England in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2020

South Africa vs England - 3rd ODI

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Date & Time: 09 February 2020

England 257/8

RR: 5.93 | England beat South Africa by 2 wickets

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That's all we have from this ODI series. There are now three T20Is lined up and both teams would take it with more seriousness with the World Cup approaching. Do join us for the first T20I on 12th February at 1800 local (1600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

ADIL RASHID IS GIVEN THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD! Playing his 100th ODI, he picked up the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo and was brilliant with his varieties. QUINTON DE KOCK IS CHOSEN FOR THE SERIES AWARD. He showed brilliant form with the bat and also led his team smartly.

It was a dismal show by South Africa! They started well with the bat but then lost their way in the middle overs. David Miller's blitzkrieg pumped their total past the 250-run mark but then their opening bowlers received a pounding. That diminished their chances very early in the run chase and from thereon, they played only catch up. Lungi Ngidi was a major disappointment however he redeemed himself towards the end with a 3-wicket haul. Beuran Hendricks and Lutho Sipamla showed good promise but they weren't penetrative enough. On a surface where Moeen and Rashid bowled so well, Tabraiz Shamsi failed to produce the magic and that in a way hurt South Africa's chances of a series win.

Chasing a modest total, England got off to a rollicking start with Jonny Bairstow firing in all cylinders. The required rate anyway was never demanding and after a brisk beginning, the scoreboard pressure vanished completely. They did lose three quick wickets after the opening partnership but then the stand between Joe Root and Joe Denly once again put them on top. Yet another solid alliance followed between Denly and Tom Banton and that put the chase 'nearly' to bed. There were a few hiccups with the target in sight but eventually, the expected result happened and England levelled the ODI series.

England have huffed and puffed to the target! It could have been a straightforward win after the partnership between Joe Denly and Tom Banton but both these batsmen got out in a quick succession followed by the wicket of Tom Curran. That stretched the run chase a bit but the victory for the world champions was never in doubt. Moeen Ali didn't panic and closed the match towards the end with a calm head.

43.2
1
L Sipamla to M Ali, ENGLAND WIN BY 2 WICKETS! Shortish ball around off, angling in, Moeen plays a mistimed pull shot in the air and it drops safely in the deep. They cross for a run and that will be it! Series shared!
43.1
4
L Sipamla to M Ali, FOUR! Moeen strokes a boundary to level the scores. He leans into a fuller length ball and strokes it elegantly through covers for a boundary.
42.6
0
L Ngidi to C Jordan, Pitches it up and around off, Jordan pushes it back to the bowler. Another wicket maiden for Lungi Ngidi!
42.5
0
L Ngidi to C Jordan, Another watchful back foot defense by Jordan. Ngidi collects the ball in his followthrough and throws a stare to the number 10 batsman.
42.4
0
L Ngidi to C Jordan, Shortish and outside off, Jordan shoulders arms.
42.3
0
L Ngidi to C Jordan, Good length ball close to off, Jordan defends it from the back foot.

Chris Jordan is the new man in.

42.2
0
L Ngidi to A Rashid, OUT! 5 still needed and England have two wickets left! Are we in for something here? Ngidi fires in a back of a length ball on middle and leg, Rashid sticks back to work it on the leg side but closes the face of his bat early. The leading edge flies behind to de Kock who makes no mistake. Third wicket for Ngidi and his day has gone from mediocre to decent! Can he pick the remaining two in this over?
42.1
0
L Ngidi to A Rashid, Aerial but safe! Fuller length ball around off, Rashid pushes at it early and chips it in the air. It goes over the bowler and lands safely in from of mid off.
41.6
0
L Sipamla to M Ali, Almost nicks it behind! Slower delivery, a bit on the shorter side around off, Moeen tries to run it down to third man but misses.
41.5
0
L Sipamla to M Ali, Switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on off, Moeen offers a solid front foot defense.
41.4
1
L Sipamla to A Rashid, Digs in a short ball on off, Rashid pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
41.3
0
L Sipamla to A Rashid, Back of a length delivery on off, Adil stays back and taps it down to backward point.
41.2
0
L Sipamla to A Rashid, A rising delivery around off, Rashid leans back a bit and drops it with soft hands to square leg. Looks for a run but Moeen sends him back.
41.1
0
L Sipamla to A Rashid, Fuller length ball around off, Rashid gets on the front foot and defends it back.
40.6
4
L Ngidi to M Ali, FOUR! Thumped! Short and on middle, Ali whacks it through mid on for a boundary. 250 up for England and all they need is 6 more to level the series.
40.5
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Fuller and outside off, pushed towards point.
40.4
2
L Ngidi to M Ali, In the air... but safe! Short and on middle, Ali goes for the pull but mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket. It lands safely and Ali gets two.
40.3
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Length ball on off, blocked.
40.3
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, WIDE! Fuller and outside off, asking Ali to go for a drive. He says no and lets it go to the keeper. The umpire thinks it is wide and signals the same.
40.2
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Good length ball on off, pushed towards covers.
40.1
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Good length ball on middle, Ali pushes it back to the bowler.

