OVER 11: ENG 107/2 (Roy 56* Morgan 13*)          

This over takes a while, someone is pratting around behind the bowler's arm and Morgs needs a reset. Phehlukwayo to Morgan, who slashes the ball through the covers and, lucky for him, it's wee Temba Bavuma who is the man hurling himself full-length to get it. If that was a taller cricketer... Still, tremendous athleticism to nearly get there. four for that, and then a more standard boundary as Andile drops short and Eoin helps himself through the legside.
England going nicely in pursuit of this 178.

OVER 10: ENG 95/2 (Roy 53* Morgan 1*)         

Really handy over from the SA tweaker Shamsi, getting plenty of turn and neither the lefty or the righty can line him up.

OVER 9: ENG 92/2 (Roy 53* Morgan 1*)        

Good over that, just five runs and the wicket. Eoin Morgan comes in and takes a single off his first ball.

OVER 8: ENG 87/1 (Roy 51* Bairstow 21*)       

Tabraiz Shamsi comes on with his slow left arm wrist spin. Foxes Roy into a top edged sweep, but it lands safe and a moral victory is all he has to show for his over. Nine off it. Roy slogs him to the ropes for a superb 50.

OVER 7: ENG 78/1 (Roy 45* Bairstow 18*)      

Phehlukwayo into the fray, the lucky blighter. England happy to switch down a gear for an over or so. Some superb cricket in this over as YJB dinks a slower ball out to deep point and hauls it to turn two,  the throw comes in and it's a brilliant one, right above the stumps. Home just in time. Roy gets down early and moves across his stumps to play a cheeky sweep, sort of shot that you look a bloody idiot if you miss it.

OVER 6: ENG 68/1 (Roy 39* Bairstow 14*)     

Back to Ngidi, but he also finds Roy in belligerent mode. Battered for six down the ground, and then clipped for four.

OVER 5: ENG 55/1 (Roy 27* Bairstow 13*)    

Steyn unwisely serves up two wide balls to Bairstow - swing or no swing, doesn't really matter in this format and he panels them both away for four. Excellent recovery though, only 2 off the next 4 balls.

OVER 4: ENG 45/1 (Roy 26* Bairstow 4*)   

JJ Smuts comes on.
WOOF! That was the over England were hoping for, and that's blown a massive hole in South Africa's chances. Jason Roy has gone six, four, six, four!  Heaves the first one to cow, Miller is under it but his momentum carries him over the rope and he cannot effect the flick and regather that would once have been astonishing but has become almost mundane, so talented are these boundary fielders. Anyhow, six for that. Then two monster shots for four and six, and then one that is smoked hard and low, one bounce for four. 

OVER 3: ENG 23/1 (Roy 4* Bairstow 4*)  

Quality slower ball from Steyn! That is a lovely bit of bowling from the master. It's an off-cutter that starts at the eyeline, Jonny B flinches, not unreasonably, thinking it must be the beamer! But it dips and he does really well in the end to dig that out. Shades of Chris Cairns to Little Chrissie Read. Or Sir Courtney to Thorpey. Bairstow grins
Still, Bairstow hits back with a beefy four later in the over.

WICKET! Buttler c Miller b Steyn 15

Full ball from Dale, Jos tries to get under it but has succeeded only in using the toe of the bat to splurt that for a gentle catch at mid off. FOW 19/1
And he becomes South Africa's leading wicket taker in T20s in the process.

OVER 2: ENG 18/0 (Roy 3* Buttler 15*) 

Handy over from Ngidi, at least until the last two balls when Buttler muscles away a slower ball for a couple, and then butchers the ball through midwicket for four.

OVER 1: ENG 11/0 (Roy 2* Buttler 9*)

Fielders are set back, there are singles available, and this talented and experienced pair take three off the first three. Lovely shot by Jos next ball as he angles the ball through cover point, just superb timing and placement. Now he comes across the stumps to flip the ball to the legside, phenomenal talent that he is. Drills the next one into the offside, there's a dive in the covers that half stops the ball - Jos sets off, Jason (incorrectly) sends him back. Jos scrambles safe, and gestures to Jason as if to say "come on mate, there was one there".

Right then

All-time SA ledge  Dale Steyn has the ball in his paw, always lovely to see the great man in action. Jason Roy is on strike, Jos Buttler at the other end.

Always a pleasure to see Moeen doing well

Moeen being effective with the ball before the World Cup is hugely significant for England's team balance. He is good enough to be a legitimate fifth bowler & allow England the luxury of an additional batsman - he just needs to put that beyond doubt before October.

