Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.05pm An interesting take from Morgan, very similar to his lack of satisfaction in the lead-up to the 50-over World Cup. He has high standards, because he knows what this team can achieve. Let's see what awaits in Paarl on Sunday! But for now, from Miller, Alan, Venkat, and the rest of the ESPNcricinfo team, thanks for joining us, and good night!

Jonny Bairstow is man of the match "Really pleasing to start the series with some runs, everyone's happy in the camp. Change of role is something you have to enjoy, you learn to craft your innings, and if it continues, great. Different surfaces will change the order but we're very flexilble. I was happy with how I played [in the IPL], Disappointing not to finish. Newlands can be slow, but Paarl can be a cracker of a wicket. Got to adapt to those conditions. The ball into the pitch was tricky, so maintaining your weight forward [for the slower balls] was important. Tricky with some bowlers bowling 140 clicks.

"The length of our batting, with Adil and Jofra at 10 and 11, you are always in the game."

Quinton de Kock "We thought it was a good total, didn't come off tonight. I don't think it was that one over, Jonny and Ben built a partnership, Jonny batted really well, changed his gameplan to the pitch. George [Linde] has bowled really well in the nets, happy for him, a good day for him."

"Small things in the field we could have done differently, match awareness. We didn't play badly, they played really well."

Eoin Morgan "Pleasing because we were average apart from two or three guys. Chasing was difficult, especially three-down, but Jonny and Ben set it up nicely, to win when you don't play your best is nice. With the ball, we missed areas, a tad too full, and three-down early without support and partnerships...

"Collectively, regardless of the team and the time around each other, the more we play the more we will gel. Not doom and gloom, nice to start with a win, but we need to be doing the right things. We had a lot to make up."

9.58pm Chief Selector: "Dhoni style finishing by Barstow. Incredible innings and a much needed partnership with Stokes who did his crucial part. Great win by the WorldCup Champions again courtesy all round power who can bat and bowl when needed." Dhoni 2011, rather than the more recent IPL vintage, of course... time for some presentations

9.46pm High fives from the England balcony, that was a proper challenge of a run-chase, on a sticky deck that didn't encourage easy timing, and with two early wickets leaving their Powerplay tactics in a bit of strife. But Bairstow and Stokes steadied the ship, then kicked through the middle overs with ever-mounting authority. South Africa were valiant for the most part, not least the new boy George Linde. But Beuran Hendricks' short-circuit of an over cost them dear...

James : "YJB: "I don't want to bat 4, I want to open." Management: "Try it and see how you go." YJB: "I'll score 86 off 48. That'll show them." Management: "You're staying at 4."" So true, his internal monologue must be exhausting. Still, it's all's well that ends well

Moose: "Right we just need to keep slighting Bairstow until the WC. Think we've partly got SRH to thank for this one." Break up my bromance with Warner would you...? Grrr!

Ngidi to Bairstow, SIX runs, that's the way to finish it! In the slot, monstered over wide long-on to seal it with four balls to spare! Jonny Bairstow has quite possibly solved one of the key puzzles for England ... who can fill the void in the middle-order in their opener-heavy line-up? That's quite the audition.
Ngidi to Bairstow, FOUR runs, a roundhouse slog, picking up the width outside off, and hauled through midwicket! This is nearly done now ...

19 | 11 Runs | ENG: 173/5 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.10, RRR: 7.00)

  • Jonny Bairstow76 (46b)
  • Sam Curran7 (3b)
  • Kagiso Rabada4-0-32-0
  • Lungi Ngidi3-0-21-2

Imtiyaz: "Brain: Don't say it... don't say it Me: ARE WE IN FOR A SUPER OVER?!" I suspect not ... but here's Ngidi ...

Rabada to Bairstow, 1 run, crunched with a straight bat, clean to long-on, 'one, one,' is Jonny's call. No need to make things happen. Seven to win in the final over iit is...
Rabada to SM Curran, 1 run, up on the toes to cut to the covers, and it's nearly a run a ball now
Rabada to SM Curran, SIX runs, width outside off, and Curran nails his launch down the ground! My God, he's got some ticker... had to wait and wait as the pace was off, but he cleared du Plessis by a distance at long-on!
Rabada to Bairstow, 1 run, slower bouncer, dug into the pitch once more, and out comes a tennis-smash of a pull as Bairstow reaches high to flog it to the leg side. A good finish to this over will keep it very interesting...
Rabada to Bairstow, 2 runs, cracked hard across the line as Rabada fires into the legs again. Deep square leg tidies up
Rabada to Bairstow, no run, nutmegged! Very full, and beats Bairstow's dancing feet for pace as he attempts a leg glance

