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England tour of South Africa 2015-16
1st ODI, South Africa vs England at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa (03 Feb 2016)
England

399/9 (50) RR:7.98

England won by 39 runs (D/L method)

MOM: Jos Buttler
South Africa

250/5 (33.3) RR:7.46

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After the end of the 30th over, England were 227/4 and the only thing to look forward to was whether they will go past 400 or not, they could not but registered their second highest score in ODIs (408/9 against New Zealand at Birmingham is their highest total). No matter how much we sympathize with the bowlers, one cannot deny that they could have put more effort. There were not many slower deliveries and yorkers - a modern-day necessity. The ball is travelling and the pitch is an absolute belter. If you are a fan of boom-boom cricket, South Africans have ABD in their ranks. He will relish batting here and may avenge the beating his bowlers suffered at the hands of the visitors. Chase coming your way in a while...

It is tough to be a bowler. You have to feel for them in the shorter formats of the game. It must take an effort to wake up every morning, knowing that for the entire day, they will be clobbered all around the park. It was one of those days for the bowlers. They came, bowled and England batsmen thrashed them. In between, there was a century from Buttler, half-centuries from the other three batsmen. Bowlers tried all they could, Morris and de Lange bowled a beamer each (unintentional though) but to be fair, these days even beamers do not look threatening.

Over: 50 6 W 4Nb 2 1 0 0 ENG 399/9
Topley 0(2) Willey 9(5) de Lange 10-0-87-2

49.6 - de Lange to Topley, no run, speared in full and outside off, Topley yet again fails to lay bat on ball. So, no 400 for England but they won't mind this score

49.5 - de Lange to Topley, no run, very full and just beside the tramline, Topley tries to get under it and misses

49.4 - de Lange to Willey, 1 run, good length on the stumps, Willey thumps it down to long-on. Will they get to 400?

49.3 - de Lange to Willey, 2 runs, fullish length on the stumps, Willey swipes it wide of deep mid-wicket and comes back for the second

49.3 - de Lange to Willey, no ball, FOUR, high full toss sprayed down leg, Willey half-ducks and lets it go, QDK had no chance to cut that off. No ball for height and Willey gets a free hit

Reece Topley, right handed bat, comes to the crease

49.2 - de Lange to Jordan, out Caught by Duminy!! Who wants it? Who wants it? It went high into the blue sky and Duminy steadied himself under the sun to clasp a screamer. It was hurled in full and on the stumps, Jordan nails it off the bottom of the bat and Duminy from mid-wicket covered good ground to get there. Jordan c Duminy b de Lange 14(10) [6s-1]

de Lange to Jordan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

49.1 - de Lange to Jordan, SIX, fuller length and outside off, Jordan cleared his front leg and lofted it over long-off. Behardien anticipated well and jumped high to grab the ball, ended up palmig it over the fence, good effort though

Over: 49 W 1 1 1 2 1 ENG 385/8
Jordan 8(8) Willey 2(2) C Morris 10-0-74-3

48.6 - C Morris to Jordan, 1 run, low full toss outside off, flat-batted biff to long-off

48.5 - C Morris to Jordan, 2 runs, fuller and wider, Jordan drills it to long-on and hares back for a couple

48.4 - C Morris to Willey, 1 run, full and jagged back in sharply, Willey was looking to flick to over mid-wicket - was a tad early in doing so, ends up getting a soft leading edge which lands safely around mid-off region

48.3 - C Morris to Jordan, 1 run, slower full delivery around off, Jordan makes room and drives to long-off

48.2 - C Morris to Willey, 1 run, a bit too straight, Willey drives it to long-on to get off the mark

David Willey, left handed bat, comes to the crease

48.1 - C Morris to Adil Rashid, out Bowled!! Another yorker from Morris and that leaves Rashid's stumps in a miss. Too full and tailing in late, too good for Rashid who was backing away. Ends up playing all around it and fails to get bat on ball. BAAAAANG goes the flying bails. Adil Rashid b C Morris 2(3)

C Morris to Adil Rashid, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Over: 48 0 1 W 1 1 1 ENG 379/7
Adil Rashid 2(2) Jordan 4(5) Tahir 10-0-71-2

47.6 - Tahir to Adil Rashid, 1 run, drifting in, went on with the arm, Rashid works it through mid-wicket and thinks of a second, the fielder in the deep was quick to get to the ball and hence Rashid aborted the thought of squeezing another run

47.5 - Tahir to Jordan, 1 run, slower through the air outside off, Jordan backs away and gets an under edge on the cut, rolled towards shortr third man, only a single on offer

47.4 - Tahir to Adil Rashid, 1 run, leggie to leggie, looped full outside off, Rashid drives to cover and is off the mark with a single

Adil Rashid, right handed bat, comes to the crease

47.3 - Tahir to Moeen Ali, out Caught by C Morris!! Another one bites the dust. Moeen Ali wanted to place it over the fielder instead he has holed out. Floated up on middle and leg, Ali went for a mighty swipe and completely mistimed it. Got it off the inside half and offered a lap-high dolly to Morris at deep mid-wicket. Straight into his palms. Moeen Ali c C Morris b Tahir 19(15) [4s-2 6s-1]

Tahir to Moeen Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

47.2 - Tahir to Jordan, 1 run, flipper on the stumps, Jordan goes down on one knee and sweeps along the carpet, through mid-wicket

47.1 - Tahir to Jordan, no run, quicker and outside off, Jordan drives with laden feet and is beaten

Over: 47 4 6 W 1 1 1Nb 0 ENG 375/6
Moeen Ali 19(14) Jordan 2(2) C Morris 9-0-68-2

46.6 - C Morris to Moeen Ali, no run, oh! He's bowled a beauty, toe-crunching yorker on middle, Ali could only it squeeze it off the toe-end

46.6 - C Morris to Jordan, no ball, 1 run, that's a no ball for height. Hip high full toss wide of off, Jordan clubs it through extra cover, another free hit...

46.5 - C Morris to Moeen Ali, 1 run, shortish and on leg-stump line, Ali drags the pull through mid-wicket

46.4 - C Morris to Jordan, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Jordan squeezes it down to long-on

Chris Jordan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

46.3 - C Morris to Stokes, out Bowled!! That will be that from Ben Stokes. Walks across the sticks aiming to lap this full toss over short fine. He misses and Morris strikes. You miss I hit stuff. Stokes b C Morris 57(38) [4s-4 6s-3]

C Morris to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

46.2 - C Morris to Stokes, SIX, that's clean as a whistle! Overpitched on the stumps, Stokes clears his front leg and hoicks it over the cow corner fence

46.1 - C Morris to Stokes, FOUR, fifty for Stokes! Just opened the bat face and helped it with an open bat face past point, the pace on the ball took care of the rest

Chris Morris [8.0-0-54-1] is back into the attack

Over: 46 2 6 6 1 0 4 ENG 361/5
Moeen Ali 18(12) Stokes 47(35) Tahir 9-0-67-1

45.6 - Tahir to Moeen Ali, FOUR, make that 19 off the over and this is also the highest score in this ground. Attempted wrong 'un from Tahir and Ali picked it, kneels down and lofts it for a one bounce four over mid-on

45.5 - Tahir to Moeen Ali, no run, very full on the stumps, Ali comes down the track and ends up yorking himself

45.4 - Tahir to Stokes, 1 run, makes room and cracks the cut to long-off

45.3 - Tahir to Stokes, SIX, way outside the leg stump and Stokes had all the time in the world to pick his spot, muscled the pull over the cow corner fence, almost hit that one-legged. Jeez! Those stubby arms...

45.2 - Tahir to Stokes, SIX, Stokes drops to one knee and bludgeons this googly straight into the deep square leg fence

45.1 - Tahir to Stokes, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, Stokes drags the pull behind square on the leg-side

Imran Tahir [8.0-0-48-1] is back into the attack

Over: 45 6 1 2 0 1 0 ENG 342/5
Moeen Ali 14(10) Stokes 32(31) de Lange 9-0-73-1

44.6 - de Lange to Moeen Ali, no run, full and wide, Ali swings and misses

44.5 - de Lange to Stokes, 1 run, driven towards cover

44.4 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, too full and pacy outside off, Ali looks to club it past bowler, beaten on the outside edge

44.3 - de Lange to Stokes, 2 runs, touch fuller outside off, Ali creams the drive through cover

44.2 - de Lange to Moeen Ali, 1 run, very full, almost a yorker on the stumps, Ali wrists it towards mid-on and hustles for a quick single. The fielder shies at the bowler's end and misses, had that hit Ali was a goner

44.1 - de Lange to Moeen Ali, SIX, that's straight into the stands, length delivery on the stumps, Ali backs away a tad and sends it soaring over the deep mid-wicket fence, high backlift from Ali and he got it off the meat of the bat

Marchant de Lange [8.0-0-63-1] is back into the attack

Over: 44 0 1 1 5 1 1Nb 1 ENG 332/5
Moeen Ali 7(7) Stokes 29(28) M Morkel 10-0-70-1

43.6 - M Morkel to Moeen Ali, 1 run, perfect delivery, yorker on middle, Ali could only keep it out towards mid-off

43.6 - M Morkel to Stokes, no ball, 1 run, There was an extra man inside the ring meaning it's a no ball! Free hit coming up folks! This was shortish and outside off, Stokes cuts it to backward point

43.5 - M Morkel to Moeen Ali, 1 run, pulled away through square leg

43.4 - M Morkel to Stokes, 5 runs, oh! What has happened there? It was a low full toss that's driven towards Morris at mid-off. He flings the ball at the bowler's end in an attempt to run Stokes out. It hits Stokes' bat and races away towards sweeper cover fence, Amla slides in the deep but to no avail

43.3 - M Morkel to Moeen Ali, 1 run, edged and safe! Full and around the sixth stump channel, Ali drives with cemented feet and thick outside edge skims wide of the keeper

43.2 - M Morkel to Stokes, 1 run, fullish outside off, drilled to long-on for an easy single

43.1 - M Morkel to Stokes, no run, a swing and a miss! Tad fuller and angled away from Stokes, he backs away and tries to smoke it straight down the ground, couldn't get bat on ball

Over: 43 1 W 0 0 4 0 ENG 321/5
Moeen Ali 4(4) Stokes 22(24) Behardien 5-0-45-1

42.6 - Behardien to Moeen Ali, no run, attacking the stumps, Ali turns it towards mid-wicket

42.5 - Behardien to Moeen Ali, FOUR, what a way to get off the mark! Length ball and width on offer, Ali drives it elegantly past cover, got it off the middle of the bat and it raced away!

