Morgan century gives England 1-0 lead

The England captain struck 107 in a total of 339 for six as his team defeated South Africa by 72 runs in the first One-Day International at Headingley.

Eoin Morgan celebrates his century on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images


England defeated South Africa by 72 runs to win the day-night first One-Day International at Headingley on Wednesday and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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England captain Eoin Morgan struck 107 in a total of 339 for six after he lost the toss. Morgan and Moeen Ali (77 not out) shared a stand of 117 after England had slumped to 198 for five. South Africa, set 340 for victory, was never in the hunt after the world’s top-ranked ODI side lost both Hashim Amla (73) and Faf du Plessis (67) in quick succession to be 149 for three.

It was bowled out for 267, with paceman Chris Woakes taking four for 38 as England won with five overs to spare. The series, a warm-up ahead of next week’s ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, continues at Southampton on Saturday.

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