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Chris Morris heroics sink England in last-ball thriller

Match report of the first twenty20 international between South Africa and England.

 Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris celebrate as Reece Topley of England reacts after winning the 1st T20I match

CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) - Chris Morris smashed 14 off the final over to inspire South Africa to a thrilling three-wicket victory against England in the first Twenty20 at Newlands on Friday.

When Hales and Jason Roy started for England, they looked set for a total close to 200, but lost five wickets for 29 and in the end, got to 134 thanks to a sensible innings from Jos Buttler.

Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers and eventually the man of the match for his career-best twenty20 international figures of 4 for 21.

The visitors had a chance to tie the scores and send the match to a 'super over' when paceman Reece Topley fluffed a straightforward opportunity to run out Kyle Abbott from the final ball.

Having set South Africa a modest target of 135, England strangled the run-rate on a wicket that both sides found difficult to score on and looked set to win after leaving South Africa needing 15 runs from Topley's last over.

Morris, however, clubbed a six and a four to lead the home team over the line.

Brief scores:

England 134/8 (20/20 overs)
South Africa 135/7 (20.0/20 overs)
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Tony Jimenez; nick.said@thomsonreuters.com; +27832722948; Reuters Messaging: Reuters Messaging: nick.said.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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