South Africa claim one-run win over England in T20I thriller

South Africa win thrilling T20 opener by one run as England suffer late collapse

England have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to top-order ball strikers, but Buttler has opened in 29 of his last 30 T20 innings and has the backing of captain Eoin Morgan, who made it clear before this week's series in South Africa that his vice-captain should continue going in first.

Andile Phehlukwayo, left, gives Lungi Ngidi a hug after after taking a wicket during the T20 cricket match between South Africa and England in East London.

England wanted simply seven to win off the final over however Ngidi dismissed Tom Curran and Moeen Ali whereas conceding exclusively 5 runs.

"It was quite interesting towards the end there, but we knew if we stuck to our basics as a bowling unit we could end up winning", South Africa captain Quinton de Kock said.

"But when you lose a game by one run, there are many things you can look at. It has nearly gone back a little bit, and I don't know why", the southpaw added. "I didn't panic underneath strain, they gave the impression to be cruising however my job was to get wickets".

He couldn't beat a calm return from midwicket from veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn.

There was still the occasional boundary and with six overs remaining, England were well placed with 50 needed and eight wickets in hand.


This was South Africa's ninth T20I win against England in 16 matches.

Whether there is any lingering feeling from that episode is unclear, but the suspicion that Malan's face does not fit was hardly allayed by the selection instead yesterday of Joe Denly, who averages 10.55 in T20 internationals and has a strike-rate of 97 runs per 100 balls against Malan's average of 57.25 and strike-rate of 156, with five fifties and a hundred from his nine appearances. But English skipper's dismissal on the final ball for of the 19th over was a game-changing moment for England. The tourists were slight favourites but just two came from the next three balls and when Stokes (4) holed out, mistiming a slower ball from Ngidi, the pendulum swung the other way.

Morgan appeared set to take his workforce to victory, hitting Beuran Hendricks for 2 fours and a six within the penultimate over earlier than holing out off the final ball of the over after making 52.

The tall paceman took the important wicket of Tom Curran in the second ball of the over - an off-cutter that Curran played straight to Miller at the boundary.

Rashid (1) could only squeeze the ball into the legside and Steyn calmly threw the ball in to De Kock to take the bails with the batsman well short as he tried to get back for the second to take the game to a Super Over.

In the end, the hosts took the game and won by just one run.

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