42.4 - Behardien to Moeen Ali, no run, slightly fuller and curling in, Ali wrists it to mid-wicket

42.3 - Behardien to Moeen Ali, no run, length ball across the left-hander, Ali slaps it to the left of extra cover who dives and saves a run

Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease

42.2 - Behardien to Buttler, out Caught by de Villiers!! End of a fantastic knock from Buttler. He's done his part though. Back of a length delivery that held on the pitch a tad, Buttler was committed to the loft over mid-off. Was surprised by the lack of pace and ends up spooning it of the splice towards ABD at deep mid-off. Buttler c de Villiers b Behardien 105(76) [4s-11 6s-5]

Behardien to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

42.1 - Behardien to Stokes, 1 run, touch short outside off, Stokes stays back and chops the cut towards mid-off

Over: 42 0 1 4 2 4 0 ENG 316/4
Buttler 105(75) Stokes 21(23) M Morkel 9-0-59-1

41.6 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, toe-seeking yorker at the stumps, Buttler digs it out to the leg-side

41.5 - M Morkel to Buttler, FOUR, brilliant from Buttler, walks across the stumps and fetches this length delivery from outside off and shovels it past keeper for a boundary. Top stuff!

41.4 - M Morkel to Buttler, 2 runs, there it is! Back-to-back ODI hundreds for Jos Buttler. Gets there with a open-bat face steer down to third man, takes his helmet off and raises his bat in delight. A rousing applause from the dressing room too. Well played Jos!

41.3 - M Morkel to Buttler, FOUR, over the keeper and into the fence. Pacy short ball on the stumps, Buttler backs away and tries to flick it over square leg, gets a thick top-edge which lobs over the keeper's head, streaky but a boundary nonetheless

41.2 - M Morkel to Stokes, 1 run, touch fuller and on the stumps, Stokes drives to mid-on and sets off for a quick single. The fielder aims a direct hit at the bowler's end and misses, Stokes had to put in a desperate dive. Would have been close had that hit

41.1 - M Morkel to Stokes, no run, back of a length around off, Stokes backs away and chops it to backward point

Morne Morkel [8.0-0-48-1] is back into the attack

Over: 41 0 1 1 4 0 4 1 2 ENG 305/4
Buttler 95(71) Stokes 20(21) Behardien 4-0-40-0

40.6 - Behardien to Buttler, 2 runs, goes back and across and clips this fuller length delivery to fine leg for a couple of runs

40.5 - Behardien to Stokes, 1 run, slightly fuller and Stokes eases it down to long-on

40.4 - Behardien to Stokes, FOUR, short delivery and Stokes has used all those bulging muscles he has, slower delivery and Stokes pulled it to the deep mid-wicket fence

40.3 - Behardien to Stokes, no run, short of a good length, Stokes tries to work it into the on-side, gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls away

40.2 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Buttler taps it to cover-point for a single

40.1 - Behardien to Buttler, no run, too cute from Buttler, reverse sweeps this fuller length delivery to short third man

Farhaan Behardien [3.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack

Over: 40 0 1 0 0 Wd 1 0 1 W ENG 297/4
Buttler 92(68) Stokes 15(18) de Lange 8-0-63-1

39.6 - de Lange to Buttler, 1 run, de Lange is getting some reverse swing, Buttler opens the blade slightly on this short of a fuller length delivery and sends it down to sweeper cover. Just to add, the 4th ball of the over was bowled at 149ks. That is some pace from de Lange

39.6 - de Lange to Buttler, wide, slipped this one down the leg-side, Buttler moved way too across and missed the flick, it has been called a wide though

39.5 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, veering into Buttler, he is watchful as he defends it towards cover, stops Stokes who looked interested in a single

39.4 - de Lange to Stokes, 1 run, jumps in the crease this time and cuts it to sweeper cover for a single

39.3 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, short delivery and perhaps a slower one, Stokes goes for the mighty pull, was trying to drag it from outside off, does not connect

39.2 - de Lange to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Buttler is happy to wait for it, closes the bat at the last moment and gets it to mid-wicket for a single

39.1 - de Lange to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes keeps himself out of the line of the delivery and steers it to third man for a single

Over: 39 4 1 ENG 292/4
Buttler 90(65) Stokes 13(15) Duminy 5-0-48-0

38.6 - Duminy to Buttler, SIX, another one and this is even bigger, came down the track and got to the pitch of the delivery, gave it all and the ball sailed over the deep mid-wicket fence

38.5 - Duminy to Buttler, SIX, it is not turning out there, but still to go against the turn is a top art, came down the track, opened up the off-side and lofted it over deep extra cover for a maximum

38.4 - Duminy to Stokes, 1 run, shortish outside off, Stokes allows it to turn and punches it down the ground to long-off

38.3 - Duminy to Buttler, 1 run, uses his feet this time and nurdles it away from mid-wicket for a single

38.2 - Duminy to Buttler, no run, repeats the action but this time gets it straight to the fielder there, Amla it is

38.1 - Duminy to Buttler, FOUR, flat delivery and Buttler reverse sweeps it fine into the third man fence

Jean-Paul Duminy [4.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack

Over: 38 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 ENG 274/4
Stokes 12(14) Buttler 73(60) de Lange 7-0-58-1

37.6 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, that is a sharp effort from the fielder at mid-off, Stokes drove this one to Morris' right, he went down picked it up and threw at the stumps in one motion, hit the target but Buttler was in the crease, courtesy a dive. Nonetheless a good effort from Morris

They have gone upstairs on a run-out appeal but it is just a precautioanary measure. Buttler looks safe at the bowler's end and yes he is.

37.5 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, full on off and Stokes drives it to the man at mid-off

37.4 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, better from de Lange, keeps it on a length outside off, Stokes punches it towards cover

37.3 - de Lange to Stokes, FOUR, Lange is spraying it all over, this time bowls short and Stokes pulls it over deep mid-wicket, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

37.2 - de Lange to Stokes, FOUR, sliced the drive this time on fuller length delivery, the man at sweeper gave it all but could not get to it, the ball raced away

37.1 - de Lange to Stokes, no run, straight as an arrow from de Lange, Stokes punches it to mid-on

Marchant de Lange [6.0-0-50-1] is back into the attack

Over: 37 1 2 0 1 2 0 4 1 0 ENG 266/4
Stokes 4(8) Buttler 73(60) Tahir 8-0-48-1

36.6 - Tahir to Stokes, 1 run, goes deep in the crease and tucks it to deep square leg, wants to go for another couple, decides against it after completing the first run

36.5 - Tahir to Stokes, 2 runs, sinks down this time and laps it fine, before the man in the ring cuts it off at fine leg, Stokes has stolen a couple of runs

36.4 - Tahir to Stokes, no run, flat and fast outside off, Stokes mistimes the cut towards the cover region

36.3 - Tahir to Stokes, no run, Afridi-esque, quicker one outside off, Stokes guides it to point

36.2 - Tahir to Stokes, no run, goes for the reverse sweep and toe ends it to cover

36.1 - Tahir to Stokes, no run, flat on the stumps, nudges back to the bowler

Over: 36 1 0 0 1 ENG 263/4
Buttler 73(60) Stokes 1(2) M Morkel 8-0-48-1

35.6 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, looks to run down this length delivery to third man, mistimes it and the ball just drops behind the stumps on the off-side, the keeper comes running and prevents a single

35.5 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, bumper and on middle and off, Buttler was eyeing the pull, withdrew himself at the last moment and let it go

35.4 - M Morkel to Stokes, 1 run, that is good running, tapped this one in front of point and sprinted across for a single

35.3 - M Morkel to Stokes, no run, short of good length delivery on off, Stokes gets an inside edge onto the pads on the forward defence, the ball trickles away to mid-wicket

35.2 - M Morkel to Buttler, leg byes, 1 run, slower delivery and Buttler looks to tuck it fine, gets it off the pad to backward square leg

35.1 - M Morkel to Buttler, FOUR, the ramp is in action and the model is Buttler, ignore the pun, short delivery and outside off, Buttler ramps it over the keeper's head and the ball rolls way to the third man fence

Over: 35 1 ENG 257/4
Buttler 69(56) Stokes 0(0) Tahir 7-0-45-1

34.6 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, poor delivery and that effort from Behardien at fine leg hid the mistake from Tahir, short delivery and Buttler pulled it uppishly, Behardien put in the dive, got hands to it, just could not latch onto it but did well enough to prevent a cetain boundary

34.5 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, flatter outside off, kept out into the off-side

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease

34.4 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, out Caught by M Morkel!! Oh, Morgain, what have you done? He has thrown it away after all the hardwork, he was trying to loft it over the infield, did not reach the pitch of the ball and skied it off the toe end of the bat, Morkel at long-off had it easy and he did not commit any mistake. Eoin Morgan c M Morkel b Tahir 23(21) [4s-3 6s-1]

Tahir to Eoin Morgan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

34.3 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, danced down the track and nudged it to du Plessis at mid-wicket who fumbled to allow a single

34.2 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, tossed up delivery and Morgan drills it down to long-off for a single

34.1 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, SIX, there is a bit of cloud cover around and Morgan has sent this one among the clouds, got down on one knee and slogged it hard over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum

Over: 34 1 1 1 ENG 248/3
Eoin Morgan 16(18) Buttler 67(53) M Morkel 7-0-43-1

33.6 - M Morkel to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, short delivery and a slower one, Morgan nicely control the pull and rolls his wrists to get it all along the ground to deep backwaerd square leg for a single

33.5 - M Morkel to Eoin Morgan, no run, soft hands from Morgan as he lets the ball to hit his bat and just about opens the face to get it to short third man, cannot beat him and has to stay on the strike

33.4 - M Morkel to Buttler, 1 run, slightly opens the blade this time and steers it to backward point for the easiest of singles

33.3 - M Morkel to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, short delivery and Morgan was not in a good position to roll his wrists on the pull, managed to keep it down with some control and gets it between the two men in the deep on the leg-side, between deep square leg and fine leg for a single

33.2 - M Morkel to Eoin Morgan, no run, comes down the track and looks to swing across the line, gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball almost rolls back to the stumps, lucky, very lucky

33.1 - M Morkel to Eoin Morgan, no run, length delivery angled across Morgan, he drives it on the up, gets it off the inside half off the bottom back to the bowler

Morne Morkel [6.0-0-40-1] is back into the attack

Over: 33 6 0 0 4 2 1 0 ENG 245/3
Eoin Morgan 14(13) Buttler 66(52) Tahir 6-0-36-0

32.6 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, eases this quicker one on off to long-off to retain the strike for the next over

32.5 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, in the air but as safe as anything, went for the reverse sweep and it went over the men in the ring at and around point, a couple of bounces and into the fence

32.4 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, no run, little bit of air this time, Morgan opens the blade on the defence

32.3 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, takes it on full and laps behind the keeper, the fine leg is fine and it races away to the fence

32.2 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, no run, had he missed it. he would have been gone. Flatter delivery and Morgan went for the reverse sweep, connected with it but could not beat backward point

32.1 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, fires this one on the stumps and Buttler works it to deep mid-wicket

Will Tahir be able to snare the English duo?

