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Summary

  1. Match abandoned: SA 250-5 (33.3)
  2. De Kock 138* off 96 balls
  3. England's second highest ODI total
  4. Buttler 105 off 76, Stokes 57, Hales 57
  5. England lead 1-0 in five-match series

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt, Phil Dawkes and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Is there anything else to say? I don't think so. Rain or no rain, England were good for their win in this series opener. Can South Africa get it together for Port Elizabeth on Saturday? Join us at 11:00 GMT to find out.

  2. Man of the match

    Man of the match Quinton de Kock, who scored 138 not out for South Africa: "We lost wickets at bad times but we were on line to win it. It is cricket. Things happen. I just tried to give some info to batsmen coming in. It was a good wicket to get in. If the rain didn't come hopefully we could have got over the line."

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    Sally Smith: Can't help but think this ODI team will look even better with Vince, Broad and Finn in it somewhere!

  4. 'It was a monumental effort'

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "It's a nice way to start the series. We would have liked to play a full game; it would have been a fantastic game of cricket.

    "You'd take 399 every day - it was a monumental effort. The tone was set by the two openers and continued right down the innings. Jos was phenomenal. He is someone who can certainly change the game."

  5. 'It would have been a good finish'

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "It is not ideal but England played well. They took the momentum and the initiative. It is disappointing that it ended this way. It was a good toss to win and good conditions to bat at the beginning. We can be better at adapting early on in the next game.

    "We had a strategic meeting at the break and knew what to do.We were on target but lost one or two wickets too many. We were on with the run-rate and it would have been a good finish."

  6. Post update

    Presentation time. More tricky questions for AB de Villiers...

  7. Buttler 'one of the best in the world'

    England batsman Alex Hales, who made 57 off 47 balls, Sky Sports: "It was pretty much a perfect batting performance.

    "We know we can clear the ropes down to number 10. It's nice knowing that everyone in the team can hold their end - and everyone's natural game is to score at a run a ball."

    On Jos Buttler's 105 off 76 balls: "In my opinion he's turning himself into one of the best one-day players in the world. What we saw today was fantastic."

  8. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    AB De Villiers

    "Unless De Villiers comes to the party and the bowling improves they have a problem beating England. In a five-match series your money is on England. You think of the World Cup and we are light years ahead of that. They take it to the opposition and hit the new ball hard.

    "De Villiers will be lucky if he gets to sleep tonight. When you don't get runs and lose your mind is all over the place. He will be worried at the moment."

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    SMS Message: Has to be said that if England are ever in the position where all their batsmen click, they will probably need to declare. from Tattz in Nottingham
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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes celebrates with his team mates

    "The magic moment of the match was Stokes running, full tilt round the boundary, and he sticks one hand out to catch De Villiers. That was the moment England had the game."  

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    David Beckett: Duckworth-Lewis is a more devastating partnership than Ambrose-Walsh, Laker-Lock, McGrath-Warne, Wasim-Waqar or Lillie-Thompson.

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Quinton De Kock

    "De Kock was outstanding. He is a talent - I know he can play. It's such an easy, free-flowing batsman. He gave South Africa a sniff but the others got out."

  14. The series to come...

    ODI series

    • 1st ODI, Bloemfontein: England won by 39 runs (D-L).
    • 6 Feb: 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, 11:30 GMT
    • 9 Feb: 3rd ODI, Centurion, 08:00
    • 12 Feb: 4th ODI, Johannesburg, 11:30
    • 14 Feb: 5th ODI, Cape Town, 08:00
  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Jos Buttler

    "I said when Buttler was new to the game that he had to go higher up the order. People who can hurt you need to have as much of the bowling as possible. It is like Viv Richards. Why would you bat him at seven when he can kill teams higher up?

    "I thought England were coasting at the end. I thought England couldn't bowl as badly as South Africa and we didn't. We had enough nous to bowl tighter. We were always 15 runs ahead of the game."

  16. Post update

    England, by the way, have won nine of their 15 completed ODIs since the World Cup.

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked like it was going to be a high-scoring game - I thought England would get 350. What I didn't realise the inexperience and poorness of the South Africa bowling - they were all at sea. They bowled full, short, wide. Their lack of discipline showed at this level and England plundered runs."

