Bell exacts capital punishment on Proteas
Ian Bell’s smooth 88 guided England to a second straightforward win in London in three days that puts them 2-1 up in the NatWest Series ahead of Wednesay’s finale at Trent Bridge.
Bell hit eight fours and a six among his 137 balls, underpinning a six-wicket victory that means the hosts will remain top of the one-day international rankings until they next play that format in January, even if South Africa square the series.
He and Jonathan Trott shared a calm 141-run alliance after Dale Steyn had Alastair Cook lbw in the first over. Bell was dropped on 65 by Robin Peterson at mid-on, but was otherwise comfortable on an easy-paced Lord’s pitch.
Trott and Ravi Bopara fell either side of a brief rain delay, the former for 48, on an overcast day in the capital that saw the floodlights used for most of the afternoon.
Once Bell departed, caught behind off Steyn, Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter hurried England to victory with 20 deliveries to spare to end on 36 and 21 respectively, the latter finishing proceedings with a straight six.
The overhead conditions and a 10:15am start encouraged Alastair Cook to bowl first and his side responded by limiting their opponents a below-par total, just as they had done at the Kia Oval on Friday.
During today’s 220 for eight, off-spinner James Tredwell made amends for two drops with three wickets - all stumped.
Tredwell put down Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith on four and 26 respectively in the slips off Steven Finn as the opening pair shared a third fifty partnership in succession. However, Tredwell removed JP Duminy, AB de Villiers - for 39 - and Wayne Parnell en route to 3-35 from eight overs.
Jade Dernbach stopped the first-wicket stand on 68 before Bopara bowled Amla for 45 and Francois du Plessis during a second straight economical display as England crucially snared four wickets in 10 mid-innings overs.
De Villiers and Dean Elgar rebuilt with a 51-run partnership and, despite Robin Peterson’s cameo 31 not out, 220 was not enough. While England were unchanged from Friday’s four-wicket win, South Africa made one alteration in resting Morne Morkel and recalling Ryan McLaren.
6:20pm - ENGLAND WIN BY SIX WICKETS TO GO 2-1 UP IN THE NATWEST SERIES! - Kieswetter pulls Steyn for four and top-edges a pull for the same result before ending the game with 20 balls to spare via an emphatic straight six into the pavilion. Morgan finished unbeaten on 36 and Kieswetter 21.
6:15pm - Morgan twice guides McLaren to the fine-leg boundary either side of a six over long-on, leaving just 14 required from the last four overs.
6:07pm - Craig Kieswetter smashes Parnell through cover past the sweeper for four. England need 26 from the last five overs.
6:01pm - WICKET! Bell c de Villiers b Steyn 88; Eng 186/4 - The right-hander edges a lifting ball from Steyn and the wicketkeeper takes a good catch above his head. Bell misses out on a ton, but England should still get home.
5:55pm - Peterson drops short to Morgan, who emphatically pulls for four.
5:50pm - With England needing 48 from the last 10 overs, Bell squirts Parnell safely over point for two and takes a quick single to mid-off from where Steyn’s direct hit is in vain.
5:37pm - Eoin Morgan advances to meet McLaren’s delivery on the half-volley and drives down the ground for four. He gets three to midwicket next ball.
5:27pm - WICKET! Bopara c de Villiers b McLaren 6; Eng 156/3 - With the bating powerplay enforced, the right-hander nibbles at one and is caught behind to extend his disappointing run with the bat.
5:25pm - Trott, who was troubled during his innings by a blow from Steyn on the right glove, will have an x-ray on that hand tomorrow.
5:21pm - Good news. Play resumes with no overs lost. Bopara pulls Steyn past a weak fielding effort from Tsotsobe for four.
5:04pm - RAIN STOPS PLAY - The drizzle gets heavier and the umpires take the players off with the hover cover soon over the pitch. We have had one ball of the 35th over, at the end of which the par D/L score for two wickets down is 121. England are on 150.
5:02pm - Ravi Bopara gets going with a single to cover off Elgar that takes England to 150 in the 34th over as light drizzle starts to fall. England are well ahead on Duckworth/Lewis.
4:58pm - Bell diverts a dreadful Tsotsobe long-hop to the fine-leg rope. Now on 79, he is making South Africa pay for dropping him on 65.
4:51pm - WICKET! Trott lbw b Elgar 48; Eng 143/2 - Trott misses with an attempted sweep and is hit low on the front pad around leg stump. South Africa’s appeal is rejected but they successfully review.
4:47pm - DROPPED CHANCE - Bell, on 65, tries to smash Tsotsobe over mid-on but does not fully connect and picks out Peterson, who shells a regulation opportunity. Bell responds by emphatically pulling the left-armer for four.
4:39pm - Bell launches Tsotsobe down the ground for four. He is finding the boundary almost at will.
4:28pm - FIFTY! Bell (88b 5x4 1x6) - The right-hander dabs Steyn to third man for two to herald his half-century. Bell is making this look easy.
