Cook hails solid England performance
England captain Alastair Cook was full of praise for his team after they produced a solid display to see off South Africa at Lord's.
Cook won the toss and inserted the tourists under cloudy skies, a decision which was vindicated by another disciplined performance by the bowlers. James Tredwell took 3-35 as England restricted the Proteas to 220-8.
Ian Bell (88) and Jonathan Trott (48) recovered from the early loss of Cook to post a stand of 141 runs, before Eoin Morgan and Craig Kieswetter guided the hosts to a six-wicket win with 20 balls to spare.
England now lead the five-match series 2-1 heading into the final one-day international at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
"It was a really good performance again. When you win a toss in those conditions you need to make the most of it and I thought we did," said Cook.
"We came here to win the series, we had a slow start but now it is 2-1 and all to play for at Trent Bridge."
The victory cemented England's position at the top of the one-day rankings. They will remain at the summit until at least the New Year.