Already 1-0 up in the series, South Africa cannot lose the series now. The teams will now meet for the decider at Johannesburg, on the 9th.
South Africa’s performance in the first ODI was much-needed, but England won’t sit back and take it.
It’s the first ODI of a new era for South Africa, against the world champions.
England are placed third on the points tally, 66 points ahead of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, India (360) and Australia (296) are favourites for the final at this stage.
England will be primed to seal the series 3-1 after setting the hosts a target of 466.
England have South Africa on the ropes, and it’s a matter of when they’ll finish them off.
England were pegged back by the home side at long last in the series, and they will hope that will continue.
South Africa hope for emotional spark on Vernon Philander’s farewell Test.
England are on 116, but they are some distance behind both Australia (296), let alone India (360).
Stumps, Day 4: England 499/9 decl. (Pope 135*, Stokes 120; Maharaj 5/180) lead South Africa 209 (de Kock 63; Bess 5/51, Broad 3/30) and 102/6 (du Plessis 36; Root 4/31) by 188 runs.