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England seize ODI
series with 2-run win
SOUTHAMPTON—Seamer Mark Wood bowled
a sensational last over for England to beat top-
ranked South Africa by two runs and win their
one-day international series yesterday.
David Miller and Chris Morris batted South Africa
down to needing 10 runs off the last 10 balls for victory.
But medium-pacer Jake Ball conceded only three runs
off his last four deliveries, and Wood gave up only four
singles in a tense last over.
South Africa finished at 328-5 after England capitalized
on dropped catches and made 330-6.
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“Those are the sorts of games you really want to win.
You learn a lot more,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.
“The game got away from us quite a lot (but) Woody was
awesome.” Miller was unbeaten on 71 and Morris on 36
as South Africa failed to complete a winning advantage
for a second straight ODI.England won the series with
a match to spare after beating South Africa by 72 runs
at Headingley. The third and last ODI is on Monday at
Quinton de Kock (98) and captain AB de Villiers (52)
launched South Africa’s chase, but both were dismissed
within four overs as England hit back for 211-4 in the 36th
over. De Kock, who hit 11 fours, was caught behind while
attempting to glide offspinner Moeen Ali to third man,
and de Villiers gloved a low catch behind the wickets
off Liam Plunkett.
“Unfortunate we didn’t get across the line, but proud
of the effort,” de Villiers said. “We lost myself and Quinny
together so it could have been easier, but we batted very
deep.” Earlier, South Africa paid for wasting at least a
half-dozen catching chances. Stokes received reprieves
off his first two deliveries. Stokes went on to smash 101
off 79 balls with 11 fours and three sixes and shared two
solid stands. He added 95 runs with Morgan (45), who
was also twice dropped, and put on 77 runs with Jos
Buttler (65 not out).
“We were a little careless (in the field) and there was
a bit of faulty thinking,” de Villiers said. “There were
probably four or five overs that went too big and cost
us the game.” Stokes finally fell in the 44th over when
he holed out in the deep to give debutant left-arm spin-
ner Keshav Maharaj (1-72) his lone wicket. But Buttler
and Ali shared a rapid 78-run stand off the last 40 de-
liveries that included 22 runs in one over from seamer
Andile Phehlukwayo (1-74). Buttler hit seven fours, and
Ali clubbed five boundaries in scoring 33 off 19 before
Phehlukwayo got him caught behind off the last ball of
the innings. (AP)
Japan, Italy, Portugal
advance in U-20 World Cup
SEOUL—Italy, Japan and Portugal advanced
to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup
Two goals from Ritsu Doan gave Japan a 2-2 draw with
Italy in their Group D clash in Cheonan after Italy went
2-0 ahead within the first seven minutes. Andrea Favilli
crossed from the left for Riccardo Orsolini to volley home
from close range, and shortly after Giuseppe Panico got
on the end of Francesco Cassata’s hurried free kick to add
a second. Japan spent much of the rest of the half pushing
forward and was rewarded after 22 minutes when Doan
scored after a perfectly flighted free kick from Keita Endo.
The impressive Doan was on target again early in the
second half, dribbling past three defenders to score his
fourth goal of the tournament from close range.
Japan finished third in Group D, behind Italy on goal
difference but enough to progress to the knockout stage.
Sixteen of the 24 teams go through — the top two teams
from each of the six groups and the four best third-placed
finishers. Group D winner Uruguay had already secured
a place in the knockout stage with two wins from its first
two games and the South American champion maintained
its unbeaten record with a 0-0 draw against South Africa
In Group C, Portugal beat Iran 2-1 in Incheon to move
into the second round in second place.
Reza Shekari put Iran ahead in the fourth minute but
Diogo Goncalves equalized 10 minutes into the second
half. With four minutes remaining, a cross from substitute
Xande Silva went in after a deflection from Nima Taheri
to give Portugal the victory.
Zambia kept hold of top spot in the group despite losing
1-0 to Costa Rica in Cheonan. Jostin Daly scored the only
goal of the game after 15 minutes. The win put the Central
Americans into third but their four points are enough to
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