  18. Final scorecard

    England won by 39 runs (D-L method) - lead 1-0 in series

    England 399-9 (50 overs)

    Buttler 105 (79), Stokes 57 (38), Hales 57 (37); Morris 3-74

    South Africa 250-5 (33.3 overs)

    De Kock 138* (96), Moeen 3-43 

  19. Close of play - England win by 39 runs

    Moeen Ali and Jason Roy

    And that is it, a rather damp end to what was bubbling up to an exciting finish. South Africa might feel aggrieved that their chase was curtailed, but England have been the better side today. 

  20. Post update

    ...only a rumour, mind.

  21. Post update

    I've heard a rumour that this game is over...

  22. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The umpires walked on, then walked off towards the dressing rooms."

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  24. Embarrassing moments in front of a cricketer

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    SMS Message: I nudged a guy out the way to grab the hand of Jason Gillespie in a bar in Birmingham to congratulate him on his double century a few weeks earlier for Australia. I turned to leave and realised the guy I'd bumped out the way was then-England captain Michael Vaughan. I slapped him on the knee and wished him a full recovery from his knee ailments. from Andy in Liverpool
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  25. Post update

    Rain at the ground

    Still the rain falls, still the covers are in place. I can't believe that we'll get back on tonight.

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    SMS Message: Once when stewarding at the mighty Cobblers, when we shared the ground with NCCC, during an evening game late in the season, I told a spectator to get off the outfield as it was wet and the cricket season was about to start. It was dark so I didn't know who it was. But a certain David Capel was not impressed. from Phil Edwards in Northants
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  27. Post update

    TMS is now reporting that if it is still raining at 19:30, this game will be toast.

  28. Post update

    Ben, you're opening up a whole new debate there. A time when you've met a cricketer and not realised it.

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  30. Embarrassing moments in front of a cricketer

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    SMS Message: I once stopped Micheal Holding at Trent Bridge for a photo. Bring rather intoxicated I proceeded to try and jump on his back and rub his head saying it would give me luck with my bowling. It really didn't. from Tom
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  31. Post update

    Ah. I'm hearing word that the wet stuff has returned. Perhaps time to start making other plans.

  32. Post update

    No further news on the weather just yet. There are 68 minutes left for us to get some cricket in.

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  34. Post update

    If the rain has stopped, then we need to get cleared up sharpish. Whatever happens, we won't be getting in the 16.3 overs that remain.

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    Totum: Embarrassing moments in front of cricketers. Bowling to de Kock earlier. Thanks C Jordan.

  37. Post update

    I'm hearing some chat that the game has to be completed by 20:18 GMT. The countdown is on.

  38. Post update

    Nope...

  39. Post update

    TV is going back to highlights from the start of the day, so that's an indication what we won't be seeing any live cricket for a while. I wonder if a second look at the first innings will make South Africa's bowling performance any better?

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    SMS Message: Star struck in a coffee shop in Nottingham in 2005 the day before the Test match, and being confronted by Michael Vaughan, Mrs M asked: "How do you get your whites so white?" from Ewen Macgregor
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  41. Post update

    A general view of the ground

    As a reminder, rain stopped play with South Africa 250-5 after 33.3 overs. They are well behind England's 399-9 on the Duckworth-Lewis method, so if we don't get back on, England will be 1-0 up in this series.

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    SMS Message: I trod on Darren Gough's feet in a pub in Adelaide during the Ashes in 2006. I apologised by saying "Oh God sorry Freddie!" He just laughed and said "No worries mate, but I'm not bloody Freddie!! Felt like a right muppet! from Ash Stockton in Taunton
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  43. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a time issue. 9.15 is the scheduled finish, I guess we can go to 10.15. It's 8.50 now, so I doubt we'll have a decision before 9.30."

  44. Post update

    Streaker! One naked fella does a big Klinsmann dive across the slippery covers. He's naked, which you have to be in order to be classed as a streaker. If you keep your clothes on, you're merely a pitch invader.

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  46. Post update

    The ground staff are now wheeling huge tyres on to the square and using them to weigh the covers down. Not exactly a sign that we'll be getting more play in the near future.

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    Howard Horner: Can Duckworth-Lewis take into account the changes the game has seen? The power of scoring in the last 10 overs is absurd!

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    Out of interest, how often is the Duckworth-Lewis method updated? How regularly does the data catch up with modern scoring rates?

