Match Over - South Africa won by 3 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 23 Jun 2017, 18:00 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: CH Morris


  • Umpire1: RJ Bailey
  • Umpire2: MA Gough
  • Third Umpire: RT Robinson



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

South Africa

8.45pm: That's it from myself and Miller tonight... Thanks for your comments, folks. George's report is in, and we'll see you again for the decider on Sunday.

8.35pm: No time to digest, let's get on with the presentations... England captain Eoin Morgan: "Disappointing, given the position we were in but SA bowled well at the end. [Roy dismissal?] I think it's a 50-50 call, you can see both sides. I think it's a difficult one. [Buttler in above Morgan] Tactical change, right-hander over a left-hander, didn't work out. [Livingstone] A lot of people are tucked away on debut but we want to see how guys perform, and react in the middle. Tom [Curran] was outstanding, skill level was outstanding, he's put on a yard, makes his variations harder. He bowled exceptionally. We want to see these guys play, but we also want to win at the same time."

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: [You've been out obstructing the field] Benoni, I'll never forget, but to be fair I was a little bit guilty. We were in the right to ask the question and it was up to the umpire, never nice to get out like that. I asked the boys to take it one ball at a time. We had better intent, better energy, good plans. [Huddle before innings?] We discussed the wicket, what we felt was a difficult length, change-ups, the bouncer. Then it was about the energy and showing the South African never-say-die attitude. We love the game back home and to see us come out on top means a lot - and now we have a decider on Sunday. [Morgan catch] I saw the church not the ball, so it was quite interesting. [Phehlukwayo final over] I told them to expect big moments, I'm going to throw them in and they delivered."

Chris Morris is named Man of the Match for his 2 for 18: "Very happy with today's performance, we showed fight, been in tough times recently. It's an honour to play for SA, so very happy. We thought so, we had to bowl well, but saw how England tied us down at the end, thought we had a chance. In T20 it's quite easy to lay down and get beaten, so you have to show fight. I enjoyed the wicket, not just me, our bowlers bowled well at the death - Dane Paterson in his third game. All-round a great performance. [Cardiff on Sunday] It's going to be exciting, someone has to lose, try not to be us."

8.30pm: Well, that blew up out of nowhere... England were 125 for 1, needing 50 off 39 balls when Bairstow fell for 47; Roy was then given out obstructing the field (rightly enough) in Chris Morris' next over and it all began to unravel. In all, England lost 5 for 46 from the last 6.3 overs as South Africa - all of the bowlers playing their part but inspired by Morris - fought back tremendously to level the series at 1-1 with a decider to play on Sunday.

"So SA 30 runs light." Touche, Ceddars

19.6AL Phehlukwayo to LA Dawson, No run, Dawson swings and misses... SA have done it! Huge celebrations from Phehlukwayo, who is engulfed by his team-mates after closing out a fantastic match, South Africe winning by three runs off the final ball!.
19.5AL Phehlukwayo to LA Dawson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, there's one, slugged over mid-off! Just lands short of the rope, too... Phehlukwayo misses the yorker and Dawson gets under it to keep England in the running!.

Liam Plunkett heads out... England need boundaries, two balls left to bowl

19.4AL Phehlukwayo to LS Livingstone, OUT, 1 run, full toss, Livingstone scoops without making a proper connection... and then runs himself out by charging back to the striker's end looking for a second that his partner wasn't even beginning to consider - Dawson had his back to Livingstone and hadn't moved! A strange ending to a strange innings on debut from Livingstone.
19.3AL Phehlukwayo to LA Dawson, 1 run, dances down, sliced over backward point, lands short of third man and again it will only be one.
19.2AL Phehlukwayo to LS Livingstone, 1 run, pitched up again and Livo cloths a shot through cover for one more.
19.1AL Phehlukwayo to LA Dawson, 1 run, lands the wide yorker, Dawson can't do much more than bludgeon through the covers.
End of over 19. 8 runs this over. 162/4 after 112 balls.
EJG Morgan 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 3-0-31-0
LS Livingstone 14 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

SA are edging ahead in the equation, 12 off the last six needed... and it's beginning to get dark in Taunton. No floodlights to call on, England are going to have to grope through to the end

Liam Dawson heads out, the game still in the balance... Can Paterson finish off a decent over?

Down to 13 off eight...

End of over 18. 8 runs this over. 154/4 after 108 balls.
LS Livingstone 13 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 3-0-26-1
EJG Morgan 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Anns: "Alan any history between Morris and Livingstone? Pleas do reply." Not that I know of... but it was certainly a catalyst

"Was that really two years ago?! I still remember the look of righteous indignation on Stokes' face!" Not a sight you'd forget easily, Hoover

End of over 17. 10 runs this over. 145/3 after 101 balls.
LS Livingstone 7 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 3-0-22-0
JC Buttler 8 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

And right on cue, here's Balaji Nagaraja: "Indeed, Ben Stokes's dismissal was the last before today, across all three forms. This is the first instance in a T20I"

"Obstructing the field - 1st time ever in T20 internationals?" Good shout, Stephen... I'm sure someone can dig out a link

End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 135/3 after 96 balls.
LS Livingstone 7 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 4-0-18-2
JC Buttler 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Morris finishes with brilliant figures of 2 for 18 from his four... He's dragged SA back into this!

