Player of the Match
Player of the Match

8.30pm: England captain, Alastair Cook: "We just didn't play very well, in all three aspects. All credit to the way Amla played, his innings showed us how to play. When we batted we were up with the run rate but we never got our partnerships going. Amla played beautifully, it's frustrating for a captain. It's frustrating to drop catches, we're training really hard but they're not sticking. There's no reason why they're going down. We thought it was gettable but we needed someone to stay in and get big runs. It hasn't happened today and it's frustrating but we've got three games to come. They're playing some good cricket, we've got to look within ourselves to do it, players have got to stand up and be counted to turn it around."

South Africa captain, AB de Villiers: "Yeah, very happy, though still think there's a few areas we can work on. I enjoyed the South Africa support out there today. There's still stuff we can work on to get better, Hashim's on fire at the moment, he's breaking all sorts of records and hopefully that can continue well into the future. We were just trying different combinations, left-hand, right-hand combinations against the spinners, we change things [with the order] according to the situation. The wicket played well, we thought it might break up a bit more but the spinners did well. We lost wickets at quick intervals in the middle, fielding wasn't perfect, so lots to work on. We're proud [of being No. 1] but there are lost of ODIs played and we're working towards winning a World Cup and staying No. 1."

Hashim Amla is named Man of the Match: "Things are falling into place but an element of fortune has to go your way as well and I just try to stick to the basics. The one-day game has its different characteristics and you can play a few more flair shots. The wicket was tough early on and it was tough to score off the spinners, the pace was down but we got our partnerships going. I didn't think I would be achieving this, it's just an honour. I'm enjoying the game and the team results have been fantastic and that takes precedence. My circus moment [in the field] just tweaked my back but I'll rest it and hopefully be okay for The Oval."

Right, that's your lot for tonight (and not even a drop of rain to lubricate things). Gnasher and I will be back for the third one-dayer on Friday - we hope you will be too. Cheerio

8.20pm: It was never in doubt, even when Steven Finn and Samit Patel were slogging from the hip. Victory means South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the series, as well as leap-frog England to take No. 1 spot in the ODI rankings. A first ODI defeat of 2012 means England actually slip to third, behind India, though there are still three matches in the series to play. Hashim Amla, for it was he, laid the foundations - and what mighty foundations they were - on a pitch that was far more difficult to score on than he made it look; England lost wickets at regular intervals and in the end lost by a wide margin. Gnasher's report is waiting to pored over and I'll be back with the presentations shortly.

Morkel to Patel, OUT, plays back to a length ball and gone, nicks off! A feisty last-wicket stand is ended by Morkel, bowling a tight line on off, Patel was stuck on the crease and prodded at the ball to be caught at the wicket - which means South Africa win by 80 runs

SR Patel c †de Villiers b Morkel 45 (75m 51b 3x4 2x6) SR: 88.23

Morkel to Finn, 1 run, full and wide of off, steps away and thrashes the ball back down the ground to long-off
Morkel to Patel, 1 run, length ball outside off, steered behind point and du Plessis effects a direct hit but Finn is home
Morkel to Finn, 1 run, pitched up, has a swing and gets a single into the leg side

England need 84 from the last ten. Fancy it?

40 | 20 Runs | ENG: 204/9 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 8.40)

  • Samit Patel44 (49b)
  • Steven Finn13 (6b)
  • Robin Peterson9-0-51-2
  • Morne Morkel5-0-26-1
Peterson to Patel, 2 runs, attacks again, not cleanly struck and the ball loops over cover for a couple
Peterson to Patel, SIX runs, nailed over deep midwicket! This is right out the screws, a lot of bottom hand and that's six more - Patel is taking a leaf out of Finn's book
Peterson to Patel, FOUR runs, tossed up outside off and scooped over extra-cover, the arms swinging freely for Patel now
Peterson to Patel, SIX runs, Patel advances again and this time lofts the ball all the way over long-off with a mighty swing of the blade
Peterson to Finn, 1 run, tossed up and turned calmly towards midwicket for a single

The Finnisher is on strike

Peterson to Patel, 1 run, tossed up on middle, Patel gives it the charge and slogs down the ground ... but long-off gets to the ball and they only pick up one

39 | 13 Runs | ENG: 184/9 (104 runs required from 66 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 9.45)

  • Steven Finn12 (5b)
  • Samit Patel25 (44b)
  • Morne Morkel5-0-26-1
  • Robin Peterson8-0-31-2
Morkel to Finn, no run, yorker in response from Morkel, hits Finn on the pad but it was missing leg
Morkel to Finn, FOUR runs, four more for Finn! The delivery was full and wide, Finn plays a crunching back-foot drive through extra-cover
Morkel to Finn, FOUR runs, tees off again, a short delivery outside off and this time smacked back down the ground to long-on
Morkel to Finn, no run, length ball wide of the stumps, stays a bit low and Finn swings and misses
Morkel to Finn, FOUR runs, length ball outside off, steps away and bullets the ball through cover for a freewheeling four
Morkel to Patel, 1 run, good length, angling in towards leg stump, clipped through square for one to bring Steven Finn on strike

On comes Morne Morkel to stomp all over the tail

38 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 171/9 (117 runs required from 72 balls, RR: 4.50, RRR: 9.75)

  • Samit Patel24 (43b)
  • Steven Finn0 (0b)
  • Robin Peterson8-0-31-2
  • Wayne Parnell7-1-30-2
Peterson to Patel, 1 run, skips out and chips over the infield on the off side
Peterson to Patel, no run, goes back and slaps a length ball to cover

The script is on the wall for England

Peterson to Anderson, OUT, shambolic running and Anderson goes, run out at the bowler's end after failing to respond to Patel's call. Anderson turned it off his legs, de Villiers gave chase and the No. 10 called 'no' with Patel already halfway down. If Anderson had gone to start with, he would have made it but in the end is half a yard short

JM Anderson run out (†de Villiers/Peterson) 5 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Peterson to Anderson, 2 runs, tossed up outside off and launched high over mid-off, the bottom hand coming off the bat in the process
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0IR BellAN Cook
2nd64IR BellIJL Trott
3rd13IR BellRS Bopara
4th13RS BoparaEJG Morgan
5th28EJG MorganC Kieswetter
6th41SR PatelEJG Morgan
7th0SR PatelTT Bresnan
8th0GP SwannSR Patel
9th11JM AndersonSR Patel
10th37SR PatelST Finn