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    SMS Message: I once told Mark Ramprakash that he had 100 more centuries than me, but I was only 2 behind in Tests. Wasn't impressed. from Mal
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  51. Post update

    Bucketing down in central South Africa now. Start decreasing those chances of further play.

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    Jade Dernbach

    Graeme Edgar: Jordan having a bad day but no need for Eng fans to pile on him, he's not Dernbaching just yet.

  53. Post update

    Hmmm, a lot of those Jordan boundaries have been from deliveries on the pads of De Kock. Jordan has struggled against the left-hander.

  54. Where Jordan has leaked runs

    Chris Jordan wagon wheel
  55. Post update

    It's looks to be fairly pelters in Bloemfontein. There's a chance this might be terminal. Only a chance, mind. We do have time to play with.

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    I once had shocker with Vettori. In an Irish bar at the end of last year's World Cup, the only thing I could think of saying was "you're brilliant". He told me that he had to leave.

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    SMS Message: Once met Ian Bell in a pub playing pool. He was with another Warwickshire player - my mate asked if he was Tony Frost and they all fell about laughing. We couldn't work it out until we realised it wasn't Tony Frost but Daniel Vettori! from Anonymous
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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Duckworth-Lewis is right. It's a good system and I applaud the men who came up with it, but batting second is more difficult than it should be." 

  60. Rain stops play

    Covers are brought on

    Some huge blue sheets are dragged on to the ground by groundstaff wearing the sort of ponchos you use on the log flume. After 34 overs, the D-L par score would be 290 so, if they don't get back out there, England will go 1-0 up. We're a long way from this match being pulled, though.

  61. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's lightning away to our left."

  62. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "They've got to go off."

  63. Rain stops play

    SA 250-5

    Quinton De Kock and Farhaan Behardien

    In fact, it's got heavy pretty quickly, heavy enough for the umpires to take us off. England are in the dressing room almost before the bails are removed. They are miles ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

  64. SA 250-5

    Farhaan Behardien is the new man, arriving as drizzle just starts to fall. Chris Jordan, perhaps because he has a hypnotic hold on Eoin Morgan, remains in the attack, serving up a half-volley for Behardien to get off the mark. Very quiet in Bloemfontein, perhaps the crowd think the game is up. Or maybe it's because of the rain...

  65. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Pace off the ball has done it here. Rilee Rossouw tried to force it a bit too hard. Brilliant for England - they needed that breakthrough."

  66. WICKET

    Rossouw c Willey b Moeen 19 (SA 245-5)

    Moeen Ali

    England - and Moeen Ali - keep chipping away. At the end of a very tight Moeen over, Rilee Rossouw lofts down the ground, can only connect with the toe of the bat and gives long-off David Willey a very simple catch. Wickets in hand remain South Africa's biggest nemisis.

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    Chris Jordan

    Luke Prater: This is absurd. Broad is available but doesn't make the team over the likes of Jordan?! Broad best bowler in the world atm.

    Jon Dunn: Time & time again Jordan shows he's not good enough to be an ODI bowler. How do the selectors not see this?

  68. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Jordan's second spell has gone the same way as the first. England have got options - you'd think they would have made changes."

  69. SA 243-4 (Jordan 5-0-51-0)

    Still Jordan, still going round the park, this time with Rossouw belting a wide half-volley through the covers for four. I wonder how much more we'll see of Jordan in this match - England have got options. I also wonder if we'll see more of him in this series. It would take a lot to convince me that Stuart Broad isn't a better man for this team on this evidence.

  70. Where De Kock has scored his runs

    De Kock wagon wheel
  71. Drinks break

    SA 236-4

    The players are taking drinks in the Bloemfontein night. Quinton de Kock is being seen to by the physio, flat on his back and having his legs fondled. South Africa need 164 runs from 19 overs.

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  73. SA 236-4 (De Kock 135, Rossouw 12)

    There are a few worrying sights away from the middle. One is the armed policemen, the other two huge men at the back of the England seating area. Behind the coaches, they are two large, Onslow-like chaps in England gear. When did they hire scrummaging experts? Stokes, previously so good, is loose here. Too short, hooked for four by De Kock, who now has his highest ODI score. England need De Kock out.

  74. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Quinton De Kock

    "England can't stem the flow. You just can't stop the runs coming. It's been like that all day." 

