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Live Reporting

Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Join us for decider Sunday

    We will also have live text commentary of both games on the BBC Sport website. If it is anything like today, you won't want to miss it. I'll see thee.

  2. Captain reaction

    South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis: "That's a massive get-out-of-jail card. I felt both teams didn’t play their best. The wicket was two-paced and not a normal T20 wicket but I have a smile on my face because we won.

    "We didn’t start well. Twenty20 cricket is all about executing plans and we let them get away at the start. Our bowlers came back by getting wickets. 

    "And with the bat we tried to learn from their mistakes, maybe they went a bit hard at the ball, we tried to play deeper, messed it up a little and Chris Morris, the million dollar man, saved us."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Overall, England if they think about it, at the halfway stage, in their heart of hearts they didn't think they would win so they have done really well."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Using the slowness of the pitch might have been worthwhile in that final over. Topley might learn from that, you are taught to bowl in the block hole but they were low full tosses."

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    Chris Jordan

    Adam Capstick: Are we going to talk about how well Chris Jordan has played, in spite of everyone's armchair criticisms?

    Dan Knight: Where have all the Jordan haters gone? So good under pressure

  8. Captain's reaction

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "After a pretty poor batting display our bowlers nearly pulled it out of the bag. Stokes and Jordan got as much as they could out of the pitch. The more and more we play the more responsibility the bowlers take on their shoulders. We created chances with an under-par score. That is a huge positive. 

    "When the ball was new it skidded on but when it was older the pace was off and it became more difficult. Probably not as bad as we displayed with the bat though.

    "We have had a reasonably good run in T20s and probably should have won tonight when we didn't deserve to."

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    Kyle Abbott and Reece Topley

    Joel Heritage: Not sure if the question is "How did England lose that?" or "How did England almost win that?"

    Stewart A: Excellent Game SAvsEng.... unlucky Topley! That's cricket! Just Go Again!

  11. Final scorecard

    South Africa 135-7 from 20 overs

    Not out batsmen: Morris 17, Abbott 2

    Fall of wickets: 31-1 (De Villiers 7), 35-2 (Amla 22), 76-3 (Duminy 23), 98-4 (Du Plessis 25), 103-5 (Rossouw 18), 114-6 (Miller 13), 119-7 (Wiese 2)

    Bowling figures: Willey 2-0-15-0, Topley 3-0-27-0, Jordan 4-0-23-3, Stokes 4-1-19-1, Rashid 4-0-24-1, Moeen 3-0-22-2

    England 134-8 (20 overs): Buttler 32*, Hales 27, Tahir 4-21

    Full scorecard

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Morris and Kyle Abbott celebrate

    "Morris has done it again. I don't know how he has done it because there shouldn't have been two there."

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    Stuart Mitchell: oh wow what a finish, should have been a super over though. Poor finish from Topley.

    Joseph Bentley: Topley mate, that was awful

    Jon Dunn: Reece Dropley.

    Andrew Morris: Topley choked. First the catch, then the runout. Shoulda been Jordan. Still, fantastic match and ultra kudos to the bowlers.

  14. South Africa win by 3 wickets

    What a finish to the game. England's pain is clear to see, not least in the actions of Reece Topley, who lashes out at the stumps in fury. In short, that should have been a run out. We should be going to an extra over.

    Credit to England for so much hard work with the ball and in the field to take the game as close as that, but ultimately they didn't get enough runs and an error under pressure has cost them.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England let that get away again. The run out was definitely on. Topley dropped the ball, he just needed to gather it and take the bails off and we were in a Super Over."

  16. SA 135-7

    Alex Hales and Reece Topley

    Morris hits it down the ground to Root and sets off like a train. The throw comes in, the SA pair are back for two, Topley for the run out... and he drops it! Run complete. Game over. Heartache for England. Joy for South Africa.

  17. SA 133-7 (2 to win from 1 ball)

    Morris hits it back down the ground. Two runs. We are going to the last ball. Two needed.

  18. SA 131-7 (4 to win off two balls)

    Morris hits it straight back to Topley. Dot ball. Tension. So much tension.

