Jonathan Trott hit 71 runs to help England defeat South Africa by 4 wickets to even their one-day international cricket series and return to the top ranking in ODI rankings.
Trott was caught by AB de Villiers off Wayne Parnell with England 5 runs short of victory in the third one-day international cricket match at the Oval in London. Samit Patel’s single pushed the hosts to 212-6 to the win with 12 balls remaining.
James Anderson took four wickets as South Africa was bowled out for 211, capturing the last three wickets of the innings as well as the first, Graeme Smith for 18. South Africa only used 46.4 overs. Anderson finished 4-44, while Jade Dernbach was 3-44.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat in south London. Hamish Amla, who hit 150 in the visitors’ victory at Southampton earlier this week, was bowled for 43 by Dernbach, who also got Dean Elgar for 42.
With the Aug. 28 win, South Africa moved ahead of England in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings, to become the first team to hold the No. 1 spot in all three formats of the sport. England dropped behind South Africa and India in the ODI rankings after the loss, but recaptured the top ranking with today’s victory.
The first match in the series was abandoned Aug. 24 because of rain in Cardiff. The sides meet again Sept. 2 at Lord’s in London and then Sept. 5 in Nottingham.