legbreak, big spin, Tahir mows through the covers, for the win!
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.
So, all that training at Adelaide Strikers... comes down to this
Legspinner to legspinner. Scores level. Jeepers creepers
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!
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!
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 ...
smashed down the ground, is that the match? No! Well fielded at mid-on, and Abbott has one ball to face
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...
on the pads, a swivel-pull over the leg-side and that is a stunning riposte! South Africa are almost home and hosed!
shorter but straight again, taking the pace off the ball, and Morris tries to wind up a leg-side wallop but is beaten ...
that is a nut and a half in the circumstances. No close fielders whatsoever, and a pearling inswinging yorker that demands a block and nothing else
Ben Stokes. Who Makes Things Happen. Needs to make things happen
krish: "Is it chuck norris or chris morris playing" ... too good, no comeback ...
solid crease-bound defence, and an utterly redundant raise of the palm to his colleague to stay "stay there!" You don't say!
Vikas Jangid: "I asked "Who is Morris?" on IPL auction day.. I got my answer this guy deserves 7 crore.. Completely stealing the game single-handedly.."
outside off, and Abbott earns one of the biggest cheers of the day for a calm shouldering of the arms
driven more circumspectly for a single to long-off, and Abbott has two balls to survive. In the absolute most literal sense. It's a one-man show now ...
Karthik: "And, few eyebrows where raised when Morris went for more than a million in the IPL auction!" Not no more ... who knew!
slower ball, but it makes no difference! Morris is seeing it like a comet, and Broad is burning up like the Philae Lander as it approaches the sun!
What can England do here - they have no choice but to go for wickets now
full and flogged through the covers! He's got a 30-ball fifty, and the match in the palm of his hands!
Sufyan: "I think CH Morris want to justify his Price for IPL :)" If that doesn't make him feel like a rock 'n roll star, what will?
wide of the crease, Morris rocks back, sensing the length and absolutely battering it into the stratosphere at deep midwicket!
23 from 30, and the crowd is going stark raving mad ... here's Broad ...
Now then, is it time for Stuart Broad to earn his recall?
back of a length, trying to steal a singel to short cover, but wisely turned down ...
Sai: "I just saw the stefan comment and you said there like "They aren't winning the series". How can you say that as the match is not over yet?" They are 2-1 down ... QED. But it could yet be a decider at Newlands on Sunday ...
outside off, drilled out to the cover sweeper
much better, fuller and straighter, and beats a tentative crease-bound push
a horrid wide, Woakes is trying too hard and this one gets stuck in his knuckles
too wide, and slammed out to the point boundary. Moeen knee-slides to save the four, but that wasn't the right ball for his field
England need wickets.
Obvious Owen: "You are stealing my thunder with your comments today buddy. " Morris might be stealing everyone's at this rate!
smashed! In the slot and torpedoed over cow corner! That was a sensational strike, and he barely left his pose, let alone the crease
|New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||5-match series level 2-2|
|Match number||ODI no. 3737|
|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 - daynight (50-over match)|