ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

England vs South Africa - Match 1

Venue: The Oval, London

Date & Time: 30 May 2019

South Africa 207/10

RR: 5.19 | England beat South Africa by 104 runs

commentary

So that is it from the first game! The tournament favorites are the ones who came out on top. Now we have two different teams playing on the 31st of May. It is a clash between Pakistan and West Indies in Nottingham at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says he is delighted to be up and running in the tournament and a performance like that is more satisfying. Mentions the wicket did not allow them to execute their plan A which is scoring a big total but they showed great maturity, played smart cricket and they got to a total which he felt was competitive and above par. Credits Stokes for the way he played in every department and says he is the difference maker. Tells the bowling unit got off to a great start, they understood what would work on this wicket and executed the plans perfectly. Appreciates the way Archer bowled and he feels he is improving everyday. Ends by saying he is extremely pleased with how they fielded and that is one area they are always working out on.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that England were better in all three departments today and they got good partnerships out in the middle. Further adds that England got off to a good start with the ball and credits Jofra Archer for the way they bowled. Faf says he thought 300 was a par score but the wicket was slower than it usually is. Further adds that he was at one time expecting to chase around 340 with the way England were batting but credits his bowlers for the way they came back. Stresses that they bowled well and tells England are a strong batting side. On Hashim Amla's injury, du Plessis says it broke their momentum as you want the openers to play the best bowlers at the start. He informs he is okay now. Admits that their bowling is the strength as they have Dale Steyn as well and admits that they do not bat till 7, 8 or 9 and informs that hence it is important for them to restrict sides under 300.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Ben Stokes, on that catch, says he was panicking as he was ahead than where he should have been. Says it would have been a regulation catch had he been in the position he had to be. On his batting performance, he says it was a sticky wicket and getting to 300 was the aim. Tells that boundaries were hard to come by while batting and they knew what their bowlers had to do. On the crowd, he says the atmosphere was fantastic and further adds it got loud out in the middle. Also tells that it was a good turnout for the game.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. The England batters were going great guns till the 37th over. However, once Morgan got out, they lost their way completely. Courtesy Stokes though, they got to a competitive total, their 5th successive 300-plus score in ODIs which in the end, proved to be enough by a long way.

Every bowler except for Woakes was amongst the wickets. Archer was probably the pick as he finished with the three-fer. Plunkett and Stokes too had two each. The two spinners had a wicket to their name. All-in-all, it was a good day at the office for all the bowlers.

England headed into the second innings with momentum not on their side but they did not make it feel that way. Their new-ball bowlers were exceptional with their lines and lengths. Woakes kept it nice and tight whereas, Archer bowled with pace. One of his deliveries hit Amla on the helmet due to which he had to retire hurt. He then got Faf and Markram and pushed South Africa on the back foot early on. De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen did get South Africa back into the game with both scoring half tons. But once the former was dismissed, the rest surrendered. From 129 for 2, they were bundled out for 207.

What a comprehensive win for the hosts! They have justified the tag of being favorites. It was a complete team performance from them today. Their bowlers were exceptional, their batting was decent and their fielding was at its best. A day where Morgan and co. can be very satisfied.

39.5
0
Ben Stokes to I Tahir, OUT! Catching practice! Two in two for Stokes. He did it with the bat, he was brilliant in the field and now finishes it with the ball. Length delivery on off, Tahir opens the face of the bat and guides it to widish first slip where Root takes a neat catch diving to his right. All smiles in the England camp AS THEY HAVE WON BY 104 RUNS!

Imran Tahir is the last man in!

39.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, OUT! Caught. There goes wicket number 9 and Jofra Archer is denied a fifer. A short ball, around middle and off, Rabada pulls it firmly again but this time it is in the hands of Liam Plunkett at deep square leg.
39.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR LEG BYES. Down the leg side, Rabada misses his flick but the ball goes off his pads. Buttler dives to his right but in vain.
39.2
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, A short ball, around off, Rabada pulls it firmly and almost holes out. The ball lands in front of short mid-wicket.
39.1
4
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR! STREAKY! Not sure though why there isn't a slip in place! Length and outside off, Rabada hangs his bat out. The ball flies off the outside edge and to the third man fence.
38.6
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, The batsman defends it from within the crease. So a wicket and a maximum from the over.
38.5
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, Squares him up! Length and on middle, the ball straightens. Ngidi is opened up in his defense and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
38.4
6
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, SIX! Full and on middle, Ngidi lofts it with ease over the long on fence.
38.3
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, Short and outside off, the batter looks to cut but misses.
38.2
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, On the fuller side on off, Ngidi drives it square on the off side to point.

