Kallis and Duminy down England
An unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 90 between Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy helped South Africa defeat England by seven wickets in the first NatWest International T20 at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Chasing just 119 to win, South Africa were in trouble at 29 for three in the fifth over after Jade Dernbach’s double strike.
However, Kallis and Duminy batted sensibly and made unbeaten scores of 48 and 47, from 44 and 54 deliveries respectively, to see their side home with an over to spare.
On a slow, turning surface, Johan Botha and Robin Peterson rewarded captain AB de Villiers’ decision to field with figures of 2-27 and 2-19 from their four-over spells to trigger an England collapse that saw six wickets fall for 35 runs.
The hosts needed an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 33 from Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, who both made 18 not out, to reach 118 for seven - their third lowest T20 total.
An impressive 27-run opening partnership from the positive Craig Kieswetter and Alex Hales was ruined by a mix-up which led to the latter being run out by a Kallis direct hit from midwicket.
Botha then had Kieswetter trapped in front for 25 with his first delivery before bowling dangerman Eoin Morgan, either side of taking a catch at slip to remove Ravi Bopara. That gave the impressive Dale Steyn, who conceded just 13 runs from four overs, his only scalp.
Peterson shone a light on England's troubles against spin, removing Jos Buttler and Samit Patel, while Jonny Bairstow holed out to Botha at long-on off Albie Morkel.
With England 85 for seven, Broad and Swann were given the task of lifting their side and they did just that, pulling and sweeping a flurry of runs to provide late impetus which they built on with the ball.
Big-hitter Richard Levi - playing instead of the in-form Hashim Amla - despatched Steven Finn for two fours in the opening over, only to edge Dernbach to Swann at slip in the next.
Finn highlighted Francois du Plessis’ problems even further by trapping the former Lancashire batsman in front before Dernbach ended an over which contained three boundaries by having de Villiers caught behind.
Kallis showed all his class and experience with South Africa in trouble, hitting three fours in the space of two overs to take the tourists past 50, while Duminy welcomed Patel into the attack with two boundaries.
Kallis struck a trio of late fours off Dernbach, Broad and Bopara to ensure South Africa comfortably moved to Old Trafford on Monday with a 1-0 lead in the three-match series
South Africa innings
5:30pm - SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY SEVEN WICKETS - The tourists complete a job well done and move 1-0 ahead in the three-match series. Kallis and Duminy have taken the game away from England with two sensible innings.
5:21pm - Kallis is making sure this game doesn't go down to the wire by hitting Broad over mid-on for four and then flicking a Bopara full toss to the square-leg rope. The Proteas require seven off 15 balls.
5:16pm - South Africa are slowly easing to victory here, with Duminy and Kallis in a race to see who can reach 50 first. The latter moves on to 34, seven behind his team-mate, thanks to a cut to the boundary off the returning Dernbach.
5:05pm - Kallis and Duminy bring up the first half-century stand of the day to edge their side closer to victory.
4:54pm - England have put the brakes on South Africa slightly, restricting them to 61 for three after 10 overs. However, as I type, Duminy relieves the pressure with consecutive fours off Samit Patel's first two balls.
4:41pm - Kallis is showing his class here, glancing Broad past the slips to the third man boundary before cutting and flicking Ravi Bopara for two more in the seventh over.
4:34pm - England continue to probe, Finn beating JP Duminy's edge a couple of times. Skipper Stuart Broad brings himself on for Dernbach.
4:27pm - WICKET! De Villiers c Kieswetter b Dernbach 10; SA 29/3 - Kallis guided Dernbach over the slips before de Villiers found the boundary twice. However, the Surrey seamer responded by having the Proteas captain caught behind. Game on.
4:21pm - WICKET! Du Plessis lbw Finn 4; SA 14/2 - Francois du Plessis' woes continue as Finn strikes him straight in front, leaving the umpire with no option but to raise his finger.
4:16pm - WICKET! Levi c Swann b Dernbach 8; SA 9/1 - Levi fails to add to those two strikes after edging Jade Dernbach to Graeme Swann at slip. Jacques Kallis edges Finn towards the slips, but the ball falls just short.
4:15pm - Richard Levi signals his intentions early on, smashing two fours off Steven Finn's opening over.
4pm - END OF INNINGS! Eng 118/7 - Broad and Swann, both with 18 not out, have given England some hope with an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 33. On a turning wicket, Swann will also be key with the ball.
3:55pm - Swann moves across his stumps and flicks Steyn over short fine-leg in the final over to give England a much-needed boundary.
3:45pm - Graeme Swann and Broad are giving it a real good go here. The former sweeps Peterson for England's first boundary in nine overs before Broad goes aerial over the bowler's head for another.
3:35pm - WICKET! Patel c Kallis b Peterson 4; Eng 85/7 - Botha finishes with figures of 2-19 off four overs before spin partner Peterson removes Patel thanks to an excellent diving catch from Kallis at long-off.
