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Summary

  1. South Africa win off last ball
  2. Jordan takes three wickets
  3. Spinner Tahir 4-21 in England's 134-8
  4. Buttler top-scored with 32 not out
  5. SA won women's T20 by 17 runs

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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So guess what? It's a decider Sunday again for @englandcricket men & women. We have both games from 7.45am #SAvENG
So guess what? It's a decider Sunday again for @englandcricket men & women. We have both games from 7.45am #SAvENG
So guess what? It's a decider Sunday again for @englandcricket men & women. We have both games from 7.45am #SAvENG

So guess what? It's a decider Sunday again for @englandcricket men & women. We have both games from 7.45am #SAvENG

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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."

13 - South Africa are now undefeated (W10 D3) in their last 13 international matches v Eng at Newlands (6 Tests, 5 ODIs, 2 T20Is). Streak.

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."

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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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

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
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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!

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

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Chris Morris and Kyle Abbott celebrate
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"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.

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.

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."

SA 135-7

Alex Hales and Reece Topley
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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.

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.

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

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

SA 131-7

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

SA 125-7 (10 to win)

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

SA 121-7 (14 to win)

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

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???

Ebony Rainford-Brent

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Chris Jordan celebrates
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"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."

SA 120-7 (Target 135)

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

Simon Mann

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"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.

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Wiese b Jordan 2 (SA 119-7)

David Wiese
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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.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

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

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

New man Wiese pulls to leg and SA take two.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

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

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
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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.

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."

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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. 

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.

SA 109-5

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

Simon Mann

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"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

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

Adil Rashid
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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.