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England beat South Africa by 2 runs to seal 2-0 series win

South Africa's winning run in ODI Series came to an end at Southampton on Saturday when they went down by two runs to England in the second of three ODIs. The result gives England a 2-0 series lead with only the final match at Lord’s on Monday still to be played.

The Proteas led throughout the match on comparative run rate, having been set 331 for victory, until the fourth ball of the last over. David Miller and Chris Morris needed 7 off the last over from Mark Wood to clinch victory but only managed 4 runs. Miller finished unbeaten on 71 (51 balls, 5 fours and 2 sixes) and Morris on 36 (22 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes) as the pair shared a partnership of 62 for the sixth wicket in 6.3 overs.

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Du Plessis: “We made quite a lot of mistakes in the first match"

South Africa will be looking to correct the ‘mistakes’ from the previous match in the second One-Day International (ODI) against England at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday. The Proteas face a must-win situation following the 72-run loss on Wednesday, which Faf du Plessis has described as disappointing and below par for a team with high standards and expectations.

Du Plessis says the opening match was an opportunity to dust off any early-season cobwebs, and expects an improved performance in the bid to keep the series alive.

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Mashrafe Mortaza: “This tournament is going to be hard for us"

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza is convinced Bangladesh can take its form of the past two years on to one of the sport’s grandest stages as it gears up for its first ICC Champions Trophy since 2006.

Bangladesh has risen to number six in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings ahead of the tournament, and confidence is high as it prepares to face off against Australia, New Zealand and host England in Group A. And after being at the helm of the country’s rise in the 50-over format, Mashrafe is adamant the good times can keep coming in this competition.

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Sarfraz Ahmed: “We have nothing to lose, we just want to play our natural game”

His side comes into the tournament eighth in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident of making the most of having nothing to lose in this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy.

Pakistan has yet to lift this particular trophy, but comes to England with a sense of freedom as it looks to reach a first-ever final – with excitement the main emotion heading into the tournament.

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Virat Kohli: "We are in a good head-space going into this tournament"

Virat Kohli, who was part of the India squad which won the ICC Champions Trophy four years ago, believes his side is in an even better position to rule the world this year as he prepares for his first major competition as captain.

India arrives in England and Wales as one of the favourites to lift the trophy and repeat its success from 2013 – when it beat host England in a memorable final. However, India has not played 50-over cricket since beating England 2-1 in a thrilling three-match series in January and there is no time to ease into the competition in a group which contains the dangerous trio of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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Angelo Mathews: “All the teams are quite even"

Sri Lanka will embrace the ‘underdog’ tag at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, according to skipper Angelo Mathews. A joint-winner in 2002, Sri Lanka has only reached the semi-final stage once since, getting to the last four in the 2013 edition, also in England.

In a pool also featuring India, Pakistan and South Africa, Mathews admits his team is being seen as an outsider to lift the trophy, but is confident Sri Lanka has the firepower to make a run at the title. 

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Morgan ton propels England to 72 run win against South Africa

South Africa were unable to build on the foundation laid by Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis and succumbed to a 72-run defeat to England in the first of three ODIs at Headingley on Wednesday.

The task was always going to be difficult after England posted a total of 339/6 but the Proteas were ahead on comparative run rate for much of their innings. Amla and Du Plessis put on 112 for the second wicket to stabilise the innings after the early loss of Quinton de Kock but thereafter the Proteas could not post decent partnerships with the next best being the 37 for the ninth wicket between Wayne Parnell and Kagiso Rabada. 

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