England has beaten South Africa by six wickets in the fourth one-day international at Lords to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Ian Bell hit 88 from 137 balls, with a six and eight fours, as England closed on 224-4, overhauling South Africa’s 220-8 with 20 balls to spare on Sunday.

Bell put on a second-wicket stand of 141 with Jonathan Trott, who was England’s next highest scorer with 48.

Dale Steyn had South Africa’s best bowling figures with 2-47.

Earlier spinner James Tredwell atoned for dropping two catches by claiming 3-35, while medium pacer Ravi Bopara took 2-34.

Wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter had three stumpings and two catches while Hashim Amla, who was dropped on 4 by Tredwell, was the tourists’ top scorer with 45.

Scoreboard

South Africa

Graeme Smith c Kieswetter b Dernbach 29

JP Duminy st Kieswetter b Tredwell 18

AB de Villiers st Kieswetter b Tredwell 39

Faf du Plessis b Bopara 1

Dean Elgar c Kieswetter b Finn 35

Wayne Parnell st Kieswetter b Tredwell 5

Robin Peterson not out 31

Ryan Mclaren run out (Dernbach) 1

Dale Steyn not out 3

Extras- (7b, 6w) 13

TOTAL- (for eight wickets) 220

Overs- 50.

Fall of wickets- 1—68, 2—100, 3—106, 4—115, 5—166, 6—174, 7—214, 8—215.

Did not bat- Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Bowling- Steven Finn 10—0—33—1 (3w), James Anderson 7—0—32—0 (1w), Jade Dernbach 9—0—51—1 (1w), Ravi Bopara 9—0—34—2 (1w), Samit Patel 7—0—28—0, James Tredwell 8—0—35—3.

England

Alastair Cook lbw b Steyn 2

Ian Bell c de Villiers b Steyn 88

Jonathan Trott lbw b Elgar 48

Ravi Bopara c de Villiers b McLaren 6

Eoin Morgan not out 36

Craig Kieswetter not out 21

Extras- (3b, 7lb, 11w, 2nb) 23

TOTAL (for four wickets) 224

Overs- 46.4.

Fall of wickets- 1—2, 2—143, 3—156, 4—186.

Did not bat- Samit Patel, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

Bowling- Dale Steyn 9.4—0—47—2 (2w), Lonwabo Tsotsobe 8—0—36—0 (3w), Ryan McLaren 9—0—52—1 (6w), Dean Elgar 5—0—15—1, Wayne Parnell 8—0—39—0 (2nb), Robin Peterson 7—1—25—0.

Toss- England.

Result- England wins by six wickets.

Umpires- Simon Taufel, Australia, and Richard Illingworth, England.

Third umpire- Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Match referee- Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.

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