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110dThe Report by George Dobell

Morris assault takes SA to one-wicket win

The ODI series between South Africa and England will be decided by the final match in Cape Town after South Africa won an enthralling penultimate game by one wicket with 16 deliveries to spare

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Joe Root
109(124) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 24 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
12 2 14 11 17 5 19 29
Chris Morris
62(38) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 27 runs
  • 0x4 - 4x6
8 0 8 4 10 7 3 22

Best performances - Bowlers

Kagiso Rabada
O9.5
M1
R45
W4
Eco4.57
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Imran Tahir
O10
M0
R46
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

5-match series level 2-2

Match number

Season

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 days

12 February 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Andrew Miller

9.44pm So, that pretty much sums it up. An incredible game, an incredible finish, and a thrilling finale to come in Cape Town on Sunday. George Dobell has the story of the night in his match report, so have a read of that. and tune in in two days' time for the finale. From myself and Alan Gardner, goodnight

9.35pm Right, time for some presentations. Here's Eoin Morgan.

"At the halfway stage it was South Africa's game to lose, Joe Root was magnificent again but we pegged it back with some great bowling. The game ebbed and flowed, but it was our game to win at the end."

"Woakesy got the ball moving around, they played out of their skin but we had chances in the field and that's the disappointing thing. But to see the fight they showed is hugely encouraging."

AB de Villiers: "We didn't need a nine-downer tonight, but what a fantastic game. Very happy at halfway, we had an opportunity to bowl them out for 150 but we thought that 260 was very chaseable. A bit naughty with my run-out and a couple of soft wickets. But I'm happy to be on the winning side and take it to Cape Town."

The Man of the Match, unsurprisingly, is Chris Morris. "A lot of work on my batting in the last few months, and just happy to take the win tonight. When Dave got out we were in a bit of strife. Luckily they dropped me and I thought, this is a chance to play cricket for your country, when it's in your arc, you can hit it."

And some. And the jolly nice chap has decided to hand over his match fee and his match award to the Pink Day coffers. He's got a few spare rand lying around his kitbag these days, but that's a lovely gesture.

9.30pm Ebb, flow, give, take, runs, wickets, cut, thrust, it's been a fantastic night, probably the best one-wicket South Africa victory at the Wanderers for ... oooh, maybe one month shy of ten years?

Anil: "Morris reminds me of Lance Klusener, specifically his exploits at the 1999 World Cup" Oh, good shout. And a happier ending too ...

Jayesh Mohan: "Men did the same as that of women. Eng women scored 262 and SA women chased that down.....what a day for he proteas!!!!!!!!!cheers!!!!"

9.25pm Tahir has his glory run with the pads on for a change, and wow, what an incredible match we have witnessed! South Africa have squared the series, from 0-2 to 2-2, with the decider at Cape Town to come. Incredible gritty resolve, with Chris Morris's 30-ball fifty turning the contest on its head. Credit too, to Tahir, for his three-wicket haul in the first instance and his calm slotting of the winning stroke too. Kagiso Rabada's four wickets were vital in snuffing out England's fightback with the bat, and let's not forget Joe Root's heroics with the bat too. His 109 ensured that we had a contest at all, after England's collapse to 108 for 6.

47.2
4
Rashid to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, legbreak, big spin, Tahir mows through the covers, for the win!

So, all that training at Adelaide Strikers... comes down to this

Legspinner to legspinner. Scores level. Jeepers creepers

47.1
W
Rashid to Morris, OUT, googly, and Rashid has stunned the Wanderers! Wow, it's like a vacuum cleaner has parked its nozzle over the top of the stadium. Morris had a wipe, glory in sight, but didn't pick it whatsoever!

CH Morris b Rashid 62 (38b 3x4 4x6) SR: 163.15

END OF OVER:
47 | 7 Runs | SA: 262/8 (1 run required from 18 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 0.33)

  • Kyle Abbott3 (11b)
  • Chris Morris62 (37b)
  • Ben Stokes10-0-45-2
  • Stuart Broad7-0-55-1

Siva: "Some one having so hard time in eating up their words "they aren't winning the series" in reference to SA" I reiterate, that was present tense, not a prediction. But on we go, a mighty finish!

46.6
0
Stokes to Abbott, no run, dabbed into the covers, Abbott does his part of the bargain ... now then Chuck

Mohd Irshad: "What is the state of mind of Rashid???" Perplexed. The game was in his hands ...

46.5
1
Stokes to Morris, 1 run, smashed down the ground, is that the match? No! Well fielded at mid-on, and Abbott has one ball to face
46.4
0
Stokes to Morris, no run, low full toss but booming inswing, that's the ball for the moment and Morris can't get it away

two runs. 21 balls ... someone has kept that six as a souvenir, so here comes a replacement. Surprised that doesn't happen more often ... actually, it's been coughed up now. Here we go...

46.3
6
Stokes to Morris, SIX runs, on the pads, a swivel-pull over the leg-side and that is a stunning riposte! South Africa are almost home and hosed!

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd61F du PlessisQ de Kock
3rd0AB de VilliersF du Plessis
4th58JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th22JP DuminyF Behardien
6th48F BehardienD Wiese
7th16D WieseCH Morris
8th3CH MorrisK Rabada
9th52KJ AbbottCH Morris
10th4Imran TahirKJ Abbott