Quinton de Kock’s 92* in vain as the 3rd ODI washes away to end up in a series draw

Third ODI between England and South Africa abandoned due to rain

South African opener Quinton de Kock played an unbeaten knock of 92 which went in vain as the rain interrupted the play to get any possible result and the three-match ODI series ended up in a draw.

South African opener Quinton de Kock played an unbeaten knock of 92 which went in vain as the rain interrupted the play to get any possible result and the three-match ODI series ended in a square at 1-1.

The Proteas were 159/2 in the 28th over with de Kock standing on 92* when the rain stopped the play for the second consecutive time at Headingley.

Both sides needed to bat for a minimum of 20 overs to get any result under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method for rain-affected white-ball games.

But the umpires saw that impossible when they called the game shortly after 4:00 pm local time (1500 GMT) as a series that had started during a nationwide heat wave in more familiar English conditions.

Both the teams will now lock horns in the three-match T20I series. 

Earlier, Quinton de Kock was going strong for South Africa in the third and final ODI against England as he bought up his half-century.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first against the opponents in the series decider on Sunday at Headingley in Leeds.

Both teams were unchanged from the previous game, which England had won. While South Africa had thrashed England by 62 runs in the first ODI, the hosts came back strongly in the next game, winning the rain-affected game by 118 runs.

For England, Jos Buttler will be looking to have his first series victory as a white-ball captain, after losing the ODI and T20I series against India earlier this month.

For South Africa, these are the crucial points on the table, with them being pulled out from the series against Australia next year, risking their chances to directly qualify for the 2023 World Cup in India.

Jos Buttler, the England captain:

Yes, good wicket, it’s a tough ground to defend, especially when the ball runs into pockets and some smaller boundaries. The game was quite evenly poised so, would have been great to have a full game. In India, we have had a bit of change in the recent past and it is about drawing a line in the sand being where your feet are and looking forward and building a team to compete and trying to win that World Cup…We have had some challenging white-ball conditions actually when in England over the recent years has been very favorable for batting. So, that’s been a really good learning curve as well.

South Africa captain, Keshav Maharaj: [On batting first]

We didn’t want to focus too much on the weather, we saw what it did to us the other day. I think we just saw the conditions and sort of assessed that we would like to have a bat first. [On de Kock’s knock] He looked in a really good touch, it’s a pity he couldn’t get the magical mark…[On the T20 series] looking forward to the T20 series. It is going to be the same personnel that’s involved in the squad. I am sure you will see many of the same faces as you have here.

Rassie van der Dussen is the Player of the Series: [On the match]

it’s a pity today. We were in a pretty good position. The pitch played a bit tricky up front but we knew we had to take care of the power play and Quinny batted superbly to transfer the pressure back on them…You don’t come to England expecting that heat but for us, it wasn’t too foreign. Special innings obviously. In a big match, we wanted to make a statement and we could do that, and it came against the World Champions, so was great. A 1-1 result is probably a fair result. England was good in stages, we were good in stages.

South Africa 159 for 2 from 27.4 overs (de Kock 92*) vs England – match abandoned