South Africa vs England, 1st ODI at Bloemfontein, Jan 27 2023, England tour of South Africa

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1st ODI (D/N), Bloemfontein, January 27, 2023, England tour of South Africa
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(44.2/50 ov, T:299) 271

South Africa won by 27 runs

Player Of The Match
3/46
sisanda-magala
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Scores: M Venkat Raghav | Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
South Africa 298/7(50 overs)
53 (56)
1/37 (7)
England 271/10(44.2 overs)
113 (91)
4/62 (10)
59 (55)

9.11pm Right. That's a wrap. A thrilling start to the series. Always said 50-over cricket was best...

I'll leave you with another nugget from Sampath: "Roy-Malan's stand of 146 is the second highest opening partnership for England in an unsuccessful ODI chase (7th highest by any pair)" This list is a smorgasbord of world-beating mess-ups. But, and it's a big but from England's perspective, at least Roy is back to form with a mighty innings. From Miller, Alan and Venkat, good night!

J Pearce: "One piece of advice for England. Please, please learn to incorporate 'milking the bowling' for 6-7 RPO risk free runs into tactics!!"

9.03pm Time for some presentations.

Here's Jos Buttler: "Disappointed. We played some excellent cricket for the majority of the game. Pretty happy at halfway, a very good wicket for batting, to restrict them to 298, very happy. To have that conviction and commitment to keep taking it on has served us well for a long time. We didn't commit enough to that, SA came back well and took wickets. The pitch got more difficult, was at its best against the new ball. We are disappointed we didn't go on to win."

The player of the match is Sisanda Magala for his 3 for 46: "Very happy considering the position we were in. To pull off that type of win was very good for us. Temba was trying to suss out the situation. I was first-change, it was what the situation needed. Bowl as straight as possible, hit the length, a few change-ups. Keep it simple. A bit two-paced, used the steepness. Worked out for us. Time for rest now!"

Temba Bavuma: "The man of the match, that's where the game changed for us, got us some momentum, the guys after him rode the momentum. After Quinny got out I thought it was a good wicket, wicket got slower, ball got soft. We felt a little below par but it was enough. Got to keep staying in the game, they played well, did it for longer periods than Quinny and myself. Magala was a threat, they haven't seen much of him. But I was expecting one of our bowlers to do something special. Anrich showed his quality and raw pace. We'll take the win, we need the points. The conversation will be, are we happy with how we went about our business?"

Sampath tells me, this is the first time Jason Roy's ODI hundred ended up on the losing side. All his previous ten tons came in wins.

8.55pm Wow. What a win! South Africa's first against England at Bloemfontein, and one of the most extraordinary they have ever pulled off. England were on cruise control at regular intervals, first in a 146-run opening stand, and then while Jos Buttler was marshalling a requirement of barely four an over. But Temba Bavuma gambled on a wickets hunt, turned to his seamers to bowl out early, and they delivered in style. Magala started things off, Rabada bounced back from some rough early treatment, then Nortje bowled like fire to rip through the tail. Remarkable.

Steyn: "Credit to Bavuma, think he's rotated the bowlers very well in this key ending. Bowled Nortje and Rabada out when we neede to go for the kill and it paid."

Adnan Ansari: "This is why Stokes is so important in this England side!!!"

vishal: "@Adnan Ansari Not stokes Roooooooooooot is important" Tell you what, I reckon there's room for both of them!

JOYDEEP GILL: "England From 146/0 to next 125 runs all out "

44.2
W
Shamsi to Stone, OUT

poked in the air back down the pitch, and Shamsi seals a sensational turnaround! A simple return catch, Stone had no scoobies about the variations there, and South Africa are still in the hunt for automatic World Cup qualification

Olly Stone c & b Shamsi 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 8m) SR: 20
44.1
Shamsi to Stone, no run

forward watchfully and blocked to the off side

28 from 36... Parnell has two overs, Magala one... here's Shamsi... who's had some tap but now has a No.11 in his sights

end of over 444 runs
ENG: 271/9CRR: 6.15 RRR: 4.66 • Need 28 from 36b
Olly Stone1 (3b)
Adil Rashid14 (17b 1x4)
Sisanda Magala 9-0-46-3
Anrich Nortje 10-0-62-4
43.6
1
Magala to Stone, 1 run

on the hips, nurdled to square leg. Stone takes the single and keeps the strike. England can't afford to turn down runs