Lungi Ngidi is the new man in.

38.1
0
L Plunkett to H Amla, OUT! There goes the last recognized batsman. Once again we see the short ball doing the trick. It is outside off, Amla looks to pull but there is a top edge. It goes to Buttler who takes it and appeals. Amla starts walking.
37.6
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it to fine leg and keeps the strike.
37.5
1
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Back of a length ball on off, KG pushes it wide of cover and gets a single.
37.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Bowls this slower one on the leg side, Rabada looks to flick but misses. It flicks his pad on the way.
37.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, this time Rabada blocks it.
37.2
4
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR! Just over! Stokes bowls it short, Rabada plays the pull towards mid-wicket. Eoin Morgan stretches his right hand up but it still goes over him for a boundary.
37.1
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla nudges it to cover and gets a single.
36.6
0
L Plunkett to K Rabada, Almost plays it on! Length and outside off, Rabada looks to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
36.5
1
L Plunkett to H Amla, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
36.4
1
L Plunkett to K Rabada, This time Rabada pulls it and does so nicely towards fine leg for just a single.
36.3
0
L Plunkett to K Rabada, Good short ball on middle, the batter ducks under it.
36.2
1
L Plunkett to H Amla, This is angled into the batsman, he works it to mid-wicket for one.
36.1
0
L Plunkett to H Amla, Short and outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets an inside edge to the keeper.

Liam Plunkett is back!

35.6
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Excellent over from Stokes. He just cannot do anything wrong today. Just a single off his first over. The last ball is on off, Rabada taps it to point.
35.5
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, Rabada defends it onto the ground.
35.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Stokes bends his back and bowls it short, Rabada pulls it off the lower half of his bat to mid on.
35.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Length ball on off, Kagiso defends it off the front foot.
35.2
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, Rabada taps it to the man at point.
35.1
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, Starts with a length ball on middle, Amla tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

Ben Stokes is into the attack now. He was brilliant with the bat and has been excellent in the field. Can he top it up with a wicket here?

34.6
1
A Rashid to H Amla, Amla keeps strike as he pushes it through covers.
34.5
0
A Rashid to H Amla, Shortish and on off, it is slapped to covers.
34.4
1
A Rashid to K Rabada, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
34.3
0
A Rashid to K Rabada, The googly on off, Rabada guides it to point.
34.2
0
A Rashid to K Rabada, Tossed up on off, it is kept out.

Kagiso Rabada walks out to bat next.

34.1
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, OUT! Ho, Ho, Ho! That is some catch! My word! Ben Stokes, take a bow. Still can't believe he has taken it. For a second not even he could. Andile Phehlukwayo too trudges off in disbelief. Magnificent. Rashid tosses this up on middle, Phehlukwayo goes down and looks to play the slog sweep. He nails it towards deep mid-wicket. Ben Stokes there is standing a little too inside the ropes as it is the longer part of the ground. He moves to his left and then leaps with his right hand stretched upwards and the ball sticks! England 3 wickets away from winning the first game of the 2019 World Cup.

Drinks Break! England are way in front at the moment and a wicket here will all but seal the game here. Andile Phehlukwayo and Hashim Amla hold the key here for South Africa. Even if they don't win this they will look to get close to the total.

33.6
1
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, A single to end the over! Good length and on off, it is guided towards cover for a run.
33.5
0
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, Good length and on middle, it is kept out.
33.5
0
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, WIDE! Short one on middle, AP evades it. Umpire has wided it.
33.4
4
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Easy-peasy! On the pads, Phehlukwayo works it fine on the leg side and the ball races away.
33.3
0
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, Good length on off, it is defended.
33.2
1
J Archer to H Amla, Brilliant, just brilliant from Roy. As far as I can remember, he has saved at least 3 boundaries today. Short and wide outside off, Amla cuts it to the left of point. Roy there dives to his left and stops it. The batters take a run.
33.1
0
J Archer to H Amla, Slower one and fuller on middle, Amla keeps it out.
32.6
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, Nice ball to end the over. Rashid tosses it up on off, Phehlukwayo looks to defend but the ball spins away from him and he misses it.
32.5
1
A Rashid to H Amla, On the pads now, Amla turns it away to fine leg and gets a single.
32.4
0
A Rashid to H Amla, Flighted on off, Hashim defends it off the front foot.
32.3
0
A Rashid to H Amla, Floated on the stumps, Amla defends it solidly.
32.2
1
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, On the pads, Andile sweeps it down to fine leg for a single.
32.1
4
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Swept and swept away! Rashid flights it on off, Phehlukwayo gets down on one knee and sweeps it over mid-wicket. The ball bounces in front of the ropes and goes away for a boundary.
31.6
0
J Archer to H Amla, Welcomes Amla with a bumper but it is outside off, Hashim evades it. End of a wicket maiden by Archer. It is also the first maiden of the game.

