Reece Topley and Adil Rashid shone with the ball as England trounced South Africa by 118 runs in the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Friday to level the three-match series at 1-1.
Heavy rains curtailed the game to 29 overs per side.
After being asked to bat first by South Africa skipper Keshav Maharaj, openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got England off to a quickfire start. The duo added 22 runs for the opening wicket before the former perished to Anrich Nortje, caught at short mid wicket by Dwaine Pretorius for 14.
The pair of Bairstow and Phil Salt put on 30 runs for the second wicket before the latter fell to Pretorius. The hosts lost Root and Bairstow in quick succession as they slumped to 62/4.
Moeen Ali fell for six, swinging left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj straight to Nortje at deep square leg. Liam Livingstone,Sam Curran and David Willey scored some handy runs down the order to propel the hosts to 201 in 28.1 overs.
For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/36, while Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing 202, Reece Topley and David Willey wrecked South Africa’s top order with wickets of Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock leaving them in trouble at 6/3.
Aiden Markram was run out for a duck by Buttler without facing a ball. The pair of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller added 21 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter (12) was bowled by Sam Curran.
Klaasen and Pretorius bailed the visitors out of trouble with a valuable 39 run stand for the sixth wicket before the former was stumped by wicket keeper Jos Buttler off Moeen Ali for a fine 33.
Adil Rashid and Ali ran through South Africa’s lower order as they were skittled out for 83 in 20.4 overs.
Sam Curran was declared the Man of the Match.
England 201 (Livingstone 38, Curran 35, Pretorius 4-36) beat South Africa 83 (Klaasen 33, Rashid 3-29) by 118 runs