Powerplay 3 signaled by the umpire. Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.

39.6
1
B Hendricks to M Ali, A length ball outside off, Ali guides it to third man and takes an easy run.
39.5
1
B Hendricks to A Rashid, Short and outside off, Rashid pushes it through backward point for a single.
39.4
0
B Hendricks to A Rashid, In the channel on a shorter length, Rashid lets it go to the keeper.
39.3
0
B Hendricks to A Rashid, Top bowling! Short and on middle, Rashid looks to leave it first but at the last moment looks to ramp it over the keeper. Misses.
39.2
0
B Hendricks to A Rashid, Fuller and around off, Rashid blocks it out.
39.1
1
B Hendricks to M Ali, Shortish length ball outside off, Ali dabs it down to third man for a run.

Adil Rashid's turn to bat.

38.6
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust! Oh dear, England, what are you doing? Are we in for a nail-biter? Full and around off, Curran looks to slam it over the off side but ends up slicing it high in the air towards point. Bavuma settles under it and grabs it comfortably. A wicket maiden for Ngidi. 16 more needed.
38.5
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Shortish and angled into the batter. Curran looks to defend but the ball gets big on him and hits him on the gloves.
38.4
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Good length ball around off, Curran looks to force it towards mid on but the ball hits the upper part of the bat and goes uppishly to the right of the bowler. It goes safely to the man at mid on.
38.3
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Good length ball around off, Curran blocks it nicely.
38.2
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Fuller and around off, Curran pushes it towards mid off.
38.1
0
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Curran looks to slam it through the off side but fails to make any connection.
37.6
4
B Hendricks to M Ali, FOUR! Ali off the mark in style! Full and outside off, Ali leans into the shot and thumps it through the covers for a boundary. Wicket in the over but 9 from the over too. Just 16 more needed. Beuran finishes his spell with a 3-fer.
37.5
0
B Hendricks to M Ali, Brilliant bouncer! It is around off and middle, Ali does well to sway away from the line of the delivery.
37.4
1
B Hendricks to Tom Curran, Short and outside off, Curran slaps it through covers but this time there is a man in the deep. Only a single.
37.3
4
B Hendricks to Tom Curran, FOUR! This should settle the nerves if there was any. Full and outside off, Curran drills it through covers and the ball races away to the fence. Curran was in fine form during the BBL with the bat and it shows in this shot.
37.2
0
B Hendricks to Tom Curran, Fuller and around off, Curran keeps it out coming forward.

Tom Curran arrives in the middle.

37.1
0
B Hendricks to Tom Banton, OUT! CAUGHT! Beuran has a change of ends and he strikes straightaway! A good length ball just around off, it straightens up after pitching as Banton looks to defend. It bounces a bit extra too. It kisses his gloves and goes behind. De Kock pouches it easily. Both the set batsmen have been dismissed now. 25 more needed but we have two batters out in the middle who are yet to get off the mark.

Beuran Hendricks (8-0-47-2) is back on!

36.6
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Beaten! A slower one just outside off, Moeen feels for it and has a poke at it to get beaten.
36.5
0
L Ngidi to M Ali, Good length ball on middle, Moeen blocks it back to the bowler.

Moeen Ali is the new man in.

36.4
0
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, OUT! CAUGHT! Ngidi has a wicket. He has something to celebrate. A length ball around off, Denly looks to go over the sweeper cover boundary but mistimes it towards that side. Phehlukwayo from the deep comes forward and takes a fine catch. Denly walks back but he has almost taken England home in this run chase. 25 needed more.
36.3
0
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, Good length around off, Denly blocks it off his back foot.
36.2
4
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Ngidi getting some pummeling! He bowls a short ball outside off, Denly rocks back and whacks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
36.1
0
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, Good length ball around off, Denly stays on the back foot and blocks it out.

Lungi Ngidi is back on. 5-0-52-0 are his unfortunate figures so far.

