South Africa tour of England, 1st T20I: England v South Africa at Chester-le-Street, Sep 8, 2012
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
8 September 2012 (20-over match)

Here we go then, a bit of spin to start off, England didn't play it well at Trent Bridge, so why not. Robin Peterson to bowl to Craig Kieswetter from the Lumley End...

"Despite the T20 format, I think England will be happy to be rid of Hashim Amla. Top run getter in Tests, ODIs and even managed the highest individual score for SA in each of the ODIs. Some feat!" I agree Vinay. I would have played Amla, in such great form and it's not like he takes his time in getting his runs is it? Faf du Plessis has some act to follow...

"Expecting a lot from Alex Hales because I bought him for my Cricinfo Fantasy Team for the World cup!" Well Anil, if Hales' 99 in England's last T20 is anything to go by, you should be confident you made a good pick there. But interesting to see how Hales goes because he's only one of two players in the England team, the other being Jos Buttler, that wasn't involved in the Australia or South Africa series, so hasn't played an international in a while.

England looking to emulate their Women's team who earlier on hammered West Indies also here at Durham. Both the other T20s in this men's series will be preceded by the two remaining games in the Women's series.

Both teams have their big guns back today, England welcoming their T20 captain Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann back into the fold and South Africa bringing back perhaps the biggest gun of the them all, Jacques Kallis. We've just had the toss, AB de Villiers calls heads, wins the toss and chooses to bowl. He says South Africa will be trying a few combinations in this series ahead of the World T20 but they've left out Hashim Amla today. Faf du Plessis making his T20 debut.

South Africa 1 Richard Levi, 2 Jacques Kallis , 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Justin Ontong, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Stuart Broad says his side are firmly concentrating on this match and they pick the same side that beat West Indies last time out at Trent Bridge.

England 1 Craig Kieswetter (wkt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

Hello and welcome to live, ball-by-ball coverage of the first T20 between England and South Africa from Chester-le-Street. The first of three rubbers in this pre-World T20 series, so we're looking to mark your card ahead of the tournament in Sri Lanka, starting a couple of weeks time.


Peterson to Kieswetter, no run, starts very un-T20, full length just outside off and left alone


Peterson to Kieswetter, no run, meets it on the full on leg stump, clipped to backward square leg


Peterson to Kieswetter, 1 run, off stump again, clipped down to long off to get England underway


Peterson to Hales, no run, length just outside off, Hales stayed in his crease and tried to cut, got a bottom edge that he nearly dragged towards his stumps


Peterson to Hales, FOUR, slog sweep over square leg, taken nicely from middle and off, lofted for four, well struck


Peterson to Hales, FOUR, and this is even better, opens the face and drives past backward point with good timing for four

Good start for England, South Africa didn't exactly steal an over there by using the spinner...

End of over 1 (9 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • AD Hales 8 (3b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 1 (3b)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-9-0

And Dale Steyn from the Finchale end, pace to work with here...


Steyn to Kieswetter, no run, back of a length just outside off, went to pull, got it high on the pad and nearly presented a catch towards the bowler's left hand


Steyn to Kieswetter, no run, length, off stump, carefully forward to block towards cover


Steyn to Kieswetter, no run, forward again just outside off, blocking to cover


Steyn to Kieswetter, no run, short and does Kieswetter for pace as he tries to pull and is way too late playing the stroke, misses completely


Steyn to Kieswetter, 1 run, much fuller and slower, dropped towards mid on and they race through for a single


Steyn to Hales, no run, similar delivery, tucked towards mid on again, this time Steyn fields with his right hand

End of over 2 (1 run) England 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AD Hales 8 (4b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 2 (8b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-1-0
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-9-0

End of spin, it's Lonwabo Tsotsobe...


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, length just outside off, driven hard but only to point


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, middle stump line, carefully in behind it towards midwicket


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, FOUR, beautiful, a step down the wicket and taking a length ball past extra cover, excellent timing and just gave himself a bit of room

Midwicket goes into the covers and slip fills the hole at midwicket...


