Match Over - England won by 19 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 25 Jun 2017, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: DJ Malan


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



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

South Africa

6.20pm: England have the series trophy, Eoin Morgan on hand (in his kit) to pick it up on behalf of his sweat-sullied minions. AB de Villiers and a few of the SA crew will now head off, with a Test squad to be named very soon... We will of course be back for all that good stuff in a couple of weeks. Until then, here is George Dobell's report from Cardiff, and thanks from Miller and myself for your lively contributions, as ever. Stay classy... Bye!

6.05pm: That was a lot of fun, an energetic wrassle to finish off the white-ball stuff before we get to the real McCoy - four Tests in July and August. Shall we get on with the presentations? There are probably a few baubles to hand out... Starting with Man of the Match Dawid Malan, on England debut: "It has [been worth the wait]. I didn't think it would ever come but nice to show what I can do. It's tough but you try and keep things in perspective and wait for an opportunity. [Easy to settle in?] The first few balls I wasn't, when the nerves have gone it's a lot easier but to play for your country is a fantastic achievement. It was a pretty good score, tough to score when they bowled their variations. I've only played one game, especially with the guys we've got - hopefully they rest a few in the next game as well!"

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I think so, it's probably true they played the better cricket throughout the series so credit to them. We slipped up a little bit with a couple of mistakes in the field ... but we finished really well and Paterson put in an amazing spell of bowling. I though Liam Plunkett and the seamers bowled really well, hitting the middle of the pitch. We were only 19 tuns short, and their seamers bowled well so it was tough. [Targeting Crane?] I was always going to go and I was waiting for his next over as well, so well bowled to him and well played. He was always going to be the guy to go after and I thought he handled it well."

England captain (for today) Jos Buttler: "I thought we had a really good score, Dawid batted on a different wicket, made it look really good on debut. We thought it was a good score, played here a lot recently and know the dimensions. Credit to the guys doing the bowling, they captained themselves. Everybody's got to produce, Liam Plunkett showed why he's been so consistent. The pitch had a bit of variation in it, the guys bowled well and are really happy. All the best teams have very good players missing out, with injuries, and with guys coming in, there is pressure on you, feel like you need to perform and it was a fantastic show of character from Dawid Malan."

5.55pm: A smart all-round bowling performance brings England a pretty comfortable win in the end. Once AB de Villiers fell, sucked into once slog-sweep too many by Mason Crane, you felt the odds were against SA. Mangaliso Mosehle produced a lively cameo and Andile Phehlukwayo showed what a good all-round talent he is, but England's pace attack nailed the result down with some canny short-pitched bowling. Chris Jordan, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett shared six wickets and England's stand-in captain, Jos Buttler, can add another win to his CV.

19.6CJ Jordan to M Morkel, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, pitched up and humped over mid-off, Morkel finishes with a boundary but it is England who win by 19 runs to take the series 2-1.
19.5CJ Jordan to AL Phehlukwayo, 1 run, Jordan makes amends with a good wide yorker that is skewed down to third man for one.

Free hit coming... A few more of those could make things interesting

19.5CJ Jordan to AL Phehlukwayo, NO BALL, 1 run, well, there's a no-ball, Phehlukwayo clubbing a high full toss into the leg side.

"SA, first 3 batsmen, 37 off 44," notes Kapil. "Don't think you win too many T20 games."

19.4CJ Jordan to AL Phehlukwayo, 2 runs, heaved into the leg side, they come racing back for two although Morkel would have been struggling if the throw to Jordan was better.
19.3CJ Jordan to AL Phehlukwayo, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, nailed down the ground this time, makes room and hammers the ball past long-on for another boundary.
19.2CJ Jordan to AL Phehlukwayo, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, fast and wide and ramped from practically next to the tramlines over short fine leg! Audacious from Lucky, gets it away as the fielder gives chase, bouncing to the ropes for four.
19.1CJ Jordan to M Morkel, 1 run, angled across, back of a length, Morkel cloths a back-foot swipe into the covers.
End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 145/7 after 114 balls.
M Mosehle 36 (22b 1x4 4x6 ) TK Curran 4-0-22-2
AL Phehlukwayo 16 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Morne Morkel plods out... and he will be on strike for the start of the final over, as the batsmen crossed. Just the 37 needed

End of over 18. 16 runs this over. 138/6 after 108 balls.
M Mosehle 31 (19b 0x4 4x6 ) DJ Willey 4-0-40-0
AL Phehlukwayo 15 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more

We're going to need a replacement pill...

