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Morgan turns the tables on Proteas

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Rory Kleinveldt & Michael Lumb

Eoin Morgan did well to rebuild England after Rory Kleinveldt had ripped through their top-order, here seen bowling Michael Lumb

Eoin Morgan confirmed his liking for South Africa's bowlers with another match-winning hand as England narrowly completed an unbeaten World Twenty20 warm-up campaign at the Kensington Oval.

Morgan began his contribution after England lurched to nine for three in the third over of their reply, to 125 for five.

But, reprising the 45-ball 85 not out he smashed South Africa for at the Wanderers last November, he dominated a much-needed fourth-wicket stand of 71 in 11 overs with Paul Collingwood.

The diminutive left-hander announced himself with a dismissive pull for six off Morne Morkel on his way to a 53-ball half-century which also contained six fours.

Morgan was unable to live up to his 'finisher' mantle, holing out in the deep off Rusty Theron for 63, but Luke Wright and Tim Bresnan did just enough as England sneaked the match by five wickets with three balls to spare.

England's chase had hit almost immediate trouble. Openers Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter each counted one boundary before exiting, the former chopping on to Rory Kleinveldt in the first over, and Kieswetter upper-cutting Morkel straight into the hands of third man.

Between the two, Kevin Pietersen inside-edged behind for a first-ball duck to put Kleinveldt on a hat-trick.

Morgan and Collingwood did not panic, though - and by the time the captain chipped a simple catch to midwicket off Johan Botha, the balance was firmly back in England's favour.

Michael Yardy, Graeme Smith & Craig Kieswetter

A subdued 16 by Graeme Smith ended with his stumping off Michael Yardy, leaving South Africa facing an uphill battle

No South Africa batsman was able to dominate, after Graeme Smith won the toss, until JP Duminy and Albie Morkel gathered telling late momentum in an unbroken stand of 58.

The Proteas captain himself needed 13 balls to score his first run, Ryan Sidebottom starting the match with a maiden after being recalled for the rested James Anderson.

Wickets were soon falling, with Loots Bosman mis-pulling Stuart Broad to midwicket and Herschelle Gibbs beaten by some smart recovery work in the covers from Collingwood to be run out returning for two.

Michael Yardy duly nipped out two more, Smith stumped after getting nowhere near the pitch on the charge and AB de Villiers bowled trying a big drive.

Mark Boucher was undone by the exaggerated turn Graeme Swann got with a short ball, which ended up in the hands of short third-man.

In the circumstances, South Africa did well to turn 46 for three after 10 - and 72 for five after 15 - into a total that would provide a test.

England helped by donating a no-ball when Collingwood posted only three of the four mandatory men inside the fielding restriction circle at the start of the 19th over.

Thankfully for England, Morgan subsequently did enough to relegate that to a mere statistical footnote.

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