Drinks are on the field now. England would be mighty pleased with their efforts. The chariot is charging forward and looks good enough to cross the 400-barrier. They have lost Root but that does not seem to be hurting their plans. They bat deep and it would be interesting to see what ploy the hosts apply to contain the Englishmen

Over: 32 0 ENG 235/3
Eoin Morgan 5(8) Buttler 65(51) C Morris 8-0-54-1

31.6 - C Morris to Eoin Morgan, no run, fuller length and on the stumps, Morgan slightly opens himself a touch and push-drives it to mid-off

31.5 - C Morris to Eoin Morgan, no run, slower delivery and Morgan allows it to come to him and softly pats to cover-point

31.4 - C Morris to Eoin Morgan, no run, shouted "wait" as he on-drove this fuller length delivery on the stumps to the fielder at mid-on

31.3 - C Morris to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, Morgan takes on the bowler this time, gives himself a touch of room and cracks the drive wide of the fielder at mid-off, the ball raced away into the fence

There is a slip in place for such mistakes from Morgan

31.2 - C Morris to Eoin Morgan, no run, slanted across Morgan from a length and he misses the drive

31.1 - C Morris to Buttler, 1 run, fuller length outside off, Buttler drives it off the front foot to sweeper cover for an easy single

Over: 31 1 4L 0 1 4 ENG 230/3
Eoin Morgan 1(3) Buttler 64(50) Tahir 5-0-26-0

30.6 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, no run, quicker one on the stumps, Morgan strides forward to block

30.5 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, spinning away a tad from a length, flicked off the pads to mid-wicket

30.4 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, pushed towards mid-off

30.3 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, similar delivery and a relatively similar stroke, but this time the fielder at mid-off overran and allowed the single

30.2 - Tahir to Eoin Morgan, no run, flighted just outside off, driven to the left of mid-off

One slip in for Morgan...

30.1 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, Tahir will thank heavens. Wondering why? Because he just got away after bowling a candyfloss of a delivery. Long hop slipping down leg, Buttler drags the pull but ends up stroking it straight to fine leg, only a single

Imran Tahir [4.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack

Eoin Morgan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 30 1 0 0 1 W 0 ENG 227/3
Root 52(58) Buttler 62(47) C Morris 7-0-49-1

29.6 - C Morris to Root, out Bowled!! DRAGGED ON. Another batsman departs after a well-compiled fifty. Root certainly knows that he missed out on a big one here. Full and swung in late to catch Root's inside edge on the flick, flies past his pads to knock the middle and leg-stump. Morris is all pumped up and he knows the value of this wicket. Root b C Morris 52(58) [4s-4 6s-1]

C Morris to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

29.5 - C Morris to Root, no run, very full outside off, Root was too far down the track, ends up mis-hitting the drive back at the bowler

29.4 - C Morris to Buttler, 1 run, a bit fuller outside off, Buttler shuffles across to flick it to mid-wicket

29.3 - C Morris to Buttler, no run, back of a length around fourth stump, punched to extra cover

29.2 - C Morris to Root, 1 run, smidge short at the stumps, pulled along the ground through mid-wicket

29.1 - C Morris to Buttler, 1 run, short and wide, should have been put away, Buttler backs away and goes hard on the drive, the ball hits the splice and rockets straight to deep cover

29.1 - C Morris to Buttler, no ball, rank bad delivery from Morris, bowls a high full toss at the batsman who ducks, just in time. Morris walks forward and puts his hand up in apology but that won't stop him from serving up a free hit next ball

Chris Morris [6.0-0-45-0] is back into the attack

Over: 29 2 0 1 1 1 1 4 1 0 1 ENG 223/2
Buttler 60(43) Root 51(55) M Morkel 6-0-40-1

28.6 - M Morkel to Buttler, 1 run, short and just outside off, Buttler fetches the pull from there and places it square on the leg-side, retains the strike with that run

28.5 - M Morkel to Buttler, FOUR, full and outside off, Buttler stays still and lifts it over mid-off for a one-bounce four

28.4 - M Morkel to Root, 1 run, darted in on the pads, Root walks across to time the flick through mid-wicket

28.3 - M Morkel to Root, no run, slower good length ball outside off, Root was tad too early on the cut stroke and is beaten on the bottom edge

28.2 - M Morkel to Root, no run, shortish outside off, Root nudges it to cover

28.1 - M Morkel to Root, FOUR, fifty for Root! So everyone in the English line-up so far, got their eye-in and seized on the opportunity. Short and wide, Root hung back and flayed it over backward point, with a late-cut

Over: 28 1 6 4 1 1 0 1 0 ENG 213/2
Buttler 55(41) Root 46(51) Behardien 3-0-32-0

27.6 - Behardien to Buttler, no run, stifled appeal for lbw but it was missing leg, very full and on leg-stump, Buttler misses on the flick and wears it on the pad

27.5 - Behardien to Root, 1 run, fuller and targetting the stumps, Root works it through mid-wicket

27.4 - Behardien to Root, SIX, dragged down and sat up invitingly for Root who rocks back to pull it over deep mid-wicket, all the way for a maximum

27.3 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, flicked off the hip towards mid-wicket

27.2 - Behardien to Buttler, no run, bowled 'em but that won't count! Behardien rushes forward in joy but he was very quick to realise it was off a free hit, full and slinging in, Buttler looks to slog it over the bowler, gets a thick inside edge which hits the pad and then onto the stumps

27.2 - Behardien to Root, no ball, 1 run, no ball as there were only four fielders inside the ring. So, there's a free-hit coming up Root clipped this through mid-wicket and Buttler will be on strike

27.1 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, another one off the cue end of the bat. Off-cutter outside off, Buttler looks to go hard on the drive, ekes it off the cue end and it died down well in front of an incoming Amla at extra cover

Over: 27 0 ENG 202/2
Root 38(48) Buttler 53(37) M Morkel 5-0-30-1

26.6 - M Morkel to Root, no run, aiming for the top of off, Root shuffles and turns it towards mid-wicket

26.5 - M Morkel to Root, no run, dug in short and angled down leg, Root misses on the pull and is surprised that it isn't called a wide

26.4 - M Morkel to Buttler, 1 run, fullish outside off, driven through cover

26.3 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, back of a length delivery that held on the pitch a tad, Buttler moves around the crease and ends up cramping himself for room, the ball speared in hit him around the hip area

26.2 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, slower length delivery outside off, chopped towards point

26.1 - M Morkel to Buttler, FOUR, fifty off 34 deliveries. Buttler is in some mood today. Walks across the sticks and whips this length delivery past mid-wicket, big boundaries meant big gaps and Buttler-blitzkrieg continues....

Over: 26 1 0 4 1 0 0 ENG 197/2
Buttler 48(33) Root 38(46) Behardien 2-0-21-0

25.6 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, full outside off, driven to deep cover and Buttler will keep strike

25.5 - Behardien to Buttler, no run, leading edge and just short of a diving bowler. Off-cutter around off, gripped off the surface and extracted tennis ball bounce, Buttler was early on the flick, got a thick leading edge which tantalisingly falls short

25.4 - Behardien to Root, 1 run, good length on the stumps, bunted towards long-on

25.3 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, fuller and wider of off, driven past cover

25.2 - Behardien to Buttler, 2 runs, straying into the pads again, tucked off the pads, fine leg was too deep and he allows a couple

25.1 - Behardien to Root, 1 run, 117ks, gentle length delivery on middle and leg, pushed down to long-on

Over: 25 4 0 0 ENG 191/2
Buttler 44(29) Root 36(44) M Morkel 4-0-25-1

24.6 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, another call of "wait and no" as Buttler tapped this straight to backward point

24.5 - M Morkel to Buttler, no run, yelps a loud "no" after bunting this length delivery towards cover

24.4 - M Morkel to Root, 1 run, drifting into the pads, picked away through square leg

24.3 - M Morkel to Root, FOUR, deft! Guided past the keeper, no slip in place and Root brings his deft touch into play, opens the bat face at the last instant and runs it past the keeper

24.3 - M Morkel to Root, wide, short and wide, Root flashes at it and that was too far away from his reach

24.2 - M Morkel to Root, no run, angled in from a good length, Root flicks it in front of mid-wicket

24.1 - M Morkel to Root, no run, back of a length just outside off, Root angles it with soft hands towards backward point

Morne Morkel [3.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack

Over: 24 0 1 1 0 1 4 ENG 185/2
Root 31(40) Buttler 44(27) Behardien 1-0-15-0

23.6 - Behardien to Root, 1 run, expensive first over from Behardien, darts a full delivery on the stumps which is eased to long-on

23.5 - Behardien to Buttler, 1 run, sensible batting this, patted towards cover for a single

23.4 - Behardien to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler continues to impress. Ample width on offer and Buttler dispatches it off his sight with a sublime drive through cover

23.3 - Behardien to Buttler, FOUR, if AB can't stop, no one else can. It was timed so well. Full and just outside off, Buttler lifts it over mid-off and ABD's desperate dive and sprint went in vain

23.2 - Behardien to Buttler, FOUR, placement! Low full toss outside off, Buttler opens the bat face and slices the drive, threads the gap between backward point and cover-point

23.1 - Behardien to Root, 1 run, full and aiming for middle stump, driven along the ground to long-on

Farhaan Behardien, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Behardien to bowl some dibbly-dobbly stuff...

Over: 23 1 0 0 6 2 4 4 1 0 0 ENG 170/2
Buttler 31(23) Root 29(38) Duminy 4-0-30-0

22.6 - Duminy to Buttler, no run, loopy delivery outside off, Buttler gets down on one knee and toe-ends the drive back to the bowler

22.5 - Duminy to Buttler, FOUR, innovative from Buttler! Placed this mis-directed full ball past backward point with a reverse sweep, once it went past the bowler it was always going to be a boundary

22.4 - Duminy to Buttler, SIX, Buttler is looking in good nick. This wasn't that short but Buttler seems to be in such mood that he can smack everything at will, rocked back and smoked the pull over cow corner fence

22.3 - Duminy to Buttler, no run, tossed up on the stumps, flicked to the same man again

22.2 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, full and at middle stump, flicked through mid-wicket

22.1 - Duminy to Root, no run, low full toss on middle, drilled to the left of mid-wicket who dives and puts paid to Root's thought of stealing a quick single

Jean-Paul Duminy [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Over: 22 0 1 6 0 0 4 Wd ENG 159/2
Buttler 21(19) Root 28(36) de Lange 6-0-50-1

21.6 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, better from Lange, keeps it on a back of a length outside off, Buttler pats it towards backward point, cannot steal a single

21.5 - de Lange to Buttler, SIX, this will make it a great over for England, Buttler moved towards the line of the delivery, picked his spot and wristed it over the cow corner, it just carried over the fence

21.4 - de Lange to Buttler, FOUR, short delivery and again a bad one, did not rise enough and Buttler swivelled across to pull it to the fine leg fence

21.3 - de Lange to Root, 1 run, just a defensive push on this length delivery and the ball rolls down to long-on, beating a diving mid-on for a single

21.2 - de Lange to Buttler, 1 run, taps this short of a good length to cover-point and sets off, there is a throw at the bowler's end but he is well in, did not matter as the fielder misseed the stumps

21.1 - de Lange to Root, 1 run, full outside off and the batsman drives it off the front foot to sweper cover

Over: 21 2 ENG 146/2
Buttler 10(15) Root 26(34) Tahir 4-0-23-0

20.6 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, shortish outside off and Buttler clatters the cut straight to the fielder at backward point

