South Africa vs England, 1st ODI at Cape Town, SA v ENG, Feb 04 2020 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st ODI (D/N), Cape Town, February 04, 2020, England tour of South Africa
(47.4/50 ov, T:259) 259/3

South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
107 (113)
Full commentary

Punchy stuff from Eoin Morgan, who wasn't mincing his words. That'll be that for our live coverage of this first ODI, but stick around to have a read of Valkerie Baynes' report, and Firdose Moonda will bring you her usual insightful analysis from the ground. We'll be back with you for Friday's ODI at Durban, but until then it's thanks from Miller, Chandan and myself. Cheers!

Quinton de Kock is Player of the Match: "It was a good night. Just glad to get a win under our belts. It feels good to get back to winning ways. This week, we chatted about how we want to take this ODI team going forward. Really proud of the boys, it's one thing speaking about it and another bringing it out onto the field. [Two spinners] It's always nice having an option like that. [Captaincy] To be honest, it's only one game. We'll see how it goes in the near future, hopefully it keeps on being good for me. Yes I did [feel the responsibility when batting], I read and understood the situation. With that extra bit of responsibility, it just helped me. [Bavuma] We understood it was quite difficult to get boundaries, that running between the wickets was the way to go about it. It was great. Time to have a little break and put our feet up, have a little celebration."

James: "I was seriously concerned that the added responsibility would detract from QDK's batting... I stand corrected!"

Time for the presentation. Eoin Morgan: "We were way off the mark. South Africa completely outplayed us in all departments. We've got no excuses, we didn't adapt to conditions. Every batsman apart from Joe Denly and Chris Woakes failed to get going. Full credit to them, they've started the series very well. [Misread conditions?] We lacked the adaptation to the skill level that was needed. We lost wickets in clusters, up until that Woakes and Denly partnership. Having let the guys get themselves in, it was a struggle to get things back. [Young players] They learned a huge amount. Failure is a huge platform to try and catapult you forward and learn from your mistakes. It's not all crash, bang, wallop. I think we need to continue to learn like we have done in the past... we were outplayed because we were off the mark."

8.25pm So that 173-run stand between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma proved crucial, sucking the life out of England as they looked to put the squeeze on and breaking the back of the chase. Tabraiz Shamsi was superb with the ball in the first innings, and South Africa were live-wires in the infield, with van der Dussen's run-out of Root the highlight. Denly fought back well with Chris Woakes for support, but it proved futile in the end as the hosts made the Newlands pitch look much easier than England had earlier. The De Kock Era starts with a victory!

Doc: "Well this didn't go to plan! But we'll take it in SA, by golly we will!! "

Parkinson to Smuts, FOUR runs

full on leg stump, sweeps hard, and nails it through square leg and away for four! South Africa win by 7 wickets, their first win in any format this calendar year and the world champions have been humbled in their first game since that day last July!

Parkinson to Smuts, no run

legbreak, pretty straight, Parkinson fields off his own bowling as Smuts nudges back down the pitch

Parkinson to van der Dussen, 1 run

tossed up, pressed out to long-off where Woakes fields

Parkinson to van der Dussen, no run

tossed up, pretty straight, and nudged into the covers

end of over 479 runs
SA: 254/3CRR: 5.40 RRR: 1.66
Rassie van der Dussen37 (43b 3x4)
JJ Smuts3 (9b)
Chris Jordan 5-0-31-1
Matt Parkinson 8-0-43-0

Not quite happening for England today. Could have put the squeeze on and really attacked at the start of that over, but Jordan strayed down the leg side and the field sat back, letting SA pick off the runs

Jordan to van der Dussen, 1 run

speared down the leg side, tucked out to deep midwicket to keep the strike

Jordan to van der Dussen, no run

offcutter which keeps very low off the pitch, and van der Dussen jams it out towards cover-point, inside-edging into his boot before it spills out

It's a hit away...

Jordan to van der Dussen, FOUR runs

half-volley outside off, leans into the cover drive and times it sweetly away for four! That's more like it, a composed shot from van der Dussen to punish a poor ball

Jordan to van der Dussen, 2 runs

slower ball, down the leg side and worked down to long leg. Parkinson tumbles to stop it on the boundary but they amble through for a couple

Jordan to Smuts, 1 run

length on the pads, worked out to Banton at deep square and they decide against taking on his arm

Jordan to van der Dussen, 1 run

length outside off, slower ball which holds in the surface. Muscled out through midwicket for one

14 required off 24 balls... it should really be a cakewalk, but it's not been particularly convincing in the last few overs. Van der Dussen holds things up while changing his gloves.

"No Geraint, NZ have stolen it from them!!" parps Deepak.

end of over 465 runs
SA: 245/3CRR: 5.32 RRR: 3.50
Rassie van der Dussen29 (38b 2x4)
JJ Smuts2 (8b)
Matt Parkinson 8-0-43-0
Chris Jordan 4-0-22-1
Parkinson to van der Dussen, 3 runs

strays down the leg side, poor ball to ease the pressure. Tickled round the corner with a delicate sweep, Jordan just about catches up with it and pulls it back in to save an extra run

Parkinson to Smuts, 1 run

length outside off, agriculturally heaved to wide mid-on for a single

Parkinson to Smuts, no run

full on leg stump, van der Dussen sets off looking for one and is sent back again, and the throw from short midwicket hits him as he dives to make his ground!

Parkinson to Smuts, no run

fullish outside off, steered to cover point. Van der Dussen set off halfway down the pitch before being sent back... nervy stuff!

Geraint: "Time to mention the C word?"

Parkinson to van der Dussen, 1 run

tossed up above the eyeline, uses his feet to meet the pitch and drive out to long-off

Parkinson to van der Dussen, no run

flighted on middle, backs away and punches to short cover

More Parkinson.

end of over 453 runs
SA: 240/3CRR: 5.33 RRR: 3.80
Rassie van der Dussen25 (35b 2x4)
JJ Smuts1 (5b)
Chris Jordan 4-0-22-1
Matt Parkinson 7-0-38-0
Jordan to van der Dussen, 1 run

another slower ball, driven out to cover

Jordan to Smuts, 1 run

fired in down the leg side, tickled down to fine leg for one

The crowd are just starting to get a little restless...

Jordan to Smuts, no run

cutter, runs his fingers across it, nudged out into the off side... Smuts remains on zero

Jordan to Smuts, no run

back of a length outside off, steered to point

Jordan to van der Dussen, 1 run

full, scooting in towards off stump, clipped out towards square leg for one

Jordan to van der Dussen, no run

back of a length, slower ball, tucked to short midwicket off the hip