England tour of South Africa, 1st T20I: South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Nov 13, 2009
England won by 1 run (D/L method)
13 November 2009 - night match (20-over match)

Charl Langeveldt with the new ball...will he find swing?

5.55pm We are nearly ready for the action, the atmosphere at the ground is rocking so we should be in for a thrilling evening of action. Andrew Miller will be along shortly, but he is currently working on a story about today's Ashes TV-rights story so for now you have me, Andrew McGlashan, for company.

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5.30pmHello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of England's eagerly anticipated tour of South Africa. It all starts today with the first two Twenty20 internationals (or Pro20 as they are known in South Africa) at the imposing Wanderers ground in Johannesburg. There's a reason it's known as the Bullring, the atmosphere can be pretty intimidating for the visiting team and with England's South African connections the crowd reaction will be fascinating to watch.

Andrew Miller will be along shortly to take you through all the fun and games of this opening match, but we are ready for the toss...

South Africa have won the toss and will bowl. "The challenge up front is to bowl well, if we can hit of straps well with can make life hard work," Smith said.

Paul Collingwood also says he would have bowled first and says England's batting has to fire unlike against South Africa A when they were skittled for 89.

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Loots Bosman, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Johan Botha, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Charl Langeveldt

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Joe Denly, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Luke Wright, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Sajid Mahmood, 11 James Anderson

So Alastair Cook is fit to play despite a slight virus and Sajid Mahmood makes his international return.


Langeveldt to Denly, OUT, what a start for South Africa, wicket first ball, Denly shuffles across and tries to work the ball away fine on the leg side and the umpire's finger goes up...Langeveldt is over the moon and the local crowd are on their feet. Wow, nothing like a quiet start

JL Denly lbw b Langeveldt 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And, just to keep the atmosphere bubbling, here comes Jonathan Trott back in his homeland


Langeveldt to Trott, 1 wide, greeted by a bouncer first ball, that wasn't predictable, and it's too short so England have a run on the board

England's 14th opening partnership in 22 matches didn't last very long


Langeveldt to Trott, 1 wide, full outside off, tempting the drive, scoots past the edge through to Prior...good start from Anderson. Some movement under the lights


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, bat on ball this time, pushed into the off side, Langeveldt is getting this ball to move


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, punched out into the covers...valuable to get some early dot balls in


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, driven firmly straight down the pitch, Langeveldt gets a boot on it in his follow through


Langeveldt to Trott, 1 wide, he loses his line this time, searching for that late swing, and it's a big wide down the leg side


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, lunges onto the front foot, gets a thick inside edge into the leg side and midwicket swoops to field


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, tight line on off stump, Trott defends firmly into the off side


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, back of a length, Trott stands tall and pushes into the covers to end an eventful opening over

South Africa have struck the first blow of the tour and now it's Ryan McLaren to share the new ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/1

    • IJL Trott 0 (5b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-2-1

McLaren to Cook, no run, good start on off stump, Cook watchfully pushes back down the pitch

The pressure is on Cook to prove himself as a Twenty20 player...I can't say I'm convinced by the selection


McLaren to Cook, 1 run, opens his account with a back-cut down to third man...the outfield, as usual here, looks quick


McLaren to Trott, 1 run, nips back into Trott from back of a length, worked into the gap at midwicket and Trott is off the mark which will be a relief for him


McLaren to Cook, 1 wide, way down the leg side, that's an easy call for the umpire...wides doing England a favour so far


McLaren to Cook, FOUR, edged, just out of reach of first slip, second slip has just come out and the ball races down to third man for four...that would have been a sitter for second slip and Cook has got away with one as he pushes unconvincingly outside off stump


McLaren to Cook, no run, defended into the leg side


McLaren to Cook, no run, flicked neatly off his pads, timed nicely but he picks out the man at midwicket

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 9/1

    • AN Cook 5 (5b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 1 (6b)
    • R McLaren 1-0-7-0
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-2-1

Langeveldt to Trott, no run, full on middle, Trott walks into the shot and flicks down to mid-on


Langeveldt to Trott, FOUR, the best shot so far...Trott advances this time, backs to the leg side and flays the ball through the covers...once it beats the field the ball races across the outfield. A confident shot from Trott