20.5 - Tahir to Buttler, SIX, that will compensate for a quiet over, it was a googly but did not matter as Buttler came down the track like a thunder and cracked it over long-off, that went onto the roof

20.4 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, gives himself some room and drives it straight to the fielder at cover

20.3 - Tahir to Root, 1 run, touch fuller and Root nurdles it away from mid-wicket for an easy single

20.2 - Tahir to Root, no run, pushed through on the stumps and Root punches it to mid-wicket

20.1 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, flatter outside off and Buttler almost chops it onto the stumps, the ball bounces in front of the stumps and rolls behind the keeper for a single

Over: 20 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 ENG 138/2
Buttler 3(11) Root 25(32) de Lange 5-0-37-1

19.6 - de Lange to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length delivery that angles into Buttler, he allows the ball to come to him and pats it to cover for an easy single

19.5 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, bumper down the leg-side, Buttler is happy to sit under it

19.4 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, length delivery shaping away from Buttler outside off, he ushers it through to the keeper

19.3 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, back of a length delivery again, Buttler waits for it and drops it under his nose

19.2 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, walked down the track this time, he is not Matthew Hayden and Lange replies with a bumper, Buttler ultimately ducks under it

19.1 - de Lange to Buttler, no run, back of a length right on the stumps, Buttler drops it in front of backward point

Over: 19 0 ENG 137/2
Buttler 2(5) Root 25(32) Tahir 3-0-15-0

18.6 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, drives this tossed up delivery past a diving Tahir on followthrough for a single to long-off

18.5 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, accounts for the leg spin this time and opens the face of the bat a touch on the defence to get it to backward point

18.4 - Tahir to Root, 1 run, loopy delivery on the stumps and Root eases it down to long-on

18.3 - Tahir to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler sinks down on this tossed up delivery and swept it to fine leg

18.2 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, floater on the stumps and Buttler defends it back to the bowler

18.1 - Tahir to Buttler, no run, very full and on the stumps, Buttler drives it to the right of mid-off who dives and saves a few runs

Imran Tahir [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Over: 18 W 0 1 1 W 1 0 2 4 1 ENG 134/2
Root 24(31) Buttler 0(0) de Lange 4-0-36-1

17.6 - de Lange to Root, FOUR, the wicket is not going to cow down Root, he moves across on this fuller length delivery on the pads and clips it away to the deep backward square leg fence

17.5 - de Lange to Root, no run, back of a length outside off, Root does not budge

Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.4 - de Lange to Hales, out Caught by de Villiers!! Hales has thrown it away. After such a good start, he had all the time to build on his innings, Hales was trying to go over the top on this short of a good length delivery, got the hoick off the toe end of the bat towards mid-off who was a bit wide, an easy one for the South African captain. Hales c de Villiers b de Lange 57(47) [4s-6 6s-2]

de Lange to Hales, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.3 - de Lange to Hales, no run, fuller length outside off, Hales gets a little stride forward and drives it firmly straight to the fielder at extra cover

17.2 - de Lange to Root, 1 run, stays behind the line of this back of a length delivery and pushes it through cover for a single

17.1 - de Lange to Root, no run, some movement outside off and Root was caught hanging his bat, luckily the ball did not kiss the edge of the blade on its way to the keeper

Marchant de Lange [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack

Over: 17 0 6 1 W 0 1 ENG 129/1
Hales 57(45) Root 19(27) Duminy 3-0-19-0

16.6 - Duminy to Hales, no run, tossed up delivery and Hales dead bats it into the pitch

Drinks are on the field now, This has been a positive start from the tourists. They took on the opposition by its horn and got the advantage. Morris has looked off colour and that has helped the English. We have not seen much from the spinners yet but looks like even they are going to have a hard time containing these two, Hales in particular. He has completed his fifty and looks set for a big one. Exciting play expected in the next few hours to come...

16.5 - Duminy to Hales, SIX, signs of aggression for Hales and he has hit that miles, used his feet to get to the pitch of the delivery and muscled it over long-on, it went out of the ground, that is a mammoth hit. I will call that Halestorm

16.4 - Duminy to Hales, no run, tossed up outside off and Hales drives it straight to the fielder at cover

16.3 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, Root allows this one to come to him and rolls his wrists on the tuck to get it to deep mid-wicket

16.2 - Duminy to Hales, 1 run, little shimmy down the track but does not reach the pitch of the delivery, punches it to long-on

16.1 - Duminy to Hales, no run, flatter on the stumps, blocked back to the bowler

Jean-Paul Duminy [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack

Over: 16 4 6 ENG 121/1
Root 18(26) Hales 50(40) C Morris 6-0-45-0

15.6 - C Morris to Root, no run, this one kept a touch low outside off, Root was trying to run it down to third man, was beaten by the lack of bounce and the keeper collects it on one bounce

15.5 - C Morris to Hales, 1 run, slower delivery and a low full toss, Hales gets his bat down in time and clips it to deep square leg to bring up his 3rd ODI fifty

15.4 - C Morris to Root, 1 run, Root uses the depth of the crease on this length delivery and turns it in front of mid-wicket for a quick single

15.3 - C Morris to Hales, 1 run, fuller length and outside off, Hales squeezes the drive to sweeper cover

15.2 - C Morris to Hales, SIX, short delivery and a poor one, did not rise enough to trouble Hales, he camped back and pulled it off the meat of the bat over the deep mid-wicket fence

15.1 - C Morris to Hales, no run, bouncer angled in around middle and leg, Hales half-ducks

Over: 15 6 1 0 2 0 0 1 ENG 112/1
Root 17(24) Hales 42(36) Tahir 2-0-12-0

14.6 - Tahir to Root, no run, loopy delivery on the stumps and Root on-drives it to mid-wicket

14.5 - Tahir to Root, no run, floater on the stumps and Root nurdles it to mid-wicket

14.4 - Tahir to Hales, 1 run, flighted delivery and Hales wrists it to the left of a diving mid-on for a quick single

14.3 - Tahir to Hales, no run, tossed up delivery and Hales pushes it back to the bowler

14.2 - Tahir to Hales, FOUR, too full and wide of off, Hales drove it past a diving cover for an easy four

14.1 - Tahir to Root, 1 run, flipper that threatened to sneak into the stumps, Root gets it off the inside edge to square leg for a single

Over: 14 0 1 1 1 ENG 106/1
Root 16(21) Hales 37(33) C Morris 5-0-36-0

13.6 - C Morris to Root, 1 run, he did not time this tuck all too well and that allows him a single there, the ball rolled in front of mid-wicket and Root scampered across to the other end, retains the strike with that run

13.5 - C Morris to Root, no run, shouts of "no" from Root as he tucks this short of good length delivery to mid-wicket

13.4 - C Morris to Root, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Root defends it from the crease towards the cover region

13.3 - C Morris to Hales, 1 run, outside edge but there is no one in the cordon, Hales took the bottom hand off the bat on this defensive probe, the ball rolled down to third man

13.2 - C Morris to Hales, FOUR, not that short enough and not even timed properly, Hales went back and pulled it between mid-wicket and mid-on, the ball raced away to fence along the carpet

13.1 - C Morris to Root, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside off, the batsman stays back in the crease and punches it to sweeper. Brings up the 100 for England

Chris Morris [4.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

Over: 13 0 0 4 0 2 1 4 ENG 99/1
Root 14(17) Hales 32(31) Tahir 1-0-6-0

12.6 - Tahir to Root, 1 run, flighted delivery and Root drives it back to the bowler, who allows it to sneak between his legs for an easy single

12.5 - Tahir to Root, no run, touch short and Root cuts it straight to the fielder at cover

12.4 - Tahir to Root, no run, tossed up delivery and Root drives it back to the bowler on a bounce, who stops it with one hand

12.3 - Tahir to Root, FOUR, that is the problem with Tahir, he keeps bowling short every now and then, short delivery and Root saw it early, camped back and pulled it through mid-wicket

12.2 - Tahir to Root, no run, floater on off, Root leans forward and defends

12.1 - Tahir to Hales, 1 run, flighted delivery but on the pads of Hales, he clips it to fine leg

Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

No close-in fielders for Tahir

Over: 12 0 1 1 0 ENG 93/1
Hales 31(30) Root 9(12) M Morkel 3-0-19-1

11.6 - M Morkel to Hales, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, Hales nurdles it to the right of the man at mid-on, sprints to the other end

11.5 - M Morkel to Hales, FOUR, he has not middled it but has enough legs to cross the fence at cow corner, Morkel goes full on the stumps and Hales flicks it uppishly to pick another boundary off Morkel

11.4 - M Morkel to Hales, no run, short of good length on the stumps, Hales tucks it to mid-wicket

11.3 - M Morkel to Hales, FOUR, up and over and one bounce over the ropes at long-off, full and Hales lofted through the line to get it over mid-off, good looking shot from Hales

11.2 - M Morkel to Hales, no run, dishes it full on off, perhaps a slower delivery, Hales watches it close and bunts down the pitch

Hales backs away for some reason and Morkel has to go back to his bowling mark

11.1 - M Morkel to Root, 1 run, too full and straight from Morkel, Root gets across and clips it away to deep backward square leg

Over: 11 1 ENG 83/1
Root 8(11) Hales 22(25) Duminy 2-0-11-0

10.6 - Duminy to Root, 3 runs, under edge but away from the stumps, the ball was not short enough to cut but Root went for it and almost chopped it back onto the stumps, the ball rolled away to fine leg, Morkel gave the chase and saved a run for his team

10.5 - Duminy to Hales, 1 run, clips this one with the turn to deep backward square leg

10.4 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, waits for the ball to arrive to him and cuts it away to backward point

10.3 - Duminy to Hales, 1 run, flighted delivery touch outside off and Hales drives to Behardien at wide mid-off

10.2 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, touch short and Root goes down on his knee and pulls it to deep backward square leg

10.1 - Duminy to Hales, 1 run, floater on the stumps, Hales drives it to long-on for an easy single

Over: 10 0 0 4 1 4 0 ENG 75/1
Hales 19(22) Root 3(8) M Morkel 2-0-9-1

9.6 - M Morkel to Hales, 1 run, 141ks, strays onto leg-stump, Hales whips and finds a single at fine leg

9.5 - M Morkel to Hales, no run, gets forward and push-drives this fullish delivery in front of short cover

9.4 - M Morkel to Hales, no run, around fifth, sixth stump channel, Hales moves around the crease to block that

9.3 - M Morkel to Root, 1 run, when you bowl it on the pads Root won't let it go scot-free, clipped gently to fine leg

9.2 - M Morkel to Root, no run, good length in the corridor of uncertainty, Root is still fresh at the crease, lets it go

9.1 - M Morkel to Root, no run

Over: 9 4 1L 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 ENG 73/1
Hales 18(19) Root 2(5) Duminy 1-0-3-0

8.6 - Duminy to Hales, no run, full on the stumps, flicked wide of mid-on

8.5 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, Root drove this one to point to nab a quick single, Tahir fires an awkward throw and Root wanted the second, but Hales was never interested

8.4 - Duminy to Root, no run, this one kept low, spinning in on middle, Root whips off his pads, but cannot get it past mid-wicket

8.3 - Duminy to Hales, 1 run, slower through the air, fuller around off, Hales on-drives wide of mid-wicket

8.2 - Duminy to Hales, no run, floated up just outside off, punchily driven back to the bowler

8.1 - Duminy to Root, 1 run, tossed up full on the stumps, Root gets off the mark with a single down to long-on

Jean-Paul Duminy, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Time for some spin, one slip for JPD...

