England snatch dramatic win over South Africa to claim ODI cricket series

Ben Stokes was passed fit to take his place for England in Saturday's second one-day worldwide against South Africa in Southampton after suffering a knee injury in the series opener.

The all-rounder bowled only two overs during Wednesday's 72-run win over the Proteas at Headingley after suffering pain in his left knee.

His early exit prompted concerns that he could miss the start of the ICC Champions Trophy, but the 25-year-old has been able to shake off the problem.

The switch of frontline bowlers was the only change to a winning team, with allrounder Stokes declared fit after his knee injury scare.

Stokes finally fell in the 44th over when he holed out in the deep to give debutante left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (1-72) his lone wicket.

Quinton de Kock (98) and AB de Villiers (52) launched South Africa's rely.

More news: GOP senator: North Korea missile test 'one of most advanced yet'

Miller and Morris took 13 runs off the penultimate over, which was bowled by Jake Ball.

Morgan and Stokes wrought the advantage for England with a stand of 95 that was ended in the 33rd over when Rabada dismissed Morgan for 45 with De Kock diving forward to snare a low catch.

South Africa wasted at least a half-dozen catches with Stokes getting reprieves off his first two deliveries on 0 and 4 in Southampton.

He deceived Stokes with a well-flighted delivery that took the left-hander's outside edge only for the ball to go straight through Hashim Amla's hands at slip for four.

He unfurled a range of destructive shots, sending Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris for three massive sixes. But after arriving on the south coast for Saturday's match at the Ageas Bowl, South Africa's number-three batsman expects a significant improvement. De Kock didn't last for much longer, clipping Moeen Ali behind, and England were back in the driving seat.

Related news