End of over 17. 7 runs this over. 122/6 after 102 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 3-0-16-1
M Mosehle 18 (15b 0x4 2x6 ) more

England battening down the hatches, here. Just seven off the over, Curran showing his nous again

End of over 16. 4 runs this over. 115/6 after 96 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 12 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 4-0-22-1
M Mosehle 11 (10b 0x4 1x6 ) more

"The thing with T20 is that its never over until the 10th wicket falls. " This is true, Hari. Although SA look pretty finished here

End of over 15. 18 runs this over. 111/6 after 90 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 11 (5b 2x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 3-0-24-0
M Mosehle 10 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Eighteen off the over, keeping SA just above water... But the RRR is still nearly 15

End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 93/6 after 83 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 3-0-14-3
M Mosehle 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"It seems England rugby international Jordan Crane has switched to T20 cricket - and doing pretty well!" If this was a ruck, England are plowing through it, MartinfromKent

"Oh...such a pathetic show from South African cricket team (Both Men & Women)." Well, now, diwi... The women have just won their WWC opener (despite a wobble)

End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 88/5 after 78 balls.
F Behardien 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MS Crane 4-0-38-1
M Mosehle 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Just two off a terrific over to finish from Crane... SA going nowhere fast right now

End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 86/5 after 72 balls.
M Mosehle 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 2-0-9-2
F Behardien 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Cannot stop smiling after crane's celebration," chirps Ben. "Deserved a wicket for his bravery." Absolutely

"Crane living up to his name by being used to lift the SA innings." Lifted 'em up, Glen... Then dropped them from a height

End of over 11. 18 runs this over. 82/4 after 66 balls.
AB de Villiers 35 (19b 2x4 2x6 ) MS Crane 3-0-36-1
DA Miller 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Surely that's a huge blow to South Africa's chances? In comes Farhaan Behardien, England with their tails up

End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 64/3 after 60 balls.
AB de Villiers 18 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 3-0-20-1
DA Miller 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Why you all keep asking about the million dollar man(Tymal) I am fed up reading same comment for past six days over 100 times and yeah he is injured in IPL." I think you might have answered your own question there, Shreyanth. In Mrs Merton fashion, "What was it about million-dollar superstar Tymal Mills that interested you...?"

"Why is Stokes not playing ?" He's being rested for more significant contests to come, Ram... Namely, pink-ball Championship cricket, which starts tomorrow

So, Smuts smushed and is back in the hutch... David Miller in at No. 5, the batsmen crossed so de Villiers on strike

End of over 9. 9 runs this over. 59/2 after 54 balls.
AB de Villiers 15 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) MS Crane 2-0-18-0
JT Smuts 29 (29b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 8. 3 runs this over. 50/2 after 48 balls.
AB de Villiers 8 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 2-0-15-0
JT Smuts 27 (27b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 7. 9 runs this over. 47/2 after 42 balls.
JT Smuts 25 (24b 2x4 1x6 ) MS Crane 1-0-9-0
AB de Villiers 7 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Swasan: "I want Sam Curran in this team too... He and tom, the brothers, would be a deadly combination of all rounders." Give it some time, but I wouldn't be surprised. And what about the Overtons, too?

End of over 6. 12 runs this over. 38/2 after 36 balls.
JT Smuts 19 (20b 1x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 1-0-12-0
AB de Villiers 4 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 5 runs this over. 26/2 after 30 balls.
AB de Villiers 3 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 1-0-5-1
JT Smuts 8 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 21/1 after 24 balls.
CH Morris 8 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 2-0-9-1
JT Smuts 6 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Morris at 3? Let's see it will be disaster or master stroke?" Indeed, Manan, let's. Have you got your popcorn?

End of over 3. 2 runs this over. 13/1 after 18 balls.
CH Morris 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 2-0-6-0
JT Smuts 6 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 3 runs this over. 11/1 after 12 balls.
RR Hendricks 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) TK Curran 1-0-2-1
JT Smuts 5 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Interesting... Never mind AB, South Africa have sent in Chris Morris at No. 3 during the Powerplay. Pinch-hitting making a comeback in T20? Pinch-slogging, maybe

End of over 1. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 5 balls.
RR Hendricks 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 1-0-4-0
JT Smuts 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Finally found out how make comments on this! *Sigh of relief*" Welcome to the club, Ikram. Your life will never be the same again

One slip in for now, plus short midwicket

JT SmutsC DJ Malan B LE Plunkett2938302196.67
RR HendricksC LE Plunkett B TK Curran09500-
CH MorrisC AD Hales B CJ Jordan81291088.89
AB de VilliersC AD Hales B MS Crane35271922184.21
DA MillerC JC Buttler B CJ Jordan713600116.67
F BehardienC SW Billings B CJ Jordan31580037.5
M MosehleC SW Billings B TK Curran36362214163.64
AL Phehlukwayonot out 27322040135
M Morkelnot out 56210250
D Paterson -
Imran Tahir -
Total 162/7
DJ Willey4.0040010
TK Curran4.002225.5
CJ Jordan4.003137.75
LE Plunkett4.002215.5
MS Crane4.003819.5