Over: 8 6 1L 1 1 ENG 70/1
Root 0(2) Hales 17(16) M Morkel 1-0-7-1

7.6 - M Morkel to Root, leg byes, 1 run, another one down leg and this time Root gets some pad on the tickle

7.5 - M Morkel to Root, no run, tapped towards cover

7.5 - M Morkel to Root, wide, back of a length slipping down leg, Root misses on the leg-glance

Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.4 - M Morkel to Jason Roy, out Caught by Behardien!! Roy doesn't make use of the reprieve. Morkel gets the first breakthrough and some relieved faces in the South African camp. Just short of a full length and luring Roy to drive. He goes for the stroke and could only manage it off the toe-end, Behardien stationed at cover, moves to his left and reverse cups it in front of his face. Jason Roy c Behardien b M Morkel 48(30) [4s-8 6s-1]

M Morkel to Jason Roy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.3 - M Morkel to Jason Roy, FOUR, edged and past Amla at first slip! Would have been a dolly to second slip. Good length jagged back in to catch the outside edge of Roy who was slashing hard, the edge flies to the right of a diving first slip and into the fence

7.2 - M Morkel to Hales, 1 run, the errant stuff continues, full and down leg, flicked and it goes on the bounce to fine leg

7.1 - M Morkel to Jason Roy, 1 run, Morne Morkel starts with a leg-stump half-volley which is flicked to fine leg sans any discomfort

Morne Morkel, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Over: 7 1 1L 0 ENG 62/0
Jason Roy 43(27) Hales 16(15) C Morris 4-0-29-0

6.6 - C Morris to Jason Roy, leg byes, 1 run, back of a length that shoots back into Roy who was trying to pull, he didn'd had enough room to do so. The ball thuds his thigh pad rolls towards Amla at first slip

6.5 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, Morris rolled his fingers over it, slower delivery angled in just outside off, Roy drives gently and finds cover

6.4 - C Morris to Hales, 1 run, down leg and Hales helps it with a short-arm pull behind square leg

6.3 - C Morris to Hales, no run, this one seamed in late, pitched on a good length and cut Hales into half as he tried to cut, beaten neck and crop!

6.2 - C Morris to Hales, FOUR, classic cover drive if ever there was one. Smidgen fuller around fifth, sixth stump, Hales leans on the drive and clubs it past extra cover

6.1 - C Morris to Hales, no run, full and drifting in, Hales gets an inside edge on the forward push

Over: 6 1 4 0 1 0 0 6 1 0 ENG 56/0
Jason Roy 43(25) Hales 11(11) de Lange 3-0-31-0

5.6 - de Lange to Jason Roy, SIX, this is the best of the lot. Short and splayig towards leg, Roy swivles and pulls, sends it high and sailing over deep square leg fence. Just stand and admire!

5.5 - de Lange to Jason Roy, no run, good length just outside off, Roy bunts it to the off-side

5.4 - de Lange to Jason Roy, FOUR, Roy is on a roll here. As soon as he sees the ball pitched up, he pounces on it. Width on offer to help Roy's cause who loft-drives over mid-off for a picture-perfect boundary

5.3 - de Lange to Jason Roy, FOUR, finally a short ball arrives and what does Roy do? He pulls and gets a thick top-edge. Hang on! Don't get too excited, fine leg is inside the ring and that will be a lucky boundary for Roy

5.2 - de Lange to Hales, 1 run, shaped in late from a length, wristed off the pads to mid-wicket

5.1 - de Lange to Jason Roy, 1 run, extra bounce again, but not good enough to trouble Roy who adjusts and drops it with soft hands towards third man

Over: 5 1 1 1 0 1 ENG 40/0
Hales 10(10) Jason Roy 28(20) C Morris 3-0-24-0

4.6 - C Morris to Hales, no run, keeps it tight around the channel, Hales gets across to defend

4.5 - C Morris to Jason Roy, 1 run, length ball at 144ks, wide of off, steered to third man

4.4 - C Morris to Jason Roy, 2 runs, short and angled into the batsman, Roy swivels and pulls behind square to add another couple to his tally

Looks like Roy has twisted his knee, when Behardien flung the ball, it hit the stumps and deflected back onto Roy's knee. He seems to be in some pain as physio examines. Meanwhile, the South African players form a huddle. Sipping in a few drinks too...Right then! Roy looks alright and we are ready to go again...

4.3 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, another pacy fullish delivery, around off this time, Roy walks across to block to mid-on. Behardien fires an unnecessary throw at the striker's end and Roy, for a fleeting moment thought of squeezing a run but Hales isn't interested

4.2 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, 145kmph, slightly full outside off, Roy presses it to point

4.1 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, good length swung in late around fifth stump, Roy doesn't bother with it

Over: 4 4 0 ENG 37/0
Hales 10(9) Jason Roy 25(15) de Lange 2-0-15-0

3.6 - de Lange to Hales, no run, short of length in the corridor of uncertainty, Hales lifts his bat and lets it go

3.5 - de Lange to Jason Roy, 1 run, clipped away to backward square to nab a sharp single

3.4 - de Lange to Jason Roy, no run, another delivery that reared up from a length, Roy hangs back and defends solidly

3.3 - de Lange to Jason Roy, no run, uneven bounce! Back of a length that climbed onto Roy who was trying to defend, the ball hits the splice and lands safely in front of cover

3.2 - de Lange to Jason Roy, FOUR, class! Use of those rubber-esque wrists. Good length on middle, Roy whips it to the right of Duminy at square leg and he's offering a tough time to the Proteas

3.1 - de Lange to Jason Roy, no run, shuffles and blocks this good length delivery under his eyes

Over: 3 4 0 4 0 1 3 0 ENG 32/0
Jason Roy 20(10) Hales 10(8) C Morris 2-0-21-0

2.6 - C Morris to Jason Roy, 3 runs, full and targetting the stumps, Roy drives past Hales and places it past a diving mid-on, he is off to a flier

2.5 - C Morris to Jason Roy, FOUR, "He doesn't try to overhit" lauds Nass Hussain after Roy completed his stroke. True that! Morris sprays a length ball into Roy's pads and he puts it away nonchalantly wide of mid-wicket, just a flick of the wrist

2.4 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, comes forward and across and presents a dead-blade to this length delivery

2.3 - C Morris to Hales, 1 run, fuller and wider of off, Hales drives to ABD at extra cover and rushes for a quick single, beats ABD's throw at the bowler's end

2.2 - C Morris to Hales, FOUR, don't give width to Hales, to any top-order batsman for that matter. Sat up on a length outside off and Hales smacked it off the screws past cover, scorched off the turf!

2.1 - C Morris to Hales, no run, pitched a tad fuller around off, driven off the inside half towards mid-on

Over: 2 1 ENG 20/0
Jason Roy 13(7) Hales 5(5) de Lange 1-0-10-0

1.6 - de Lange to Jason Roy, FOUR, rank bad delivery to cap off the over, sliding down leg and all Roy needed to do was to get some bat on that, tickled away down to fine leg

1.5 - de Lange to Jason Roy, no run, a swing and a miss! de Lange keeps it short and wide, Roy flashes sans any feet movement, beaten!

1.4 - de Lange to Hales, 1 run, "yes, yes, yes" is the call from Hales as he punched this length delivery crisply past Faf at cover, thinks of a second but seeing Faf slid he yells out a loud "no"

1.3 - de Lange to Hales, 2 runs, curled back in from a good length, tucked away behind square leg for another double

1.2 - de Lange to Hales, 2 runs, short of length and extra bounce on offer, the line is outside off and Hales is off the mark with a punch square of the wicket

1.1 - de Lange to Jason Roy, 1 run, too straight and too full, Roy flicks to fine leg and squeezes an easy single

Marchant de Lange, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Two slips for de Lange...

Over: 1 1 1L 4 0 4 0 4 ENG 10/0
Hales 0(2) Jason Roy 8(4) C Morris 1-0-9-0

0.6 - C Morris to Hales, no run, full and straight, flicked to mid-wicket

0.5 - C Morris to Hales, no run, plenty of oohs and aahs...why? Hales got an inside edge onto his pad. Had there been no inside edge Hales would have been plumb in front. Length delivery that nipped back in around off and that inside edge saved Hales there

0.4 - C Morris to Jason Roy, leg byes, 1 run, full and spearing in on middle, Roy fails to glance it fine and gets it off the boot, there was a stifled appeal but it could have gone down leg

0.3 - C Morris to Jason Roy, FOUR, well executed! Pitched and Roy's eyes lit up as he clobbered the forward drive past cover, no point chasing that lads

0.2 - C Morris to Jason Roy, no run, much better! Good length and swung in sharply outside off, Roy covers his off-stump and shoulders arms

0.1 - C Morris to Jason Roy, FOUR, follows up with an equally poor delivery, back of a length on the pads, Roy flicks and finds the gap through mid-wicket, raced away!

0.1 - C Morris to Jason Roy, wide, horrid first delivery from Morris, waist high full toss well wide of off, Roy cannot lay bat on it

Jason Roy and Hales are at the crease. Jason Roy is on strike. C Morris will open the attack

The pitch was a cake and everyone who came in to bat kept having a piece of it. The openers took England to a quick-fire start, Root steered the ship, Stokes put his foot on the accelerator and then Buttler's stellar ton sped it away on this road of a pitch. A target of 400 could see teams crumble but de Kock, despite Amla and de Villiers failing, put on an exhibition of shot-making to pile up a ton and get to his highest individual score. However, so tall was the target that the chase looked short despite de Kock's innings and rains interrupted before the chase could assume interest. That's it from today. Keep watching the space for more cricket. Goodbye and goodnight!

21:36 Local Time, 19:36 GMT, 01:06 IST : No more play possible. England win by 39 runs, courtesy D/L interpolations

21:12 Local Time, 19:12 GMT, 00:42 IST : The rain seems to have stopped and the cut-off time is 22.18 local...and just as I was typing that, it returns. It's raining again..

20:42 Local Time, 18:42 GMT, 00:12 IST: The play can be extended for half an hour beyond 21:15 local, which is the scheduled close time. The news is that it's still raining there..