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, FOUR, and this swing outside off presents a catch straight to where slip would have been, what are the odds


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, fuller just outside off, Kieswetter looks to run it to third man and it nips through and beats him


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, SIX, Kieswetter takes another step down and this time picks a leg stump ball up very nicely and it sails all the way for six over wide long on, super strike

End of over 3 (14 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • C Kieswetter 16 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Hales 8 (4b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-14-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-1-0

Another change and Albie Morkel is now having a go...slip's back...


Morkel to Hales, 2 runs, cut hard, half-saved by point, two down to third man


Morkel to Hales, 1 run, this time angled straight to the third man fielder

Albie Morkel has played more T20 matches than anybody else in the world apparently...


Morkel to Kieswetter, no run, slower ball, just outside off, a swing and a miss

He's played for seven different T20 teams...


Morkel to Kieswetter, OUT, dropped into the leg side, Hales came a long way down and was sent back, Kallis throws down the stumps and is run out, total waste for England but a good scalp for South Africa and sharp work, excellent work from Kallis, never a run there

AD Hales run out 11 (15m 6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 183.33

Now Ravi Bopara, can he find form...


Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 run, angled down to third man from a full ball


Morkel to Bopara, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone

So that wicket has just dampened a bright start for England...

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • RS Bopara 0 (1b)
    • C Kieswetter 17 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-4-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-14-0

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, forward onto middle and off stumps, defended back to the bowler


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, back of a length, pulled into the leg side, comes off the gloves to square leg


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, 1 run, full ball, a pleasant drive down the ground to long off


Tsotsobe to Bopara, 1 run, full onto the stumps, tucked to leg and Bopara's away


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, FOUR, bit of a wild swing towards the leg side, it comes off a wild edge and flies over the empty slip cordon for four, no third man at home, fortunate


Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, 2 runs, tries to go over mid on again, this time half-catches it and it almost carries to Botha, who leapt high in the air with his left hand, got a lot on it but couldn't cling on

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 36/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • C Kieswetter 24 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 1 (2b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-22-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-4-0

Morkel to Bopara, no run, back of a length just outside off, pushed to point


Morkel to Bopara, no run, full ball just outside off, played forward into the leg side


Morkel to Bopara, no run, slower ball just outside off, fiddled at and missed outside off


Morkel to Bopara, 1 run, length ball, clubbed to leg without timing, falls short of mid on and they take a quick single

Keeper up to the stumps...


Morkel to Kieswetter, 1 run, stump to stump, played forward through square leg for a single


Morkel to Bopara, 2 runs, length outside off, flicked cut wide of third man

Patient Powerplay and South Africa will be the happier...

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 40/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • RS Bopara 4 (7b)
    • C Kieswetter 25 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-8-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-22-0

Johan Botha into the attack...


Botha to Kieswetter, OUT, and the first ball spins into the front pad and is given out lbw. Nice delivery first up, jags back and strikes Kieswetter in line with off stump, pretty plumb in front, Kieswetter played across it but got done by the turn

C Kieswetter lbw b Botha 25 (28m 24b 3x4 1x6) SR: 104.16


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, around the wicket, full ball, played in a controlled manner down to long off


Botha to Bopara, 1 run, forward and played to the same fielder, who's now long on


Botha to Morgan, FOUR, lovely shot, opens up the off side with a big stride and flicks it past short extra cover with superb timing


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, tucked into midwicket now, the deep fielder scrambles in well and saves the second


Botha to Bopara, no run, off stump, worked back to the bowler

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 47/2 (RR: 6.71)

    • RS Bopara 5 (9b)
    • EJG Morgan 6 (3b 1x4)
    • J Botha 1-0-7-1
    • JA Morkel 2-0-8-0

Steyn is back and a slip goes in...


Steyn to Morgan, 1 leg bye, length ball, Morgan misses looking to play to leg, leg bye past the slip


Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, pushed through point


Steyn to Morgan, 1 run, waited for in the crease and carved to third man

50 up but it's been pretty carefully stuff so far from England...


