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Live Reporting

Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. 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."

  3. Get Involved


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

  4. 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."

  5. 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."

  6. 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.  

  7. 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."

  8. 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.

  10. 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."

  11. Post update

    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...

  12. Get Involved


    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.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. View from the England women's camp

    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....

  16. View from the press box

  17. That'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.

  18. Post update

    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."

  19. 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."

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. SA 319-3

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

  23. SA 318-3

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

  24. Get Involved


    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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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."

  28. 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...

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  30. 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.

  31. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is just easy pickings right now."

  32. 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.

  33. Post update

    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."

  34. 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.

  35. Get Involved


    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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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."

  38. 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.

  39. Post update

    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
  40. 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.

  41. Get Involved


    Ian Funnell: Without Finn England look a bit toothless. Would play Broad for Jordan in next game.

  42. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think my mum could knock them off now."

    With a stick of rhubarb?

  43. SA 275-2 (target 319)

    And that's it for Moeen, who finishes with 10-0-75-1. The Proteas need 44 from 48 balls - that six put the requirement under a run a ball for the first time in the match. Amla has 117, Du Plessis seven.

  44. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You don’t see that too often from Hashim Amla. That’s not his game."

  45. SA 274-2 (Amla 122 from 120 balls)

    Now it's Moeen's time to complete his spell, he too sends down a wide - and Amla is on cruise control, guiding a four through third man before launching a six over the bowler's lead.

  46. How's stat?

  47. Latest scorecard

    England won toss

    South Africa: 262-2 from 41 overs

    Batsmen: Amla 106, Du Plessis 6

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

    Bowling figures: Willey 5-0-40-0, Topley 6-0-46-0, Stokes 6-0-31-0, Jordan 5-0-37-0, Moeen 9-0-62-1, Rashid 10-0-45-1

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

    Full scorecard

  48. SA 262-2 (need 57 from 54 balls)

    Rashid spins down his last over, five singles and a wide from it, and Rashid takes his cap with figures of 10-0-45-1.

  49. England can learn from defeat

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is never good to lose, you want to win them all, but I think out of the loss England will be able to see if it doesn’t swing, Topley is medium pace, he needs more oomph, and when Jordan bowls he is exposed."

  50. Big Brother is watching

    Morne Morkel's brother Albie, the former South Africa all-rounder, knows a thing or two about the conditions...

  51. SA 256-2 (need 63 from 60 balls)

    Moeen to continue, Du Plessis takes guard from his compatriot Cloete and will be looking to help Amla steer the Proteas home without further trouble. As if England didn't have enough worries from this game, Jason Roy looks to he holding his side after falling awkwardly in the field.

    10 overs to go - SA have kept the required rate steady, just above six an over for virtually the entire innings.

  52. Get Involved


    Matt Evans: You've just put the mockers on Simon's reverse-mockers! Now SA will cruise it!

    Simon Goodall: Simon Mann = Legend. Next comment please Simon..

  53. SA 251-2 (target 319)

    The spinners have both got a wicket, so England keep them going. Faf du Plessis is the new batsman, steering his first ball from Rashid for a single. Rashid tosses the ball from hand to hand, as if deliberating over where to bowl to Amla. Du Plessis is foxed by a googly, but umpire Gaffaney turns down England's lbw appeal.

  54. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was too full to sweep. They send people in to hit sixes, why not just say have a bat?"

  55. WICKET

    Wiese b Moeen 7 (SA 249-2)

    An eventful over ends as Wiese crazily tries to reverse-sweep Moeen and is bowled. The ball before, he had launched the off-spinner for a huge six over long-off.

    So, in that over, we had a "stumping" off a no-ball beamer, a century, a six, and then a wicket. Are we all up to speed? Good.

  56. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock celebrate 200 partnership

    "Amla supported De Kock superbly, another class hundred."

  57. 100 for Hashim Amla

    SA 243-1

    Hashim Amla celebrates 100

    It's been Quinton de Kock's day, but Hashim Amla reaches his 22nd ODI century from 109 balls.

  58. SA 240-1

    An astonishing ball from Moeen, it's a head-high full toss, Amla can't connect with a vertical bat above his head and Jos Buttler completes what would be a slick stumping if it hadn't been called a no-ball for being a high full toss. A single off the free hit ball takes him to 99.

