Chris Morris cameo helps South Africa beat England in a last-ball thriller

Earlier in the game, Imran Tahir picked a four-wicket haul for the Proteas.
Earlier in the game, Imran Tahir picked a four-wicket haul for the Proteas.
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South Africa 135-7 (du Plessis 25) beat
England 134-8 (Buttler 32) by three wickets
First Twenty20 International in Cape Town
Scorecard

Chris Morris once again played a timely cameo to take South Africa home to a thrilling three-wicket win against England in a tense last-ball finish in the first Twenty20 International in Cape Town.

Earlier in the day, South Africa pulled things back after England got off to a good start and restricted the opposition to 134 for eight in 20 overs.

South Africa won the toss and opted to field first. Alex Hales (27) started off on the right note by hitting four boundaries in the first two overs. Along with Jason Roy (15), Hales added 38 runs for the opening wicket.

After a brief partnership with Joe Root (8), Hales was dismissed, caught at fine leg off Imran Tahir (4-21). England lost Root and Ben Stokes (11) in successive overs and ended up with 74 for four at the halfway mark.

Jos Buttler (32) and Eoin Morgan (10) saw out nearly four overs without any wicket but in the 13th over Tahir changed the face of the game by dismissing Morgan and Moeen Ali (0) in successive deliveries.

Buttler played the role of an anchor as he attempted to see out the remaining overs. South Africa also gave very little away as England struggled to get the boost they needed in the death overs with David Wiese (1-19) bowling a tight spell.

Despite losing Adil Rashid (2) and Chris Jordan (15), England managed to score 40 runs from the last five overs to end up with 134 for eight in their quota of 20 overs.

Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with his four wickets.

South Africa failed to get off to a flier and lost AB de Villiers (7) in the fifth over as he holed out to fine leg off Jordan (3-23).

Hashim Amla (22) got himself off to a good start but failed to carry on, falling in the sixth over, popping a catch at mid-on.

JP Duminy (23) and Faf du Plessis (25) added 41 runs for the third wicket to put the chase on track while scoring at a run-a-ball. Just when the partnership began to look dangerous, Duminy attempted to go big over long on and was caught in the deep off Rashid (1-24).

The England spinners kept things right as the required rate kept rising steadily. With five overs left in the game, South Africa needed 44 runs for victory.

Ali (2-22) got du Plessis to hole out to long on in his second over while accounting for Rilee Rossouw (18) in his third over.

Just when things were getting out of hand for South Africa, David Miller (13) struck a six and a four to bring the equation down to 21 runs needed from 12 balls.

Jordan bowled a terrific penultimate over accounting for Miller and Wiese (2) while conceding just six runs.

14 runs were needed from five balls and Morris (17 not out) struck a four and a six. With two runs needed from the last ball, Reece Topley (0-27) failed to collect a throw from Root allowing the batsmen to complete the second run.

South Africa sealed a three-wicket victory in a close contest and took a 1-0 lead in the two match series.

Jordan was the best England bowler with three wickets to his name. Tahir was the man of the match for his four-wicket haul.

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