20:23 Local Time, 18:23 GMT, 23:53 IST : It has started to rain and the umpires take the players off. Groundsmen spring into action and drag that big, blue cover onto the pitch. The D/L par score after 34 overs is 290

33.3 - Jordan to Behardien, FOUR, will it be unfair if I put it as the shot of the night? Through the hands of extra cover who was lazy to get down and this front foot drive bulleted away

33.2 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, flahes this ball to cover and steals a tap-and-run single

33.1 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, some room and de Kock drills it to cover

Farhaan Behardien, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 33 0 1 0 1 0 W RSA 245/5
Rossouw 19(20) de Kock 137(94) Moeen Ali 6-0-43-3

32.6 - Moeen Ali to Rossouw, out Caught by Willey!! That was mistimed. To the extent that it looked out the moment this bleeding ball ricocheted off that big bat. After a few tight overs, Rossouw decided to go for the inside-out loft but toe-ends it straight into Willey at long-off. Half of the side back in the hut. Rossouw c Willey b Moeen Ali 19(20) [4s-3]

Moeen Ali to Rossouw, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

32.5 - Moeen Ali to Rossouw, no run, pushes the ball back to Moeen Ali who gets low and fields

32.4 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, transfers his weight back and punches the ball to deep mid-wicket

32.3 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, no run, just a hint of turn and de Kock makes more room, ends up slapping it to cover

32.2 - Moeen Ali to Rossouw, 1 run, slower delivery that sees Rossouw lunge forward and nudge to long-on

32.1 - Moeen Ali to Rossouw, no run, flatter outside off, Rossouw backs away and slaps it to cover

Moeen Ali [5.0-0-41-2] is back into the attack

Over: 32 4 1 1 0 0 1 RSA 243/4
Rossouw 18(16) de Kock 136(92) Jordan 5-0-51-0

31.6 - Jordan to Rossouw, 1 run, that was a good yorker. Fired in, Rossouw manages to dig it out to long-on for a single. Was hurried but did well to bring his bat down in a jiffy and jam it out

31.5 - Jordan to Rossouw, no run, shuffles towards leg and flows into this push to mid-off

31.4 - Jordan to Rossouw, no run, gets on his toes and meets this length ball on leg with a high-elbowed bat taken across his pad

31.3 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, fullish ball, de Kock just dead-bats it to cover, was waiting with a 45-degree bat to let the ball ping it and then runs through

31.2 - Jordan to Rossouw, 1 run, length ball nudged round the corner for a single

31.1 - Jordan to Rossouw, FOUR, just a hint of width, Rossouw flashes at it hard and makes a menu out of that. Kebab'd through extra cover, if I may put it like that

Drinks are on the field now..And why do I sense a double here? Let me refill my cuppa and I'll be back

Over: 31 6 1 1 0 Wd 4 0 RSA 236/4
de Kock 135(91) Rossouw 12(11) Stokes 5-0-31-0

30.6 - Stokes to de Kock, no run, goes flat-batted at this short of length ball and mistimes it back to the bowler

30.5 - Stokes to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock's bat only has a middle today. Back-bender sees him stand up in his crease and middle the roll-of-wrists pull through mid-wicket. This is his highest ODI score

30.5 - Stokes to de Kock, wide, this was comfortably down leg, de Kock turns to glance but misses and the umpire has some exercise to do

30.4 - Stokes to de Kock, no run, short ball that looked a touch pacy, de Kock looked to go for the pull but withdrew from the shot belatedly

30.3 - Stokes to Rossouw, 1 run, fullish ball following a shuffling Rossouw who gets low and ticks the ball to fine leg

30.2 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, stays really deep, arches forward and clips it belatedly with jerky wrists to deep mid-wicket

30.1 - Stokes to de Kock, SIX, that's the shot you use to scare babies off. Brutal. On a length, de Kock swings though the line and clobbers it over deep mid-wicket

Over: 30 0 4 4 0 0 1 RSA 223/4
de Kock 124(86) Rossouw 11(10) Jordan 4-0-44-0

29.6 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, full with an angle across, de Kock uses his protracted hands to get behind the line and flashes the drive through cover for a strike-retaining single

29.5 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, dipping full toss, de Kock uses his wrists to bunt it to mid-wicket

29.4 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, length ball, de Kock swings his bat and heaves it straight to mid-on

29.3 - Jordan to de Kock, FOUR, this was so, so nonchalant. Moves across his stumps, takes this full ball by the scruff of its neck and picks this up over backward sqaure leg for another boundary

29.2 - Jordan to de Kock, FOUR, this pitch is a run-mart. Just go with a big bag and collect them. Fullish on the pads, de Kock flicks it through fine leg and it hurried through

29.1 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, just short of a yorker and de Kock goes deep to keep that out

Chris Jordan [3.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack

Over: 29 1 0 1 1 0 4 RSA 214/4
Rossouw 11(10) de Kock 115(80) Stokes 4-0-18-0

28.6 - Stokes to Rossouw, FOUR, that was flat-batted down the ground. Shortish ball that was high but boasted of no pace, Rossouw hauls his back leg in air and pats it with a horizontal bat

28.5 - Stokes to Rossouw, no run, goes back and opts to play a punchy defence to a short of length ball

28.4 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, mid-on is deep and de Kock just pused it and ran off. Found it tough to complete the run as he's cramping up

28.3 - Stokes to Rossouw, 1 run, short ball that is robbed of all its pace by the pitch, Rossouw swivels to pull but mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket

28.2 - Stokes to Rossouw, no run, slides deep and clips this ball into the leg-side

28.1 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, some width outside off, de Kock chips it to backwrad point. Rossouw was standing there and was late to react. A throw at the striker's end but Rossouw was well in

Over: 28 1 2 1 0 4 0 RSA 207/4
Rossouw 6(6) de Kock 113(78) Topley 6-0-43-1

27.6 - Topley to Rossouw, no run, angled in from a fullish length, clipped away but found mid-wicket to perfection

27.5 - Topley to Rossouw, FOUR, don't bother chasing that! Why? Because that came right off the screws and raced like a tracer bullet - typical Ravi Shaz cliche. Pitched full on off, thumped past de Kock for a sublime boundary

27.4 - Topley to Rossouw, no run, sat up on a length outside off, Rossouw punchily drives to the right of extra cover who dives and prevents a single

27.3 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, darted in on leg-stump line, tucked off the hip towards square leg

27.2 - Topley to de Kock, 2 runs, very full and at the stumps, de Kock manages to get under it drills it past his partner, called two straightaway and got it with ease

27.1 - Topley to Rossouw, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, Rossouw brings up the 200 for South Africa with a punch through cover

Over: 27 1 0 1 0 0 0 RSA 199/4
de Kock 110(76) Rossouw 1(2) Stokes 3-0-11-0

26.6 - Stokes to de Kock, no run, another day it would have gone on to hit the stumps, this one slid from a length and cut de Kock into half, he was trying to run it to third man, but the inside edge tantalisingly rolls just around the vicinty of off-stump

26.5 - Stokes to de Kock, no run, this one kept low, wasn't that short as de Kock expected, went for the pull and missed it completely, rapped on the pads but too high for an appeal and to be given out

26.4 - Stokes to de Kock, no run, driven powerfully to the right of MOrgan at mid-wicket who puts in a timely dive

26.3 - Stokes to Rossouw, 1 run, pitched slightly fuller and too straight for Rossouw who wrists through mid-wicket to get off the mark

26.2 - Stokes to Rossouw, no run, steep bounce, good length that reared up sharply and thuds Rossouw bat on the splice, he was taken aback by the extra bounce, no harm done as the ball rolls safely to cover

26.1 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, short of length just outside off, glided down to third man

Rilee Rossouw, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Here's Rossouw

Over: 26 1 1 6 0 1 W RSA 197/4
Duminy 13(21) de Kock 109(72) Topley 5-0-35-1

25.6 - Topley to Duminy, out Caught&Bowled!! This will go down as one of the tamest dismissals in Duminy's cricket career. I'm pretty sure he would never want to watch a replay of this. Slower short delivery speared in, Duminy was early into the stroke. Looks to drive but ends up chipping it straight to Topley who clasps it sans any discomfort. Easy as you like. Duminy c and b Topley 13(21) [4s-1]

Topley to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

25.5 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, not this time though, drilled hard wide of cover

25.4 - Topley to de Kock, no run, finally some relief as de Kock decides to drive this gently in front of mid-off

25.3 - Topley to de Kock, SIX, lo! This man is unstoppable at the moment. He's giving a tough time to the English bowlers and to my fingers too. Overpitched and in the swinging arc for de Kock, belted with a cross-bat swipe over wide long-on

25.2 - Topley to Duminy, 1 run, this one held on the pitch, just a touch, hit Duminy's bat splice on the clip and dribbled towards mid-wicket

25.1 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, drifting in full on middle, pushed past the non-striker for an easy single

Over: 25 1 0 0 1 4 1 RSA 188/3
de Kock 101(68) Duminy 12(19) Stokes 2-0-9-0

24.6 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, tailed back in late, on a good length, de Kock was cramped for room, but adjusts and angles it towards short third man

24.5 - Stokes to de Kock, FOUR, whew! de Kock and his baby-faced 100's. This man is in imperious form and as Shaun Pollock points out "This is his 3rd ton in his last 4 ODI innings." Full toss on the pads, de Kock says thank you as he whips it off his pads, beating Jordan's sprint and dive at deep square. Out comes the helmet and the crowd greet him with a thunderous applause. Well deserved!

24.4 - Stokes to Duminy, 1 run, dug in shorter and slower, Duminy hauls his back in the air and pulls to square leg

24.3 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, fractionally full on sixth stump, Duminy comes forward to drive, only to find a lurking extra cover

24.2 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, back of a length in the outside off zone, Duminy camps back to cut, cannot get it past backward point

24.1 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, short and at a comfortable height for de Kock who swivels on the pull to deep backward square

Over: 24 1 1 1 0 1 0 RSA 181/3
Duminy 11(16) de Kock 95(65) Topley 4-0-26-0

23.6 - Topley to Duminy, no run, another leg-sidish delivery from Topley and Duminy finds mid-wicket (on the flick) to perfection

23.5 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, angled in from a fullish length, flicked off the pads through mid-wicket

23.4 - Topley to de Kock, no run, very full and wide, de Kock looks to squeeze that out but couldn't do so, beaten for pace

23.3 - Topley to Duminy, 1 run, short and hurried into the batsman, Duminy was a smidgen early on the pull, takes the splice and rolls to the left of Rashid at short fine

23.2 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, full and targetting leg-stump, driven with a closed bat face, long-on the man again

23.1 - Topley to Duminy, 1 run, curled in from round the wicket, eased down to long-on

Reece Topley [3.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

D/L par score after 23 overs is 210/3. So, South Africa are well behind but wind has picked up and rain might not make an appearance...