  59. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They have got nothing to worry about South Africa, as Simon has just told us."

    "If England win this from here Victor, I will buy you drinks for the rest of the year," Simon Mann replies.

  60. SA 239-1 (target 319)

    A change of batting order as South Africa have sent in David Wiese - presumably to give him some practice, as he wasn't due to bat until number seven. SA need 80 from 78 balls.

  61. De Kock in shock

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is in shock because he is out. It is a fantastic innings. He has played two stunning innings in this series."

  62. WICKET

    De Kock c Root b Rashid 135 (SA 239-1)

    It's all over for De Kock - and rather a tame end to an amazing innings. He chips a straightforward catch to mid-off, and looks disgusted with himself, slamming his bat against his pad. Rashid with the wicket.

  63. A bang down to Earth for England

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    “They are bounding towards victory. It would be a bang down to Earth for England if they were to lose by nine or 10 wickets with 318 on the board.

    "It is inconceivable that South Africa will lose from here."

    An attempt at reverse-mockers from Simon?

  64. Drinks break

    SA 238-0

    England bring Moeen Ali back, but we're close to the stage where bowling changes have about as much effect as rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic. De Kock squeezes a four between backward point and short third man. Time for drinks.

    If you're just getting in from work and switching your phone on, I'm afraid this score is correct. The BBC wicket alerts are working fine... we've just not had to send one during this innings.

  65. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It seems to me, there is one place in South Africa to play if you are a bowler, and that’s Port Elizabeth, and we've left it."

  66. SA 230-0 (target 319)

    Is a run-out England's only hope of a wicket? Amla pushes Topley for a quick single to Root at mid-on, his throw hits the stumps but Amla had made his ground. Amla can hit you anywhere around the ground - threading a four through the covers and guiding another through mid-wicket, where on earth do you bowl to him? He has 95 from 100 balls and is on course to be today's third Centurion centurion.

  67. Get Involved


    Quinton De Kock celebrates

    Dave Poulton: 23 years old and already De Kock has 10 ODI hundreds?! What a ridiculously impressive record that is.

  68. SA 219-0 (De Kock 127, Amla 86)

    David Willey has a dark blue towel tucked into the back of his trousers to dry the ball, but they may need to produce a rabbit from a hat to turn the tide here. Amla, not often the junior partner when he bats through an innings like this, is content to help himself to ones and twos. Willey tries something different by bowling round the wicket - but Amla steps across and flicks him into the crowd behind fine leg for six. Just the 100 needed now.

  69. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I would give Joe Root a go, he seems to have the golden arm. Give him a bowl."

  70. Get Involved


    James Beeching: I'm feeling as flat as a pancake following this now, surely someone can crack a South African egg?

    Alex Louch: If Roy and Root hadn't been sacrificed in the careless run outs England were on for two partnerships like this.

  71. SA 207-0 (target 319)

    This is too easy for De Kock, now he launches Topley back over his head for another four. Even a mis-hit from Amla lands safely wide of a fielder. 112 needed from 102 balls.

  72. De Kock 'sensational'

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is a sensational player. His timing is amazing really.

    "It would be amazing from here, for England to get out of jail."  

  73. 200 partnership

    SA 201-0

    Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla rung between the wicket

    Stokes off, Topley on so it's back to left-arm seam at both ends. But the new Hampshire recruit serves up a full toss which De Kock expertly flicks off his legs to backward square leg where it bisects two boundary fielders.

    Are England going to lose this by 10 wickets?

  74. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "De Kock’s record is absolutely phenomenal. It must be unprecedented."

  75. SA 196-0 (De Kock 117, Amla 73)

    De Kock takes the aerial route again, it reaches long-off on the bounce. Even when they're not hitting boundaries, the Proteas are taking singles with their eyes closed.

    They need 123 from 108 balls - if we've not mentioned it, it would be the highest ODI run chase on this ground.

  76. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes reacts after a delivery

    "Help yourself. That was a buffet delivery."