  75. SA 229-4

    Whall-oppp! Stokes to De Kock, biffed for a maximum over cow corner.

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    George Spooner: Chris Jordan is useless.

    James Gulleford: Anyone know why Jordan gets in the England team? Ok he can bat a bit but he doesn't know where to bowl! Broad should be playing!

    Wayne Ellis: I'd be disappointed to get out to Chris Jordan, and I haven't held a bat in years. Pedestrian, brainless bowling... 

  77. SA 223-4 (Jordan 4-0-44-0)

    From the miserly Ben Stokes to the generous Chris Jordan, who arrives with figures of 0-35 from three overs and thinks the best way of improving those figures is to dish up some leg-stump half-volleys. Twice he's taken to the fence by De Kock. Jordan's four overs have cost 11 runs apiece.

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    SMS Message: I once told Matt Prior he would never play for England... from Nick on the train to Ely
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  79. SA 214-4 (Stokes 4-0-18-0)

    Ben Stokes, 55 on his back, slips in, continuing some pretty miserly work. Sweat on his forehead, bandage on his right arm, a swatted Rossouw boundary from the final ball not doing a great deal to spoil Stokes' figures. His economy rate is 4.50. No one else in this match has gone at better than 6.00 an over.

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    Paul Hawkins: If this carries on Ben Stokes should be on the front cover of Time Magazine, never mind Wisden.

  81. SA 207-4 (need 193 from 22 overs)

    Rilee Rossouw

    There's lightning in the distance. If you've got a Thunder Buddy, it might be time to get in bed with them. Still the tattooed left-arm of Reece Topley, going through his variations, but belted back down the ground by Rossouw. Very questionable moustache from Rossouw. Almost as bad as David Warner's. Almost.

  82. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England now hold most of the cards - but not all of them."

  83. SA 199-4 (target 400)

    Rillee Rossouw, the left-hander who sounds like a character from Neighbours, is the new man. Stokes, finding extra bounce, continues to do an excellent job.

    That tweet from Joseph (24 overs) reminds me of the time I met Mike Atherton. Athers is my absolute hero and I could barely get my words out, making myself look a right wally. Do let me know of the times you've embarrassed yourself in front of a cricketer. 

  84. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant little slower ball. That was one of Topley's excellent changes of pace."

  85. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's clever bowling and it's the virtue of the back-of-the-hand variation. Topley stuffed him there and De Kock played much too early. Every wicket increases the pressure on South Africa, but De Kock is still there..."

  86. WICKET

    Duminy c&b Topley 13 (SA 197-4)

    Reece Topley celebrates with Ben Stokes

    Gone! A wonderful piece of bowling by Reece Topley totally deceives JP Duminy. A lovely slower ball, Duminy through his shot too early, poking the simplest of catches back to the bowler. Run-rate not a problem for South Africa, but wickets in hand certainly are.

  87. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's an air of tension in the crowd. Either the bars are about to close or the game is finely poised. Perhaps both."

  88. SA 188-3

    A view of the ground

    That's enough excitement for me. I'll hand you back to Stephan Shemilt for what promises to be a thrilling climax.

  89. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He has a very, very bright future. It's been a beautifully paced innings."

  90. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's just looked in very good touch. He hasn't searched for the big shots and they haven't bowled very well at him."

  91. 100 for De Kock

    Quinton De Kock

    De Kock, on the other hand, is batting like a dad in the garden against his kids. When Stokes targets his pads, De Kock clips for four behind square. That's his century - off only 67 deliveries. Jos Buttler, eat your heart out.

  92. Jos Buttler's ODI 100s

    Jos Buttler
  93. SA 183-3

    Stokes is so good he's even allowed a slip. Two successive dots to Duminy, who finally gets off strike with a whipped pull for one.

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    Joseph Bentley: Remember when I told Ben Stokes at the darts he was no Marcus Trescothick? Well, I think he might have proved me wrong.

  95. SA 181-3 (De Kock 95, Duminy 11)

    England captain Eoin Morgan turns to Reece Topley. The lanky leftie mixing up yorkers with short stuff to successfully keep South Africa in check. Quinton De Kock is now within one shot of three figures.

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    James Bailey: Ben Stokes one handed catch with the LCD screen behind him reading 'THE ULTIMATE ALL-ROUNDER' perfect, couldn't write it!