  19. SA 131-7

    Morris plants a full Topley ball into the stand on the leg side. Morris is doing it again. 

  20. SA 125-7 (10 to win)

    Morris gets a four. One bounce over extra cover. That is a big blow.

  21. SA 121-7 (14 to win)

    Abbott gets a single with a punch to mid-off.

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    Topley will bowl the last. No pressure.

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    Rachel: So tenacious from England to have even made a game of this!

    Craig Lee: Can England pull this off???

    Simon Goodall: Why are low scoring games more exciting, in a format that is designed for teams to score runs???

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Jordan celebrates

    "Jordan is bowling with good pace, hitting that crease line and that is what you want. Chris Jordan in the big moment is doing well here."

  25. SA 120-7 (Target 135)

    Kyle Abbott gets a single off the last ball. One over to go. 15 to win.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England will not be beaten."

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    HVeinnrsyon: England can't catch Chris Morris? He's like cricketing kryptonite.

    George Spooner: I may have called Chris Jordan useless a few weeks ago and it was broadcast on your website. I take that back. Completely.

  28. WICKET

    Wiese b Jordan 2 (SA 119-7)

    David Wiese

    Take a bow Chris Jordan. he is bowling like a demon for his country. His full ball is dragged on to the stumps by Wiese. England could be about to pull off a remarkable win.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is exactly the preparation you want for the World T20."

  30. SA 119-6 (16 to win from 8 balls)

    New man Wiese pulls to leg and SA take two.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if that is going to cost England the game?"

  32. SA 116-6

    Oh no! Reece Topley has misjudged a catch running in from third man. Had he set off straight away he would have been under a top edge from Chris Morris but instead it falls short!

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    Chris Jordan

    Teddov: Chris Jordan doing a good job. Doubters staying quiet. I am happy.

    Thomas Knights: England have bowled superbly tonight. Bowling to the conditions well.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Root feels England are right back in this. This see-saw game might just have gone back towards to England."

  35. WICKET

    Miller c Root b Jordan 13 (SA 114-6)

    And we swing back to England as Miller drives straight into the hands of Root at long on off Jordan. 

  36. SA 114-5 (21 to win off 12 balls)

    Miller follows his six with a four and, in a flash, the game swings back in the home side's favour. You can't take your eyes off this for a second.

  37. SA 109-5

    Just when SA needed him, David Miller steps up with a straight six.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It would be a stunning effort if England pulled this one around from the position they were in.

    "You just sense pressure building on South Africa here."

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    Birding Vicar: Somehow Stokes and the other bowlers have made a game of this.

    Zigzag: Win or lose this, England bowlers have been great here. Brought England right into it

  40. WICKET

    Rossouw c Rashid b Moeen 18 (Sa 103-5)

    Adil Rashid

    England are really in this game now. Rossouw tries to sweep Moeen but top-edges to Rashid at short fine-leg. Suddenly, there are some very concerned faces in the home dugout. 

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "For all money that looked like four. Great relay work in the field."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Miller is such a destructive player. He is one of those players you get excited about when you see him in the line-up."

  43. SA 102-4 (32 to win from 18 balls)

    Jordan returns and does a really good job for his side. New man David Miller helps take SA past 100 but also has to survive a big lbw shout. Like Jordan's previous lbw call, that also pitched outside leg. Just four off the over, in part thanks to a superb diving stop by Moeen in the cover to stop a four. This is getting more and more interesting by the ball.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England have just been hanging on. They will be thinking what would we do for 20 more runs?"

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Another batsman holes out. The wicket is just not there for that type of shot. 

    "Du Plessis didn’t get it as he would like. England, even though it is in South Africa’s favour, will think one more wicket could really turn things around."

  46. WICKET

    Du Plessis c Stokes b Moeen 25 (SA 98-4)

    England's players celebrate a wicket

    Just when you think SA are finally heading down the home stretch, England chuck an obstacle in their way to slow them down. Du Plessis looks to smash Moeen to cow but doesn't quite catch it and is caught by Stokes coming round from long-on. The home side should still win from here but there will be nagging fears.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think most days of the week it is South Africa's game from here but England have done a good job of fighting. 