  77. SA 194-0 (target 319)

    England turn back to opening bowler David Willey in place of Jordan, but Amla is toying with England here, dancing outside off stump and nurdling the left-armer down to fine leg for a couple. A single brings De Kock on strike.. and he hoists a loose delivery for six at least halfway up the grass bank at backward square leg, almost threatening to hit the scoreboard.

  78. Get Involved


    G S Webster: Can Capt.Morgan please drop himself for the next ODI. His batting has been awful and his choice of bowlers useless.

    Francis Edwards: Just when I don't think Jordan can do much more wrong he goes and bowls a beamer and gives away a free hit. -SIGH- 

  79. SA 185-0 (De Kock 110, Amla 69)

    Stokes trots in for his sixth over, De Kock shows him no mercy with a powerful pull for four, while a full toss is poked down to fine leg where only the acrobatic Reece Topley prevents back-to-back boundaries. Amla joins in the fun as a pull shot brings him his eighth four. 11 from the over, where do England turn now?

  80. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I can honestly say I thought that was the perfect yorker. How is that possible?"

  81. SA 174-0 (target 319)

    A long Jordan over gets even longer when he sends down a wide - but the force is with De Kock when even a good yorker is drilled back past the bowler, off the toe end of the bat, for four. He has 105 from 98 balls. SA need 145 from 20 overs - or 120 balls, should you prefer.

  82. How's stat?!

    Quinton De Kock after scoring a century
  83. SA 168-0

    Jordan bowls a high full toss to De Kock - so high, in fact, that it's called a no-ball. De Kock has fended it off for a single, but it means Amla will have a "free hit". But as Amla backs away, Jordan fires it in, yorker-length, outside off stump and the danger is averted.

  84. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "A standing ovation for De Kock, not just from his team-mates but the whole ground."

  85. 100 for Quinton de Kock

    SA 166-0

    Quinton De Kock celebrates

    De Kock steers Stokes for two to move to 99, then has to dig out another good yorker - but as he guides a short ball for a single to fine leg, the whole ground rises for his second century in three games. It's his 10th ODI century, from 96 balls. Well batted, sir.

    Quinton de Kock
  86. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "He was done, he would have been a goner. If only Jordan could produce more of those ones at key moments."

  87. SA 162-0 (De Kock 97, Amla 61)

    De Kock has to jam his bat down on a good yorker from Jordan, miss that and he'd have been plumb lbw. I know that yorkers are no longer "en vogue" in modern international cricket, but I'd humbly suggest that's probably the best ball I've seen Jordan bowl this series, and perhaps he ought to try to repeat it. But no, the last ball is banged in halfway down, De Kock launches another one into the sky over mid-wicket, is that four or six? Looked to have hit the boundary "rope" on the full? It's four.

  88. That's a record

    SA 157-0

    A single means this is now the highest opening partnership for SA against England in ODIs, beating the 156 by Andrew Hudson and Gary Kirsten in 1995-96.

  89. SA 156-0 (target 319)

    Rashid wheels away for his seventh over, it's not been the Yorkshire leggie's day with the ball. It's a fairly tight over, just two from it, and Rashid has 0-35 from seven.

    And for those of you hoping for a weather intervention... if it rained now, SA are more than 20 above the D/L par score.

    Adil Rashid
  90. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is incredible, Amla has got great hands. When he is at his best, it is his wrists that are the thing."

  91. SA 154-0 (De Kock 91, Amla 59)

    De Kock sees off the over. What can England do now? Bowl for run-outs?

  92. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I would never be an umpire, it is hard work all this."

  93. SA 154-0

    Replays show the ball clipping the edge of De Kock's right pad as he played and missed down the leg side. Not a great call from Jos Buttler who immediately signalled to his captain that he wanted the review.

  94. Umpire review

    SA 154-0

    Chris Jordan returns, banging in an attempted bouncer, but Amla is calmness personified as he plays the ball late, guiding it through third man for four. Jordan then bowls one down the leg side, umpire Cloete signals a wide, but England - with more than a hint of desperation - call for a review for a catch behind...

  95. Latest scorecard

    England won toss

    South Africa: 149-0 from 25 overs

    Batsmen: De Kock 91, Amla 54

    Bowling figures: Willey 3-0-17-0, Topley 4-0-24-0, Stokes 4-0-16-0, Jordan 2-0-18-0, Moeen 6-0-40-0, Rashid 6-0-33-0

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

    Full scorecard

  96. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "They cannot contain him. De Kock, in no time at all, is into the 90s."