Hashim Amla walks out to bat.

31.5
0
J Archer to van der Dussen, OUT! There goes, probably, South Africa's last hope of chasing this total down. The well-set van der Dussen walks back after getting to a half ton. What an impact Archer has made. He gets his third and that too of Faf du Plessis, Markram and now Rassie van der Dussen. Once again the short ball does the trick for him. It is quick and the key here is the length. It is outside off, Rassie looks to drag his pull but only manages a top edge. It balloons towards mid on where Ali takes an easy catch.
31.4
0
J Archer to van der Dussen, 4 dots in a row! Rolls his fingers on the ball and lands it on off, Rassie guides it to point.
31.3
0
J Archer to van der Dussen, Length and on off, Rassie strokes it on the up to the man at covers.
31.2
0
J Archer to van der Dussen, Another slower one on middle, it is defended.
31.1
0
J Archer to van der Dussen, Slower ball on off, it straightens after pitching. Van der Dussen looks to adjust but gets an outside edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.

Jofra Archer is back!

30.6
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, Good fielding from Archer. Floated on middle, Andile hits the reverse sweep hard but Archer at point dives to his left and stops the ball. He has saved a certain boundary there.
30.5
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, NOT OUT! Pitching outside leg and England have lost their only review. Nicely flighted leg spinner from Rashid. It spins in to the southpaw. Phehlukwayo gets on his back foot and looks to block but misses it completely. The ball hits him on the left pad. England players put in an appeal but it is turned down by the umpire. They decide and then take it upstairs. Replay rolls in and Hawk Eye shows that the ball was pitching outside leg.

Review time! England's appeal for an LBW has been turned down. They take the review. Looks close.

30.4
1
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Fifty for van der Dussen. He has made the most of the life he has got here. He was dropped on 6 by Buttler and has made the full use of it. He gets to his 6th ODI fifty by punching this short ball wide of cover and taking a single. The onus will be on him to take South Africa over the line.
30.3
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, On the stumps, van der Dussen blocks it.
30.2
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Good fielding off his own bowling. Tossed up on off, Rassie drives it to the left of Rashid and he gets down in time to stop it.
30.1
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Loops it on middle, Rassie defends it with soft hands to cover. Andile wanted a run which was not there at all and van der Dussen sends him back.
29.6
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, A single to end a good over for South Africa. This is stroked through covers for one. 146 more needed in 120.
29.5
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, On the stumps, it is kept out.
29.4
4
M Ali to van der Dussen, FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Too short and outside off, Rassie goes back and slaps it past covers and it races away.
29.3
1
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Flatter and outside off, Phehlukwayo hits it through covers for one.
29.2
0
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Slightly shorter and on off, AP cuts it hard but to point.
29.1
4
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Up and over! Phehlukwayo dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He still manages to drag it over mid on for a boundary. Risky shot but the risk comes off.
28.6
1
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, Floated on middle and leg, Phehlukwayo sweeps it away for a single and he will keep the strike.
28.5
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, Good comeback from Rashid. He tosses it up outside off. The ball spins away from Andile, who looks to defend it.
28.4
4
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Floated on off. It is very full, Phehlukwayo picks the bones out of it and smashes it through mid off for a boundary.
28.3
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, On off, AP drives it to the man at cover.
28.2
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, Rashid flights it beautifully outside off, Andile looks to drive it but misses. Buttler fails to gather it and it hits him on his right pad.
28.1
1
A Rashid to van der Dussen, The slider on the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.

Adil Rashid is back!

27.6
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Flighted on off, Rassie defends it off his front foot towards cover and keeps the strike with a single.
27.5
1
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Tossed up on off, Phehlukwayo strokes it to long off for a single.
27.4
0
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Floated on middle, AP blocks it off his front foot.
27.3
0
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Tossed up on the stumps, Andile taps it back to the bowler.
27.2
0
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Flatter on middle and leg, Phehlukwayo gets on his back foot and blocks it.
27.1
2
M Ali to A Phehlukwayo, Short on off, Andile cuts it wide of deep point and gets a couple.
26.6
0
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Back of a length on off, it is guided to point.
26.5
1
L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Short and outside off, AP looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge to third man for a run.
26.4
0
L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Full and on middle, it is kept out.
26.3
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.

Andile Phehlukwayo walks out next.