Over: 23 1 0 0 0 0 1 RSA 177/3
Duminy 9(13) de Kock 93(62) Stokes 1-0-2-0

22.6 - Stokes to Duminy, 1 run, drifting in on leg, Duminy swivles and pulls along the carpet behind square leg

22.5 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, shortish and outside off, Duminy chops the cut to cover

22.4 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, how did that miss off-stump? Pitched on a good length and skimmed past the off-stump, missed by a hair's breadth distance as Duminy belatedly pulls his bat out of the way

22.3 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, good length around the sixth stump channel, punched crisply to cover

22.2 - Stokes to Duminy, no run, and now he bowls a pacy full delivery, angled across and beats Duminy's flashing blade

22.1 - Stokes to de Kock, 1 run, here comes Stokes who plucked a screamer of a catch to dismiss ABD. Slower bouncer sliding down leg, de Kock was amazed by the lack of pace, ends up dragging the pull to deep backward square

Ben Stokes, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Over: 22 6 0 2 1 0 0 RSA 175/3
Duminy 8(8) de Kock 92(61) Moeen Ali 5-0-41-2

21.6 - Moeen Ali to Duminy, no run, straighter one on off, pushed back towards the bowler

21.5 - Moeen Ali to Duminy, no run, flighted and on middle and leg, Duminy could only tuck it to square leg

21.4 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, low full toss on leg-stump line, clubbed through mid-wicket

21.3 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 2 runs, steps out and lifts his drive over extra cover for a couple of runs

21.2 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, no run, this didn't look close to the naked eye but on replays it did. Slider angled in and de Kock ends up playing all around it, missed and is slammed a tad high on the pads. Moeen forces Morgan to go up for a review but it proved to be in vain...

England have gone up for a review, for lbw against de Kock. Front foot - fine, inside edge - no. Remember the umpire's call is not out. Inside edge - no. Pitching - in-line, impact - in-line, wickets - umpire's call. Just clipping the top of leg

21.1 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, SIX, jeez! That's some hitting I can tell you. Drops to one knee and smokes this quicker delivery over the cow corner fence, straight into the grass-bank

Over: 21 0 4 3 4 1 0 RSA 166/3
Duminy 8(6) de Kock 83(57) Adil Rashid 6-0-42-0

20.6 - Adil Rashid to Duminy, no run, looked like a slower googly, Duminy gets forward and defends it

20.5 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, stands up and punch-works this ball to long-on

20.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, FOUR, this was dragged down and de Kock was deep in his crease to pounce on that, but the ball stays low and he drags it off the inside edge which rolls to the fine leg fence

20.3 - Adil Rashid to Duminy, 3 runs, a dive at fine leg and a run saved. Swept this leg-side delivery

20.2 - Adil Rashid to Duminy, FOUR, low full toss, Duminy bends low and sweeps it through square leg

20.1 - Adil Rashid to Duminy, no run, lets this slower delivery arrive and pats it with an open bat face

Over: 20 4 0 W 1 1 1L RSA 154/3
Duminy 1(2) de Kock 78(55) Moeen Ali 4-0-32-2

19.6 - Moeen Ali to Duminy, leg byes, 1 run, got an inside-edge onto his pad but the umpire didn't spot it, leg byes given

19.5 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, quicker on the pads, whips into the leg-side

19.4 - Moeen Ali to Duminy, 1 run, short of length this time, Duminy tucks it to long-on

Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.3 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, out Caught by Stokes!! Stokes should just give up cricket and start up a production line of stunners. This was thumped off de Villiers's bat, swiveled in his crease and tonked it across the line but Stokes ran across at long-on, sticks his right hand out, stretches it a bit more as he continued to sprint in front and somehow manages to hold onto it. And then runs in an arc along the fence, making faces and celebrating. The replays are being seen to confirm whether he touched the rope while celebrating...the winds had blown the advertising triangles back and his boots seemed to have flirted with the softer grass where the triangles should have been. All's fine and he has been given OUT. de Villiers looked stunned. Absolutely shocked. One could have taken his face off and used it as a prop to explain the word "startled" to kids. de Villiers c Stokes b Moeen Ali 8(10) [4s-1]

Moeen Ali to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.2 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, no run, gets his elbows high and defends it into the leg-side

19.1 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, FOUR, no. Veering down leg, de Villiers just gets huis bat across his pad and flicks it to the deep mid-wicket fence

Update: D/L par score after 20 overs is 169

Over: 19 1 4L 1 4 4 0 RSA 147/2
de Kock 77(54) de Villiers 4(7) Adil Rashid 5-0-30-0

18.6 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, gets it to rip in from outside off, de Kock leans into the drive, doesn't account for the turn and the inside edge misses the off on its way back

18.5 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, FOUR, this is not BBL and this is not the Adil Rashid that I have been watching last month. Low full toss veering down, de Kock bends, sweeps and gets it through backward square leg

18.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, FOUR, overpicthed in length, de Kock just gets under it and tonks it over mid-off for a one-bounce four

18.3 - Adil Rashid to de Villiers, 1 run, Adil Rashid should just do and follow the morning routine he did today. Short ball outside off, de Villiers flays the cut but cannot beat sweeper cover

18.2 - Adil Rashid to de Villiers, leg byes, FOUR, loud appeal but no bat on that. Turns around to greet this mediocre ball down leg with a tickle, misses and a Topley's dive at fine leg is not good enough

18.1 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, gets forward and turns the ball to long-on and gives de Villiers the strike

Over: 18 0 6 1 2 0 0 RSA 133/2
de Villiers 3(5) de Kock 68(50) Moeen Ali 3-0-26-1

17.6 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, no run, there's the de Villiers hormone making noise and crying to get into effect. Flatter outside off, de Villiers stabs his bat in front, reverses it in the hand and looks to run it down to third man. Mistimes it

17.5 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, de Villiers blocks it back

17.4 - Moeen Ali to de Villiers, 2 runs, slowish outside off, de Villiers presses forward and defends it tentatively, ekes out an outside edge behind square on the leg-side, backward square hurls a wild throw at the bowler's end and concedes an overthrow

17.3 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, shortish and de Kock mistimes the pull to backward square leg

17.2 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, SIX, oh my! That's huge. Stoops low, gets hold of this flatter delivery that's a touch overpitched and swings across the line to deposit it over deep backwrad square leg

17.1 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, no run, quicker ball on off, de Kock looks to clip it into the leg-side, misses as the ball turns a touch and hits his back pad well outside the line

It's so windy that the flag is threatening to elope away from the mast

Over: 17 1 0 1 0 0 1 RSA 124/2
de Kock 61(47) de Villiers 1(2) Adil Rashid 4-0-20-0

16.6 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, shimmies down and drives the ball with the full face for a single to long-on

16.5 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, stays his ground and wrists this quicker delivery back to Adil Rashid

16.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, flighted delivery full in length, de Kock half-turns and clips it into the leg-side

16.3 - Adil Rashid to de Villiers, 1 run, and he gets off the mark as he lunges forward and ekes out an inside edge that runs to mid-wicket

16.2 - Adil Rashid to de Villiers, no run, short mid-wicket lets out a desperate dive to stop this soft-handed clip from de Villiers

A slip in place....

16.1 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, lunges forward and clips the ball to square leg for a single

AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 16 1 0 6 1 2 W RSA 121/2
du Plessis 55(44) de Kock 59(43) Moeen Ali 2-0-17-1

15.6 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, out Caught by Hales!! Ah, this was middled but settles itself nicely into Hales' hands at deep mid-wicket. Flighted full, du Plessis stoops and swipes his bat across the line, no intention to keep it along the carpet but Hales was waiting, inches inside the rope to snaffle it down. Have you got your tickets for the ABD show yet? du Plessis c Hales b Moeen Ali 55(44) [4s-7 6s-1]

Moeen Ali to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

15.5 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, 2 runs, shimmies down, works the tossed up delivery to deep mid-wicket for a brace

15.4 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, this time gets forward and flashes the ball to sweeper cover

15.3 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, SIX, that was launched. Might even have been placed beside the moon. Just drifting down leg, de Kock kneels, sweeps it uppishly and over fine leg

15.2 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, no run, stays back and ekes outan isndie edge off this non-turning ball

15.1 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, 1 run, mid-on lets it through and du Plessis gets a single off this clip shot that scoots to long-on

Spin-twinning to continue

Over: 15 2 1 1 1 1 0 RSA 111/1
de Kock 52(40) du Plessis 52(41) Adil Rashid 3-0-17-0

14.6 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, quicker one into the pads, de Kock's flick is intercepted at mid-wicket

14.5 - Adil Rashid to du Plessis, 1 run, 100 partnership comes up. Punched down to long-on

14.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, stoops low and works this off his pads, through mid-wicket

14.3 - Adil Rashid to du Plessis, 1 run, dipping full toss on the stumps, biffed through mid-wicket

14.2 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, clipped away behind square leg

14.1 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 2 runs, full and down leg, de Kock tickles it behind square to get to his fifty

Over: 14 1 4 1 1 0 0 RSA 105/1
du Plessis 50(39) de Kock 48(36) Moeen Ali 1-0-7-0

13.6 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, no run, this was twirled in around off and Faf missed out on the flick, gets rapped on the front pad and up goes the finger straightaway. England thought they had him but Faf after a conflab with de Kock signalled for a review. It proved to be a fruitful one in the end... so Faf survives

Faf is given out lbw. He has decided to go upstairs though. Moeen Ali is fine with the front foot, no inside edge on the UltraEdge, Pitched outside off, impact - in-line and guess what! IT IS MUMSSING LEG, I cannot believe it....did that spin too much?

13.5 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, no run, comes down the pitch and smothers the spin on this tossed up delivery

13.4 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, eased down to long-on

13.3 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, 1 run, 20th ODI fifty for Faf! Couldn't buy a run in the recent Test series and now here he is whacking the white ball at will. Reaches the landmark in 37 balls with a clip to square leg

13.2 - Moeen Ali to du Plessis, FOUR, full toss just outside off, du Plessis manufactures some room and places the forward drive through cover, no one's stopping that!

13.1 - Moeen Ali to de Kock, 1 run, "the golden-arm" as Nass calls him on air comes round the wicket and bowls a full one on the pads, flicked away towards mid-wicket

Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Over: 13 0 0 2 2 1 0 RSA 98/1
du Plessis 45(35) de Kock 46(34) Adil Rashid 2-0-11-0

12.6 - Adil Rashid to du Plessis, no run, flipper that kept low, du Plessis clips off his pads and picks out mid-wicket

12.5 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, worked to mid-wicket

12.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 2 runs, swiped away to deep square

12.3 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 2 runs, Just before this delivery, Buttler was chirping "Googly mate, he will hit straight back to you" - surely would have irritated de Kock who lofts this floated delivery and makes it look so pleasing to the eyes, Willey sprints hard and slides to haul the ball back in at long-off fence

12.2 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, quicker one on off, de Kock misses on reverse sweep and is hit on the pad, would have missed leg and there was no real appeal

12.1 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, advances and defends this flighted delivery back to the bowler

Over: 12 4 1 1 4 1 4 RSA 93/1
du Plessis 45(34) de Kock 41(29) Jordan 3-0-35-0

11.6 - Jordan to du Plessis, FOUR, there comes Faf and there goes Faf. What a shot! Jumps down the track and slaughters it straight down the ground for a one-bounce four

11.5 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, chopped away square on the off-side

11.4 - Jordan to de Kock, FOUR, what's this with de Kock and pulls? Must be his favourite stroke I reckon. Short delivery that didn't climb enough to trouble the batsman, sat up nicely for de Kock who pulls elegantly through mid-wicket, got it off the toe-end but had enough power behind it

11.3 - Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run, drifting in and kept low, du Plessis jumps inside the crease and clips it past square leg

11.2 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, another one tailed in from a length, this time de Kock is content with a single towards mid-wicket

11.1 - Jordan to de Kock, FOUR, oh! de Kock makes batting look so easy. Back of a length angled in around the hip, de Kock backed away slightly and dismissed it off his sight - with a flashing pull, all along the carpet

Over: 11 1 4 0 0 1 0 RSA 78/1
du Plessis 40(32) de Kock 31(25) Adil Rashid 1-0-6-0

10.6 - Adil Rashid to du Plessis, no run, a bit too straight, worked square on the leg-side

10.5 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, 1 run, short but not short enough for de Kock to go for the pull, withdraws his stroke at the last instant and ends up dragging it towards square leg

10.4 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, top-spinner from Rashid, de Kock was taken aback by the slowness of the delivery, gets a soft leading edge on the flick, fell well short of the man at cover

10.3 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, no run, floated up just outside off, de Kock slotted his drive towards extra cover

10.2 - Adil Rashid to de Kock, FOUR, late-cut executed to perfection, slower and spinning away, all de Kock needed to do was get past that man at slip, he does so

10.1 - Adil Rashid to du Plessis, 1 run, for all that build-up I put for him, he ruined my excitement, full toss just outside off, du Plessis is too kind to drive it towards long-off

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Right then, Adil Rashid into the action now. He has had a fantastic stint in the recently concluded BBL. Let's see how he goes about his business today. Only one slip in place...