    "But after that six it just gets things moving for South Africa."

  48. SA 91-3 (44 to win off 30 balls)

    Rilee Rossouw hits a six

    Rossouw strikes a big blow off Rashid over long-on fielder Root's head. It is the only successful attempt of a number of intended big shots from the left-hander. He clearly feels he can end England's resistance quickly. The tourists are clinging on now.

  49. SA 83-3 (Target 135)

    Moeen Ali into the attack to make it spin from both ends. His first ball is a peach, pitching on leg and turning away from Rossouw and over middle stump. That'll sharpen the left-hander's focus. Later in the over, the video umpire is called upon to judge on a run out against Rossouw, but he is well in courtesy of a dive at the non-striker's end.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a new left-hander in, which gives you the chance to just pop in a couple of invaluable dot balls."

  51. SA 79-3 (56 to win off 42 balls)

    Rilee Rossouw is the new man and he helps to see off another good over from Rashid. Fair play to England, they are hanging in here. SA are still in the box seat but another couple of wickets could really put the cat amongst the pigeons.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a strange shot. Root barely had to move. I guess Duminy was trying to hit it for six and didn’t get enough elevation."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a loose shot by Duminy. That has just given England a sniff of hope."

  54. WICKET

    Duminy c Root b Rashid 23 (SA 76-3)

    Joe Root reacts to catching JP Duminy

    England are given another glimpse of what would be a remarkable win. Duminy had just started to time the ball but he plants a straight drive down the throat of Joe Root off Adil Rashid.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Willey had to make a lot of ground to his left. He dived and he got a finger end to it. It is hardly a chance. Both of those ones would have been miraculous."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Faf Du Plessis

    "South Africa are definitely on top here but a couple of wickets could make all the difference, England need to find a way of getting these two back in the hutch."

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    Richard Higgins: David Willey sprints 30 yards and dives full length...Moeen Ali jogs in and takes it on the bounce...

  58. SA 74-2 (61 to win from 48 balls)

    Faf Du Plessis

    Duminy counter-attacks against Stokes to relieve some pressure by coming down the track and hammering the ball for four, wide of mid-off. After an uncomfortable start to his innings Duminy is looking increasingly more at home. Stokes almost ends a fine spell with a wicket but Du Plessis' pull drops just short of Willey's dive. Willey has been so, so close to two catches. They would have made a huge difference to this game. And pretty much everything England hit went to a man. 

  59. SA 65-2 (Target 135)

    England are still hungry for this. They sense that South Africa are under a bit of pressure for the first time in their innings. Rashid keeps the home side to just a further four runs, without really threatening.

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    Mike Fisher: Moeen Ali what are you doing!!?? You are playing for your country - how about attempting a catch?

  61. Latest scorecard

    Target 135

    South Africa 61-2 from 10 overs

    Batsmen: Duminy 13, Du Plessis 13

    Fall of wickets: 31-1 (De Villiers 7), 35-2 (Amla 22)

    Bowling figures: Willey 2-0-15-0, Topley 2-0-12-0, Jordan 2-0-12-1, Stokes 3-1-10-1, Rashid 1-0-7-0

    England 134-8 (20 overs): Buttler 32*, Hales 27, Tahir 4-21, Wiese 1-19

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes is doing an excellent job here."

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is not looking comfortable at the moment, Duminy."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think some would have caught that. Moeen just didn’t really commit to the possibility of the catch there."

  65. SA 60-2 (Stokes 3-1-10-1)

    Another chance goes begging as Moeen doesn't commit to a catch as he runs in to try and claim a top-edge by Duminy off Stokes. He is not the quickest, Moeen, but he could have been more alert to prevent that dropping safe on the turf a yard or two in front of him. It is another good over, that could have been great, from Stokes.

