Watch: Mark Wood reigns supreme to defend 7 in the final over

Mark Wood successfully defended 7 runs in the final over to help England win by 2 runs.

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Mark Wood of England celebrates the England win after he bowls the final ball. (Photo by Mark Kerton/Action Plus via Getty Images)

When the South African team needed 7 to win off the final over in the second game of their tour to England in English summer of 2017, little did they know that a certain Mark Wood would come their way. South Africa needed only 7 to win in the final over and had two set batsmen at the crease. David Miller looked great with an unbeaten fifty and Chris Morris was taking the opposition bowlers to the cleaners.

Hence, they were the favorites to win this. England skipper Eoin Morgan handed the ball to pace bowler Mark Wood to accomplish the uphill task of defending 7 in the final over. Wood bowled exceptionally well to steer his side to a narrow 2 run win as Chris Morris found himself struggling against the variations bowled by Wood.


The first ball of the over went for a single as David Miller got off the strike. On the next ball, Morris nurdled one to the fine leg to take another single. The third delivery saw Miller backing away a little too much and Wood cashed in by bowling a bouncer. It turned out to be a dot ball. Miller took a single off the next delivery. With 4 needed off two balls, the pressure was on Morris.

Wood banged one short and the ball raced past the shoulder of Morris as he missed it completely. The umpire did not call it a wide and it all came down to 4 needed off the final delivery. A full delivery came to the way of Morris as he swung hard but could only manage a single. With that, the match saw a dramatic end to the proceedings as South Africa fell 2 short of their target of overhauling 330.

Earlier in the game, England had posted 330/6 in their 50 overs riding on Ben Stokes masterly 101 and Jos Buttler’s quickfire cameo in the final overs.

Watch the superlative final over bowled by Mark Wood here:

The official website of the ECB uploaded the full video of the final over after the match.