Steyn to Bopara, OUT, can you believe it, Bopara gone again caught at slip and it is exactly the same dismissal as Bopara's other dismissals against South Africa, pushing tentatively forward to a fullish ball just outside off without moving his feet and getting an edge behind the wicket

RS Bopara c Botha b Steyn 6 (19m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

England in a spot of both now...


Steyn to Bairstow, no run, length outside off and left alone


Steyn to Bairstow, no run, length ball dropped into the covers

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 50/3 (RR: 6.25)

    • JM Bairstow 0 (2b)
    • EJG Morgan 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-3-1
    • J Botha 1-0-7-1

Botha to Morgan, 1 run, down the wicket and tucked into the on side, they consider the second and turn it down


Botha to Bairstow, no run, floated up outside off, tucked to mid off


Botha to Bairstow, FOUR, step to leg to give himself a bit of room and it's timed to perfection past extra cover, lovely stroke


Botha to Bairstow, 1 run, step away again, this time pushing to deep point


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, down the wicket, gets a bit close to it and ends up turning it down to long on


Botha to Bairstow, 2 runs, reverse sweep behind deep point so they take two

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 59/3 (RR: 6.55)

    • JM Bairstow 7 (6b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 9 (7b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-16-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-3-1

Jacques Kallis now with the ball...


Kallis to Morgan, 1 run, length ball just outside off, angled down to third man


Kallis to Bairstow, no run, went to turn it into the on side and got struck on the pad, no run into the covers


Kallis to Bairstow, no run, full outside off, pushed to cover


Kallis to Bairstow, 1 run, slower bouncer, pulled well but straight to long leg, picked out with excellence


Kallis to Morgan, 1 leg bye, full towards the pads, flicks the ankle and runs towards long leg, de Villiers scrambles and saves the second


Kallis to Bairstow, 2 runs, dropped down to third man, played with delicate soft hands so they can come back for the second

Well a sluggish start for England, can Monty pick up the pace...

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 64/3 (RR: 6.40)

    • JM Bairstow 10 (10b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 10 (9b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0
    • J Botha 2-0-16-1

Good afternoon. Tacky progress for England so far, South Africa making good use of winning the toss


Botha to Morgan, 2 byes, tossed up and spinning across, Morgan misses a hack across the line, down on one knee, but the ball slips past de Villiers for byes


Botha to Morgan, OUT, bowled him, Morgan chops on! He tried to manufacture another busy shot, against the turn and it was a bit too close, the ball taking a chunk of bat and cannoning on to the wicket

EJG Morgan b Botha 10 (17m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

England down to their two JBs, Buttler in at No. 6


Botha to Buttler, no run, tossed up and played back to the bowler


Botha to Buttler, no run, bit of bounce, plays on the up and edges low to short third man


Botha to Buttler, no run, flighted, on the stumps, pushed back down the wicket


Botha to Buttler, 1 run, unfurls the reverse sweep early on, taking a length ball from around off stump through gully

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 67/4 (RR: 6.09)

    • JC Buttler 1 (4b)
    • JM Bairstow 10 (10b 1x4)
    • J Botha 3-0-17-2
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0

Kallis to Buttler, 2 runs, length ball outside off stump, squirted away wide of square man for a couple


Kallis to Buttler, 1 run, touch shorter, turned into the midwicket area


Kallis to Bairstow, 2 runs, opens the face, steering a length ball from outside off fine, third man gets round to prevent four


Kallis to Bairstow, 1 run, on the stumps, angling in, tickled towards long-on and they think about two but Bairstow has to regain his ground at the bowler's end and end up bumping into Kallis and coming off the worse, looking up with a grin at the big man


Kallis to Buttler, 1 run, goes across and closes the face to take a length ball through midwicket


Kallis to Bairstow, no run, length delivery outside off, pushed into the covers

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 74/4 (RR: 6.16)

    • JM Bairstow 13 (13b 1x4)
    • JC Buttler 5 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-11-0
    • J Botha 3-0-17-2