  97. SA 177-3 (required run-rate 8.25)

    Frame that! The ball beats the bat as Stokes beats Duminy's prod with one that keeps a smidge low. A rare moment of bowler getting one up on batsman today. Two off the over. England will certainly take that.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope I'm still alive in three years to watch Ben Stokes' development."

  99. Post update

    Rashid out of the attack with figures of 0-42 off six overs. Ben Stokes on in his place. The odds on something happening here? Short, I'd say.

  100. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    JP Duminy bats

    "South Africa are up with the rate more or less. The game is not done and dusted by any stretch of the imagination. England hold most of the cards but it is not over."

  101. SA 175-3 (target 400)

    Moeen's five overs have cost 41 but he has got two of the three wickets so far.

  102. Post update

  103. Not out

    The technology suggests it would have grazed leg stump, but not hitting enough of it to have the decision overturned. De Kock is still there.

  104. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think that's going to work. It's too high and not turned much."

  105. England review

    De Kock on 89 (SA 172-3)

    Moeen fancies that lbw against De Kock. It's turned down on the field but England think there might be a chance with a review. 

  106. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Quinton De Kock and Jos Buttler

    "It's been a good day for wicketkeepers who can bat a bit."

  107. SA 172-3

    De Kock goes large. Again. Moeen is pummelled over mid-wicket for another six. I feel like I've written that already today...

  108. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He has bowled quite nicely for a while, Rashid, but suddenly he is leaking runs quite freely. I am wondering if it is time for someone else?"

  109. SA 166-3 (De Kock 83, Duminy 8)

    Any momentum England had disappeared in the blink of that over from Rashid, containing two fours and a three (and that thanks only to another fine piece of fielding from Stokes). South Africa fighting fire with fire.

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    Ben Stokes celebrates catching AB De Villiers

    Theo Bowyer: Stokes... A magnet in the field. Stupendous catch!

    Benjamin Fox: Ben Stokes. One of the greatest catches I've ever seen.

  111. Post update

    As good as Stokes' catch off Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge? If that one was more instinct and reflexes, this was pure athletic ability and hand-eye co-ordination. Perhaps most tellingly, Stokes didn't even look that surprised that he'd held it. You won't see many better than that. Quite remarkable.

  112. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    AB De Villiers

    "If it doesn't rain now, he's messed up. That's the problem with the rain, you get caught in two minds. Now they have no chance."  

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    Jon Dunn: WHAT A CATCH!!! What a wicket!!!

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan celebrate

    "He's off like man who's just scored a goal in the cup final."

  115. WICKET

    De Villiers c Stokes b Moeen 8 (SA 151-3)

    What a catch! A blinder! A scorcher! Guess who? Ben Stokes of course. De Villiers lifts Moeen to long-on, where Stokes charges to his right and plucks the ball out of the air with one hand. He was traveling, and the ball had gone past him. How on earth has he held on to that? Answers on a postcard please because I don't have a clue.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I just wonder if that storm has gone away."

  117. SA 147-2 (target 400)

    Good over for South Africa. Very good over. Four leg-byes as Rashid drifts down leg, De Kock - in imperious form - drives for four over mid-off, then sweeps for another, albeit thanks to a misfield in the deep. De Kock has 77 off only 54 balls.

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  119. SA 133-2

    Remember, we need 20 overs before messrs Duckworth and Lewis can have a say in this game. South Africa need 36 off the next two overs to reach the 20-over par score. No wonder Adil Rashid is jogging to the start of his mark. England in a hurry.

  120. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think rain is coming. Look at the huge wind that has just arrived. England need to get 20 overs in quick."

  121. SA 133-2 (target 400)

    Moeen Ali

    De Kock certainly likes Moeen Ali. Not in a friendly sense. More in a 'Can you bowl at me more often, please' kind of way. He collects his third six with another mighty mow.

  122. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a good time to bowl at AB de Villiers. He's just made three noughts in Test cricket."

  123. SA 124-2 (target 400)

    AB de Villiers' entrance doesn't often overshadowed. But the South Africa captain, arguably the greatest one-day batsman in the world, is now at the crease. Adil Rashid whirls away - his variations. The wind has picked up in Bloemfontein - flags whipping and shirts blowing like crazy. Is rain on its way?

