Ben Stokes gifted his ODI cap to a young kid in his final match for England

Ben Stokes gifted his ODI cap to a young kid in his final match for England

One of the best all-rounders that the game has seen has bid adieu to the ODI format. Ben Stokes, who announced his retirement from the One-day Internationals, played his last match against South Africa on Tuesday at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. However, he did something really special in his last ODI match.

Unfortunately, he couldn't do much in that match and got out for just five runs. Aiden Markram got him out LBW in his final ODI game. He got dismissed while playing a sweep shot in his last match in front of his home ground at Durham. Stokes gave his signed ODI cap to a young kid on his way to the dressing room.

Speaking of the match, it was South Africa that won the match and decided to bat first. They had a decent start with two big partnerships. Janneman Malan and Van der Dussen first added 109 runs for the second wicket. Malan got out after scoring 57 runs.

His wicket brought Aiden Markram to the crease. Then, he, along with Van der Dussen, added 151 runs for the third wicket to set a good platform. Markran made a quick half-century and scored 77 runs off 61 balls. But the real performance came from Van der Dussen, who brought up his third century in just 31 innings.

He scored 133 runs off 117 balls, with 10 fours. As a result, South Africa scored a big total of 333/5 in their 50 overs. In reply, England started really well and both English openers added 102 for the first wicket. Bairstow scored 63, while Jason Roy made 43 runs. 

But once the opening partnership got broken, England kept losing wicket. Only Joe Root tried to kept his team in the chase and played a gutsy innings of 86 off 77 balls. But once he got out it was just a formality for South Africa to bowl England out. In the end, the English team got all out for 271 runs and lost the match by 62 runs.

Buttler said after the match that the loss was due to the lack of taking wickets. He said, "You need to take wickets to stem the flow of runs in this format. We never managed to impose ourselves with the bat as the wicket got lower and slower. South Africa read the conditions well."

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