Shane Pollock executed two lusty pull-drives to the fence off the third and fourth balls of the 50th over bowled by Mark Ealham. That gave South Africa a two-wicket win over England in the three-nation ODI Series in East London last night. Chasing a victory target of 232, the home team needed eight runs off the last over. Strydom took a single off the first ball. The next ball was a 'dot ball'. Pollock turned brave and dispatched the next two balls to the square leg fence to bring cheers to the home team camp. England's African-born Mark Alleyne yorked Lance Klusener (26 off 25 balls) to make it 201 for 7 in the 46th over. Then Alleyne threw himself to his left to bring off a superb catch to dismiss Rhodes (221 for 8) off Gough (48.2). Three more runs came off that over and the home team was left to make eight runs off the final over.
McKenzie (37), Kallis (36) and Rhodes (42) sparkled in South Africa's chase. Earlier, the England innings of 231 for six in 50 was highlighted by a 74-run sixth wicket stand between Alleyne (53) and Ealham (29 not out). Nick Knight (64) excelled in the top order. With this win, South Africa heads the points table with six points from five matches followed by Zimbabwe (four points from four outings) and England (four points from five encounters). On Sunday, South Africa will meet Zimbabwe in its last league game.