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Summary

  1. De Kock & Amla put on 239 for 1st wicket
  2. Quinton de Kock made 135 from 117 balls
  3. Captain Hashim Amla hits 22nd ODI 100
  4. Root made superb 125 for England
  5. England lead five-match series 2-1

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By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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And on that note..

We're going to call a halt there and let you pick the bones out of that game. (Debate is healthy, whether it centres around Chris Jordan or not).

On Friday, there's commentary on two ODIs for you. The second women's ODI at Centurion starts at 08:00 GMT, with TMS on air on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 07:45. Then, at 11:15, the women's game switches to the BBC Sport website - with the fourth men's ODI at Johannesburg taking over on the wireless.

I hope you'll join us for both games. Until then, enjoy the rest of Pancake Day and see you on Friday.

England innings 'stuttered'

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It stuttered. It was good. There was total contrast the beginning as the openers got off all right, Alex Hales looks comfortable in one-day cricket. Joe Root wasn’t at his most fluent, but he played a nice innings with good shots, Ben Stokes came along and gave it a whack. 

"In between, Eoin Morgan's innings was unbelievable. He tried to whack it and missed the ball altogether, it was all fraught, in some ways I was glad he got out."

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Neil Farrington: Touch of Dernbachitis about England's loyalty to Chris Jordan, its symptoms a mystery to us mere laymen.

Man of the match

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock: "We knew it would be a better wicket at night and it was a matter of getting in and batting normally and it was better with the ball coming on to the bat a bit better."

De Kock like Gower

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"David Gower played with fluency and ease. It is an ease of timing, he takes the ball at the top of the bounce, and this kid has got that ability to time the ball and make it look so easy."

Captain's view

Why did you promote David Wiese to number three in the order?

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "When you back David, it brings out the best in him - we just wanted to take pressure out of the situation. We're slowly but surely getting ourselves back into the series, we're all very excited for the pink day at Johannesburg and hopefully we can level the series.  

De Kock 'wonderful'

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought England got a workable total, what we didn’t expect was the pitch to get better. The night air came in and the ball came onto the bat better.

"That doesn’t take anything away from De Kock, he was wonderful. Amla was so overshadowed it made him look an ordinary player, at the other end De Kock was creaming it everywhere."

Captain's view

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "We needed that win, I thought the boys played really well. We had a bit of urgency and hunger in the field, we've not had the greatest series until today but that shows the attitude we have. I had a bit of local knowledge, we felt it was definitely a chasing pitch and difficult to defend. When Amla and De Kock come off at the top of the order, it makes it really easy for the middle order."

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Greg: Seems like I'm one of the few who thought 318 was nowhere near enough. Moving on.

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "I thought 318 was a good score, this group has been very good in setting totals. The wicket got a little worse as our innings went on and a little wear and tear crept in,but Joe Root was outstanding. They had an incredible opening partnership, the ball didn't swing early on so we had to go back to hitting our lengths, and we didn't do that well enough. South Africa have come back strong, hopefully we can bounce back."

As Boycs is pointing out on TMS, AB de Villiers called it exactly right when he said he'd have preferred to chase today had he won the toss...

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Alex Pitt: When Amla retires SA should commission a gold cast of his wrists, put it on a plinth and have new batsmen kiss it on the way out.

Needless to say, we'll bring you a bit of Boycott - and stay tuned for the presentation ceremony, where I'd take a wild guess that Quinton de Kock will be picking up the man of the match gong.

View from the England women's camp

Gutted for the @englandcricket lads but what a batting masterclass from @QuinnyDeKock69 & @amlahash All to play for on Friday still! #class

You can listen to commentary on all of the women's ODIs and T20s between South Africa and England on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and/or the BBC Sport website.

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Ben: A seven-wicket defeat with 318 on the board is, frankly, embarrassing.

Flemming Jensen: You can't win them all, but Jordan HAS to go....

recordThat's a record

As well as that record-breaking opening stand (a SA record against England), it's also the highest successful ODI run chase at this ground - beating West Indies' 300-3 in 2004.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"You can't fault the England batting. The key was South Africa were up for it. I think it is great for the series."

A 'thumping victory'

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special

"It is a thumping victory and an unexpected victory. We thought England's 318 would be enough. It has given South Africa a very important and reviving victory."

Champagne moment

SA beat England by seven wickets - Eng lead series 2-1

And what's more, it keeps the series alive. Two more games to come at two of South Africa's iconic venues - the Wanderers and Newlands.