3:29pm - WICKET! Bairstow c Botha b A Morkel 15; Eng 80/6 - Bairstow, like he did in the fifth one-day international at Trent Bridge, is caught just inside the rope by Botha at long-on off Albie Morkel. Skipper Stuart Broad trudges out with his side struggling.
3:24pm - WICKET! Buttler b Peterson 6; Eng 76/5 - Buttler advances down the track, aiming to hit over cover, and is bowled by Peterson. England are in trouble as Samit Patel enters the middle.
3:20pm - Bairstow is joined at the crease by Somerset's Jos Buttler, with the pair enjoying a good understanding due to their time together playing for England Lions. This is now the perfect time for the former to replicate the innings he played in Yorkshire's Friends Life t20 semi-final against Sussex a fortnight ago.
3:15pm – WICKET! Morgan b Botha 10; Eng 66/4 - Kallis’ first over goes for just five as England reach 64 for three at the half-way point. Morgan then tries to pull a quicker Botha ball and is bowled via an inside edge.
3:05pm - WICKET! Bopara c Botha b Steyn 6; Eng 50/3 - Bopara's poor run continues. After Morgan brings up the England 50 with a single, Bopara edges Steyn to Botha at slip. In-form Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow drives to the cover boundary third ball to open his account.
2:57pm - WICKET! Kieswetter lbw Botha 25; Eng 40/2 - Botha strikes with his first delivery after Kieswetter plays back to the spinner and is trapped lbw. The Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman had a stop-start stay at the crease, mixing a number of play and misses with boundaries. Eoin Morgan gets off the mark with a wonderful cover drive.
2:56pm - Short, sharp spells are the order of the day for South Africa as AB de Villiers opts to rotate his bowlers. A cut two from Ravi Bopara helps England collect 40 from the opening powerplay.
2:51pm - DROPPED CHANCE - Another edge from Kieswetter rewards him with a four off the expensive Tsotsobe. The right-hander, on 22, is then given a life by Johan Botha, who fails to hold on to a high chance on the edge of the circle at mid-on.
2:44pm - WICKET! Hales run out 11; Eng 27/1 - A mix-up between Kieswetter and Hales sees the latter run out by a Jacques Kallis direct hit from midwicket.
2:42pm - Craig Kieswetter makes room and greets Lonwabo Tsotsobe into the attack with a finely driven four before edging through the vacant first slip position for another boundary next ball. The big-hitter ends the set of six, costing 14, by rocking back and slapping the left-armer over long-on for a maximum.
2:36pm - From the slow bowling of Peterson to the fiery pace of Dale Steyn, who concedes just a single off his first over.
2:33pm - Alex Hales starts positively by sweeping and then driving Robin Peterson for consecutive fours.
2:30pm - The players receive a warm reception as they line-up for the handshakes. Can South Africa's bowlers reward their captain's decision to field first?
2:25pm - Craig Kieswetter and Hales will open the batting for England, who will be looking to entertain a sun-bathed North East crowd.
England: Craig Kieswetter, Alex Hales, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.
South Africa: Richard Levi, Jacques Kallis, Francois du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
2:10pm - England leave out Wright and Lumb, opting to keep Ravi Bopara in their side despite his struggle for runs in the ODIs. South Africa have also kept in the under-fire Francois du Plessis, with Johan Botha returning.
2pm - SOUTH AFRICA WIN THE TOSS AND FIELD FIRST - De Villiers calls correctly and opts to insert England. The Proteas have omitted in-form Hashim Amla to accomodate Levi, while England are missing Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan due to a sore elbow. Finn plays as does Graeme Swann, who has finished a recent rest period.
1:55pm – The trio of T20 matches are the final leg of South Africa’s tour of this country. After their Investec Test triumph and a 2-2 draw in the NatWest Series, captain AB de Villiers believes his side are still fresh and raring to go. They have influential all-rounder Jacques Kallis back after he was rested for the 50-over matches, while Richard Levi - the holder of the fastest international T20 century - and Albie Morkel add firepower.
1:45pm – Seamer James Anderson has been handed a return to the T20 squad as injury cover for Steven Finn, who is suffering from a minor back problem. However, the Middlesex paceman is currently warming up so Anderson – not part of the World Cup party - may have to wait to play his first game in the shortest format since 2009.
1:40pm – Broad has a number of options at his disposal. Nottinghamshire team-mate Alex Hales will be hoping to build on his 99 – the highest innings by an England batsman in the international sprint format – at the top of the order against West Indies at Trent Bridge in June. Luke Wright and Michael Lumb, both members of the triumphant team in the Caribbean, have also been recalled to the squad.
1:30pm – The three-match rubber represents a chance for both teams to continue their preparations for the ICC World Twenty 20, which starts later this month in Sri Lanka, with England looking to defend the crown they won in 2010 under the leadership of Paul Collingwood. The champions now have a new man at the helm as Stuart Broad looks to plot glory this time around.
1:20pm – Good afternoon and welcome to the Emirates Durham ICG, where England and South Africa kick-off the NatWest International T20 Series. You will be pleased to know England women have started the double header in style, emphatically defeating West Indies by eight wickets to make it 18 games unbeaten.