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"Small ground, flat pitch"

says Nick Knight. Spin was the key for the English as they recovered.
"There is no dew," says Ian Ward.

Evening all

Tyers here, taking over from Rob Bagchi for the England reply, 178 the total they require. South Africa innings one of those curiously T20 sort of efforts where both sides are quite pleased, and also a little bit disappointed with the runs on the board.

At the start of the innings, PredictViz suggested South Africa would make 171 - they have ended up with 177. They'll be pleased with their efforts overall, but at one stage 190/200 was very much a possibility.

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OVER 20: SA 177/8 (Steyn 5*)              

Two wickets off two balls. Enter Dale Steyn who crouches low, anticipating the yorker and digs out a ball on middle stump round the corner to fine leg for four. Steyn crashes a single to cover but Jordan ties Phehlukwayo up with a full ball that he can't hit off the pitch. One to come. He does the same again off the last ball, hitting it into the ground back to the bowler. Steyn sets off anyway on a homicidal run and it's an easy run out.
Phehlukwayo run out 18


Hendricks b Jordan 0Golden duck. More movement and arrowed into the bottom of off stump. He's on a  hat-trick. FOW 172/7


Pretorius b Jordan 1 Lovely delivery, another slower ball which just tailed into off-stump as Pretorius went for an injudicious slog. The crowd has gone very quiet. FOW 172/6

OVER 19: SA 172/5 (Phehlukwayo 18* Pretorius 0*)             

Mark Wood returns and gulls Phehlukwayo into swinging and missing at two slower balls. A low full toss is scooped out to extra cover and he gets off strike with a walked single before deservedly taking a wicket. Phehlukwayo hits a short ball into the ground, misjudging the pace, and races a single. That's the only damage. Three runs and a wicket from the over. 


Smuts c Stokes b Wood 20Tried to chip the low full toss over midwicket and it took a leading edge and popped up to Stokes, halfway back to the rope, at mid-off. FOW 170/4

OVER 18: SA 169/4 (Smuts 20* Phehlukwayo 16*)            

The Grim Reaper, Chris Jordan, comes on with his scythe. Very tight and clever from Death Jordan at the start of his over, conceding two off his first three until Phehlukwayo clubs the Sidebottomesque slow-ball bouncer from outside off over deep backward square for six. Jordan responds with a dot ball and the concession of a single. Bowling it into the pitch proved to be his sole mistake of what would have been a fine five-ball over. He'll relish the Hundred. 

Since the 2016 World T20, Adil Rashid has taken 22 wickets in the middle overs for England in T20Is. The next highest wicket-taker for them in that period is Liam Plunkett, with just 11 wickets.

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OVER 17: SA 160/4 (Smuts 19* Phehlukwayo 8*)            

Dancing around the crease from Phehlukwayo diddles another wide out of Stokes who is varying his pace to tie these two down. Two singles off the first two legit deliveries. Smuts pulls the shorter one for four as Stokes tries to trick him back and they sprint two with a tip and run down to long on followed by a single with the same ploy.
Ach, Stokes oversteps. Free hit.  

No ball
 Stokes sees him trying to ramp and follows him to leg with a slower ball that hits him on the pads beyond the tramlines. They trot a leg-bye. 

OVER 16: SA 148/4 (Smuts 11* Phehlukwayo 7*)           

England are clawing this back by virtue of Stokes and the spinners. The IPL millionaire hitters are gone. Mind, Phehlukwayo might be moving into their earning class if he can find an encore for a six larruped over long-off for six. He flippin murdered it. Jon-Jon Smuts, so good they named him twice, plays a baseball drive to left field for four, sledge-hammering it off the back foot between bowler and mid-om 


Miller c Jordan b Curran 16  The best pair of hands in England takes a good running catch at long-off when Miller takes on Curran and is thwarted by the wind. FOW 135/4

OVER 15: SA 135/3 (Miller 16* Smuts 5*)          

Stokes replaces Moeen and cannily gives neither batsman any room with the first four. They can only nurdle singles. Smuts takes to the dance floor and Stokes arrows one into his body, seemingly striking his forearm but the umpire says it didn't touch him and calls a wide. Stokes is profoundly dischuffed. 

OVER 14: SA 128/3 (Miller 13* Smuts 2*)         

Miller reverse sweeps hard for four then cloths a straight slog, top edging it to cover where Roy drops a steepler he should have held despite the swirling wind. It hits him flush in the sternum, his hands 10cm in front.  Two drops off Rashid and now two pretty persuasive lbw shouts turned down as he does Smuts with the googly. Again looks plumb. He has to walk away with 4-0-23-1 when he deserved so much more.