Over: 10 4 0 1 2 0 1 RSA 72/1
du Plessis 39(30) de Kock 26(21) Jordan 2-0-20-0

9.6 - Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run, full and drifting in on leg, whipped away to deep square to keep strike

9.5 - Jordan to du Plessis, no run, good length and around fifth stump channel, punchily driven towards cover

9.4 - Jordan to du Plessis, 2 runs, Faf saw short fine inside the ring and lapped this chip shot well over him but Moeen covered good ground from deep square to keep that down to two

9.3 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, goes wide of the crease to create the angle, couldn't get it where he wanted meaning de Kock had enough room to free his arms, steered away to third man

9.2 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, short one that zoomed off the surface, outside off and de Kock can only chop it towards backward point

9.1 - Jordan to de Kock, FOUR, length ball asking it be smashed - de Kock obliges. It was going down leg and he helped it with a short-arm pull behind square on the leg-side

It has gone a bit gloomy and there might be rain soon. Fingers crossed...

Over: 9 0 0 4 6 0 0 RSA 64/1
du Plessis 36(27) de Kock 21(18) Willey 5-0-30-1

8.6 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, horrid delivery from Willey but he got away with that. Slipping down leg and all Faf needed to do was to get some bat. He tickles but finds Rashid to perfection at short fine

Buttler is standing upto the stumps...

8.5 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, touch fuller around off, du Plessis drives back towards the bowler

8.4 - Willey to du Plessis, SIX, this one's as clean as a whistle, waltzes down the track and nails this length delivery straight into the stands

8.3 - Willey to du Plessis, FOUR, release shot from du Plessis! A shimmy, a biff and back over the bowler, smeared away into the fence

8.2 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, another one that kept low around off, du Plessis defends it more confidently

8.1 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, this one kept low, fullish and aiming for top of off, du Plessis was surprised by the lack of bounce, manages to bring his bat down to bunt it towards cover

Over: 8 0 1 0 4 1 6 RSA 54/1
de Kock 21(18) du Plessis 26(21) Jordan 1-0-12-0

7.6 - Jordan to de Kock, SIX, on the pads and de Kock has smashed it over the deep backward square boundary. Just a flick of the wrist, but ensured he got it right of the screws. See you tomorrow!

7.5 - Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run, tap-and-run cricket from South Africa, du Plessis dabs this with soft hands towards cover-point and responds for a quick single

7.4 - Jordan to du Plessis, FOUR, sprayed into the pads and du Plessis whips it nonchalantly, flayed it behind square leg and Moeen Ali couldn't cut that off

7.3 - Jordan to du Plessis, no run, shortish just outside off, du Plessis gets forward to chop it towards cover

7.2 - Jordan to de Kock, 1 run, short and on the hip, de Kock rolls his wrists over the pull and keeps it all along the ground, Topley runs to his left from sweeper and puts in the dive to prevent a certain boundary

7.1 - Jordan to de Kock, no run, back of a length zipped off the surface, angled across de Kock who misses on the cut

Chris Jordan, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Over: 7 0 1 0 1 0 2 RSA 42/1
du Plessis 21(18) de Kock 14(15) Willey 4-0-20-1

6.6 - Willey to du Plessis, 2 runs, hops in his crease, fetches the ball from outside off and whips it to long-on for a brace

6.5 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis was far outside leg for the room and had shimmies far out of his crease only to mistime the loft back to Willey who lets out a throw and effects some zing-bail flashing at the striker's end

6.4 - Willey to de Kock, 1 run, length ball angled in on middle, de Kock swipes his bat across his pad and tucks the ball to backward square leg

6.3 - Willey to de Kock, no run, mid-on runs to his right and cuts this straight push. No run as de Kock smiles

6.2 - Willey to du Plessis, 1 run, fullish ball in the corridor of uncertainty, du Plessis holds his open bat close to his pad and just guides the ball to backward point for a quick single

6.1 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, full on the pads, du Plessis hauls his back leg in air and clips it stylishly to shortish mid-wicket

Over: 6 1 0 2 4 1 0 RSA 38/1
de Kock 13(13) du Plessis 18(14) Topley 3-0-22-0

5.6 - Topley to de Kock, no run, stays deep in his crease and meets this length ball with a back foot punch

5.5 - Topley to du Plessis, 1 run, fullish ball on middle, du Plessis bends forward and clips the ball through mid-wicket

5.4 - Topley to du Plessis, FOUR, that tripe ball almost got 'im. Turns around to tickle this ball well down leg, a thin edge to the keeper and a diving Buttler can only glove-tip it back to the fence

5.3 - Topley to du Plessis, 2 runs, just over Hales running back from mid-off! Shimmies down the pitch, gets his bat low and lofts it uppishly. Didn't seem to have timed it well and it evaded Hales by some distance

5.2 - Topley to du Plessis, no run, back of a length ball sees du Plessis half-stand and punch the ball to mid-off

5.1 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, this is speared into the pad, de Kock turns around in his crease and turns the ball to mid-wicket

Over: 5 0 1 0 4 Wd 1 1 RSA 30/1
de Kock 12(11) du Plessis 11(10) Willey 3-0-16-1

4.6 - Willey to de Kock, 1 run, tucks this back of a length to mid-on and retains the strike with that run

4.5 - Willey to du Plessis, 1 run, the sucker ball that on this pitch should have been belted to the fence. du Plessis leant in nicely, middled the ball too but found mid-off in the way

4.5 - Willey to du Plessis, wide, hurls this one further down the leg-side, du Plessis turns to tickle but misses

4.4 - Willey to du Plessis, FOUR, on this pitch and on this outfield, you cannot veer down the leg-side. If you do, du Plessis will clip you to the backward square leg fence

4.3 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, that can be the moment of that day. Fullish ball on middle, du Plessis hangs his bat die-straight in defence and middles it

4.2 - Willey to de Kock, 1 run, slight bit of width outside off, de Kock gets the room to open his blade and glide it down to third man

4.1 - Willey to de Kock, no run,

Over: 4 2 1 1 1 0 4 RSA 22/1
du Plessis 6(7) de Kock 10(8) Topley 2-0-14-0

3.6 - Topley to du Plessis, FOUR, that looked like it kissed the bat face and hurried to the fence. Shows full face of the bat and then pushes it straight down the ground

3.5 - Topley to du Plessis, no run, punch-drives this length ball straight to extra cover

3.4 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, straight ball on the pads, de Kock half-turns and clips the ball to mid-wicket

3.3 - Topley to du Plessis, 1 run, fullish ball around off, du Plessis pats it to mid-off and steals a single

3.2 - Topley to de Kock, 1 run, on the middle and leg, de Kock tucks it round the corner for a single

3.1 - Topley to de Kock, 2 runs, gets his bat down from a high backlift and punches the ball to long-on

Over: 3 W 0 0 1 1 0 RSA 13/1
du Plessis 1(4) de Kock 6(5) Willey 2-0-8-1

2.6 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, fullish ball on middle, du Plessis pushes it back down the pitch

2.5 - Willey to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length ball outside off, de Kock throws his bat at his and chops the ball to third man

2.4 - Willey to du Plessis, 1 run, some width outside off, du Plessis chops it to third man and gets to the other end

2.3 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, length ball angled across, du Plessis lifts his bat and lets it go

2.2 - Willey to du Plessis, no run, fullish ball, du Plessis lunges forward and defends it towards mid-off

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.1 - Willey to Amla, out Bowled!! Ah, there's the pressure of chasing 400. And the low bounce. Length ball outside off, Amla was fevicol'd to the crease, just protracted his hands and threw his bat at the ball which stayed low. An inside edge and the middle stump is bent back in its groove to signal Amla's departure. Amla b Willey 6(9) [4s-1]

Willey to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Over: 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 RSA 11/0
de Kock 5(4) Amla 6(8) Topley 1-0-5-0

1.6 - Topley to de Kock, no run, a flat-footed horizontal-batted slash outside off and the ball beats the top-edge

1.5 - Topley to Amla, 1 run, bends forward and clips this full ball into the pads to deep mid-wicket

1.4 - Topley to Amla, no run, that's very well fielded. Drive drilled back by Amla and Topley gets low in his followthrough,half-stops to parry it onto his boot

1.3 - Topley to Amla, FOUR, full ball outside off, Amla leans, opens the face of the bat and rockets it along the ground to the third man fence

1.2 - Topley to Amla, no run, a touch of swing in, Amla stays back, allows the ball to come to him and then clips it into the leg-side

1.1 - Topley to Amla, no run, length ball going across, Amla stands tall and bunts it down the pitch

Reece Topley, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

One slip for Topley

Over: 1 0 4 1 0 0 1 RSA 6/0
Amla 1(3) de Kock 5(3) Willey 1-0-6-0

0.6 - Willey to Amla, 1 run, gets the width to straighten his arms, flashes the cut uppishly, on the bounce to cover-point who gets a hand to this

0.5 - Willey to Amla, no run, fullish ball is pushed back to the bowler

0.4 - Willey to Amla, no run, oh, off the face of the bat and short of the keeper! Length ball, Amla withdraws his bat belatedly and but doesn't get his bat out in time, on the bounce to the keeper

0.3 - Willey to de Kock, 1 run, veering into the pads, de Kock turns around and flicks it to fine leg

0.2 - Willey to de Kock, FOUR, just back of a length, de Kock stays put, opens the face of the bat and thrashes it through sweeper cover

0.1 - Willey to de Kock, no run, fullish ball outside off, pitches and doesn't get up much as the ball makes its way under de Kock's bat

de Kock and Amla are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Willey will open the attack