4:21pm - After Peterson bowls the game’s first maiden, Bell is fortunate to edge Steyn, back on at the Pavilion End, through a vacant first slip region for four.
4:16pm - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - Trott chips McLaren high over square-leg for four to bring up England’s hundred and the hundred stand. The hosts are well on course for their target of 221.
4:02pm - Bell advances to Parnell and clears extra-cover for his fourth four. In the next over he lifts Peterson on to the extra-cover rope for six, which helps to bring 30 from the powerplay.
3:47pm - Immediately after the drinks break Bell cuts at Wayne Parnell, also in his second over, and edges comfortably past Graeme Smith at first slip for four - the first boundary in six overs. He then powerfully drives through extra-cover for another four. Parnell twice consecutively oversteps but Bell cannot punish either free hit.
3:43pm - AB de Villiers chooses to immediately take the bowling powerplay with Robin Peterson delivering its first over.
3:33pm - Trott takes a single to point off Dean Elgar, in his second over after replacing McLaren at the Pavilion End, to bring up a restorative fifty partnership.
3:16pm - Bell advances to McLaren, who drags it down, and the batsman adjusts to pull past mid-on for four as the compulsory powerplay yields 42 runs.
3:10pm - Having had more treatment between overs before Tsotsobe replaces Steyn, Trott cuts the left-armer aerially for four as the floodlights are turned on.
3:02pm - Play is briefly held up as Trott receives treatment on his right hand following a blow from Steyn. Trott then clips Ryan McLaren, who has replaced Tsotsobe, through midwicket for four. The bowler follows up with two wides.
2:51pm - Trott attempts to pull a short Steyn delivery but is hurried into looping the ball towards mid-off and it falls to ground just wide of the bowler in his follow through.
2:42pm - Following an erratic if inexpensive over from Lonwabo Tsotsobe to Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott gets off the mark by driving Dale Steyn through point for four.
2:32pm - WICKET! Cook lbw Steyn 2; Eng 2/1 - The right-arm paceman, going over the wicket from the Pavilion End, gets one to straighten and traps the left-handed Cook plumb in front. Given their below-par 220 for eight, that was the early wicket South Africa needed.
South Africa Innings
1:57pm - END OF INNINGS - SA 220/8; Peterson 31, Steyn 3 - Dernbach concedes just five from the last over as England limit South Africa to a below-par total for the second straight game.
1:51pm - WICKET! McLaren run out 1; SA 215/8 - Finn has an lbw shout against Ryan McLaren turned down and the ball goes to third man from where Dernbach’s brilliant direct hit runs out McLaren, coming back for a second.
1:46pm - WICKET! Elgar c Kieswetter b Finn 35; SA 214/7 - Peterson gets a streaky four off Finn, top-edging a wild cut to fine third man before the left-handed Elgar is undone by a slow bouncer that he gloves down leg to Kieswetter. That ends a stand of 40 from 33 balls dominated by Peterson, who has 29.
1:42pm - Elgar lifts Anderson down the ground for four and, from the first two balls of the next over, Peterson picks up two more boundaries off Dernbach - to midwicket and fine-leg respectively - to take South Africa past 200.
1:35pm - Robin Peterson switch-hits Tredwell for four and then immediately six as 11 come from the most expensive over of the innings.
1:27pm - Elgar defends into the off side and sets off for a single that was never on. He changes his mind as Kieswetter retrieves the ball and relays towards Anderson at the striker’s stumps, but the throw is low to Anderson’s left and he cannot take it as the chance of a run-out goes begging.
1:24pm - WICKET! Parnell st Kieswetter b Tredwell 5; SA 174/6 - The left-handed Parnell becomes Tredwell’s third victim, all in this fashion, as England look set to limit their opponents to a below-par score.
1:10pm - WICKET! de Villiers st Kieswetter b Tredwell 39; SA 166/5 - De Villiers reverse-paddles Tredwell for four to break the boundary drought and, with the fifty partnership raised, is drawn out of his ground by the spinner to narrowly be stumped. Another big wicket for the hosts.
1:06pm - De Villiers edges Patel just past Kieswetter, who is standing up to the stumps, and gets three. Patel and Finn have done well to limit South Africa to 24 in the batting powerplay and we have now had 13 overs without a boundary.
1:02pm - De Villiers moves across his stumps to work Finn to leg for two, which takes his side to 150.
12:59pm - Patel continues to keep it tight, despite the fielding restrictions, albeit de Villiers and Elgar can afford to take few risks.
12:54pm - Finn takes over from Bopara, who has bowled nine tight overs, and comes round the wicket to inconvenience the left-handed Elgar with a bouncer.
12:46pm - After tight overs from Patel and Bopara, South Africa are obliged to take the batting powerplay as Patel continues.
12:37pm - The second drinks break is taken with de Villiers and Dean Elgar having begun to rebuild by rotating the strike against Tredwell and Bopara.
12:22pm - WICKET! du Plessis b Bopara 1; SA 115/4 - The right-hander opens the face to Bopara but the ball moves into him down the slope and he plays on for England’s fourth wicket inside 10 overs.