OVER 13: SA 118/3 (Miller 5* Smuts 1*)         

Fresh from the catch, Moeen comes on to bowl out. Roy's turn to misfield and allow one to be turned into two. Miller bottom edges a cross-bat hoick but gets away with it and they take a third single from the over to leave Moeen with 4-0-22-1. Excellent spell. You could put Joe Root on now to exploit the lack of pace and SA's vulnerability against spin. Oh!

OVER 12: SA 113/3 (Miller 1* Smuts 0*)        

Superb from Rashid. He really is England's matchwinner with the white ball. 


Bavuma c Moeen b Rashid 43  The two friends get their man. Rashid feeds Bavuma's strength but pushes it wider towards his pads and the batsman top-edges his sweep to short fine leg. FOW 113/3

Dropped chance

Denly drops a hard, sliding chance at deep midwicket given by Bavuma sweeping Rashid. 

OVER 11: SA 111/2 (Bavuma 42* Miller 0*)       

The man with the golden arm uses his formidable cricket brain to winkle VDD out by rushing him into a hasty stroke. 


 Van der Dussen c Bairstow b Stokes 31  Splices a pull to square leg. Stokes saw him batting out of his crease  and invited him to pull into the wind but tucked him up with one aimed at his midriff. FOW 111/2

OVER 10: SA 105/1 (Bavuma 37* Van der Dussen 30*)      

England's wasted appeal bites them on the backside when Rashid traps Van der Dussen bang in front and the umpire inexplicably shakes his head. VDD then ramps a leg-break for four. Next ball, he misses a full toss, is given out and ridiculed for reviewing it. Apparently if it doesn't bounce they extrapolate the trajectory rather than what would happen if it pitched. I withdraw 'preposterous'. Apologies. 


How bizarre. It hist him on the full. They have to assume it goes on straight. Absolutely preposterous reprieve.



SA review

VDD lbw b Rashid Pinned by a full toss. Looked dead. 

OVER 9: SA 97/1 (Bavuma 36* Van der Dussen 25*)     

Curran takes the pace off and bowls one out of the back of his hand and Van der Dussen tickles it fine for four. They hare two to long-on but don't take on Stokes' arm at midwicket, settling for one. Bavuma reads another slow one and drops to his knee to ramp it over Buttler for four. He breaks into the broadest of grins. 

OVER 8: SA 84/1 (Bavuma 31* Van der Dussen 18*)     

Enter Adil at last. And the brakes are applied. VDD check drives to mid-on for a single, Bavuma sweeps for one and VDD is struck by his googly with the ball heading down and scampers a leg-bye to short fine leg. Bavuma laps a sweep for one to Moeen at short fine leg and ends the over by taking on Denly's arm at midwicket with another sweep variation. That's the 'full-blooded' one, says David Lloyd. 

OVER 7: SA 77/1 (Bavuma 27* Van der Dussen 16*)    

Wood returns, Rassie works a single to midwicket, Bavuma uses his lack of inches to pull a length ball for four and they continue to hustle the fielders into making errors. Wood is screechingly fast at 92 mph but the pitch is as dead as the spoken word. 

WICKET! Moeen Ali breaks through, as Quinton de Kock (31 off 15) holes out in the deep. SA 48-1 off 4.1 overs.

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OVER 6: SA 68/1 (Bavuma 20* Van der Dussen 14*)   

Farewell Chris Wood for now. Chris Jordan, England's best T20 fast bowler not called Jofra, comes in and has fair grounds for chewing Denly's ear off as the Kentish man/man of Kent lets a pull through his legs for four. Jordan persuades Morgan to review a leg-before shout that hit the middle of VDD's bat. There were two noises but the first was bat on to pad not ball on to pad by about six inches. VDD then hoovers a good length ball over deep backward square for six, Moeen turns one into two at mid-off with another misfield and Morgan ought to get them into a huddle and give them a metaphorical kick up the tuchas because this has been dreadful so far. Poor bowling, poor fielding, poor reviewing. 

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Van der Dussen lbw b Jordan  NOT OUT

OVER 5: SA 54/1 (Bavuma 19* Van der Dussen 1*)  

Moeen makes the breakthrough and ties VDD with two dot balls until they hustle a single to mid-on. Bavuma treats us to his supermarket of sweep shops, selecting the one collared hard, flat and square, rather than the paddle, lap, reverse or slog, for four. 


