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England beats South Africa by 4 wickets

August 31, 2012


England's Eoin Morgan (R) celebrates reaching 50 runs during the third One Day International cricket match between England and South Africa at The Oval in South London, England, on Friday. – AFP

LONDON: England beat South Africa by four wickets in their third one-day international at the Oval on Friday, leveling the series at 1-1 and reclaiming the No. 1 ranking it lost to the Proteas earlier in the week.  

Eoin Morgan hit 73 and Jonathan Trott added 71 as England finished on 212-6, in reply to South Africa's 211 all out with 12 balls to spare.

Robin Peterson had South Africa's best figures with 2-39.

Earlier, England's James Anderson took 4-44, while paceman Jade Dernbach vindicated his selection ahead of Tim Bresnan with 3-44 as the Proteas' middle order squandered a promising start.

Hashim Amla was South Africa's top scorer with 43.