Langeveldt to Trott, no run, good response from Langeveldt, bangs it in outside off and it climbs sharply past Trott who drops his hands and watches it through to the keep


Langeveldt to Trott, 3 runs, dragged down short, sits up this time and Trott pulls through midwicket but not with quite enough power to reach the boundary as Steyn chases well from mid-oon


Langeveldt to Cook, 3 runs, full outside off, Cook leans into a rather rigid cover drive but, like Trott's previous shot, it doesn't have enough to reach the boundary as the South Africans chase it down hard


Langeveldt to Trott, 1 run, steered down to third man, in the air but well wide of backward point

So, England have just settled a little here after that first-ball blow of losing Denly

End of over 3 (11 runs) England 20/1

    • IJL Trott 9 (11b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 8 (6b 1x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-13-1
    • R McLaren 1-0-7-0

McLaren to Trott, 1 run, more good intent from Trott, takes a step out of his crease and whips the ball off his pads down to fine leg...he doesn't appeared fazed by the occasion


McLaren to Cook, 3 runs, swung away off his pads with as Cook moves to the off side but it's superbly fielded on the fine-leg boundary to keep England to a couple


McLaren to Trott, 1 run, whipped away again down to fine leg, McLaren's line just a little off


McLaren to Cook, OUT, another one goes, and that was as plumb as you'll see...Cook misses a low full-toss on leg stump and that was crashing straight into the timber.

AN Cook lbw b McLaren 11 (18m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

South Africa have looked right up for this from the start...England's top-order Twenty20 problems continue

Here's the England (Twenty20) captain Paul Collingwood


McLaren to Collingwood, no run, full outside off, driven firmly to point

Replays showed that Cook fell right across that ball from McLaren...a regular issue for him in recent times


McLaren to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked off his pads through square leg to open his account

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 27/2

    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • IJL Trott 11 (13b 1x4)
    • R McLaren 2-0-14-1
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-13-1

At it doesn't get any easier for England...here comes Dale Steyn. He's quite quick, you know


Steyn to Trott, no run, timed nicely, flicked into the leg side but straight at midwicket


Steyn to Trott, 2 runs, oh, what clever thinking from Steyn, sends down an early slower-ball and Trott nearly spoons a catch to point as he drives early. However, the ball loops into the gap


Steyn to Trott, FOUR, that didn't look as though it would come near a boundary, but Trott had cut it so hard into the ground that it bounced over backward point and beat third man


Steyn to Trott, FOUR, top shot, a cracking cover drive from Trott as he shows the confidence to come forward to Steyn's pace...was a bit of floaty ball from Steyn


Steyn to Trott, FOUR, South Africa's main striker is struggling a little, tries to bang this in and Trott responds with a strong pull...there are plenty of runs on offer out there


Steyn to Trott, FOUR, that makes it four in a row, great response from Trott and that's a tick in England's box as Trott takes 18 off Steyn's first over with another spanking drive through the covers

That gives Steyn something to think about

End of over 5 (18 runs) England 45/2

    • IJL Trott 29 (19b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-18-0
    • R McLaren 2-0-14-1

Morkel to Collingwood, 1 run, dabbed out to deep square leg, and the flying Trott is back on strike


Morkel to Trott, no run, a big stride forward and met with a full face of the bat


Morkel to Trott, 1 run, same again, another confident thrust down the wicket, and defended with aplomb. That's an aggressive defence


Morkel to Collingwood, SIX, belted out of the park, lovely strike! Too short, swung lustily, over backward square and into the stands


Morkel to Collingwood, 1 run, great riposte, a yorker, dug out and squirted for a single


Morkel to Trott, 2 runs, some dramatic fielding on the cover boundary cuts off a delicate but firm push. Good stuff from England

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End of over 6 (11 runs) England 56/2

    • IJL Trott 32 (22b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 10 (5b 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-18-0

Here comes Roelof van der Merwe


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 2 runs, short and wide, and slow turn. Cut firmly backward of point


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 1 run, a bit of spin, but too short again. This time it is slashed up and over point, a touch inelegantly, but who's bothered?