26.2
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, OUT! Pretorius is well short! This is probably the last thing South Africa would have wanted. Rassie strokes this through covers. They take one and then go for the second. Stokes does brilliantly as he runs to his right and then picks it up with one hand. Fires it to Morgan who is standing ahead of the stumps. He collects it and then whips the bails off. They appeal and it has been taken upstairs. Replays show that DP is short. That second where he had to run around Plunkett probably cost him. England all over South Africa at the moment.

Have England got another? They are celebrating. They have gone upstairs to check if Dwaine Pretorius is short.

26.1
1
L Plunkett to D Pretorius, Short ball and it is pulled powerfully towards deep square leg but just for a single.
25.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, On off, Rassie defends it to see off the over. Another good over from Moeen. Just 5 runs and he has finally got a wicket in this match which was evading him.

Dwaine Pretorius is the new man in.

25.5
0
M Ali to JP Duminy, OUT! Duminy holes out! Moeen has the last laugh. Moeen shows courage and flights this ball on off, Duminy looks to go inside out over long off. He does not time it well and ends up hitting it straight to long off. Ben Stokes there who has had a very good game so far takes a simple catch. South Africa losing regular wickets here.
25.4
0
M Ali to JP Duminy, Follows it up with a gentle drive to cover.
25.3
4
M Ali to JP Duminy, FOUR! Good use of the feet here. Moeen tosses it up on off and middle, Duminy comes down the track and lofts it over mid-wicket. The ball bounces before the ropes and goes away for four.
25.2
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Floated on off, Rassie looks to defend but it goes to the leg side off the inner half of his bat for a single.
25.1
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Tossed up on off, Rassie brings out the reverse sweep but finds backward point.
24.6
0
L Plunkett to JP Duminy, Another dot to end! On a length and on off, JP keeps it out.
24.5
0
L Plunkett to JP Duminy, Changes his length and goes very full on middle, Duminy jams it out to mid-wicket.
24.4
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, On the shorter side outside off, Rassie slaps it through covers for one.
24.3
1
L Plunkett to JP Duminy, On the shorter side, Duminy pulls it through backward square leg. The fine leg fielder does well to get to the ball quickly and keep it down to one.
24.2
0
L Plunkett to JP Duminy, Good length and on off, Duminy pushes it to mid off.
24.1
0
L Plunkett to JP Duminy, Extra bounce! Short and outside off, Duminy looks to cut but is done in by the extra bounce.
23.6
1
M Ali to JP Duminy, Nicely played! Plays it with the turn through covers for a run.
23.5
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Flatter and outside off, Rassie slaps it through covers for another single.
23.4
1
M Ali to JP Duminy, Flatter and on off, Duminy strokes it through covers for one.
23.3
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Flatter and on off, Rassie guides it through point and gets to the other end.
23.2
1
M Ali to JP Duminy, Flighted ball on middle, Duminy strokes it down to long off and gets to the other end.
23.1
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Flighted ball on off, Rassie strokes it through covers for one.
22.6
0
L Plunkett to de Kock, OUT! Big, big wicket for England. Plunkett who has been a bit expensive today has got them the big fish. Quinton de Kock is out of here. It is not the best of deliveries. It is full on the pads, de Kock looks to flick it over the fine leg fence. He does not get the desired elevation as the ball comes off the lower half of his bat. It goes to the right of Joe Root stationed at fine leg. He moves there and takes a good catch in front of him. The 85-run stand is broken and Quinton de Kock has once again failed to convert his fifty into a big one.
22.5
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Full on off, Rassie drives it to the right of the sweeper cover and gets a single.
22.4
0
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Fuller on off, van der Dussen defends it to the fielder at point.
22.3
0
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Plunkett hits the length hard on middle, Rassie tucks it to the man at mid-wicket.
22.2
2
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Good shot for a couple. Full on off, Rassie drives it handsomely through covers. The sweeper cover though gets there and they take two.
22.1
1
L Plunkett to de Kock, Good length ball on middle, de Kock flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single.
21.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, On the stumps, this is kept out. 16 from the over. 28 from the last two. 187 more needed in 168.
21.5
4
M Ali to van der Dussen, FOUR! Third boundary in the over! This may have been off the edge. Yes, it is. Floated outside off, it is the straighter one. Rassie looks to defend but does so for the turn which is not there. The ball goes off the outside edge. The fielder from short third man runs after it and dives but his effort goes in vain.
21.4
1
M Ali to de Kock, Flighted ball on off, de Kock strokes it down to long off and rotates strike.
21.3
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Just a single now! Sensible batting. He pushes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
21.2
4
M Ali to van der Dussen, FOUR! Lovely batting from Rassie! He showed power on the last ball and finesse this time. Goes down on one knee and reverse sweeps it through short third man for a boundary. 10 from the first two balls.
21.1
6
M Ali to van der Dussen, SIX! Top shot! Rassie dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it and then lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie. Runs starting to flow now for South Africa. Ideal start to the over, pressure on the bowler now.
20.6
0
L Plunkett to de Kock, Length ball on off, de Kock punches it to the man at cover. Good over for South Africa. 12 runs off it.
20.5
6
L Plunkett to de Kock, SIX! What a shot! Full on off, de Kock moves away slightly towards the leg stump and tonks it over covers for a maximum.
20.4
0
L Plunkett to de Kock, Fuller on middle, de Kock comes down the track slightly and drives it straight to mid on.
20.3
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Good length ball on off, van der Dussen punches it wide of cover and gets one.
20.2
1
L Plunkett to de Kock, On middle and leg, de Kock flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
20.1
4
L Plunkett to de Kock, FOUR! Just the start to the over South Africa would have wanted. Plunkett bangs it in short, de Kock was waiting for it and he pulls it through square leg for a boundary. With that boundary 100 comes up for the Proteas.
19.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Just short! Rassie dances down the track and Moeen gives it a lot of air. The batter pushes it back towards the bowler. It is uppish but well short. A tight over from Ali.
19.5
1
M Ali to de Kock, Very full on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
19.4
0
M Ali to de Kock, On the shorter side outside off, de Kock goes back and cuts it to point.
19.3
0
M Ali to de Kock, Flighted ball on middle, this is kept out.
19.2
0
M Ali to de Kock, NOT OUT! De Kock is in! A beauty by Moeen though. It is flatter and on off, de Kock lunges and tries to defend. The ball though turns away and beats the outside edge. Buttler whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and they show, that de Kock's foot was lifted but he got it down in time.