  124. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's wonderful. What a way to do it, Lenox."

  125. Post update

    In more important news, a chap in the crowd has just proposed via a message on the giant screen. I wonder if he was waiting for a wicket to fall before he gave the screen operators the signal. Don't worry, she said yes.

  126. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He didn't try to hit it for six, but ended up hitting it to the longest part of the ground. It was a nice lofted drive. If he wanted to, he could have hit that harder. He didn't give it the Full Monty."

  127. WICKET

    Du Plessis c Hales b Moeen 55 (SA 121-2)

    Moeen Ali

    Du Plessis down the wicket once more, whipping to leg once more... but this time he doesn't quite get the distance and Alex Hales barely has to move to take a straightforward catch.

  128. SA 118-1

    I think we can safely say that this is a batsman's game. Moeen drifts down leg and De Kock gets down on one knee to swing him high over the advertising boards for another maximum.

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  130. SA 111-1 (run-rate 7.4)

    Rashid keeps on tossing it up, the reprieved Du Plessis punches down the ground. This is almost entering middle-over syndrome. South Africa almost scoring at will now. Six off the over.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've seen this lad before and I think he's talented. He's got shots, he can bat down the order and he can keep. He'll hang on to his place in the Test side too."

  132. 50 for De Kock

    SA 107-1

    Quinton De Kock

    The milestones keep coming. Quinton De Kock follows Du Plessis to 50 thanks to another couple - and a dive to make his ground. That took only 37 balls. Well batted.

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "In a way, it's slightly surprising he took so long to review out, given how much it turned."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's great advice from De Kock to review it."

  135. SA 105-1 (target 400)

    Not out. I repeat, not out. Ball-tracker suggests the ball is going down the leg side and Du Plessis survives. Smiles all round for the South Africa batsmen.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked straight."

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    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I reckon he's out."

  138. South Africa review

    Du Plessis on 50 (SA 105-1)

    But Moeen gets his man. Or does he? Faf du Plessis is struck on the front pad as he works across the line. The umpire's finger goes up, but Du Plessis wants another look...

  139. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Du Plessis has had a couple of provincial games and got some runs. He's got his mojo back."

  140. 50 for Du Plessis

    SA 104-1

    That's not what the captain ordered. A Moeen full bunger is easy pickings for Du Plessis. He doesn't miss out on those. A single then takes him to a splendid 35-ball fifty - and South Africa are a quarter of the way to their target. "Can they get these?" is the question in the office.

  141. SA 98-1 (target 400)

    Spin from both ends. Moeen Ali into the attack.

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  143. SA 98-1 (required run-rate 8.16)

    It takes a splendid chase and dive from David Willey to prevent De Kock collecting another four over mid-off, before Joe Root's misfield partly undoes the good work as the left-hander is allowed to scamper a second to deep square-leg. Rashid continues to mix it up to decent effect - five off the over counts as a good one for England given the recent carnage.

  144. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think he's bowling quick enough. You can't bowl that length at that pace."

  145. SA 93-1 (Jordan 3-0-35-0)

    England hit 38 fours and 15 sixes in their innings - that's at least a boundary an over for those of you who've forgotten your calculators. South Africa's boundary count is up to 11 now after three in that over. Quinton de Kock twice muscles Chris Jordan for leg-side fours and Faf du Plessis again goes straight. De Kock has 41, Du Plessis 45. The South Africa charge is well and truly on.

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    Richard Panday: England bowling needs the occasional slower ball in there to unsettle SA rhythm, great entertainment though.

  147. Close!

    SA 78-1 (target 400)

    Quinton de Kock

    A change of tack for England in the form of leg-spinner Adil Rashid. This is the Adil Rashid who took the Big Bash in Australia by storm, lest we forget. He's punished for dropping short as De Kock cuts late for four, but then a googly takes the leading edge and lands safely in the off side. Plenty of variety from Rashid - and all of a sudden De Kock doesn't look like he knows what day of the week it is.

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  149. SA 72-1 (target 400)

    The skies in Bloemfontein have darkened considerably in the past few minutes - it reminds me of when my dad used to turn the dimmers down in the lounge when I was younger. England's mood matches the overhead conditions as De Kock pulls for four. Wayward from Jordan again. The rubber-wristed Du Plessis collects two more as he works across the line.