van der Merwe to Trott, no run, fuller and flatter, and defended from the crease. That one skidded on a touch


van der Merwe to Trott, 1 run, a bona-fide nurdle into the leg-side, a step across the line and a dab to square leg


van der Merwe to Collingwood, 1 run, slapped into the covers, a tidy over so far


van der Merwe to Trott, OUT, well, well, there's drama here. A sharp single to point, a sharper throw comes in. Roelof makes a hash of his attempt at taking off the bails but just does enough with his knuckle in the end, and that's gone

IJL Trott run out 33 (34m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 132.00

A very fine innings from Trott, ended prematurely from England's point of view. But his former countrymen are delighted, as you can imagine. Here's a man who can bash a cricket ball. It's Eoin Morgan

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 61/3

    • PD Collingwood 14 (8b 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-5-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0

Steyn to Morgan, 1 run, cautious defence to launch his innings


Steyn to Collingwood, no run, short, and just outside off stump. Collingwood sways out of line


Steyn to Collingwood, 1 run, dabbed to square leg. Another single, better judged this time


Steyn to Morgan, 1 run, tucked off the hip and Morgan finds the gap at midwicket


Steyn to Collingwood, no run, outside off again. Coolly left alone


Steyn to Collingwood, 2 runs, quick running makes two from one, as Collingwood slaps a cut down to third man

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End of over 8 (5 runs) England 66/3

    • PD Collingwood 17 (12b 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-23-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-5-0

Here's comes Johan Botha


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, outside off, and cut to point


Botha to Collingwood, 1 wide, sharp spin, but slides down the leg side


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, crashed firmly into the deep. The cover sweeper tidies up


Botha to Morgan, FOUR, that's a cracking stroke. Botha came around the wicket, Morgan came down the track to meet the pitch of the ball, inside the line and up and over the covers.


Botha to Morgan, no run, good riposte, right on the mark and defended


Botha to Morgan, 2 runs, worked into space on the leg side


Botha to Morgan, no run, big stride and defended back down the track

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 75/3

    • EJG Morgan 9 (7b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 18 (13b 1x6)
    • J Botha 1-0-9-0
    • DW Steyn 2-0-23-0

van der Merwe to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged off the hip for a single, as Roelof switches ends


van der Merwe to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan's trademark reverse slap comes into play, but he can't beat the man at backward point and is left to scurry for the far end


van der Merwe to Collingwood, no run


van der Merwe to Collingwood, SIX, a loud grunt of anguish gives away the hideousness of that delivery, as Collingwood seizes on a long-hop and spanks it over cow corner


van der Merwe to Collingwood, no run, faster and fuller, and defended with a hurry


van der Merwe to Collingwood, FOUR, more anguish for van der Merwe, as Colly picks the gap and that's four more through midwicket

End of over 10 (12 runs) England 87/3

    • PD Collingwood 29 (18b 1x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 10 (8b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-17-0
    • J Botha 1-0-9-0

Botha to Morgan, no run, big stride forward and defended


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, swished out to square leg as Botha cramped his premeditated charge


Botha to Collingwood, 1 wide, down the leg-side, and that's a wide


Botha to Collingwood, FOUR, there's no cutting that one off. A genuine snicked edge, could almost count as a chance for the keeper, except Boucher didn't have time to blink


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, gets off strike


Botha to Morgan, 2 runs, very nicely played, dug out from round the wicket, and timed as well, with a firm wristy push through backward point. Good work on the boundary cuts off the four


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, a short-arm jab over midwicket, collected on the bounce at the left-hander's cow corner. England are ticking along contentedly for now

End of over 11 (10 runs) England 97/3

    • EJG Morgan 14 (12b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 34 (20b 2x4 2x6)
    • J Botha 2-0-19-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-17-0

Steyn to Morgan, FOUR, fast and furious from the leaky Steyn, but a fraction too wide, and that allows Morgan to take a liberty outside off and flash an edge for four


Steyn to Morgan, 1 run, better line this time, but he's still going at 12 an over


Steyn to Collingwood, 1 run, caught on the back foot by a tighter line and length, and Collingwood chops a chinese cut past his stumps and out to square leg


Steyn to Morgan, SIX, that is a sensational strike! Short again from Steyn but arrow straight, and Morgan met it with a ferocious swing of the bat, and the ball cleared the stands and bounced on the roof of the building opposite!