Stumping appeal taken upstairs. Quinton de Kock is the man in question. He looks confident. Let's see what the replays have to say.

19.1
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, The reverse sweep comes out again. It is played too early though. It goes through covers for one.
18.6
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Uppish but wide! Short and outside off, Rassie slashes at it, it goes uppishly but well wide of point and down to third man for one.
18.5
1
L Plunkett to de Kock, Once again on the pads, de Kock works it towards fine leg and gets to the other end. 50-run stand up between the two. The job is only half done though.
18.4
0
L Plunkett to de Kock, Takes a few steps down the track and Plunkett bowls it short and on the body. Quinton pushes it to mid on.
18.3
1
L Plunkett to van der Dussen, Back of a length on off, Rassie guides it down to third man for a single.
18.2
1
L Plunkett to de Kock, This time it is flicked to the left of fine leg for a single.
18.1
2
L Plunkett to de Kock, A little too straight to begin with! De Kock flicks it through backward square leg. He calls for two straight away and completes it.

Liam Plunkett is on now!

17.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, On the stumps, Rassie defends it to see off the over.
17.5
2
M Ali to van der Dussen, Tossed up on off, van der Dussen sweeps it wide of fine leg and gets a couple.
17.4
1
M Ali to de Kock, Fifty for de Kock. It has been a great knock from him. Shorter on off, de Kock punches it wide of cover this time and gets a single to get to his 22nd ODI fifty. South Africa need him to convert this into a big one and take them over the line.
17.3
0
M Ali to de Kock, Good fielding once again from England and again it's that man Roy. Tossed up on off, de Kock drives it wide of cover but Roy there dives to his right and saves runs for his side.
17.2
0
M Ali to de Kock, Short outside off, de Kock cuts it hard but straight to the man at point.
17.1
0
M Ali to de Kock, Tossed up on middle, de Kock defends it with soft hands.

DRINKS! England on top at the moment! They have Markram and Faf back in the hut. No news yet about Amla whether he is going to bat or not. Couple of more wickets for them and they will be into the bowling all-rounders. For South Africa, a lot depends on the two batters batting out there. They are amidst a 42-run stand but they need to keep going.