12:17pm - AB de Villiers elegantly drives Bopara down the ground for his first four.
12:12pm - WICKET! Duminy st Kieswetter b Tredwell 18; SA 106/3 - England get another! Tredwell beats Duminy's outside edge with a flighted delivery and Kieswetter does the rest.
12:05pm - WICKET! Amla b Bopara 45; SA 100/2 - Bopara is on at the Nursery End and, once the Proteas have reached three figures, moves a full ball into the right-hander and bowls him between bat and pad. As throughout this summer, Amla’s wicket is vital to England.
12pm - Tredwell comes into the attack from the Nursery End and Amla, having failed to fully connect with the same shot the ball before, slog-sweeps the off-spinner for four behind square-leg
11:53am - The left-handed Duminy neatly drives Dernbach through mid-on for four, his first shot of authority.
11:46am - Patel throws the stumps down at the striker’s end, coming in from cover, but Duminy makes his ground to complete a quick single. He then gets four aerially to Eoin Morgan’s left at backward point off Anderson as the bowling powerplay costs 28.
11:44am - JP Duminy gets off the mark by edging Dernbach for four in a gap between first and third slip where second would have been.
11:40am - WICKET! Smith c Kieswetter b Dernbach 29; 68/1 - Smith attempts to hook Dernbach and gets a faint edge that the wicketkeeper holds above his head. Tredwell’s second drop therefore costs only three runs.
11:32am - Following the drinks break, Dernbach returns at the Nursery End and Amla hits the first boundary in seven overs: an exquisite drive over the fielder at mid-off for six.
11:26am - DROPPED CHANCE - Smith, on 26, edges Finn to first slip where Tredwell, perhaps distracted by Kieswetter diving for the catch, puts down another chance. That’s the way it goes sometimes. When you have dropped one, the ball seems to follow you.
11:22am - South Africa reach 50 during Patel’s second over and England immediately take the bowling powerplay with Finn returning at the Pavilion End
11:12am - Left-arm spinner Samit Patel, who did not bowl in Friday’s win, takes over from Dernbach and gets the last ball of the over to turn sharply back at the left-handed Smith.
11:03am - Ravi Bopara, on at the Pavillion End immediately after a compulsory powerplay that cost 32, has a strong lbw shout against Amla, on 14, turned down. England do not have a review left and Hawkeye shows the ball going on to hit leg stump.
10:56am - Smith slashes at Jade Dernbach, who has replaced Anderson at the Nursery End, and under-edges a streaky four to the right of wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.
10:52am - REVIEW - Finn nips one back to Amla and hits him on the knee roll of the front pad. England’s appeal is turned down and they review, but Hawkeye shows the ball going over leg stump.
10:42am - Amla powerfully pulls Finn for four. It had not bounced as it went to the left of a diving Ian Bell at midwicket but that cannot be considered a chance.
10:39am - Smith slashes at Anderson and the ball speeds safely past the slips towards the third-man boundary where Finn, running to his right, makes a diving stop to save two runs.
10:33am - DROPPED CHANCE - Amla, on four, plays away from his body at a rising Finn delivery and the ball flies to second slip James Tredwell, who cannot hold a regulation chance. How costly will that be?
10:31am - Finn keeps it tight in his second over and Anderson then beats the outside edge of Smith, who almost plays on next delivery as the ball comes off bat and pad but trickles past leg stump.
10:20am - James Anderson starts against Hashim Amla, who plays an uncharacteristic loose shot outside off stump early on. Amla then drives through extra-cover for four to get going.
10:15am - The players and umpires are in the middle and ready to go. Steven Finn begins from the Pavilion End to Graeme Smith, who clips the second ball through midwicket for four. Finn disturbs the bowler’s stumps with the last delivery of the over, which beats Smith’s outside edge.
10:05am - England - with a fast-bowling attack of James Anderson, Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach - will seek to exploit the early overcast conditions. They also have the option of Ravi Bopara’s seamers plus the spin of James Tredwell and Samit Patel. Bopara bowled impressively on Friday for figures of 1-31 from 10 overs, only the second time he has completed a full allocation in an ODI.
9:55am - South Africa have made one alteration from the Kia Oval. Ryan McLaren, who made way for Dale Steyn in that game, comes in for the rested Morne Morkel - a move that should bolster their batting.
9:45am - ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL FIRST - AB de Villiers calls incorrectly and Alastair Cook decides to chase, naming an unchanged team from Friday’s victory.
9:35am - It is a cool and overcast morning at Lord’s with a slight threat of rain. The pitch was briefly covered until a few minutes ago but for now the hover cover is just off the square while both squads warm-up. We are due for a 10:15am start so the toss should be in 10 minutes.
9:25am - Good morning and welcome to Lord’s for the fourth NatWest Series one-day international between England and South Africa. Going into this penultimate game, the rubber is level at 1-1 after the hosts’ four wicket win at the Kia Oval on Friday.