De Villiers shuffles his pack, on comes Robin Peterson again, England need to roll that eight ball out of their way and get a shift on


Peterson to Buttler, 1 run, flighted, on the stump, worked in front of midwicket


Peterson to Bairstow, 1 run, dragged down, a touch short, leaves the crease and dabs into the leg side


Peterson to Buttler, OUT, bowled him, another one gone! Buttler beaten by the flight and turn, well down the wicket and all at sea, he pushed tamely as the ball span by and clattered into middle and off

JC Buttler b Peterson 6 (8m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Out comes Samit Patel, who should know his way around left-arm spin


Peterson to Patel, no run, pushed through on off stump, tapped into the covers


Peterson to Patel, 1 run, goes back and whips a length ball through the leg side


Peterson to Bairstow, no run, flighted on the stumps, plays from the crease but can't get it back past the bowler

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 77/5 (RR: 5.92)

    • JM Bairstow 14 (15b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 1 (2b)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-12-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-11-0

Another change, Albie Morkel on

"If England are struggling against the likes of Peterson and Botha in English conditions, what are they going to do against subcontinent spinners in the T20 in Sri Lanka?" wonders Ryan, quite legitimately.


Morkel to Patel, 1 run, length ball, coming in and hit on the pad, Morkel appeals but it was probably outside the line


Morkel to Bairstow, 1 run, takes a length ball outside off and guides to third man


Morkel to Patel, 1 run, pitched up wide of the stump, driven through the covers to the sweeper


Morkel to Bairstow, OUT, gone, tries to go big but holes out to long-on! England are making a right horlicks of this, Bairstow trying to up the pace and punching a lofted drive limply to the man stationed out near the boundary

JM Bairstow c Botha b Morkel 15 (24m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

Stuart Broad, the captain, wanders out to survey the damage


Morkel to Broad, 1 run, back of a length, on the pads and flicked down to long leg


Morkel to Patel, no run, short of a length and coming back in, beats Patel's push forward and he's hit on the body

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 81/6 (RR: 5.78)

    • SR Patel 3 (5b)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (1b)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-12-1
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-12-1

Can the two Notts men at least give England something to bowl at? Back comes Botha for a twirl


Botha to Broad, no run, round the wicket, straightening outside off, tries to paddles to leg but it doesn't come off


Botha to Broad, 2 runs, pushed through a bit quicker on off stump, driven nicely off the back foot through the covers for a couple


Botha to Broad, no run, flighted outside off, spinning away from Broad, hits the shoulder of the bat and pops towards point


Botha to Broad, no run, tossed up and spinning away, misses with a sweep


Botha to Broad, no run, full and enticing, gets forward and drives to cover


Botha to Broad, no run, touch shorter, on the stumps, goes back and mistimes a flick to leg - another tight over for South Africa

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 83/6 (RR: 5.53)

    • SCJ Broad 3 (7b)
    • SR Patel 3 (5b)
    • J Botha 4-0-19-2
    • JA Morkel 3-0-12-1

Peterson's name is drawn out of the hat this time ...


Peterson to Patel, 1 run, floated up outside off stump, driven to long-off


Peterson to Broad, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, full length, Broad leans out and turns through midwicket


Peterson to Patel, OUT, hits out and goes, caught in the deep by the diving Kallis. It was boom or bust and Patel was not going to be bailed out, trying to hoick over long-off, didn't get enough bat on it and Kallis ran in to dive full length, sliding along the turf and getting safely under a magnificent catch

SR Patel c Kallis b Peterson 4 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Peterson to Broad, no run, pushed through on the stumps and played back to the bowler


Peterson to Broad, 1 run, flicked off the legs through square leg


Peterson to Swann, no run, looped up outside off stump, punched to extra-cover coming forward

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 86/7 (RR: 5.37)

    • GP Swann 0 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 5 (10b)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-2
    • J Botha 4-0-19-2

Back comes Steyn to terrorise the tail


Steyn to Broad, 1 run, length ball, shaping back in towards the top of off, driven on the back foot through cover


Steyn to Swann, no run, pacy ball in the corridor outside off, Swann plays and misses

Raj offers up a bit of sympathy for England ... that or he just likes correcting people: "@Ryan: With all due respect buddy, but both Both and Peterson are ideal bowlers for a T20 scenario..."