Final scorecard

England won toss

South Africa: 319-3 from 46.2 overs

Not out batsmen: Du Plessis 33, De Villiers 0

Fall of wickets: 239-1 (De Kock 135), 249-2 (Wiese 7), 311-3 (Amla 127)

Bowling figures: Willey 5-0-40-0, Topley 6-0-46-0, Stokes 8.2-0-54-0, Jordan 7-0-54-1, Moeen 10-0-75-1, Rashid 10-0-45-1

England: 318-8 (50 overs) - Root 125, Hales 65, Stokes 53

Full scorecard

SA 319-3

That's it - a single to fine leg means Du Plessis finishes on 33 not out from 29 balls.

SA 318-3

Free hit - and Du Plessis smacks it for a straight six to level the scores.

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Teddov: Quite fed up with everyone having it in for Jordan.We've seen what he can do,need to stop berating players after a few bad games.

Sam Roberts: Not a happy fan, how on earth did Jordan deserve to get in over Chris Woakes at least who had a good series in the UAE.

Jack Byrne: Anyone know the point of Chris Jordan?

Dropped catch

SA 312-3

Stokes to bowl - can SA finish it this over? It's a high, wide full toss - which Du Plessis swats to cover and Morgan can't hold on. But for the third time in this innings, it's a no-ball for height.

SA 311-3 (need 8 from 24 balls)

De Villiers averages 54 in ODIs, with a strike rate of exactly 100, so you wouldn't think he'll need to take this to the last over.

Magnificent innings

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special

"He has to be more or less dragged off, he looks a little weary, it has been a magnificent innings."

WICKET

Amla c Buttler b Jordan 127 (SA 311-3)

Although they're well out in friont, South Africa are rather stumbling over the finish line. Amla, who's not given a chance all evening, chases a wide one and is caught behind. At least it gives him the chance of a solo standing ovation.

Who's in next? Only AB de Villiers...

SA 311-2

Du Plessis rotates the strike. Nine to win, and Amla - on 127 and seeing it as large as a football - on strike. Make than eight to win, courtesy of another legside wide. We've had a few of them today.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"It is just easy pickings right now."

SA 309-2 (target 319)

More bodyline from Jordan to Du Plessis, and the ex-Lancashire man has no trouble in pulling a four over short fine leg, which is enthusiastically signalled by the South African fans on the grassy bank. Jordan fires another one down the leg side, FDP helps it on its way and it's 10 to win.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The pitch has played a lot better than we expected and South Africa have played superbly."

50 partnership

SA 301-2

Stokes is giving it everything, but there's only one way this game is going. Amla steers a four through point to take the Proteas past 300. That's also the fifty stand. 18 needed from 30 balls.

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Maddy Raman: For England to be an exceptional side they have to get over this complacency when they're ahead in or have won a series.

Sam Roberts: What does Jordan offer, short, wide deliveries with some pace means easy runs, should be no where near the England setup.

SA 297-2

The wristy Amla guides Stokes for four through mid-wicket, past the leaping Jordan. while Stokes sends down the eighth wide of the innings. There's a flash of lightning in the far distance, but the weather won't save England. Not only are SA about 30 ahead on Duckworth/Lewis, but I'd wager this match will be over before the weather gets there. 22 needed from 33.

Jordan out, Broad in?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think look, he is an outstanding fielder, I just feel there could be an improvement with Stuart Broad, I hope no one thinks I am being nasty to Jordan."

SA 292-2 (need 27 from 36 balls)

Chris Jordan returns, going round the wicket to the right-handed Faf du Plessis, who fends one off his body for a single. It's got to that stage of the game where there's a committee meeting of fielders every time the strike is rotated. Jordan hasn't had much good fortune from bowling short today - the fact that he's bowling round the wicket rather telegraphs that plan - and FDP helps himself to a four down the leg side, then blasting four more past the bowler. I'm reliably informed that a large lady is warming up her vocal cords.

Neil Manthorp

BBC Test Match Special

"They should canter home really, all the work has been done by De Kock and Amla.

"The important thing for England is to ignore the manner and the margin of the defeat."  

Hashim Amla watches his shot
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SA 281-2 (Amla 118, Du Plessis 12)

England turn back to Ben Stokes, we know how he can turn a game with the bat - can he do so with the ball? A tall order if ever there was one. Du Plessis finds the boundary for the first time, bashing a four back past the bowler. 38 needed from 42.