England bowl in 2nd ODI after rain delay
Durban, South Africa: England won the toss and decided to bowl in a rain-delayed second one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Friday. The match was reduced to 45 overs a side.
England captain Eoin Morgan said the weather conditions and the possibility of interruptions had influenced his choice to bat second. “Chasing later on is an advantage if there’s a bit more rain around,” he said.
England named an unchanged team despite losing the first game in the three-match series by seven wickets in Cape Town on Tuesday. “This tour is about opportunity and winning,” said Morgan. “The guys under-performed and were a bit rusty so we’re hoping for a marked improvement in this game.”
South Africa named left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin, a new cap, in place of Lungi Ngidi. Captain Quinton de Kock said the change was due to conditions in recent matches at Kingsmead. “It has been turning here,” he said.
De Kock said he would also have chosen to bowl. “But it looks a good deck and we will have to make the best of it,” he said. – AFP