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England Beats South Africa by 6 Wickets to Take Lead in Series

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- England defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in their fourth one-day cricket match at Lord’s in London to take a 2-1 lead in their series.

England reached 224-4 after 46.4 overs. Ian Bell’s 88 runs put the hosts in control after South Africa set a target of 221 runs. Bell and Jonathan Trott, who scored 48, combined for 141 runs after captain Alastair Cook was out for 2.

The victory means England will keep the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings until at least January.

Hashim Amla led the visitors with 45 runs, with AB de Villiers adding 39 and Dean Elgar hitting 35 as South Africa finished 220-8 in its 50 overs. James Tredwell was 3-35 and Ravi Bopara was 2-34 to lead England.

The hosts defeated South Africa by 4 wickets two days ago to even the five-match series after losing the Aug. 28 match. The series opener was abandoned Aug. 24 because of rain in Cardiff.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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