Result: South Africa make light work of England in final ODI match

Alex Hales in action during the second T20 between South Africa and England on February 20, 2016
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South Africa make light work of England in the final ODI contest between the two sides at Lords, as the Proteas claim a seven-wicket victory over Eoin Morgan's men.

South Africa ended their ODI series against England on a positive note after producing a commanding seven-wicket win over Eoin Morgan's men at Lords this afternoon.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl, the South Africans made early inroads into England's top order when Kagiso Rabada had the out-of-form Jason Roy caught behind for four.

Joe Root's time at the crease was just as fleeting next up, as the returning Wayne Parnell had his man playing all around an in-swinger that saw the umpire raise his finger for LBW.

With England rocking early at 7-2, the tourists applied further pressure this time as Parnell caught Morgan's edge, leaving Quinton de Kock with a simple catch behind the stumps.

Shaking at 15-3 England were unable to show the required steel when they were upended once more when Rabada had Alex Hales loosely driving to put England on the ropes at 15-4.

A horror opening continued to get worse as Rabada picked up his fourth inside a couple of overs having removed both Jos Butler and Adil Rashid in quick succession, leading Morgan to look on in dismay from the pavilion with the home side teetering on 20-6.

Luckily for England, Jonny Bairstow came to the crease with some determined application and he pulled his side out of a dire hole after notching a timely 50, along with some help from debutant Toby Roland-Jones, whose unbeaten 37 helped England limp to 153 all out.

Coming out to bat on a grey afternoon in London, the Proteas made light work of chasing down their minimal total, thanks to a strong opening stand between Hashim Amla (55) and De Kock (34), who were both eventually dismissed by an impressive Roland-Jones.

The total was never likely to be enough for England to defend and despite three quick wickets, JP Duminy and AB de Villiers were able to steer the visitors home without too much cause for concern.

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