Chris Morris heroics give South Africa victory over England in T20 last-ball thriller
Chris Morris was once again England's nemesis as he cracked an unbeaten 17 from only 11 balls to steer South Africa to victory over England in the first of two T20 internationals between the teams
Chris Morris was once again England's nemesis as he cracked an unbeaten 17 from only 11 balls to steer South Africa to victory over England in the first of two T20 internationals between the teams.
South African batsmen Chris Morris (L) and Kyle Abbott celebrate after Morris hit the winning shot during the first of two T20 matches, helping South Africa beat England by one run, at Newlands in Cape Town. Pic/AFP
A home victory looked odds-on at the halfway point as the tourists were restricted to 134-8 from their 20 overs, but a strong bowling display, particularly from Chris Jordan, meant the hosts needed 15 from the final over.
Morris smashed a four and a six to swing the momentum back the way of South Africa, and got the two runs required from the final ball to seal the win.
England had the chance to run him out which would have led to a super over, but bowler Reece Topley couldn't collect the throw from Joe Root.
England had got off to a flier in their innings - with Alex Hales continuing his impressive recent form which saw him hit five consecutive half-centuries in the ODI series. He reached 27 before being caught by JP Duminy off the impressive Imran Tahir, who claimed four scalps for 21 runs in his four overs.
The tourists had looked set for a big score from a platform of 52-1, but when Jason Roy fell, wickets tumbled with regularity, and they collapsed to 81-6.
Jos Buttler made an uncharacteristically watchful 32 as he ensured England would bat their 20 overs, which proved pivotal.