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Amla, de Kock centuries help South Africa chase down 319 comfortably

Quinton de Kock (left) and Hashim Amla (right) shared a 239-run opening stand during the chase.
Quinton de Kock (left) and Hashim Amla (right) shared a 239-run opening stand during the chase.
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Joe Root's 125 went in vain for England.
Joe Root's 125 went in vain for England.
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South Africa 319-3 (de Kock 135) beat
England 318-8 (Root 125) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International in Centurion

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored fluent centuries, while sharing a massive 239-run opening stand as South Africa chased down England's total of 318 with seven wickets and 22 deliveries to spare in the third One-Day International in Centurion.

Earlier England's first innings total was powered by a 113-ball 125 from Joe Root and half-centuries from Alex Hales and Ben Stokes.

England won the toss and elected to bat first with an unchanged side while South Africa replaced David Wiese with Rilee Rossouw.

Jason Roy (20) got going with four boundaries in the first five overs but his sparkling 23-ball innings was a short lived one after he was brilliantly run out by Morne Morkel (1-63) while looking for the second run.

Alex Hales (65) and Root (125) steadied the England innings with a 125-run stand for the second wicket.

The duo brought the 50-run stand in the 18th over after which they stepped up the accelerator scoring five boundaries and a six in the next four overs. The final boundary though was a tough catch dropped by de Kock off Root.

Hales was the first to reach to his fifty off 59 deliveries and in the same over, Root also brought his half-century needing 53 balls to reach there.

At the half-way mark, England were 146 for one. Hales smashed Morkel for three consecutive boundaries in the 26th over but the innings took a turn when Kagiso Rabada (2-65) struck twice in the 27th over to dismiss Hales and Jos Buttler (0).

Eoin Morgan (8) scratchy innings of 24 balls came to an end after he was caught at midwicket off Wiese (1-64). England were 190 for four after 35 overs.

During his 82-run stand with Ben Stokes (53), Root was the key contributor as he struck three sixes and two fours in the next five overs to take England to 236 for four in 40 overs.

Even though England lost Root and Moeen Ali (3) in the final 10 overs, Stokes went severe scoring three boundaries and sixes apiece to take England to 290 for six in 47 overs.

Kyle Abbott (2-50) brought South Africa into the game with twin strikes of Stokes and Chris Jordan (3) in the 48th over but cameos from Adil Rashid (13 not out) and David Willey (13 not out) took England to 318 for eight in the 50 overs.

Rabada and Abbott picked two wickets each for South Africa while Morkel and Wiese had a wicket apiece.

Amla (125) and de Kock (137) gave South Africa a steady start bringing the fifty-run stand in the 10th over. De Kock brought the first six of the innings in the 12th over when he plundered Jordan (1-54) to deep midwicket.

De Kock reached a run-a-ball fifty and soon distanced himself from Amla after a six and four in the 22nd over from Ali (1-75).

Amla's fifty came at a strike-rate of 80 as South Africa reached 149 at the end of 25 overs.

In the 26th over, England reviewed a caught behind of de Kock decision unsuccessfully and a couple of overs later he brought his century off 97 deliveries.

The 200-run stand between the pair came in the 33rd over and that's when Amla stepped up the accelerator showing no respite for the England bowlers.

The 239-run opening stand finally came to an end when de Kock chipped a Rashid (1-45) delivery to Root in the covers after which Amla reached his ton off 107 deliveries.

Wiese (7) promotion to number three did not help the Proteas cause as he was castled by Ali.

South Africa needed 63 from the final 10 overs. Amla added 62 runs for the third wicket with Faf du Plessis (33 not out) off just 47 deliveries to ensure South Africa are in a comfortable position.

Even though Amla fell with South Africa needing eight runs, the Proteas had no trouble in reaching the target in just 46.2 overs with seven wickets remaining.

De Kock bagged the man of the match award for setting the tone of the chase along with Amla.

The series which is poised 2-1 in the favour of England will now shift to Johannesburg for the fourth ODI.

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