Morris clinches last-ball win as Topley fumbles

South Africa 135 for 7 (du Plessis 25, Jordan 3-23) beat England 134 for 8 (Buttler 32*, Tahir 4-21) by three wickets
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Chris Jordan removed AB de Villiers in his first over © Getty Images

Chris Morris scored 14 runs off the final over and two off the last ball, as Reece Topley failed to gather a return at the stumps and complete a run out that would have forced a Super Over, to give South Africa a nail-biting victory at Newlands.

Morris rescued South Africa from a middle-order meltdown in which they tumbled from 98 for 3 in the 16th over to 119 for 7 in the 19th and made hard work of what was shaping as a more routine chase.

Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali shared five wickets to almost overshadowed Imran Tahir who had taken 4 for 21 to restrict England to 134 for 8. Tahir’s effort, which equalled his career-best, slammed the brakes on England after a brisk start. As it turned out, England did not need too many more runs and once again it was fielding errors which meant they finished on the losing side.

Full report to follow

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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