35.6
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Flatter one on the pads, worked towards mid-wicket for a single. 19 from the over. 29 needed more.
35.5
1
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Full and around off, Banton drives it through covers for a single.
35.4
4
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, FOUR! Swept away! Now, Banton joins the party. Shamsi bowls a fuller one on off and middle, Banton sweeps and connects with it nicely. The ball races away to the deep square leg fence in a jiffy.
35.3
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, On the pads, it is worked towards the leg side for an easy single.
35.2
6
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, SIX! Back-to-back sixes now. Denly is killing the run chase here. Another fuller ball around middle, Denly gets in position again and sends this sailing over the mid-wicket fence for another maximum.
35.1
6
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, SIX! Brings up his 2nd half ton in the series in style! 4th in ODIs. Shamsi flights this one and bowls it just outside off, Denly slams it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. 50-run stand is up between the two as well.
34.6
0
B Hendricks to Tom Banton, Shortish and around off, blocked towards point.
34.5
1
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Another short ball on middle, it is pulled to deep square leg for a single.
34.4
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Short and wide outside off, Denly reaches out and looks to slam it over cover but fails to connect. Looked well outside off but the umpire doesn't think that way.
34.3
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Shortish and on middle, Denly waits and then guides it to short third man.
34.2
1
B Hendricks to Tom Banton, On the pads on a length, another easy run as this is flicked to fine leg by Banton.
34.1
1
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Shortish and on middle, Denly works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
33.6
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Full and on middle, Banton flicks but finds mid-wicket. Just 1 from the over.
33.5
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Slower through the air and on middle and full in length, Banton pushes it towards covers.
33.4
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Quicker one on middle, Banton goes back and keeps it out.
33.3
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, This time he clips this full ball through mid on for a run.
33.2
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Full and around off again, Denly once again finds mid off.
33.1
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Full and just around off, Denly drives it straight to mid off.
32.6
1
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Short and just around off, Denly goes on the back foot and guides it to deep point for an easy single.
32.5
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, it is blocked.
32.4
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Shortish ball on middle, Denly tucks it towards mid-wicket.
32.3
1
B Hendricks to Tom Banton, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
32.2
0
B Hendricks to Tom Banton, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Banton tries to force it through the line but it flies over his bat.
32.1
1
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Goes on the back foot to punch it towards wide mid off. They cross for a run as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
32.1
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Wide! Sliding down the leg side, Denly tries to flick but misses.

Beuran Hendricks is back on! 6-0-40-2 from him so far.

31.6
4
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, DROPPED AND FOUR! Ngidi's poor day continues. Shamsi cannot believe it. Full and outside off, Banton goes for the reverse sweep. He connects well but it goes straight to point where Ngidi is stationed. He looks to catch the ball but it bursts through his hands and goes to the third man fence. 200 up for England!
31.5
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Quicker one around middle, Banton works it towards the leg side.
31.4
2
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Fuller and around off, Banton pushes it through covers with gentle hands and before the fielder from deep can come across to pick the ball, a couple taken.
31.3
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Full and around off, Tom comes forward and blocks it out.
31.2
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, On the pads this time, easily nudged towards fine leg by Banton.
31.1
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.

Drinks break. 62 runs left more for England to achieve to level the series. They are steady after losing Joe Root and South Africa need a miracle to have a shout in this match. What will happen next? A comfortable win for England or South Africa forcing a collapse?

30.6
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Shortish and around off, Denly blocks it to the off side.
30.5
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler who makes a half stop. The ball goes towards covers after hitting his palm.
30.4
1
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, Length ball on off, Banton forces it through covers for a single.
30.3
4
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, FOUR! Flicked nicely! Full and on the pads of Banton, he whips it off his pads towards deep mid-wicket. Ngidi from deep square leg runs to his left and dives to stop the ball but fails. This shot should give Banton a lot of confidence.
30.2
1
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and outside off, Denly forces it to deep cover for a single.
30.1
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Length ball on the pads, Denly looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
29.6
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Fuller and outside off, Banton eases a single through long off.
29.5
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Slower through the air and turning in, Denly tucks it towards deep square leg for a run.
29.4
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, On middle, Denly keeps it out.
29.3
1
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Flatter and just around off, Banton pushes it through covers for a single.
29.2
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Fuller and around off, Banton comes forward and defends it out.
29.1
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Quicker and on middle, Banton pushes it back to the bowler.
28.6
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Good length ball around off, Denly blocks it out.
28.5
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Landed around off on a length, it is blocked.
28.4
4
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, FOUR! Whipped off his pads! Full and down the leg side, Denly whips it off his pads and the ball races away to the fence at deep square leg.
28.3
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, Denly comes forward and blocks it out.
28.2
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and around middle and leg, Denly looks to work it on the leg side but the ball takes the outer half and goes towards the cover fielder.
28.2
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, WIDE! Sipamla charges in and bowls a back of a length ball down the leg side. Denly lets it go to the keeper. Wided by the umpire.
28.1
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Good length ball around off, Denly defends it out.
27.6
6
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, SIX! High and handsome! Shamsi drags his length short and delivers it around off, Banton immediately rocks back and pulls it emphatically over mid-wicket for a biggie.
27.5
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Loopy and full around leg, Denly flicks it through mid-wicket and collects a single.
27.4
1
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Flatter and shorter outside off, slapped through point for a single.
27.3
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Floated full ball around off, Banton drives it off his front foot to covers.
27.2
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Skidding down the leg side, it's worked off the pads to backward square leg where the fielder makes a diving stop. Cannot prevent the single.
27.1
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it safely to mid off.
26.6
1
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Shortish and just around off, Denly taps it through cover-point for a single.
26.5
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, pushed towards covers.
26.4
1
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, Another good delivery. It is on a length ball around off, Banton looks to defend but the ball takes the outer half and goes towards third man for a single.
26.3
0
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, Shortish in length and on middle, Banton works it to the man at mid-wicket once again.
26.2
0
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, Good length ball around off, Banton blocks it towards mid-wicket.
26.1
4
L Sipamla to Tom Banton, EDGY FOUR! Nervy moment in the game for England. A length ball just around off, Banton looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and flies to the right of the first slip fielder (Reeza) who throws himself to that side but cannot reach. The ball once again goes to the fence.
25.6
4
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, FOUR! That wasn't far away from Bavuma's reach! A quicker one on the pads again, Denly flicks it past the left of flying Bavuma at leg slip. The plan almost worked again. The ball goes behind and races to the fence. A boundary on the last ball of the over but the massive wicket of Root in it as well.
25.5
1
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Quicker one on the pads, this time Banton goes back and works it towards square leg to get off the mark.
25.4
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Flatter and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
25.3
0
T Shamsi to Tom Banton, Fuller and on middle, worked towards mid-wicket.