Steyn to Morgan, 2 runs, a misfield turns a tight two into an easy two, and South Africa have some worries


Steyn to Morgan, no run, forward and defended out to cover. Another mauling in that over for Steyn

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End of over 12 (14 runs) England 111/3

    • EJG Morgan 27 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 35 (21b 2x4 2x6)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-37-0
    • J Botha 2-0-19-0

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, whipped out to midwicket


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, well bowled, held back in the flight, and Morgan had to wait. and waited well


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, flashed out to deep cover


Botha to Morgan, no run, it was there for the cut, and then it wasn't. So nearly an edge into the keeper's gloves, but he just eludes the edge


Botha to Morgan, FOUR, there he goes again, the reverse-slap, up and over the two men back for the shot. There's no stopping it when he gets it right


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, a single to keep the strike, and England are on course for a very challenging total

Here comes Albie Morkel to stem the tide. He went for 11 in his only over so far

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 119/3

    • EJG Morgan 33 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 37 (23b 2x4 2x6)
    • J Botha 3-0-27-0
    • DW Steyn 3-0-37-0

Morkel to Morgan, no run, outside off, nips off the seam a touch, but not enough to be called a wide


Morkel to Morgan, FOUR, too full, and Morgan makes him pay with a drilled four through the covers


Morkel to Morgan, SIX, Morkel over-compensates by dragging his length back, and that has gone miles once again! Into the stands at cow corner, and England are cooking


Morkel to Morgan, FOUR, knee-high full-toss, and Morkel opts for neither one thing nor the other. The result is a clubbed four through long-on


Morkel to Morgan, 1 run, better length, and played well. Morgan rode the bounce and dabbed a single to third man


Morkel to Collingwood, SIX, in the slot for Collingwood this time, that is a horrible over for Morkel, as the ball sails over the right-hander's long-on. Momentary threat of a catch on the boundary, but that was travelling

Maybe that South Africa A game was a "blip" after all?

End of over 14 (21 runs) England 140/3

    • PD Collingwood 43 (24b 2x4 3x6)
    • EJG Morgan 48 (26b 5x4 2x6)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-32-0
    • J Botha 3-0-27-0

Botha to Morgan, 1 run, working the singles now, there are plenty on offer


Botha to Collingwood, 2 runs, reverse sweep, up and over the infield and swept up by third man


Botha to Collingwood, FOUR, down the track to meet the pitch, and clobbered once again, over midwicket. Both men are now on 49 ...


Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood wins the race, dabbed into the covers, an instant single, and that's a 27-ball half-century. And that is motoring in any language


Botha to Morgan, no run, outside off, a bit of bounce, and a rare false stroke


Botha to Morgan, 1 run, on the pads, tucked down the leg side, and that's Morgan's fifty, from 29 balls. Which hardly pales by comparison

Well well. Almost exactly 10 an over so far. That's pretty swift

End of over 15 (9 runs) England 149/3

    • EJG Morgan 50 (29b 5x4 2x6)
    • PD Collingwood 50 (27b 3x4 3x6)
    • J Botha 4-0-36-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-32-0

Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, Langeveldt returns, Morgan slashes into the covers, and another single


Langeveldt to Collingwood, no run, in the blockhole with an offcutter, nicely bowled, and nearly a run-out as Morgan has to dive for his crease


Langeveldt to Collingwood, SIX, he's got it wrong this time. Just too short, and Collingwood bulldozes that over midwicket


Langeveldt to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, full-toss, and Langeveldt was appealing for lbw. Hint of an inside-edge? Either way, he's not out


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, good ball, outswinging yorker to the left-hander. Morgan still digs it out for a single though


Langeveldt to Collingwood, 1 run, yorker length again, but well wide of the stumps. Worked to point, and that's a mostly tidy over

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End of over 16 (10 runs) England 159/3

    • PD Collingwood 57 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • EJG Morgan 52 (31b 5x4 2x6)
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-22-1
    • J Botha 4-0-36-0