16.6
1
A Rashid to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock turns it away towards square leg and keeps the strike.
16.5
0
A Rashid to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
16.4
1
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Rassie is struggling to pick the spin here. Rashid bowls a wonderfully googly, van der Dussen looks to block it thinking of it as a leg spinner but it spins in and luckily for him he gets an inside edge which goes towards mid-wicket and they take single.
16.3
1
A Rashid to de Kock, Floated on middle, de Kock strokes it to long on for one.
16.2
0
A Rashid to de Kock, Play and miss. Short outside off. It is spinning away from the southpaw. De Kock looks to cut but misses.
16.1
4
A Rashid to de Kock, FOUR! On the pads, de Kock looks to whip it but gets an inside edge which goes fine down the leg side. The ball races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
15.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, A dot to end! Again tries the reverse sweep but finds short third man this time. Four dots after the boundary, 5 from this one. 233 needed in 204.
15.5
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
15.4
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Flighted ball on off, Rassie drives it uppishly but well short of mid off.
15.3
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Works it with the turn to the man at mid-wicket.
15.2
4
M Ali to van der Dussen, FOUR! Reverse swept and that has been played nicely! He goes down on one knee and hits it past backward point. First boundary for him and that should get him going.
15.1
1
M Ali to de Kock, Flatter and on off, de Kock goes back and pushes it through covers for one.
14.6
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Flighted ball on middle, Rassie pushes it back to the bowler. A good tight over this, just three from it.
14.5
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, On the stumps agian, it is defended again.
14.4
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, The googly on off, Rassie goes back and pushes it to covers.
14.3
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Gives it a lot more air and lands it on off, it is pushed back to the bowler.
14.2
1
A Rashid to de Kock, Flatter on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
14.1
2
A Rashid to de Kock, Nicely played! Floated up on middle, de Kock plays the slog sweep through mid-wicket for a brace.
13.6
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, FOUR BYES! Now this one goes between the legs of Buttler. Quicker and straighter outside off, van der Dussen looks to drive it but misses and the ball goes right between the legs of Buttler and past him to the fence.
13.5
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Tossed up on off, Rassie blocks it off the front foot.
13.4
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, DROPPED! Buttler should have taken that. Off spinner pitching outside off, Rassie looks to defend but gets a faint outside edge. It goes behind sharply to the keeper. Buttler cannot grab it in his glove and it pops out.
13.3
1
M Ali to de Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock comes down the track and milks it to long off for a single.
13.2
0
M Ali to de Kock, Flighted on middle and off, de Kock defends it off the upper half of his bat.
13.1
0
M Ali to de Kock, Bowls a flatter delivery outside off, de Kock looks to cut but misses.
12.6
1
A Rashid to de Kock, Down the leg side, de Kock looks to sweep but the ball goes off the top edge and towards short fine leg for one.
12.5
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, The googly on middle, van der Dussen looks to defend but the ball hits the pads and rolls towards the leg side. A leg bye taken.
12.4
0
A Rashid to van der Dussen, The leg spinner on off, van der Dussen pushes it to covers.
12.3
1
A Rashid to de Kock, Risky shot! This is tossed up outside off, it comes back in. De Kock plays it late towards short third man for a single.
12.2
0
A Rashid to de Kock, Floats it up on middle, de Kock eases it to mid-wicket.
12.1
1
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
11.6
6
M Ali to de Kock, SIX! That was six the moment it left the bat. Moeen flights it on off. He ends up serving it under de Kock's bat. He takes full toll of it and smothers it over the mid-wicket fence for the first maximum of the innings.
11.5
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Floated on off, Rassie strokes it to sweeper cover and gets one.
11.4
1
M Ali to de Kock, Short on off, QdK milks it to long off for one.
11.3
1
M Ali to van der Dussen, Tossed up on off, Rassie nudges it towards sweeper cover for a single.
11.2
0
M Ali to van der Dussen, Floated on middle, van der Dussen blocks it.
11.1
2
M Ali to van der Dussen, Starts with a shorter ball on middle, Rassie gets on his back foot and pulls it towards deep square leg for a couple.

Moeen Ali into the attack now.

10.6
0
A Rashid to de Kock, De Kock goes for another sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. 7 from Rashid's first but it could have easily been a successful one for England.
10.5
4
A Rashid to de Kock, FOUR! What happened there? Has that hit the stumps? Yes, it has! But the bails have not come off, instead the ball has gone to the boundary. The googly which pitches around leg. De Kock goes for the sweep shot but misses as the ball stays low. It kisses the off pole, goes past Buttler and down to the third man fence. Interesting. The umpire does not give any signal, which means he reckons there was bat involved. Possibly the under edge, if any. 50 up for South Africa.
10.4
0
A Rashid to de Kock, The slider outside off, de Kock waits for it and guides it straight to point.
10.3
0
A Rashid to de Kock, Gives it air on middle, de Kock works it to mid-wicket.
10.2
2
A Rashid to de Kock, Down the leg side, de Kock works it towards fine leg for a couple.
10.1
1
A Rashid to van der Dussen, Flatter and on off, this is pushed down to long off for one.

Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Also, first bowling change of the innings. Spinner into the attack now. Adil Rashid to bowl his first over of the game.

9.6
0
J Archer to de Kock, Another quick bouncer! De Kock evades it. End of Powerplay 1! South Africa are 44 for 2, whereas, England were 60 for 1 at this stage.
9.5
0
J Archer to de Kock, Shorter in length and on the body, de Kock works it to square leg.
9.4
0
J Archer to de Kock, On the off pole, de Kock blocks it out.

Rassie van der Dussen replaces his skipper out in the middle.

9.3
0
J Archer to du Plessis, OUT! In the air... taken! Faf du Plessis is out of here! England are into the fragile middle order of South Africa and that too very early in the game. The bouncer does the trick. It is on middle, Faf looks to pull but just like Markram does not get on top of the bounce. The ball takes the top edge and goes high up in the air towards fine leg. Moeen Ali there takes a good catch. South Africa in trouble here.
9.2
0
J Archer to du Plessis, Back of a length on off, Faf stands tall and pushes it to covers.
9.1
1
J Archer to de Kock, Back of a length on the body, it is worked down to fine leg for one.
8.6
0
C Woakes to du Plessis, Not a good shot! It is behind a driving length and outside off, Faf goes after it without a lot of foot movement but gets beaten.
8.5
0
C Woakes to du Plessis, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the middle pole, Faf works it to mid on.

Woakes once again pulls out. He may have missed his run-up there.

8.4
1
C Woakes to de Kock, On the pads, it is worked through backward square leg for a single.
8.3
1
C Woakes to du Plessis, Good shot but just for a single! Full and on off, Faf strokes it towards wide mid off for a single.
8.2
1
C Woakes to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg for one.
8.1
0
C Woakes to de Kock, De Kock seems to be playing a responsible innings here. It is on middle, de Kock is happy to defend it out.
7.6
0
J Archer to du Plessis, Goes shorter and on the body, Faf works it to square leg. End of an action-packed over, 9 runs and a wicket from it.
7.5
4
J Archer to du Plessis, FOUR! Faf du Plessis is off the mark with a boundary! He uses the pace of the bowler here. It is fuller and on off, Faf leans into it and times it past mid off. It races to the fence.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis is the new man in.

7.4
0
J Archer to A Markram, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Jofra Archer draws first blood! He gets his revenge and he is delighted. Back of a length on off, this may have been the effort ball as it bounces a little more. Markram looks to punch it through the off side but fails to get on top of the bounce. It flies off the outside edge to Root at first slip who takes a neat catch. 276 more needed in 254 balls.
7.3
4
J Archer to A Markram, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Not a very bad ball. It is on a length and it is just outside off. Markram strides forward and then strokes it through covers for a boundary.
7.2
1
J Archer to de Kock, On the pads, this is flicked through backward square leg for a run.
7.1
0
J Archer to de Kock, On the shorter side and on the body, de Kock works it towards mid-wicket.
6.6
0
C Woakes to A Markram, Now follows it up with a solid front foot defense.
6.5
4
C Woakes to A Markram, FOUR! Glorious! Length ball on off, Markram drives it elegantly through covers. No fielder can stop that from going to the fence.
6.4
0
C Woakes to A Markram, Good shot and very good fielding. Length ball outside off, Markram punches it to the left of the point fielder. Roy dives to that side and stops a certain boundary. Good cricket all around.
6.3
0
C Woakes to A Markram, Good length ball juts outside off, Markram strokes it to the man at point.
6.2
0
C Woakes to A Markram, Bowls it on a length with very little swing on offer. Markram plays it to the man at cover.
6.1
1
C Woakes to de Kock, Woakes bowls it on the pads, Quinton flicks it to fine leg and gets a single.

Woakes comes running in but stops midway as Aiden Markram at the non striker's end drops his bat.

5.6
0
J Archer to A Markram, Back of a length on off, de Kock defends it onto the ground.
5.5
1
J Archer to de Kock, That is the first time de Kock lost his shape. He looks to slog this full ball on middle, ends up mistiming it towards the right of mid on for a run.
5.4
0
J Archer to de Kock, Good bumper again! This is outside off though. De Kock evades it. Buttler collects it above his head.
5.3
1
J Archer to A Markram, Nicely played! He opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man for one.
5.2
2
J Archer to A Markram, On the fuller side, Markram hits it wide of mid off and takes two. He is off the mark.
5.1
0
J Archer to A Markram, Back of a length on off, Markram punches it to point.
4.6
0
C Woakes to de Kock, De Kock is finding the middle here. Another excellent drive but this is stopped, not cleanly but good enough to not concede a run by the bowler. End of a good over for South Africa. 8 from it.
4.5
4
C Woakes to de Kock, FOUR! On the up! Lovely stroke. Length and around off, de Kock stands tall and strokes it past covers and the ball races away. Second boundary in the over.
4.4
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Woakes goes back to bowling it on a length and around off, de Kock keeps it out.
4.3
4
C Woakes to de Kock, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Yes, de Kock did make a little room but Woakes too helped him by bowling it short and outside off. De Kock slaps it through point for a boundary.
4.2
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Cramps the batsman for room by bowling it on his body. De Kock looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
4.1
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Tight lines and lengths! On off, de Kock lunges and keeps it out.
3.6
0
J Archer to A Markram, Good length and outside off, Markram shoulders arms to it. Just the boundary from the over then.