Tom Banton is the new batsman. A slip and leg slip for him. Good attacking captaincy by Quinton de Kock.

25.2
0
T Shamsi to Joe Root, OUT! Outstanding catch! The plan works! What a masterstroke from de Kock and Shamsi. A loopy ball on the pads, Root looks to flick by going deep inside the crease but the ball takes the inside half of the bat and goes towards the leg slip. Bavuma there swallows it just above the turf with a tumble. The trap was set and the English Test skipper walked into it. Also, the last diving stop by Miller kept Root on strike, so it's been a great team effort. Root falls just 1 short of his half ton. 95 needed more off 148 balls.
25.1
0
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Fuller and around off, Root pushes it towards mid-wicket where Miller dives to his right to stop the ball excellently.

Tabraiz Shamsi is back on! 4-0-16-0 from him so far. A leg slip in place.

24.6
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Length ball around off, pushed towards covers. Maiden from Sipamla. 95 needed at the halfway mark!
24.5
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Just short! Fuller and outside off, Denly drives it uppishly towards covers. It lands just in front of the fielder there.
24.4
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, it is blocked.
24.3
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Fuller and just around off, pushed towards covers.
24.2
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Another short of a length ball around off, Denly looks to run it down to third man but mistimes it towards covers.
24.1
0
L Sipamla to Joe Denly, Shortish and around off, Denly blocks it onto the pitch.

Lutho Sipamla returns in action. 4-0-19-1 are his figures so far.

23.6
2
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Short and wide outside off, Root slaps it wide of the sweeper cover fielder and bags a couple. The fielder there does well to run to his left and stop the ball.
23.5
4
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, FOUR! Swept away! Full and outside off, Root sits down and sweeps it firmly. The ball races away to the deep mid-wicket fence.
23.4
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Loopy and around off, Root comes forward and keeps it out.
23.3
1
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, This time Denly beats the dive of the cover fielder to take a run as he drives this full ball.
23.2
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Full and around off, Denly drives but finds cover.
23.1
1
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Flatter and around off, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
22.6
6
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Denly, DROPPED AND SIX! Slight misjudgement by Ngidi and he gives a life to Denly. Costly, very costly. This was the opening that South Africa needed. Short in length around off, Denly pulls it across the line over square leg. Ngidi in the deep rushes forward to take the catch but then has to jump to catch it over his head. It though bursts through his hands and drops over the line.
22.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Very harmless bowling and the English batsmen are at ease. Root runs this one down to third man and rotates the strike.
22.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Denly, Short and outside off, Denly rocks back and forces it to deep cover for one.
22.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Gets on the back foot and strokes it to sweeper cover for a single.
22.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Wide! Phehlukwayo is struggling here. This is the 10th extra conceded by South Africa and all have been wides. On a length and outside the tram line of the off side, Root lets it be.
22.2
2
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Once again there is width on offer outside off, Root steers it through backward point for another brace.
22.1
2
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Short in length and wide outside off, Root slaps it behind backward point for a couple of runs.
21.6
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Just 3 from this over.
21.5
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, Denly keeps it out.
21.4
2
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Flatter and on middle, Denly works it behind square leg and takes a couple.
21.3
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Quicker, shorter and outside off, blocked.
21.2
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Fuller and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
21.1
1
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Full and wide outside off, Root drives it towards cover-point where the fielder fails to collect the ball cleanly and allows a run to Root.
20.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Full and on the pads, Root flicks it to fine leg for a single. 9 from the 10-ball over.
20.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Play and a miss! Shortish and wide outside off, Root looks to cut but fails to connect.
20.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Length ball on middle, worked towards square leg.
20.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Finally gets it right and bowls this one around off, Root keeps out.
20.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, WIDE! Torrid start this from Phehlukwayo as he once again bowls this length ball way outside off. Root lets it be. Wided by the umpire again. 50-run stand is up between the two.
20.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Denly, WIDE! Third in the over! Phehlukwayo goes for a shorter one but ends up dishing it way outside off and high too. De Kock leaps high and looks to catch but the ball hits his right glove and goes behind. They run an extra too.
20.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, Another ball on the pads, Root easily tucks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
20.1
2
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, A length ball on the pads, it is clipped through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
20.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, WIDE! Another wide! Exactly how Ngidi started his spell. Not that Phehlukwayo needs to do that. It is not helping South Africa's cause. Bowls a length ball way outside off. Root thinks to reach out at first but bails out once again. The umpire stretches his arms.
20.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Root, WIDE! Phehlukwayo starts with a ball down the leg side on a fuller length. Root goes to flick but does not connect. Wided.

Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl for the first time in this innings.

19.6
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Loopy and outside off, Denly gets forward and across to push it with an angled bat to point.
19.5
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Denly, Denly has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
19.4
1
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Tossed up delivery outside off, Root eases it down to long off for one.
19.3
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Strides forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
19.2
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Flighted and full ball on off, it's defended off the front foot by Root.
19.1
0
JJ Smuts to Joe Root, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

JJ Smuts is on now!

18.6
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
18.5
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Mistimed! Loopy ball landing on middle and spinning back in, Denly tries flicking but gets an inside edge as it rolls behind square leg.
18.4
4
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Shot of the batsman in prime form! Too full in length this time by Shamsi, it's outside off and Denly drills his drive through covers for a boundary.
18.3
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Turning away from the batsman from around off, Denly goes back and plays it down on the off side.
18.2
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Lunges to a full ball and defends it back.
18.1
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, A flatter and shorter delivery around leg, Root moves back and helps it behind square leg for a run.
17.6
3
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Fuller and on the pads, Root flicks it towards wide of long on. The fielder from mid on gives it a chase and pulls it back just before the ropes. Three taken. 9 from the over, a good one for England.
17.5
0
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Shortish and just outside off, tapped straight to the man at covers.
17.4
1
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, On the pads, Denly clips it behind square leg for a run now. The duo is going along nicely.
17.3
4
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Hammered! Short and just outside off, Denly swivels and hammers it via pull. The ball races towards the ropes and deep square leg tries to come across to mop the ball up. He fails and the ball goes to the fence.
17.2
1
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root taps it towards covers and takes off for a single. Bavuma comes across quickly but fails to pick the ball up. So, the run completed easily.
17.1
0
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Fuller and around off, Root blocks it off the front foot towards cover.

Lungi Ngidi to continue from this end. Can he bowl a good one?

16.6
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Quicker one on the pads, Denly flicks it to short fine leg. Wanted a single there but the ball went to the fielder quickly. Excellent over from Shamsi, just 3 from it.
16.5
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Full and outside off, Denly drives it firmly but straight to the man at covers.
16.4
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Full and outside off, Root pushes it towards sweeper cover for a run.
16.3
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Quick single! Shortish and on middle, Denly tucks it towards short fine leg and takes a quick single.
16.2
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Slower through the air and on middle, Denly blocks it out.
16.1
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Shortish in length and on middle, it is stroked to long on for a run by Root.
15.6
0
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, Shortish in length and around off, Denly taps it onto the pitch off his back foot. Ngidi continues to prove expensive, 43 off his 4 overs so far.
15.5
1
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Length ball outside off, Root stays on the back foot and forces it to deep point for a single.

Lungi Ngidi comes charging in and as he is about to deliver the ball, Root bails out.

15.4
0
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Short, wide and outside off, Root looks to cut but ends up getting a bottom edge towards cover.
15.3
1
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, Short of a length ball around off, Denly goes for the pull but it is not timed well. It goes towards square leg where the fielder dives to his right to make a half-stop. A single taken.
15.2
1
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Good length ball on middle, Root taps it towards cover for a quick run.
15.1
4
L Ngidi to Joe Root, FOUR! Guided it nicely! Shortish ball just outside off, Root hangs on the back foot and taps it towards third man for a boundary. There was a man at gully but this was far from his reach.

Drinks break! England got off to a flier but they have lost 3 quick wickets. They are still ahead in this chase in terms of the asking run rate but the loss of wickets is a cause of concern. South Africa have pulled things back and a couple of wickets more will put the hosts firmly in control.