De Kock b Denly b Moeen 31 He cleared his front leg to yahoo across the line but found more vertical distance than horizontal and sent a steepling slog to deep midwicket. FOW 48/1

OVER 4: SA 48/0 (Bavuma 14* De Kock 31*)   

Wood begins with a fearsome full toss that slipped between waistband and navel and he edges it for four, taking hasty and necessary evasive action.  Wood is warned and De Kock will have a free hit. The next is a full toss that also seems to creep above waist-height. De Kock pulls it for six. But the square leg umpire says it wasn't too high and hence no need to pull Wood out of the attack.Wood has wheels but no control here - De Kock cuffs a single into the legside and Bavuma twists two through midwicket. Wood, straining for the yorker, instead sends down length and Bavuma whips it over midwicket for two before finishing with a well-timed pull-drive to cow corner for four. 
Get Rashid on. 

OVER 3: SA 28/0 (Bavuma 6* De Kock 20*)  

De Kock works two through midwicket and another single to square leg. Bavuma top edges a sweep safe over the circle, in for the powerplay, shuttles two through cover and sprints two byes when he sweeps but misses the ball entirely. 

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OVER 2: SA 19/0 (Bavuma 2* De Kock 17*) 

Tom Curran shares new ball duties. Slow start this by SA - De Kock creams a drive but mid-off cuts off the single. It's a dead pitch, no bounce, sticky and frustrating for batsmen. De Kock  claws a drive to mid-on and then decides enough is enough, advances and chips a lofted drive a foot over the leaping Jordan at mid-on on the edge of the circle. Curran responds with two length balls; the first is flayed over mid-off for four, the second murdered over extra for six. Four off the first eight balls, 15 off the next four. I shall keep my 'slow start' comments to myself in future. 

OVER 1: SA 4/0 (Bavuma 2* De Kock 2*)

There's a stiff breeze at Buffalo Park where Moeen is opening the bowling for England. Both openers use the drift to turn a pair of singles each into the legside. Moeen hangs one outside Bavuma's off stump at the end of the over and one would expect it to be flogged over the bowler's head, but Bavuma under-edges his cross bat yahoo and gives Moeen a second dot ball. 

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With his secret recipe. 

Quinton de Kock, Captain of South Africa (R) performs the coin toss with England Captain Eoin Morgan (L) ahead of the First T20 International match between South Africa and England at Buffalo Park
There's no business like show business. 

For those of you watching in black and white

England Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan.
South Africa Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Jon-Jon Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Dale Steyn,  Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.

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News from the toss

England win the toss and will bowl first. Buttler, Wood and Stokes are in the side. Here's captain Eoin Morgan:
The wicket looks really good, there's a bit of a howling wind left to right. We'll have to manage the dimensions of the ground and wind as the game goes on.
Steyn is back for South Africa. Some words from Quinton De Kock:
I think it's going to be a good surface. It could be a bit slow. Runs on the board is always key so I don't mind batting first.

Good afternoon

And welcome to coverage of only England's 19th T20i in two years, all but five of them played overseas. The pitch at East London should be a good tune-up for the autumn's T20 World Cup and here's Mark Wood on his hopes and fears for his four-over game and how he plans to take inspiration from Dale Steyn who is back, Baby!, back 
"I am a big fan. "As a fast bowler, he's got a similar skiddy sort of trajectory to me, someone that I've admired for a lot of years, someone that takes a lot of wickets and plays with a lot of passion.
"You can see how much he enjoys playing for South Africa so there are similarities between myself and him. But he's got an unbelievable record which I'd love to have.
"I've never actually played a game where I've been playing and he's been playing, so I'm looking forward to watching him bowl and how he goes about things.
"Little things like watching how he prepares as well, I think that will be quite nice to watch - bit of fast bowler's envy there so it will be nice to watch him go about his work."
Wood, alongside fellow World Cup winners Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, were rested for the drawn one-day international series against the Proteas but return for the three T20s which will conclude the tour.
Wood has only made five international appearances in the sprint format but a shift in emphasis towards T20s because of this year's World Cup in Australia, which begins in October, means the 30-year-old is poised for many more.
He insists the blueprint that took England to a historic 50-over triumph last summer will be copied as they attempt to become the first side to hold both limited-overs World Cups at the same time.
Wood said: "This is a starting point of where we've got out of a World Cup cycle and we're now into the Twenty20 stuff but I think it will be a similar process to what we've had before for the 50-over World Cup."
As for whether last year's success has increased their appetite for further honours, Wood added: "Definitely.
"I think you go out to win every game for England and in a big competition like that, there's plenty of good Twenty20 sides in the world and after winning the 50-over one there's still a target on our backs.
"People want to beat us. I think it's no different in Twenty20.
"But I think we can beat anybody, we've just got to bring an intensity and a level that can match the South African team who without doubt are class. So we've got to raise our game."

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