18 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 162/5 (18 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 9.00)

  • Jonny Bairstow72 (42b)
  • Sam Curran0 (1b)
  • Lungi Ngidi3-0-21-2
  • Beuran Hendricks4-0-56-0

Saoirse: "Left right combinations since the 2nd ball. Have there been any matches with a full 20 overs of left/right partnerships?" Interesting. And I don't even think there was a switch in the batting to make that happen

Ngidi to Bairstow, 1 run, wafted to the leg side, another single to finish off the over

Christo: "The only similarity tonight between Linde and Hendricks is that the runs against them was doubled in their last overs... Linde 10, Hendricks 28"

Ngidi to SM Curran, 1 leg bye, wears it on the lid! Banged in short, and Curran's attempts to wind into a pull ends up hitting him in the grille. Bairstow has no mercy and orders him through for the single, which he makes with a dive. We'll have an interlude for the mandatory concussion test, but he seems fine

Simon: "@Stephen Nortje averages 49 in T20Is and has a strike rate of 33. Hendricks averages 20 and has a strike rate of 13" Everyone has an off-day. Even Ben Stokes, if you recall ...

Ngidi to Bairstow, 1 run, tight line, full length, Bairstow leans forward with a respectful block but still steals the single into the covers

Talking of which, here comes the baby-faced assassin himself. He likes to welly it

Ngidi to Morgan, OUT, flogged to deep midwicket, and Morgan is gone! Bowled into the deck, no pace as it rose into the skipper's swinging blade, and just a glimmer for South Africa, although England don't exactly have a dearth of batting to come...

EJG Morgan c Bavuma b Ngidi 12 (10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

Ngidi to Bairstow, 1 run, back of a length, open face, guided through third man
Ngidi to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length, slower ball, Morgan waits on the back foot and thumps a cut to point

17 | 28 Runs | ENG: 157/4 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.23, RRR: 7.66)

  • Jonny Bairstow69 (39b)
  • Eoin Morgan11 (8b)
  • Beuran Hendricks4-0-56-0
  • Kagiso Rabada3-0-21-0

It's a funny old game, but hard to see how England mess it up from here

Hendricks to Bairstow, FOUR runs, back of a length, shaping into the pads, Bairstow nurdles to backward square, to end a 28-run game-wrecking over...

Stephen: "So Hendricks playing over Nortje... How is that good for cricket when the best players are sidelined.. South Africa and the transformation targets is not good for competitive sport. " Well, you say that. But if it ultimately increases the sport's talent footprint, the opposite will be true in the long run

Hendricks to Bairstow, 1 wide, sliding past the legs, a better ball by the standards of what's preceded it, but another wide...

This, you sense, is the Big Over ...

Hendricks to Bairstow, FOUR runs, fires in the fuller length, but the width is so inviting for the in-form Bairstow! He simply opens his face again, and plinks it through third man!
Hendricks to Morgan, 2 wides, short and wide, too wide ... Hendricks is losing his grip here ...
Hendricks to Morgan, SIX runs, pummelled over midwicket, and now Morgan joins the fray! And fray is the mot juste for this over, it's rather going wrong ...
Hendricks to Morgan, 5 wides, Crumbs, that's gone wrong! So wide it didn't hit the cut strip, on latitude or longitude! A direct delivery to fine leg, and that helps the cause!
Hendricks to Bairstow, 1 run, shouts of 'catch!' but that's short of deep midwicket as Bairstow leathers a flat clip off the legs

Bilal Ahmed: "God! This english batting line up doesn't end. One big name after another."

Hendricks to Bairstow, FOUR runs, bottom-handed magnificence! Full length, swinging away, and somehow that's been nailed through the covers, with one hand coming off the bat as he has to stretch to reach it!

Dave Fern: "Went to Eden Park last night to watch NZ v West Indies. Really exciting game, right down to the wire. This match looks like it's going to end just as tensely. What a great sport!!" Not bad is it? I've missed this!

Hendricks to Morgan, 1 run, flicked to the on-side, just the single as Morgan gets YJB back on strike. The rate has ticked past two a ball...

England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0JJ RoyJC Buttler
2nd27DJ MalanJC Buttler
3rd7DJ MalanJM Bairstow
4th85JM BairstowBA Stokes
5th40EJG MorganJM Bairstow
6th24JM BairstowSM Curran