  97. SA 149-0 (target 319)

    De Kock continues to show England a clean pair of metaphorical heels as he clubs a four past the square leg umpire. The Proteas are very much on top at the halfway stage. The irrepressible De Kock has 91 from 80 balls.

  98. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You have got to keep control as long as you can The batsmen are in comfort mode. You have to try and make it uncomfortable."

  99. SA 143-0

    De Kock eases the pressure with another six off the second ball of Rashid's sixth over. A loose full toss gets what it deserves and is smacked over long-off.

  100. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "They are making it look very comfortable. Every now and again when you think they are just playing ones and twos, Quinton de Kock just explodes."

  101. SA 137-0 (De Kock 80, Amla 53)

    It's as though England are pre-programmed to bowl their spinners in tandem at this stage, I'd certainly be thinking about mixing up the bowlers a little as in this mode, South Africa are up with the rate and are on course to win comfortably. De Kock sweeps his ninth four of the innings - then immediately calls for his helmet between deliveries, as though he fears a top edge into the face.

  102. Post update

    You can follow the whole of the England women's series in SA with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and/or the BBC Sport website.

  103. SA 129-0 (target 319)

    With spin on at both ends, De Kock has now swapped his helmet for a dark green SA cap (of the ODI baseball sort, rather than the traditional baggy variety). They need 190 from 162 balls, with all 10 wickets still intact.

  104. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen was doing well but the batsmen get used to you. I like swapping and changing, over and round the wicket, or just one over."

  105. 50 for Hashim Amla

    SA 127-0

    Amla is halfway to becoming a Centurion centurion, not for the first time - bringing up his 29th ODI fifty from 63 balls.

    Hashim Amla
  106. Get involved


    Minas Mars: If you hit the ball with a lightsaber and only one half goes over the boundary, is it a four or a two?

    Perhaps it's a question for John Holder on TMS's popular "Ask the Umpire" feature during the summer? Never mind lightsabers, what if the ball splits in two before clearing the boundary?

  107. SA 126-0

    Another loose delivery from Moeen is despatched to the cow corner boundary, this time for four. The Proteas keeper has 73 from 70 balls, Amla has 49 from 62.

  108. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This is what day-night cricket is all about."

  109. SA 122-0

    The spinners have combined figures of 8-0-38-0, and the pickings are still of the easy variety as Moeen begins his fifth over... and after a single from Amla, De Kock gets down on one knee and swings him over cow corner for six into the mass of fans on the grassy bank.

  110. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If anyone can take a wicket out of nothing then Rashid is the man."

  111. SA 114-0 (target 319)

    It feels like Amla has been in the 40s for a little while, he moves to 47 and South Africa to 111 - can 'Nelson' strike for England? Not today - De Kock nudges a single off his legs, Two more mean it's another four-run over. England were 113-1 at this stage.

  112. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    “At the moment South Africa look to be on course but there is a long way to go.”

  113. SA 110-0 (De Kock 60, Amla 46)

    Steady accumulation from De Kock and Amla, four chanceless singles.

    And more importantly, having had 20 overs, we now have a match, even if another storm intervenes. South Africa are ahead on Duckworth/Lewis. (By about 10, we reckon).

  114. Get Involved


    Jon Power: I'm assuming Wicket Alerts are not working again?

    James Beeching: Dear BBC Cricket please could you start sending out wicket alerts? I'd very much like Quinton to 'de Stop'.

  115. SA 106-0 (target 319)

    Simon Hughes on TMS thinks Joe Root should have a bowl after his magnificent century earlier today, but for now England persist with the Moeen-Rashid combination as the natural light is nearly gone. Amla square-drives at Rashid, and Willey again distinguishes himself with another boundary stop. Just three runs from the over, but still nothing in the wickets column.

  116. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We have got to hope the break helps England. Quite often it does but they have at least got to get somebody else in."

  117. Rabada podcast now available

    If you missed the feature on Kagiso Rabada at the interval, it's now available as a TMS podcast...

