Player of the Match
Player of the Match

9.15pm So, that wraps that up. A wonderful win for South Africa, Centurion has been their fortress on this tour so far. Thanks for all your comments, have a read of George Dobell's match report, and the plays of the day, before you go. From Alan Gardner and myself, goodnight.

9.07pm Right, time for some presentations ... Eoin Morgan speaks: "Joe Root was outstanding, Alex Hales played a knock around him and going into the half-way stage I thought we were in the game."

"It's as simple as working on the basics, they had an incredible opening partnership but we didn't hit the right length. The biggest challenge for bowlers is taking wickets which creates a positive mindset.

"South Africa have come back strong but hopefully we can bounce back quickly."

AB de Villiers collects his winners' cheque. "We needed that win, the boys were up for it. A bit of urgency in the field, a bit of hunger, and we had that today, even though we haven't had the greatest series up to date.

"A little bit of local knowledge, we felt it was definitely a chasing wicket. I was going to bowl first, it's difficult to chase at night."

"Fantastic knock by both of them," he says of Amla and de Kock. "Slowly but surely we are getting back into the series."

Unsurprisingly, the Man of the Match is Quinton de Kock for his outstanding 135. "It was a matter of getting in and batting normally. Centurion does get slow but at night with a bit of dew it comes on better."

8.58pm So, what a performance from South Africa. Two outstanding hundreds from Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, and South Africa are suddenly back in the series. They still trail 2-1, but what a lift that chase will give the squad as they head to the Wanderers, one of their favourite one-day haunts. England thought that their total of 318 for 8 should have been ample, but it just goes to show how little wriggle-room there is in modern ODI cricket. Too many errors in that innings - two run-outs, a misfiring Morgan and a first-baller for Jos Buttler - and Joe Root's brilliant 125 wasn't sufficient to keep them in the hunt.

Stokes to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads, nudged away, South Africa have rampaged to an outstanding seven-wicket win!
Stokes to du Plessis, SIX runs, free hit and help yourself! Smashed gratuitously over the bowler's head!

Saad: "Unfortunately for Jordan, he now has a series bowling average....and it's 143" How cruel

Stokes to du Plessis, 1 no ball, England are just prendring le Michel now. A vile wide full toss, a toe-ende thump into the covers, and very nearly a catch - expect of course it is a no-ball and a free hit ...

46 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 311/3 (8 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 2.00)

  • AB de Villiers0 (1b)
  • Faf du Plessis26 (26b)
  • Chris Jordan7-0-54-1
  • Ben Stokes8-0-46-0

Arjuna: "Well looks like Jordan was bowling to a plan. Frustrate batsmen by bowling wides down leg side and bowl one outside off stump. IT worked. Common guys he is not that bad." Baldrick couldn't have plotted it better

Jordan to de Villiers, no run, wide outside off, a miscued drill and Jordan gathers

So, a bit of AB love for his Centurion home crowd after all

vikki: "Hey Allan/Andrew, I forecasted that SA will win thins match by 8 wickets!!! didn't I??? " You certainly did! You were also wrong!

Jordan to Amla, OUT, outside off, and snicked through to the keeper! Jordan finally finds a line that doesn't get walloped or wided, and that's the end of a sensational match-winning innings

HM Amla c †Buttler b Jordan 127 (187m 130b 13x4 2x6) SR: 97.69

Jordan to Amla, 1 wide, round the wicket, way down the leg side, that is just a bit rubbish really

Mulkey: "Never mind DLS & DRS, I think Jordan should be looking at the DSS!" Zing!

Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run, short again, helped round the corner, easy peasy
Jordan to du Plessis, 4 leg byes, too full, on the pads, tickled fine, I think Jordan fancies an early bath
Jordan to du Plessis, FOUR runs, short, thumped round the corner. Jordan's round-the-wicket ploy is working about as well as Centurion's electricity supply
Jordan to du Plessis, no run, banged in short, that's Jordan's one for the over. Odd and anachronistic rule that that is ...

45 | 9 Runs | SA: 301/2 (18 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 3.60)

  • Hashim Amla127 (129b)
  • Faf du Plessis21 (22b)
  • Ben Stokes8-0-46-0
  • Chris Jordan6-0-48-0
Stokes to Amla, FOUR runs, wristy and sumptuous, clean through the covers! That's just delightful
Stokes to Amla, no run,
Stokes to Amla, no run, drilled into the covers

Happy: "Happy is happy that SA is trying to finish this quickly, am at Sandton and it is raining heavily here..." I think DLS would be forgiving if they couldn't get to the end now ...

Stokes to Amla, no run, pushed to mid-on from a full length
Stokes to Amla, 1 wide, whoops, another one

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st239HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd10HM AmlaD Wiese
3rd62HM AmlaF du Plessis
4th8AB de VilliersF du Plessis