14.6
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Tossed up on off, Root milks it to long off for a single.
14.5
2
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Floated on off, Root strokes it uppishly wide of long on and gets a couple.
14.4
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Tossed up on off, Denly defends it towards point and gets a single to bring up the 100 for England.
14.3
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Floated on off and turning in. Denly defends it towards mid on.
14.2
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, On the pads, Root turns it to square leg and gets to the other end.
14.1
0
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Flatter on middle and leg, Root punches it back to the bowler.
13.6
1
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Good length ball on middle, Root turns it to the on side and keeps the strike.
13.5
1
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, This time takes a single off a flick to deep square leg.
13.4
4
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, FOUR! Denly is a supreme cricketer and this shot is an example of it. On the pads, Denly flicks it with sheer timing and placement through square leg. The fielder in the deep dives but comes second best as the boundaries on that side are shorter.
13.3
0
L Ngidi to Joe Denly, Beaten! Good ball from Ngidi. Shows full seam position and hits the deck hard around off. Denly looks to poke at it but the ball moves away and he gets beaten.
13.2
1
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Good length ball angling in from off, Root flicks it towards square leg for a run.
13.1
0
L Ngidi to Joe Root, Length ball on off, Root blocks it.

Lungi Ngidi is back on! 2-0-29-0 from him so far.

12.6
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Shamsi finishes the over with a short ball on middle, Root pulls it towards deep square leg and keeps the strike.
12.5
0
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Another flick and once again Root cannot go past mid-wicket.
12.4
0
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Darted on the pads, Root flicks it to mid-wicket.
12.3
1
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Flighted on middle, Denly glances it towards mid-wicket for a single.
12.2
0
T Shamsi to Joe Denly, Tossed up very full on middle, Denly blocks it.
12.1
1
T Shamsi to Joe Root, Shamsi starts with a flighted ball down the leg side, Root flicks it towards square leg for a single.

Spin for the first time as Tabraiz Shamsi is on now.

11.6
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Beuran hits the deck hard and makes this one shoot up. Denly defends it off the upper half of his bat. Excellent over from Beuran, 2 runs and a wicket off this one.
11.5
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Fuller on off, Denly pushes it to cover.
11.4
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Beuran shows consistency and bowls it on off. Denly is in no rush and blocks it.
11.3
0
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Length delivery on the channel of off, Denly blocks it.
11.2
2
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Good length ball on off, Denly flicks it through square leg and gets a couple before Phehlukwayo cleans it up. JD is off the mark.

Joe Denly, the man who bailed out England in the first ODI walks in next.

11.1
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, OUT! Caught! Soft dismissal for the English skipper. The extended spell for Beuran Hendricks works. South Africa are back in the game and one can say they are in front. Good length ball on off, Morgan comes down the track to hit it but the ball sticks on the surface and then comes onto the bat. Eoin checks his drive and ends up chipping it to the right of Hendricks. He makes no mistake and takes an easy catch. England losing wickets in a pile here. 171 needed in 233 balls.
10.6
1
L Sipamla to E Morgan, Full and on middle, worked towards mid-wicket for a run.
10.5
3
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Use of the wrists this time. Root flicks a full ball to deep mid-wicket and there is a protection in the deep. Although by the time that fielder gets across to his left to collect the ball, the batsmen take three runs.
10.4
4
L Sipamla to Joe Root, FOUR! Glorious on drive. Sipamla overpitches it a shade around middle, Root leans forward and thumps it down the ground for a boundary.
10.3
0
L Sipamla to Joe Root, A bit short and outside off, Root plays it down in front of gully.
10.2
1
L Sipamla to E Morgan, AERIAL BUT SAFE! Sipamla digs in a short ball on middle and it hurries onto the bat of the English skipper. Morgan mistimes his pull shot in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Phehlukwayo rushes forward but it falls just in front. They take a single.
10.1
0
L Sipamla to E Morgan, Morgan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Powerplay 2 begins! A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the 40th over. Chris Jordan is into the attack now.

9.6
1
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Fuller length ball on middle, Eoin works it to the right of mid-wicket for a run. 77/2 in Powerplay 1. England have more than doubled the African total at this stage.
9.5
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Good length delivery on off, defended off the back foot.
9.4
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Shortish on off, punched from the back foot to the off side.
9.3
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, TOO HIGH! Morgan is safe. Hendricks delivers a good length ball around off and gets it to move back into the left-hander. Morgan tries to push it straight but misses and is hit on the back thigh. They put in an unsuccessful appeal and then de Kock goes for the referral after having a chat with his bowler. Ultra Edge finds no wood and Ball Tracker shows that it's clipping the top of the stumps. Umpire's call. Review retained.

LBW appeal against Morgan is taken upstairs! The bowler and the keeper were really excited for this one. The front foot landing is really close but good enough. Ultra Edge detects no bat. It is pitching in line too but just clipping the poles. So, umpire's call it is and Morgan stays.