  118. Drinks break

    SA 103-0 (De Kock 57, Amla 42)

    Amla brings up the century stand with a single, the ground isn't full but those who have made the journey have been rewarded with some excellent cricket today. And as the players take drinks, I'd venture that the home fans will be in a better mood than the Barmy Army, the longer this partnership goes on.

    Hashim Amla
  119. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I am surprised England haven’t caused them a few more problems."

  120. SA 99-0 (target 319)

    Rashid begins a new over, De Kock fences it over backward point and Reece Topley belies his appearance as a gangly pace bowler by getting down superbly to flick the ball away from the boundary. I said earlier that every run counts - that can equally apply to runs saved in the field.

    Adil Rashid
  121. De Kock Gower-like?

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    “He is talented. It is free flowing his shot-play. He will get out like everybody, but there is a lot of freedom. There is a lot of David Gower about him, he is fluid.”

  122. SA 92-0

    Hashim Amla, graceful as ever, is happy to play the supporting role to De Kock, helping himself to ones and twos while his left-handed partner is the aggressor. But they are taking no risks - De Kock carefully defends the final ball of Moeen's over.

    Hashim Amla
  123. England 'need a wicket'

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is in great nick, De Kock. England need a start, a wicket or two, and then the pressure will build on the new batsman."

  124. 50 for Quinton de Kock

    SA 89-0

    De Kock reaches his sixth ODI fifty from exactly 50 deliveries. Looking in ominously good touch.

  125. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need a wicket. You have got to bowl well enough to make De Kock take the gamble. If you don’t get De Kock out you don’t win the game."

  126. SA 88-0 (target 319)

    A double change as England turn to Adil Rashid's leggies. Chris Jordan is a predatory first slip, while there are three men back on the legside fence, including "boundary fox" David Willey who is kept busy on several occasions during the over. Four from it - SA's "worm" is ahead of England, who were 77-1 at this stage.

  127. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

  128. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is a daunting task for Moeen. We didn’t see any spin for Tahir, of any significance."

  129. SA 84-0 (De Kock 48, Amla 32)

    Off-spinner Moeen Ali to have a go - but the locals are on their feet as De Kock drills Moeen's first ball for four through third man, and a couple of twos have put the SA keeper within touching distance of a half-century. His 48 have taken 47 balls.

  130. Get Involved


    Dan Gee: If you hit a ball with a lightsaber [see Neil Manthorp's comment, 12th over] it would split in half. Come on guys, don't skimp on the sci-fi based cricket accuracy!

  131. 'Problems' for the England skipper

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He’s got problems Morgan. Albeit with a good total posted, he is going to have to find a combination. He’s going to have to do some juggling."

  132. SA 76-0 (target 319)

    Several England fielders are looking to the skies, perhaps concerned about the weather, perhaps looking for divine inspiration, four singles from Stokes's fourth over keep the Proteas on cruise control.

  133. Time for spin?

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the spinners are going to play a very important role."

  134. Get Involved


    Zishan: Don't understand why Jordan even plays ahead of Plunkett...

    Francis Edwards: Really, three games in and Jordan is still in the team. Such a weak link, I'd even rather see Woakes in and that's saying something.

    Thomas Measures: Surely only a matter of time before Broad comes in for Jordan? Just seem to expensive for my liking.

    Thomas Leonard: Why is Chris Jordan bowling at international level? He is not good enough. In a few years, maybe. But not now.

  135. SA 72-0 (De Kock 38, Amla 30)

    Jordan has 0-18 from two overs. Is this going to be a long evening for England? Time for some spin?

  136. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He might as well have hit that with a lightsaber."

    The Force is awakening...

  137. SA 72-0

    The natural light is definitely starting to fade. But Quinton de Kock lights up Centurion when he lifts a length ball over mid-wicket for six!

  138. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    “I have noticed throughout the tour that Ben Stokes is very hard on his fielders. There is not much ‘well tried'."

  139. SA 65-0 (target 319)

    In contrast to Amla's movement across the crease, De Kock stands very tall, straight and still at the crease, rather like a left-handed Owais Shah. Amla works Stokes off his legs, it looks as though Rashid has it covered at fine leg... but the ball's momentum takes it over the rope. England were 59-1 at this stage. Amla has 29 from 32 balls, De Kock has 32 from 34.