Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Centurion, Feb 9 2016, England tour of South Africa
318/8
(46.2/50 ov, target 319)
319/3
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by George Dobell

De Kock and Amla power SA to record run-chase

A century of the highest class from Quinton de Kock helped South Africa complete the highest successful run-chase in an ODI at Centurion and keep the series against England alive

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
England318/8(50 overs)
Joe Root125 (113)
Alex Hales65 (73)
Kyle Abbott2/50(10)
South Africa319/3(46.2 overs)
Quinton de Kock135 (117)
Hashim Amla127 (130)

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.

46.2
1
Stokes to du Plessis, 1 run
on the pads, nudged away, South Africa have rampaged to an outstanding seven-wicket win!
46.1
6
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

46.1
1nb
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 ...
end of over 4610 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 311/3CRR: 6.76 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 8 from 24b
AB de Villiers0 (1)
Faf du Plessis26 (26)
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

45.6
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!

45.5
w
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
45.5
1w
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!

45.4
1
Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run
short again, helped round the corner, easy peasy
45.3
4lb
Jordan to du Plessis, 4 leg byes
too full, on the pads, tickled fine, I think Jordan fancies an early bath
45.2
4
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
45.1
Jordan to du Plessis, no run
banged in short, that's Jordan's one for the over. Odd and anachronistic rule that that is ...
end of over 459 runs
SA: 301/2CRR: 6.68 • RRR: 3.60 • Need 18 from 30b
Hashim Amla127 (129)
Faf du Plessis21 (22)
Ben Stokes8-0-46-0
Chris Jordan6-0-48-0
44.6
4
Stokes to Amla, FOUR runs
wristy and sumptuous, clean through the covers! That's just delightful
44.5
Stokes to Amla, no run
44.4
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 ...

44.3
Stokes to Amla, no run
pushed to mid-on from a full length
44.3
1w
Stokes to Amla, 1 wide
whoops, another one

Bharat Dhir: "How long can one player be in the side just for his fielding? I guess we will know the answer when England decide to drop Jordan." fair point. There's always the option of taking a sniper's rifle to Reece Topley's hamstrings at the end of his spell and sending Jordan out as a sub fielder ...

44.2
Stokes to Amla, no run
forward and pushed to mid-on
44.1
4
Stokes to Amla, FOUR runs
wristy flick in front of square on the leg side, Amla so easily into position
end of over 4411 runs
SA: 292/2CRR: 6.63 • RRR: 4.50 • Need 27 from 36b
Faf du Plessis21 (22)
Hashim Amla119 (123)
Chris Jordan6-0-48-0
Ben Stokes7-0-37-0

Shantanu: "splendiferousness isn't a word my dear Miller. truthiness is though. So chew toothily on that but of truthiness." Cobblers. You'll be telling me that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious doesn't exist next ...

43.6
4
Jordan to du Plessis, FOUR runs
full face of the bat, pumped down the ground. England can't lay a glove on South Africa at the moment
Best performances - batsmen
Q de Kock
135 runs (117)
16 fours
4 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
pull
36 runs
6 fours
1 sixes
2413413561222
HM Amla
127 runs (130)
13 fours
2 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
34 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
11829122216623
Best performances - bowlers
KJ Abbott
O
10
M
0
R
50
W
2
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
K Rabada
O
10
M
0
R
65
W
2
Eco
6.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Quinton de Kock
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3736
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days9 February 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Johan Cloete
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath