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Morris blitz helps South Africa level series

Chris Morris reached his fifty in just 30 deliveries.
Chris Morris reached his fifty in just 30 deliveries.
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South Africa 266-9 (Morris 62) beat
England 262 (Root 109) by one wicket
Fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg

Chris Morris scored a terrific 62 off 38 deliveries to help South Africa come from behind and secure a thrilling one-wicket victory against England in the fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg and level the series at 2-2. 

South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. England had two changes to their lineup with Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad returning in the place of Chris Jordan and David Willey. South Africa rested Morne Morkel and brought in Morris.

After a cautious approach of scoring just 18 runs in the first five overs, Jason Roy (6) was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada (4-45).

Immediately in the next over, Alex Hales (50) struck a couple of boundaries and England ended the powerplay at 39 for one. The runs began to flow more freely when Morris (1-52) came into the attack as the pair brought the 50-run stand in the 15th over.

Imran Tahir (3-46) turned the game on its head when he dismissed Hales, Eoin Morgan (2) and Ben Stokes (2) in a span of three overs. England slipped to 97 for four in 20 overs.

The precession of wickets continued as England lost Jos Buttler (1) and Moeen Ali (4) before the 25-over mark, both being victims of Kyle Abbott (2-57).

Meanwhile Root completed his half-century off 74 deliveries and he received the much needed support at the other end from Chris Woakes (33). The pair added 95 runs for the seventh wicket to take England past the 200-run mark in 41 overs.

However, Rabada halted the England progress once again when Woakes edged one to the keeper.Root brought his second consecutive ODI century off 119 deliveries but he fell to Morris, a couple of overs later. England were 234 for eight after 45 overs.

A 26-ball cameo from Adil Rashid (39) pushed England's total to 262 before being bowled out in 47.5 overs. 

Stuart Broad (1-55) had a dream comeback over as he castled Hashim Amla (0) in the sixth delivery of the innings.

But Quinton de Kock (27) looked to continue from where he left in the previous game adding 61 runs for the second wicket with Faf du Plessis (34).

There was a brief delay in the innings when the floodlights stopped working and the break did not help the settled pair as both de Kock and du Plessis fell in successive overs from Stokes (2-46) and Woakes (1-42).

England were sloppy in the fielding as JP Duminy (31) was dropped in the 17th over from Woakes while AB de Villiers (36) was also handed a reprieve by Roy in the 19th over.

In the very next delivery de Villiers smashed Broad for a six and a four as South Africa reached 91 for three after 20 overs.

Just when de Villiers was running away with the game with his 58-run stand with Duminy, Woakes effected a brilliant runout to send the South African skipper back.

South Africa lost Duminy too with Rashid (2-38) trapping him lbw and the Proteas needed 115 runs from the final 20 overs with five wickets in hand.

Wiese (21) was involved in two crucial partnerships, adding 48 with Farhaan Behardien (38) and another 26 with Morris (62).

Just when he was running out of partners, Morris threw caution to wind smashing four sixes and three boundaries in a span of three overs to raise the South African hope.

He reached his fifty off 30 deliveries but was castled by Rashid (2-38) with South Africa needing one more run to win with the last pair at the crease.

However, Tahir (4 not out) struck a boundary in his very first delivery to ensure a one-wicket victory for the Proteas thereby allowing them to level the series 2-2.

Morris was awarded the man of the match for his match-winning knock.

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