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Hosts England have taken a crucial 2-1 lead by defeating South Africa comfortably by 6 wickets with 20 balls to spare in the Fourth ODI at Lord’s on Sunday.

Teams, no matter how good they are, are bound to have their bad days. It was once such occasion at the Kennington Oval, London. It very rarely happens that Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and skipper A B de Villiers all fail in the same match.

England defeated South Africa by 4 wickets in a tight contest in the third ODI at The Oval in London on Friday. Eoin Morgan was the star of the English victory with a blinder of a knock that carried England home with two overs to spare in a run chase of 212.

England have decided to rest their premium spinner Graeme Swann for the remaining three ODIs against South Africa. Swann of late has been having a troubled elbow in his right arm which might need surgery sometime perhaps after the World Twenty20.

South Africa crushed England by 80 runs in the second ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton to draw first blood in the 5-match NatWest Series. The massive South African win was scripted by the 29-year-old Hashim Amla, who recorded a career best score of 150

South Africa tour of England 2012, 2nd ODI: England Vs South Africa(Eng vs SA) at Southampton, Aug 28, 2012. Match scheduled to begin at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT, 5:30 PM IST, 5 PM PKT).

The opening Natwest ODI between England and South Africa at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff was washed out due to persistent rain.

England have rested all-rounder Stuart Broad for the 5-match ODI Series at home against South Africa. Broad will lead England though in the 3-match T20I Series which will follow after the One Dayers. Star batsman Kevin Pietersen hasn’t been named in the squad as the ECB was still not over in its discussions with him.

South Africa’s dethroning of England was built on the back of a few superlative performances from their top players. Here’s a look back at the men and their magic that made the difference.