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  1. England seal unassailable 2-0 series lead with dramatic win
  2. SA needed seven runs off Wood's final over but scored four
  3. De Kock 98, Miller 71*, De Villiers 52 for South Africa
  4. Stokes 101 from 79 balls and Buttler 65* for England
  5. Final match at Lord's on Monday

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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And that's that for this live text.

The third and final match of the series is at Lord's on Monday.

We'll hopefully see you back here then.

For now, Stephan Shemilt's report of a remarkable match is here.


But after all that, it came down to the final ball.

Stunning stuff from Mark Wood, gutting for South Africa...

Provided he's not in danger of missing the Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh on Thursday, England will be relieved Stokes was able to star in this match.

And there was more encouragement for England's Champions Trophy bid in the shape of Jos Buttler's timely return to form.

The keeper finished unbeaten on 65 from 53 balls, pulling off some typical unorthodox, improvised brilliance.

There was to be pain later on for Stokes, as he bowled only three overs, his knee that had made him a doubt for this match giving him discomfort.

The all-rounder told the BBC that he's due to have another scan on the knee injury.

The talismanic all-rounder then reached his century off just 77 balls...

Only to fall after one more run, equalling his highest ODI score of 101.

South Africa dropped six catches in total, Amla shelling two of them, but his first miss quickly looked the costliest as Stokes started clearing the ropes...

So earlier on, England passed 300 yet again in one-day internationals, with Ben Stokes hitting his second ODI hundred.

But the all-rounder was dropped on zero by Hashim Amla.

Well, I say drop but in truth the South Africa opener didn't even lay a hand on it...

Bowling affected by knee problem - Stokes

Man of the match Ben Stokes, who made a century for England: "Mark Wood bowled really well and it was an amazing effort from him.

"It shows what a bit of pace does - it makes it harder for batsmen at the end to strike the ball cleanly.

"Batting is fine but my bowling is affected by my knee. I'm not quite sure what it is but I have a couple more scans to come and hopefully it will settle down.

"It's nice to have a bit of form and to hit the ball so cleanly."

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Seb Constable: Mark Wood, give that man a cookie. That was sensational bowling in the last over!

Mike: English ODI cricket come on so much last few yrs - more batting depth, tactical nous & bowling @ death unrecognisable from before.

Nick Hughes: Sensational bowling Mark Wood! Shamefully nearly switched off when Ball went for 10 at the start of the 19th.

'Woody was awesome' - Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Those are the sort of games you really want to win, you learn a more from these games.

"It really got away from us for a while but Mark Wood coming up with the goods at the end was awesome.

"The Champions Trophy is bound to be tight so this preparation is ideal and full credit to the Ageas Bowl, with a full house today, it helps us massively for the tournament.

"Woody usually bowls yorkers but he adjusted to the conditions at the end with the short ball and it was really impressive.

"Given the conditions we batted under early on it was difficult to get going but we did fantastic after that. It was a great century from Ben Stokes and good to see Jos Buttler getting runs before the Champions Trophy."

Our fielding was costly - De Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I thought the boys played exceptionally well but England got their plans right and showed guts at the finish.

"The result is unfortunate but I'm proud of the way we played. I thought we paced it really well but we couldn't cross the line.

"I think our fielding was costly. We were a little bit careless at times, conceding one or two more boundaries than we should have done.

"Hopefully we can get a win in the final match to take into the Champions Trophy."

But Mark Wood has the last word, with a superb final over, conceding just four runs to secure a thrilling two-run victory for England...

The removal of Behardien just brings Chris Morris to the crease though and his power hitting off length deliveries seems to be leading South Africa towards victory...

David Miller takes charge with a monstrous six off Moeen Ali, but partner Farhaan Behardien's scratchy innings is finally brought to an end by Plunkett...

Suddenly Plunkett fires in a brilliant bouncer to remove De Villiers

And then De Kock is gone, just two short of a century...

But De Kock and AB de Villiers look to be in imperious form...

Liam Plunkett gets in on the act to remove Faf du Plessis...

Ben Stokes fails to take a sharp chance off Quinton de Kock but snares fellow opener Hashim Amla soon after...