  66. SA 57-2 (78 needed off 66 balls)

    This could be the crucial moment. Spinner Adil Rashid comes on. He is capable of picking up wickets but could also be expensive. He makes a bad start as Duminy claims four from his first ball with a pull through midwicket. Rashid does well after that, though, conceding just three more runs.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "David Willey was absolutely at full stretch, he ran 20 yards or so, a valiant attempt. That was no more than half a chance."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It is the sort of one that only Jordan would have caught."

  69. SA 50-2

    England can't afford to drop any chances. Even the incredibly difficult ones. David Willey is at full stretch chasing back to try and catch a lofted straight dive from Duminy. He would have been a worldy of a snare and he gets his fingertips to it but the ball goes down. Next ball, Stokes hits the same batsman full on the pad and screams for lbw but is turned down. Just going down leg, it looks like. Stokes is causing problems but England need more.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is not enough runs to play with for England so every boundary really hurts."

  71. SA 43-2 (Target 135)

    Du Plessis makes his presence felt with a belting drive through extra cover for four off Jordan. He is looking to be aggressive, the South African captain, trying to swing the game firmly back in his side's favour. Jordan has a another shout for lbw against Duminy that is knocking all three stumps out but pitched just outside leg.

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    Ben: Who was that bloke who said Stokes was overrated earlier?

    Stuart Mitchell: I think 134 is a below par score, i don't think its 50 short though, this wicket isn't perfect, looks two paced, 150 was/is par.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It just shows you how valuable Ben Stokes can be. A good solid all-rounder."

  75. SA 35-2

    Ben Stokes really does makes things happen. A wicket maiden with his first over. JP Duminy is the new man and watches Du Plessis waft at a few from the non-striker's end.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "To me that looked absolutely the right decision. Sometimes TV can create that doubt."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think you would give that out every day."

  78. WICKET

    Amla c Willey b Stokes 22 (Eng 35-2)

    Hashim Amla walks off

    The tiniest bit of light at the end of a very long tunnel for England. Stokes is into the attack and draws an edge from Amla that loops the ball for Willey to catch on the slide in the mid-on region. The third umpire takes a couple of looks on video before finally confirming the wicket. 

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It has to be just about perfect for England from here for them to win.

    "England are just having one of those good spells that they haven't had many of since Roy and Hales."

  80. SA 35-1 (Target 135)

    An impressive start from Jordan, who adds to his wicket of De Villiers with an lbw shout against new man Faf du Plessis. It is just going down leg and is turned down by the umpire but represents a tiny sign of some pressure building.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Jordan celebrates

    "Good from Jordan he looks delighted. 

    "Alex Hales did a great job he got there early and set himself. It might be a bit of luck that England need. 

    "It is good for Jordan as well, he has been under pressure from the ODI’s, you could tell by the celebration that it meant a lot to him."

  82. WICKET

    De Villiers c Hales b Jordan 7 (SA 31-1)

    AB De Villiers is caught out

    Now then... England strike as Hales claims a high catch in the deep after De Villiers top-edged a Jordan ball to leg. Still a long way to go but England have dismissed a big danger man.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler definitely should have caught it. It was a reasonable catching height, once you get both shoulders around you are usually in a good position to take it."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a chance missed for England. Buttler probably should have caught that.

    That is going to be a costly miss for England I think."

  85. SA 31-0

    Every economical over from England comes with a key caveat - that it did not contain a wicket. For only wickets will help England here. They simply don't have enough runs to rely on keeping it tight. Which is why Jos Buttler failing to take an edge off Amla is the stand-out moment of this over. Topley did his bit, but he is let down as the keeper misjudges and only gets his fingertips to the ball.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "He has been very strong on his legs. That is incredible how at the last minute he whips it with his wrists, like in tennis, a topspin forehand."

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    Simon Goodalll: Phooar, at this rate Eggheads looks a good bet at 6.

    Tez: In a funny way getting experience of defending a low score is a good thing.Expecting low scores on Indian pitches at the T20 Cup

  88. SA 22-0 (De Villiers 5, Amla 13)

    That is a better over from Willey. Much tighter in line and length. De Villiers comes close to a boundary but some smart fielding by Topley, running round from third man to prevent it, but no fielder can stop a leg-side flick from Amla crossing the rope.