Steyn to Swann, no run, back of a length, at the batsman, who tries to hook and gets it all sorts of wrong, wearing the ball on the arm/chest


Steyn to Swann, no run, bumper, wide of the stumps, steps away and flails at the ball, tapping unsuccessfully into ground towards point


Steyn to Swann, 1 run, pitched up a bit more, clears the front leg and swipes to mid-off, this time they take a single


Steyn to Broad, 1 run, fullish length ball, on off stump, chopped into the leg side

If England get 100 here, they'll have done well. All right, not well, but you know what I mean

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 89/7 (RR: 5.23)

    • SCJ Broad 7 (12b)
    • GP Swann 1 (5b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-6-1
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-2

Peterson breaks the sequence of changes to complete his allocation


Peterson to Broad, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, pushed out towards long-off and they get back for a second


Peterson to Broad, 1 run, played off the back foot to mid-on


Peterson to Swann, FOUR, flighted, outside the line of off, Swann leans out and heaves through midwicket, there's a man on the rope but he won't get round and that's the first boundary since the ninth over


Peterson to Swann, 1 run, wide of the stumps, gets forward and slaps through the covers


Peterson to Broad, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he doesn't connect with a flick to leg


Peterson to Broad, FOUR, shorter length, goes back and carves the ball over the bowler's head, straight down the ground for another four

Ding, ding, ding! England have reached 100!

End of over 18 (12 runs) England 101/7 (RR: 5.61)

    • SCJ Broad 14 (16b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 6 (7b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-27-2
    • DW Steyn 3-0-6-1

Kallis back on at the death ...


Kallis to Swann, FOUR, Swann, the merry slogger, steps away and launches the ball over extra-cover, between two fielders in the deep and that's four more


Kallis to Swann, 1 run, shorter length, gets across the stumps and flicks over square leg

Deep square leg comes in and third man goes back for Broad


Kallis to Broad, 1 run, full and wide of the stumps, flayed through the covers on the full to the sweeper


Kallis to Swann, 1 run, full length and straight, Swann steps away and cracks the back back down the pitch to long-on


Kallis to Broad, 2 runs, full of a length, angled across outside off, driven into the gap between long-on and deep midwicket


Kallis to Broad, no run, full and wide of the stumps, Broad dabs at it and misses, okay by the umpire though

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 110/7 (RR: 5.78)

    • SCJ Broad 17 (19b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 12 (10b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-0
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-27-2

Back comes Steyn, who's been virtually unhittable today. England will want to scrape up to 120 ...


Steyn to Swann, FOUR, back of a length outside off stump, Swann wanders across and flamboyantly flicks over backward square leg, that runs away for another four


Steyn to Swann, 1 run, full and wide of the wicket this time, Swann clumps his bat down and manages to squeeze one through point


Steyn to Broad, no run, fearsome bouncer from Steyn, right at Broad's bonce as he backed away to leg, he's left on his backside as it whistles through


Steyn to Broad, 1 run, full and straight now, Broad keeps his head and punches through the covers for one into the deep


Steyn to Swann, 1 run, pitched up outside off and Swann can't get under it, hacks low through cover


Steyn to Broad, 1 bye, slower ball this time, just outside leg stump and Broad steps back, fails to connect, de Villiers collects but they squeak through for a final bye

4pm: That won't be enough, will it? England were rescued, if that's the word, by a 33-run partnership for the eighth wicket, the biggest of the innings, with Broad and Swann both notching their highest T20I scores. Silver linings and all that ... Anyway, a fantastic bowling performance from South Africa has put them in a mighty strong position to win this match. Alex will be back in 10 minutes or so for the stroll chase.

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 118/7

    • SCJ Broad 18 (22b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 18 (13b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-13-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-20-0





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