43.5
Magala to Stone, no run

hopeful appeal as Stone wears the full length on the pads, but that's jagged in too much to challenge the stumps

43.4
1
Magala to Rashid, 1 run

rolls the wrists on a controlled pull, doesn't get up quite enough to trouble Rashid as he picks off the single to square leg

43.3
Magala to Rashid, no run

thumped off the front foot, but into the cover ring. Can't find a way through there

43.2
Magala to Rashid, no run

outside off, and Rashid has another hack. Can't connect on the slower ball

43.1
2
Magala to Rashid, 2 runs

width, and slashed uppishly down to deep third. Rashid rushes back for the second to keep the strike

end of over 431 run • 1 wicket
ENG: 267/9CRR: 6.20 RRR: 4.57 • Need 32 from 42b
Olly Stone0 (1b)
Adil Rashid11 (13b 1x4)
Anrich Nortje 10-0-62-4
Kagiso Rabada 10-0-46-2

So, the equation is fairly simple. Bat the overs, and England win. Somewhat complicated by the sudden lack of any wriggle room!

42.6
Nortje to Stone, no run

solidly onto the front foot, blocks to the on-side. Anrich Nortje, take a bow!

Olly Stone... he's got a job to do now!

England are blowing this in sensational style. Nortje has one ball for a five-for, and the win!

42.5
W
Nortje to Archer, OUT

turned inside out, and caught at point! That's outstanding bowling from Nortje, thumping the pitch, demanding that England stay in line to him, and a fat leading edge flies straight into the hands of Klaasen

Jofra Archer c Klaasen b Nortje 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0
42.4
Nortje to Archer, no run

smell the leather! Nortje cranks it up, tight line, back of a length, climbing past the shoulder of the bat as Archer tries to stay in line

42.3
Nortje to Archer, no run

fended off the back foot to the on side

42.2
Nortje to Archer, no run

hits the pitch hard on a tight off-stump line, Archer is into line on the front foot to defend

Snethemba : "Great... Now we're gonna be told about taking positives from a game we never once looked like winning... "

42.1
1
Nortje to Rashid, 1 run

full length, nurdled off the toes to square leg

Nortje's last. Big six balls coming up

end of over 422 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 266/8CRR: 6.33 RRR: 4.12 • Need 33 from 48b
Adil Rashid10 (12b 1x4)
Kagiso Rabada 10-0-46-2
Anrich Nortje 9-0-61-3

And is that the game too? England bat deep, but Curran was the class in the tail. 33 still needed from 48 balls. Getting them in singles rather goes against England's psyche, which might mess with their fabled mindset!

41.6
W
Rabada to Sam Curran, OUT

spoke too soon, Curran chases the width! That's a sucker punch from Rabada, he served it up on a good length, shaping away, inviting the drive and a hint of movement takes the edge!

Sam Curran c †de Kock b Rabada 17 (21b 0x4 1x6 44m) SR: 80.95
41.5
Rabada to Sam Curran, no run

bouncer, and now it looks as though Curran is content to see off the threat as he tucks well beneath the ball

41.4
Rabada to Sam Curran, no run

whistles through to the keeper, Curran opts not to play at this one

41.3
1
Rabada to Rashid, 1 run

worked to deep third for another single, opening the face outside off

41.2
1
Rabada to Sam Curran, 1 run

tucked to the leg side

41.1
Rabada to Sam Curran, no run

tucked up on the back foot, defends down into the crease. Nearly plays on, but not nearly enough for Rabada's sake

Rabada to complete his spell

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
JJ Roy
113 runs (91)
11 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
flick
26 runs
3 fours0 six
Control
89%
HE van der Dussen
111 runs (117)
6 fours1 six
Productive shot
cover drive
22 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
92%
Best performances - bowlers
A Nortje
O
10
M
0
R
62
W
4
ECO
6.2
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
SM Curran
O
9
M
0
R
35
W
3
ECO
3.88
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 4512
Match days27 January 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSouth Africa 10, England 0
Language
English
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