Aiden Markram walks out to bat now.

The physio is out straightaway to have a mandatory check on Amla. You cannot take such chances in this day and age. Also, Morris comes out with a few helmets for Amla to have a look at. Amla is going back as he holds his head. Let's hope it is nothing serious.

3.5
0
J Archer to H Amla, On the helmet! That was quick, very quick. Bowled at 145 KPH, this bouncer keeps on rising. Amla looks to pull but is beaten for pace an gets hit on the helmet. He takes it off.
3.4
0
J Archer to H Amla, Slower ball from Archer! You saw South Africa bowl many of these. It is on middle, Amla adjusts and blocks it out.
3.3
0
J Archer to H Amla, OUCH! This lands on middle and jags back in. Amla looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads.
3.2
4
J Archer to H Amla, FOUR! DEFT! Lovely from Amla. Back of a length and it is slightly outside off, Amla hops and then plays it late. Guides it past second slip and into the third man fence. First boundary for Amla.
3.1
0
J Archer to H Amla, Confident stroke! Length and on off, Amla plants his front foot forward and strokes it to covers. He tried using the pace of the bowler but could not find the gap.
2.6
0
C Woakes to de Kock, A dot to end a better over for South Africa. Slightly fuller than the last ball. De Kock strokes it to mid off.
2.5
2
C Woakes to de Kock, A couple now! On the pad, de Kock works it through backward square leg for two.
2.4
4
C Woakes to de Kock, EDGED AND FOUR! No slip and it races away. Slightly short and it is just outside off, de Kock throws his bat at it. The ball goes off the outside edge, past the diving Buttler and into the third man fence. First one for South Africa.
2.3
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Another dot! Straighter line again, de Kock works it to mid-wicket.
2.2
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Continues bowling it on off, not letting de Kock free his arms. QdK pushes it to mid off.
2.1
0
C Woakes to de Kock, On off and angling away. De Kock works it against the angle and to mid on.
1.6
1
J Archer to de Kock, Once again a tight line, on middle, de Kock nudges it around the corner for a single. A tight over from Archer as well.
1.5
0
J Archer to de Kock, Once again, bowls it into the body of de Kock, giving him no room at all. QdK works it to mid-wicket.
1.4
0
J Archer to de Kock, A little too straight, it pitches and skids off the surface. De Kock works it to mid-wicket.
1.3
1
J Archer to H Amla, Amla is off the mark now! Length and on middle, HA looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards square leg for one.
1.2
0
J Archer to H Amla, Brilliant effort! Saves a certain boundary! Short and outside off, Amla cuts it towards point. Roy there dives to his right and stops it. Already saved at least 5 runs in the field have England till now.
1.1
0
J Archer to H Amla, Starts off on a length and on off, Amla lunges and strokes it to mid off.

Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end with the second new ball. Two slips in place for Archer.

0.6
0
C Woakes to de Kock, BEATEN! A loose shot by de Kock there. It is on a length and outside off, QdK just hangs his bat out and gets beaten. End of a very good first by Woakes.
0.5
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Crisp drive but straight to the fielder! Full and on off, de Kock drives it firmly but to covers.
0.4
2
C Woakes to de Kock, De Kock is underway! On the pads, this is flicked through backward square leg for a couple.
0.3
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Perfect line and length, on off, de Kock stays back and keeps it out.
0.2
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Shortish again on off, de Kock stands tall and defends it.
0.1
0
C Woakes to de Kock, Good fielding! They need to be good in the field today. Back of a length on middle, de Kock works it towards mid-wicket. Stokes there runs to his right, dives and saves a run at least.

We are back for the chase. The umpires are out in the middle. The England players are out on the field. Out strides the opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla for South Africa. Unlike the Proteas, England spring no surprise as Chris Woakes takes the first new ball. Quinton de Kock will take the strike.