9.2
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Extra bounce hurries up the English skipper. Hendricks slants in a length ball around middle, Morgan tries to work it around but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad and rolls towards point.
9.1
0
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Angles in a shortish ball on middle and leg, Morgan fails to flick and it goes off his thigh pad to short mid-wicket.
8.6
0
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Little Superman flies! Shortish length ball outside off, Root rocks back and slaps it through the line but Bavuma at point dives full length to his left to stop the racing ball.
8.5
1
L Sipamla to E Morgan, Fuller length ball on middle, Morgan forces it down to long on for a single.
8.4
1
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Outside off, played down wide of point for a single.
8.3
1
L Sipamla to E Morgan, Well stopped by Reeza! Back of a length ball just outside off, Morgan hangs back to run it down but ends up chopping it to the left of second slip. Reeza does well to make a half stop and the batsmen switch ends.
8.2
4
L Sipamla to E Morgan, FOUR! Beats mid on and it's a boundary after that! Fuller length ball around middle and leg, Morgan flicks it off his pads with great timing and manages to find the gap. The English skipper opens his account.
8.1
0
L Sipamla to E Morgan, Sipamla runs in hard and serves a length ball on off, Morgan defends it to short cover.
7.6
0
B Hendricks to Joe Root, Delivers a length ball on middle and off, Root has his eyes glued to the ball as he brings his bat down in time. 6 runs and a wicket from the over!

Skipper Eoin Morgan joins England's Test skipper in the run chase.

7.5
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, OUT! Both the English openers are back in the hut. The tide has turned, South Africa are finding a way back. Hendricks serves across a short delivery outside off, Roy attempts for the pull but the angle is so wide that he has to fetch it. He fails to do so from the middle of the bat as it flies off the top edge to short fine leg. Lungi Ngidi settles underneath it and takes the skier safely. 188 needed off 253 balls.
7.4
6
B Hendricks to J Roy, SIX! Three dots and this shot will release the pressure. Hendricks delivers it on a length around off, Roy lines up the bowler and dispatches it all the way over long on.
7.3
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Back of a length delivery leaving the right-hander, Roy stays back and plays it down with an angled bat to backward point.
7.2
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Nicely bowled! On a length around off, shaping back in a shade, Roy defends it close to his front pad.
7.1
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Good length ball around off, Roy hangs his bat out as he tries to push it away but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
6.6
1
L Sipamla to J Roy, Good length ball on off, Roy defends it from the crease towards mid on and steals another quick run. End of a successful over by Sipamla!
6.5
1
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Root is off the mark! Very full in length around off, Joe punches it down the ground and it loops over the jumping bowler. The mid off fielder cuts it off and the batsmen cross.
6.4
0
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Fuller in length and outside off, going straight on after landing, Root stays back to guard his stumps as he makes a leave.
6.3
0
L Sipamla to Joe Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Joe Root joins Jason Roy in the middle.

6.2
0
L Sipamla to J Bairstow, OUT! Against the run of play, Jonny Bairstow is dismissed. A quickfire knock by the English opener and it was fun while it lasted. Sipamla is pumped up and his mother in the stands is delighted. Slightly ahead of a length outside off, Bairstow tries to force it through the line but his bat turns at the point of contact and he ends up mistiming his shot in the air towards short mid-wicket. An easy catch for Andile Phehlukwayo. 196 needed more!
6.1
0
L Sipamla to J Bairstow, Shortish and on off, defended off the back foot.
5.6
6
B Hendricks to J Roy, SIX! Jason Roy making sure he doesn't miss out on fun. He gives the charge to the bowler, takes the length delivery head on and smashes it over the bowler's head for a maximum. 18 from the over and England are cruising at the beginning of the run chase!
5.5
1
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, Mishit! Back of a length ball on off, too close to cut but Bairstow still attempts for it. It takes the inner half of his bat and rolls near the surface on the leg side. They steal a single.
5.4
0
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.
5.3
4
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, FOUR! Goes down the ground this time. Hendricks serves a knuckle delivery, on the fuller side, Bairstow takes his front leg forward and lofts it cleanly over the bowler's head. Glorious!
5.2
6
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, SIX! 50 comes up for England in the 6th over itself. Bairstow is in his zone. Yet another bottom hand dominated shot and it has traveled the distance. Back of a length ball around off, Jonny stays back and muscles it over mid-wicket.
5.1
1
B Hendricks to J Roy, A little short in length around middle and leg, Roy moves back and taps it down in front of square leg for a single.
4.6
0
L Sipamla to J Bairstow, Fuller length ball on middle and off, Jonny pushes it down to mid on. Dot ball to end a fine first over by Sipamla.
4.5
0
L Sipamla to J Bairstow, Width on offer outside off and Bairstow misses out. He connects with his back foot punch but finds the cover-point fielder.
4.4
1
L Sipamla to J Roy, Shortish delivery around off, Roy walks across the stumps and nudges it to fine leg for a run.
4.3
0
L Sipamla to J Roy, This one moves back into the batsman from a length around off, Roy defends it solidly from the back foot.
4.2
0
L Sipamla to J Roy, Beaten all ends up! Roy seems to be batting on a different track. Sipamla pitches it up around off and gets it to nip away from the batsman, Jason attempts to push it back with a straight bat but misses.
4.1
0
L Sipamla to J Roy, Sipamla hits the deck hard first up! He bowls it a bit short around off and Roy is on the back foot in defense.

