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Who would have predicted that: Buttler blitz takes England to their 2nd highest ODI total

England's Jos Buttler in action
England's Jos Buttler in action

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Jos Buttler, fresh off the fastest ODI hundred for England which he scored against Pakistan in Dubai, cracked yet another whirlwind ton against South Africa. Quinton de Kock responded in kind with an unbeaten 138 off just 96 balls.


Match Summary


England 399/9 (50 overs) - Jos Buttler 105 (76), Ben Stokes 57 (38); Chris Morris 3/74 (10), Imran Tahir 2/71 (10) 

South Africa 250/5 (33.3 overs) - Quinton de Kock* 138 (96), Faf du Plessis 55 (44); Moeen Ali 3/43 (6), David Willey 1/30 (5)

 Result - England won by 39 runs (D/L method)


The 2015 World Cup behind them, England were now playing a new brand of cricket. Jason Roy had arrived to partner Alex Hales at the top of the order and the two showed what they are capable of in the first ODI on their tour of South Africa in 2016.

The duo added 68 from just seven and a half overs to set the tone for the coming batters on a batting paradise at Bloemfontein. Joe Root followed it up with a measured half-century.



But it was Jos Buttler, fresh off his century against Pakistan in Dubai - the fastest by an English batsman in ODIs, who scored another one after a forced rest. He was finally dismissed on 105 off 76 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes, batting at a strike rate of close to 140.

Courtesy of another 57-run cameo from Ben Stokes, England put on 399 runs on the board - their second-highest ODI score at the time, behind 408/9 against New Zealand at Edgbaston in June 2015.


 Fall of wickets: 1-68 (Jason Roy, 7.4 ov), 2-130 (Alex Hales, 17.4 ov), 3-227 (Joe Root, 29.6 ov), 4-256 (Eoin Morgan, 34.4 ov), 5-317 (Jos Buttler, 42.2 ov), 6-371 (Ben Stokes, 46.3 ov), 7-376 (Moeen Ali, 47.3 ov), 8-379 (Adil Rashid, 48.1 ov), 9-391 (Chris Jordan, 49.2 ov)


Faced with a target of 400, and despite Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers getting dismissed cheaply, South African opener Quinton de Kock remained unbeaten on 138 off just 96 deliveries with 12 fours and 6 sixes.

He was gunning for the target with South Africa at 250/5 from 33.3 overs when rain came down so heavily that any further play was not possible. England were declared the winners by 39 runs as per the DLS method.


Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Hashim Amla, 2.1 ov), 2-121 (Faf du Plessis, 15.6 ov), 3-151 (AB de Villiers, 19.3 ov), 4-197 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 25.6 ov), 5-245 (Rilee Rossouw, 32.6 ov)




South Africa - Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir

England - Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Reece Topley


Match Details


Match: RSA v ENG, 1st ODI, England tour of South Africa, 2015-16 

Date: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat  

Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein 

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Shaun George 

Third Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena 

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath 


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