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    Steve Clark: Considering our batting is supposed to be our strong point, I'm not looking forward to this run chase. Done in 12 overs?

  90. Eng 14-0 (Target 135)

    Hashim Amla

    Reece Topley starts well, but there is absolutely no pressure on the home side and Amla and De Villiers are able to add a comfortable three runs to their total.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you haven’t got enough runs on the board, the last thing you want to do is chuck two down the leg side."

  92. SA 11-0

    With AB De Villiers opening, this could be over very quickly. However, he doesn't have to do anything for SA to score two fours from the first two balls of David Willey's first over. The first is four leg byes, the second is a whip to leg by AB's opening partner Hashim Amla. 11 off the first over. 

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    Here we go then. Will this just be a easy, straightforward chase or is there a twist in the tale?

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    Kieron Bird: Can we start over and have another knock? That didn't really go to plan, England.

    Steve Tredup: After being 50-1, we scored only 12 runs per wicket instead of 12 per over.

    Alex Haworth: 134 is a pathetic total in Twenty20. I'm not even watching this procession of a run chase.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The innings never got going even after that start. England fritted away and lost too many wickets too quickly. 

    "It is unlikely it will be enough but we will find out in an hour’s time. 

    "I don't know if they are a bit jaded the magic has deserted some of the key men. Morgan is a problem."

  98. Tahir stars for SA

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Imran Tahir, JP Duminy and David Wiese

    "That really is an outstanding performance from South Africa bowlers. That does not really mount a massive challenge."

  100. End-of-innings scorecard

    SA won toss

    England 134-8 from 20 overs (6.70 run rate)

    Batsmen: Buttler 32, Willey 7

    Fall of wickets: 38-1 (Roy 15), 52-2 (Hales 27), 53-3 (Root 8), 68-4 (Stokes 11), 81-5 (Morgan 10), 81-6 (Moeen 0), 108-7 (Jordan 15), 120-8 (Rashid 2)

    Bowling figures: Abbott 4-0-31-2, Rabada 4-0-29-1, Morris 4-0-32-0, Tahir 4-0-21-4, Wiese 4-0-19-1

    Full scorecard

  101. Eng 134-8 (Run-rate 6.70)

    David Willey

    Rabada bowls the last as the sun sets on Cape Town and he keeps South Africa's boot on England's neck with a series of yorkers. England are at least 50 runs short of what they needed. Really poor.

  102. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A one is a bonus. Inflation has set in, it is the new dot."

  103. Eng 125-8

    England desperately need boundaries. They don't get any off Abbott, who claims a wicket before going for five singles off his final over.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I am just mildly exasperated. Rashid just needed to get bat on ball and he has played quite an extravagant shot.

    "It has all gone perfectly for South Africa."

  105. WICKET

    Rashid c Amla b Abbott 2 (Eng 120-8)

    Frustrating. So frustrating. England needed at least 20 off these last two overs to claim a total that would even challenge SA, but Rashid starts them by slapping the ball straight to Amla for a catch off Abbott. It is all on Buttler and David Willey now.

  106. Eng 120-7 (Run-rate 6.67)

    Buttler is swimming against the mightiest of currents now but he does his best with a pull shot for four in Morris' final over. Two wides help England take 10 off the over.

  107. Get Involved


    Alby Stevens: Don't really mind this from England. Winning WT20 needs luck so if it comes off in 3 weeks we have a chance.

    Colm: What does Morgan do between ODIs - obviously not enough match time.

  108. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They need some magic now most obviously from Buttler who has been restrained. It is a pretty sorry looking card at the moment."

  109. Eng 111-7

    England have nowhere near enough. And I can't see them changing the accuracy of that statement in the next three overs. A wicket and just four runs from that Abbott over.

  110. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need Buttler on strike and need him to hit some boundaries. This is not enough."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked like it might have escaped his grasp but it bobbled up and Miller caught it at the third attempt."

