England scored a 59-run victory over South Africa in the third and final ODI of the three-match series, thanks to centuries from Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan, followed by a six-wicket haul from Jofra Archer.
After losing three wickets with 14 runs on the board, Malan (118) and Buttler (131) put on a huge partnership of 232 for the fourth wicket to take England to 346/7 in 50 overs. South Africa’s reply got off to a shaky start as several batters got starts but lost wickets at regular intervals.
Heinrich Klaasen (80 from 62 balls) and opener Reeza Hendricks (52) fought valiantly, but it was Archer who proved to be the standout performer as he took a career-best 6-40 as the hosts were bowled out for 287.
This victory allowed England to avoid a whitewash in the series, as South Africa had already claimed a 2-1 victory. Malan and Buttler helped England post the highest ODI total at Kimberley by some way, surpassing the 304-5 Sri Lanka scored in 2012. Moeen Ali chipped in with 41 from 28 at the end to push the total even higher.
South Africa are still in with a chance of automatic qualification for the ODI World Cup in India later this year and must win both ODIs against the Netherlands in March and April to ensure qualification.