Quinton de Kock makes the change and replaces Ngidi after two very expensive overs. Lutho Sipamla introduced into the attack.

3.6
4
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, FOUR! Bairstow bounces back with a boundary down the ground. Fuller length ball around off, Jonny drills it off his front foot and beats mid off comfortably. Spoils a good over by Beuran!
3.5
0
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, Cut in half! This delivery proves there is something on offer from the surface. Hendricks delivers it on a shortish length around middle, Bairstow feels it will skid on with the angle and hence shapes up for the back foot punch. But to his surprise, it nips back in to beat the inside edge of his bat.
3.4
1
B Hendricks to J Roy, A touch short in length around off, Jason bunts it down to mid off and steals a quick run.
3.3
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Angling across a full length ball around off, Roy tries playing straight but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
3.2
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Good length ball on middle and off, Roy stays back and blocks it down safely.
3.1
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
2.6
4
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, FOUR! Massive, massive over for England. 21 runs off it. Another half-tracker by Ngidi, around middle, Bairstow pulls it handsomely behind square leg for a boundary. The world champions have raced to 37 in no time.
2.5
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, Shortish and around off, Jonny taps it down from the crease to backward point.
2.4
6
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, SIX! Jonny is in full throttle! He sends another one flying all the way. Back of a length ball angling in from around off, Bairstow pulls it from the crease and dismisses it over square leg. A flat maximum. Ngidi under immense pressure.
2.3
4
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, FOUR! One of the shots of the day! A length delivery outside off, Bairstow latches onto it and hammers it through the gap at covers.
2.2
6
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, SIX! This one has gone in the middle of the people sitting on the banks. Fuller length ball on middle and leg, at 135 kph, Bairstow picks it off his pads and flicks it with utmost disdain over square leg.
2.1
1
L Ngidi to J Roy, A touch short in length outside off, Roy runs it down to third man and jogs across to the other end.
1.6
4
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, FOUR! No stopping this one! Poor delivery to close the over. Short in length and wide outside off, Bairstow uses his long reach and whacks it through the gap between extra cover and mid off. 16 from the first two, a decent start to the run chase for the English team.
1.5
0
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, Bat on ball this time! Good length delivery around off, Jonny plays it down with soft hands to cover-point.
1.4
0
B Hendricks to J Bairstow, Beaten! Extra bounce once more. A touch short around off, Bairstow tries to play the back foot punch but it beats the outside edge of his bat.
1.3
1
B Hendricks to J Roy, In the channel around off, once again Jason uses the angle of the bowler and dabs it to third man for one.
1.3
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Too many extras from South Africa! Fourth wide of the run chase already. Hendricks slips a length ball down the leg side, Roy walks forward with the flick shot but misses. There was some movement on that ball though.
1.2
2
B Hendricks to J Roy, Extra bounce, well controlled. Back of a length ball around off, Roy does well to get on top of the bounce as he guides it towards third man for a couple of runs.
1.1
0
B Hendricks to J Roy, Starts his spell with a good length delivery in the channel outside off. It goes on with the angle of the left-arm bowler and Roy makes a leave.

Beuran Hendricks to bowl from the other end. 2 slips in place.

0.6
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow tries to tap and run but the ball goes quickly towards the cover fielder and he decides against his plan.
0.5
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, Pitches it up and around off, Bairstow drives it off his front foot, good timing, but it finds mid off.
0.5
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, Third wide of the over! Ngidi thriving for extra pace but ends up bowling a shorter one way down the leg side. Easy leave for Jonny.
0.4
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, Identical delivery but this time the line is on middle and off, Bairstow brings down a straight bat in defense.
0.3
0
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, An out-swinger outside off, at 84 mph, Bairstow sticks back and shoulders arms.
0.2
4
L Ngidi to J Bairstow, FOUR! Bairstow is up and running in style! Plenty of width outside off, short and wide, Jonny reaches out and lifts it over cover-point for a boundary.
0.1
1
L Ngidi to J Roy, First run from the bat! Shortish ball around middle and leg, Roy uses the angle of the bowler and works it through square leg for a single.
0.1
0
L Ngidi to J Roy, Wide! Again a wide by Ngidi. This time it's way outside off, Roy has an easy leave.
0.1
0
L Ngidi to J Roy, Excitement all around on the first ball! Back of a length delivery angling down the leg side, Roy tries to glance it away but the bounce gets big and it beats his attempt. De Kock collects the ball and tosses it up in celebration. They appeal in hope but the umpire has his arms stretched to signal a WIDE! The run chase is underway...

We are back for the run chase! The South African players are out in the middle. The two English openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, stride out in the middle to open the innings for England. Lungi Ngidi with the ball first up. Here we go...