The last time a batsman was given out obstructing the field, I think, was Ben Stokes at Lord's a couple of years ago (at least in a match involving England)

End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 133/2 after 90 balls.
JJ Roy 67 (45b 9x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 3-0-24-0
LS Livingstone 6 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

monk: "i do not answer to a royalty but to the universe so of course the great hive mind of cricinfo, Mr. Gardner." That'll do for me

End of over 14. 3 runs this over. 127/2 after 84 balls.
LS Livingstone 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 3-0-17-2
JJ Roy 65 (42b 9x4 1x6 ) more

SA still in it... Just. Big wicket from Morris and he looks up for a scrap, signalling that he wants to bowl his final over after this

...and Morris then has a little word with Livingstone in his follow through. "Welcome to international cricket, mate"

That dismissal means Liam Livingstone, England's other debutant, will get a bat. Tom Curran made a good impression... what can the Lancs man do? He scored his maiden f/c hundred on this ground last year, by the way

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 124/1 after 78 balls.
JM Bairstow 47 (36b 8x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 2-0-18-0
JJ Roy 64 (39b 9x4 1x6 ) more

Paul's back, and he's made up his mind: "Damn, there goes the Fat Lady "

End of over 12. 10 runs this over. 112/1 after 71 balls.
JJ Roy 58 (36b 8x4 1x6 ) M Morkel 4-0-39-0
JM Bairstow 41 (32b 7x4 1x6 ) more

"You should stop this discussion, Al. We are not far off from someone asking you to type WPUJC Vaas' full name :D" I think Huzefa has put the tin lid on this conversation...

"Humility....Mr. Gardner, humility. It's WE that come up with ideas and things not I." As in the royal 'we', monk? Or the cricinfo hive mind?

End of over 11. 10 runs this over. 102/1 after 66 balls.
JJ Roy 54 (34b 7x4 1x6 ) T Shamsi 1-0-10-0
JM Bairstow 36 (28b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"And how easily YJB has shifted his gears," coos Naini, "so versatile"

Martin Vann: "a flat Dorothy? What is that?" Dorothy Dix = six. Just ask Richie

End of over 10. 12 runs this over. 92/1 after 60 balls.
JJ Roy 45 (29b 7x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 3-0-29-0
JM Bairstow 35 (27b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"Can we all just take a moment to recall 'hard-hitting batsman' Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau of Fiji?" I'm not even sure if Josh if joking here... In fact, he isn't!

End of over 9. 12 runs this over. 80/1 after 54 balls.
JM Bairstow 28 (23b 6x4 0x6 ) JT Smuts 1-0-11-0
JJ Roy 44 (27b 7x4 0x6 ) more

"I thought YJB stood for young Jonny Bairstow." It's definitely "Yorkshire's", Nick Tostevin. I should know - I came up with it

"Alan, while you're at it, I'd appreciate if you could type out "Abraham Benjamin de Villiers" every time AB's name is mentioned. The man deserves all those letters," chortles Bez. "Thanks!"

End of over 8. 13 runs this over. 68/1 after 48 balls.
JM Bairstow 19 (19b 4x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 2-0-18-0
JJ Roy 42 (25b 7x4 0x6 ) more

"Can't imagine how you find typing Phehlukwayo easier than typing Bairstow :)" I try not to type either too often, Huzefa

"YJB has usually hit 30 by now. What's happening? Off day?" Well, now, Geoff. You say that, but...

End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 55/1 after 42 balls.
JJ Roy 37 (23b 6x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 2-0-13-0
JM Bairstow 11 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Neil: "It's a good thing no one ever abbreviates the South African players' names. QdK and Faf, for instance, are ALWAYS called 'de Kock' and 'du Plessis'. And no one would know who you were talking about if you just said "AB". :) [sarcasm]"

End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 51/1 after 36 balls.
JM Bairstow 9 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 1-0-5-0
JJ Roy 35 (20b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 10 runs this over. 45/1 after 29 balls.
JM Bairstow 8 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 1-0-9-0
JJ Roy 31 (17b 6x4 0x6 ) more

"Right. Enough. Stop referring to England players by their initials. Either do this with all teams or refrain form treating one team as being special. Be fair or be gone." Have you ever tried typing Bairstow quickly (and repeatedly), Berns? Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow (YJB) is universally known... A bit like SRT, or Freddie (Flintoff), Sir Jaddu, etc and so on

End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 35/1 after 24 balls.
JM Bairstow 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 2-0-14-1
JJ Roy 27 (14b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Kenny Cooper: "Seamers need to tighten things up right now." Sounds like the start of a plan...

"Guess who's back.... back again... Jason's back... tell a friend...." gurgles the Real Slim Shady Mr Perspective

End of over 3. 16 runs this over. 31/1 after 18 balls.
JJ Roy 27 (14b 5x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 2-0-21-0
JM Bairstow 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 10 runs this over. 15/0 after 11 balls.
SW Billings 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 1-0-10-0
JJ Roy 11 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"Everyone is talking about the par score. SA had 174 on the board. It can't be too easy to Eng to get with SA bowling attack." That's right, Simha, let's just keep it simple. They haven't got them until they've got them. Got it?

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
JJ Roy 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 1-0-5-0
SW Billings 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Slip out now

Here's Paul, with the contrarian perspective: "And who say SA is out of the game? The fat Lady has not sung yet!"

JJ Royobstructing the field 67724591148.89
SW BillingsC DA Miller B CH Morris31140075
JM BairstowC F Behardien B CH Morris47533781127.03
LS LivingstoneRun out M Morkel,M Mosehle,AL Phehlukwayo 1639181088.89
JC ButtlerB AL Phehlukwayo1014810125
EJG MorganC AB de Villiers B D Paterson610410150
LA Dawsonnot out 76510140
LE Plunkettnot out 02000-
CJ Jordan -
DJ Willey -
TK Curran -
Total 171/6
M Morkel4.0043010.75
CH Morris4.001824.5
D Paterson4.003218
AL Phehlukwayo4.003418.5
JT Smuts1.0011011
T Shamsi3.002408