  112. WICKET

    Jordan c Miller b Abbott 15 (Eng 108-7)

    South Africa's players celebrate the wicket of Chris Jordan

    Jordan gone, courtesy of a pull to midwicket, where David Miller takes it at the third attempt. Rashid is next man. He is capable. But it will take something truly special to give England a competitive total.

  113. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "At least Buttler has stayed in. He has been shackled, partly because of good bowling and partly because of the wickets falling around him."

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    Ben Wire: Blimey. Currently skiing in the Alps but England are going downhill faster than most people here...

    James: Stokes can't pick Tahir, Morgan offers up too many chances and Ali looks like he's playing with a flute.

    Mat Harris: How times change. Last year people were moaning England were behind the times. Couple of low innings and again moaning.

  116. Eng 106-6 (Jordan 13, Buttler 18)

    Chris Jordan bats

    England were 50-1 after six overs. In the 10 overs since they have added 56 and lost five wickets. Buttler tries to get something going with a slice through the gully region for four off Morris. That is his first boundary, off his 20th ball. Jordan adds another boundary with a top-edge from a pull. Small signs of life from the tourists.

  117. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going nowhere, very slowly."

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    Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen playing for England in 2010
    Image caption: Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen playing for England in 2010

    Fraser Conway: I continue to say this: Ben Stokes is highly overrated, one big knock doesn't make you a superstar....

    Vince Packham: Pure and utter rubbish! Why isn't Luke Wright in the team. He had such a good time in T20's recently and unlucky for Vince.

    BenHur: Kevin Pietersen has just scored yet another T20 fifty, this time for Quetta Gladiators! Hearing ECB?!

  119. Eng 93-6

    Tahir bowls out. What a spell from the South Africa spinner. He has caused England all sorts of problems in his four overs, from which he claims figures of 4-21. Looks like a match-winning effort to me.

  120. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "To be competitive you need to be at least at the 180 mark, so some work to do."

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    Bradley Westlake: This is village from England. Just because we 'bat deep' (no contributions from the middle again) someone needs a level head.

    Jay: This is all part of a master plan designed to catch the other teams unaware and easily win the T20 World Cup. Surely?

    Rob Meech: Note to England: you don't have to slog every ball, not even in T20.

  122. Eng 89-6 (Wiese 4-0-19-1)

    A boundary. At last. The first since the eighth over. Jordan claims it off Wiese with a top-edge. It is the only notable blow of an over that completes a superb spell from Wiese.

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    Fenners: Can't believe we make Tahir look so good! He's an average county player at best! 

    Birding Vicar: England's inability to deal with Imran Tahir not boding well for World T20, South Africa in control.

    Richard Lancaster: Can we simply try and bat our allotted overs, we might become competitive again.

    Fondue lite: South Africa might just send out De Villiers by himself to chase this.

  124. Eng 81-6

    Jos Buttler remains. As long as that is the case, England retain hope of a competitive score. But they are in big trouble.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have to say Moeen Ali will be disappointed with that. He has been lazy with the shot, he didn’t really commit, hit it with loose hands and a solid catch.

    "England really are just folding and on a wicket like this it is not good news at all."

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Tahir is wreaking havoc."

  127. Eng 81-6

    Hat-trick ball. Oh, he is so close with a ball that nips right through Chris Jordan. He may even have nicked it. In that case, AB De Villiers has dropped a clanger. Tahir bounces down the track with his head in his hands. He has swung this game firmly in SA's favour.

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    Moeen c Du Plessis b Tahir 0 (Eng 81-6)

    Faf Du Plessis and Imran Tahir celebrate

    Tahir strikes again. Two in two. He is on a hat-trick. Moeen Ali walks in and walks straight back again after slapping one to the diving Faf du Plessis at short mid-off.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Tahir is off again like a sprinter who has just won the 100m Olympic final."

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    Morgan c Wiese b Tahir 10 (Eng 81-5)

    Pressure. England have barely scored a meaningful run in the last few overs and this tells as Morgan miscues a ball from the returning Tahir to Wiese at backward point. 

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