So here's the tale of that South Africa innings and thrilling finish, in highlight form...

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa will be really flat. They deny claims that they are chokers, but they know their record, and losing games like that when you should have won means in your own self-conscious you start to believe that title of being chokers.

Final Scorecard

England won by two runs

South Africa 328-5 from 50 overs

Top score: De Kock 98 from 103 balls

Not out batsmen: Miller 71, Morris 36

Fall of wickets: 56-1 (Amla 24), 93-2 (Du Plessis 16), 189-3 (De Villiers 52), 211-4 (De Kock 98), 266-5 (Behardien 17)

Bowling figures: Wood 10-0-48-0, Ball 10-0-81-0, Stokes 3-0-12-1, Plunkett 10-0-64-3, Rashid 6-0-41-0, Moeen 8-0-59-1, Root 3-0-18-0

England: 330-5 - Stokes 101 from 79 balls, Buttler 65

Last 10 overs: England 219-4 to 330-5; SA 238-4 to

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* SA won toss at the Ageas Bowl

England take unassailable 2-0 series lead

Mark Wood finished with figures of 10-0-48-0 in a match that saw 658 runs.

A stellar effort from the England quick.

Wood the hero with the ball, his Durham team-mate and good friend Ben Stokes the hero with the bat.


I have no idea how David Miller and Chris Morris didn't get over the line.

That last ball wasn't even Mark Wood's best - it was a delivery similar to those that Morris had earlier smited to the boundary.

But Wood built the pressure superbly during that final over. Expert death bowling with a series of well-directed short-pitched deliveries.

That's a right sickener for South Africa but a truly joyous win for England that bodes well for their Champions Trophy challenge.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

That's a brilliant series win and on the brink of a major tournament in this country it's a fantastic win from that situation. Somehow Jake Ball and Mark Wood have only gone for a run a ball - quite brilliant death bowling.

South Africa can't believe they haven't won that. England have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.


SA 328-5

Howay the lad!

Mark Wood finishes off a quite brilliant final over with yet another back-of-a-length ball that Chris Morris misjudges with an ugly heave across the line.

It flicks off his edge and leg but only runs away for one.

England win by two runs after Durham quick Wood conceded only four off the final over.

They also win the series against the world number one ODI side. What a finish!

Are you ready? Nervous? Here we go...

appeal - not outSA need four to win

Oh my lord! Wood fires another one into the pitch and Morris swipes wildly, misses and Buttler gathers.

England go up, appealing for caught behind but the umpire is unmoved. No reviews left.

To the final ball we go...

SA need four to win

David Miller nearly clears out the square leg umpire with a pull shot - it misses Chris Gaffaney by a whisker and is gathered on the boundary. Just a single. Four needed from two.

SA need five to win

Wood follows Miller stepping well down leg and fires it through - Miller cannot connect.

Superb delivery from Wood. Nail-biting finish,

SA need five to win

Chris Morris now can only get a single with his pull.

South Africa are one hit away...

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

It's only a run a ball but a wicket is massive. A new man coming in might panic and then all of a sudden seven runs seems a long way away. But England do need a bit of magic from the bowler.

SA need six to win

Mark Wood is the man for England, his first is swiped away to fine leg by David Miller. Just a single.

SA need seven to win

Target 331

Jake Ball, who's been poor today, finishes well as least as Chris Morris can only inside edge it onto his pads as Jos Buttler mops up.

No run.

Seven needed off the final over.

A time for heroes.

not-outNot out

SA need seven to win

And yep, it's going well down leg. Was just a tactical review from Morgan really to allow his side to regroup. South Africa need seven from seven.

Umpire review

Miller swipes at a length ball but misses as it raps his pads and he jogs through.

No one goes up for the lbw shout but Eoin Morgan decides to send it upstairs anyway.

There is little to nothing going for this shout.

SA need eight to win

A run a ball will do as Morris flicks Ball away for another single.

SA need nine to win

Miller takes a single. He's happy to put Morris on strike, who has proved a much more useful foil than Behardien was.

SA need 10 to win

David Miller marmalises Jake Ball on the cut shot through point for four.

It's all but over now, surely?