McLaren to Collingwood, OUT, that's the end of a cracking innings. Made room for a full-length delivery, but picked out the man in the deep at long-off. Superb batting, and England are on course for 200-plus, as Luke Wright arrives to biff a few

PD Collingwood c Botha b McLaren 57 (53m 32b 3x4 4x6) SR: 178.12


McLaren to Morgan, 1 run, low full-toss, worked down to mid-on


McLaren to Wright, no run, good ball to start, nothing to work with


McLaren to Wright, 1 run, right up in the blockhole, and Wright baseball-slugs a single


McLaren to Morgan, 1 leg bye, an attempted hurling scoop, but this time he muffs it. Still a single though


McLaren to Wright, 1 leg bye, an attempted Dilscoop, but hit on the bonce. Ouch. That was a fine over, and timely too for South Africa

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 163/4

    • LJ Wright 1 (3b)
    • EJG Morgan 53 (33b 5x4 2x6)
    • R McLaren 3-0-16-2
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-22-1

Here comes Steyn, whose name aptly describes his figures so far ...


Steyn to Wright, 1 run, full to start things off, which is good. Worked in front of square with urgency


Steyn to Morgan, 2 runs, full toss, clubbed hard down to long-off, where a fumble gifts a second run


Steyn to Morgan, 1 leg bye, full again, and hit on the pads, quick calling ensures a single


Steyn to Wright, OUT, another full toss, but Wright doesn't time that at all, and AB de Villiers sets himself well and completes an easy catch.

LJ Wright c de Villiers b Steyn 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

South Africa are regaining a measure of control in these final overs. What can Morgan conjure?


Steyn to Morgan, no run, good again from Steyn. Targetting the pads with a yorker length


Steyn to Morgan, 1 leg bye, made room, but Steyn followed him all the way. Well bowled

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 168/5

    • EJG Morgan 55 (37b 5x4 2x6)
    • MJ Prior 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-40-1
    • R McLaren 3-0-16-2

McLaren to Morgan, 1 run, thumped along the ground, out to deep long-off


McLaren to Prior, OUT, width again, full length, Prior attempts to carve over point, but he didn't get the elevation and Albie Morkel swallowed the chance with a deft leap

MJ Prior c Morkel b McLaren 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England are now officially tailing off. Still a commanding total, but South Africa will take heart


McLaren to Bresnan, 1 run, another yorker, that is clearly the way to go on this track


McLaren to Morgan, FOUR, overpitched and a touch too wide, Morgan moves his front leg out of the way, and frees his arms. A welcome four


McLaren to Morgan, 1 wide, made a charge, but McLaren over-compensated


McLaren to Morgan, SIX, woomph. That was wonderfully straight. A full swing with the front leg out of the way, and that is deposited over the ropes


McLaren to Morgan, FOUR, misdirected, a tickle to help it on the way, and suddenly England - or rather Morgan - have rediscovered their impetus

End of over 19 (17 runs) England 185/6

    • EJG Morgan 70 (41b 7x4 3x6)
    • TT Bresnan 1 (1b)
    • R McLaren 4-0-33-3
    • DW Steyn 4-0-40-1

Langeveldt to Bresnan, 1 run, sensible batting from Bresnan, a measured push to point to hand over the strike


Langeveldt to Morgan, 1 run, a full toss outside leg, but funnily enough the ideal delivery. Morgan makes contact, but not a lot


Langeveldt to Bresnan, 1 run, thumped into the covers again. The 200 is England's target


Langeveldt to Morgan, SIX, that is an outrageous stroke. Contortions at the crease as Morgan drops to one knee, turns his stance inside out, and drives over fine leg for six!


Langeveldt to Morgan, SIX, a bog-standard clip over midwicket for six! Stunning

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Langeveldt to Morgan, 2 runs, driven into the covers to complete an utterly extraordinary performance. What. An. Innings.

So, that was truly breathless. A career-best for Morgan, and it is also the highest score by an Englishman in T20Is. Well, I need a cuppa. Back in ten. Have a look at our snazzy new video page while you wait.

End of over 20 (17 runs) England 202/6

    • EJG Morgan 85 (45b 7x4 5x6)
    • TT Bresnan 3 (3b)
    • CK Langeveldt 4-0-39-1
    • R McLaren 4-0-33-3





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