  150. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England were 75-1 off 10. A few overs ago I felt South Africa were off the rate but they have used the pace of the bowling well to build momentum and are now not far off the required rate."

  151. SA 64-1 (De Kock 21, Du Plessis 36)

    Faf Du Plessis

    I tell you what - Du Plessis is up for this one. Nothing wrong with that from Wiley, but Du Plessis charges down the track and swats him, flat-batted, over his head for four. And this one is even better, and bigger - a glorious drive for a towering straight six. Wonderful, wonderful batting. England under pressure. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler calls the helmet as he decides to stand up to the stumps.

  152. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's no longer an event when people hit the ball for six. It used to only happen three or four times an innings. Now, they are 10 a penny."  

  153. Post update

    SA 54-1 (target 400)

    Stunning work from Topley on the boundary saves three runs, but there's no stopping Du Plessis as he goes flamingo to whip Jordan behind square for four. De Kock then launches a leg-stump half-volley into the grass banking to leave the spectators ducking for cover and end a profitable over - 12 off it.

  154. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jordan will be keen to set his mark. It is a bit of a toss-up at the moment between him and Chris Woakes for a place in the side."

  155. SA 42-1 (target 400)

    Ah-ha, a change of bowling. Chris Jordan into the attack... and he almost has a wicket with his first ball as De Kock drives at fresh air. A touch of extra bounce there, perhaps?

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  157. SA 42-1 (Willey 4-1-20-1)

    Willey in for a fourth over, the sole slip he had in the previous one now stationed in front of the wicket catching. Hard to disagree - we've seen hardly any edges today, let alone chances to the slip cordon. Four off the over as Du Plessis shovels the final ball to leg for a couple.

  158. Post update

    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England very much in the driving seat here, not only because of the runs on the board but because you sense they will get the best of the conditions. It is playing into England's hands, they just need to keep the wickets coming."

  159. Close!

    SA 38-1 (target 400)

    Quinton de Kock

    Ooooh! Almost another wicket for England. Du Plessis advances to Topley, and just about clears a scampering mid-off with a miscued drive which earns him a couple. A leg-glanced four off the following ball is more assured.

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  161. SA 30-1 (required run-rate 8.22)

    David Willey looks like he's got lovely, soft hair. Very clean. I have no doubt he uses a good quality conditioner. That bowling is filthy, though, a leg-stumper allowing Du Plessis to whip off his pads for four, followed by a wide.

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  163. SA 22-1 (target 400)

    Topley tidy... until he errs in length and Du Plessis punches firmly back past the bowler for four. Lovely straight bat. There's still room for authentic strokes in one-day cricket.

  164. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an odd atmosphere in the first innings, almost like a benefit match. There were balls disappearing over the boundary and people picnicing on the boundary."

  165. SA 13-1 (target 400)

    One of the flashing bails ended up trapped between Amla's back pad and leg then. I'm not quite sure how he got it out. He's such a nice chap I wouldn't be surprised if he placed it back on the stumps before making his way off. Faf Du Plessis, the new man, is off the mark with a single dropped into the off side.

  166. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Hashim Amla

    "It may have kept a little bit low, took the inside edge and cannoned on to the stumps. It's a huge bonus for England. The crowd is silent."  

  167. Post update

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a leaden-footed waft to a ball that wasn't that good."

  168. WICKET

    Amla b Willey 6 (SA 11-1)

    Jos Buttler and David Willey celebrate

    A gift for England. A freebie. A Brucie Bonus. David Willey is wide and full, Hashim Amla - his feet playing musical statues - chases it and the ball thumps into the stumps via a thick inside edge.

  169. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Topley has two things in his favour. There's a flicker of swing into the right-hander and they won't have faced much of him before."

  170. SA 11-0 (target 400)

    Reece Topley, the second half of England's two-pronged left-arm new-ball pair, charges in, loosening up those long limbs. Hashim Amla cuts for four to third man. No margin for error on this pitch, just in case England were unsure. De Kock ends the over with a play-and-miss.

  171. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Amla must be the only Test captain to make 200 then give up the captaincy at the end of that match."

  172. SA 6-0 (target 400)

    After a first-ball scuttler, De Kock drives Willey dreamily through point for four. South Africa up and running. A wake-up call for England. Six off the over.

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    A general view of the ground