from 51 balls.

However, rather than erring on the side of caution, David Miller (58*) and Marco Jansen (32*) went on the offensive, soon moving the home side to well within a run per ball on the required rate.

To England's credit, they pegged South Africa back when it appeared that they would race to victory, but a boundary off the final ball of the penultimate over and a six off the first ball of the final earned South Africa the win with five deliveries remaining.

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