England's one-day international series against South Africa will be decided in the fifth and final match after the Proteas emerged victorious by just one wicket from a tense but thrilling contest in Johannesburg on 12 February. Russell Domingo's side trailed 2-0 before Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla inspired them to victory in the third ODI earlier this week, and now have Chris Morris to thank for bringing them level at New Wanderers Stadium.
Previously maligned opener Alex Hales made it four half-centuries in succession for the tourists, who got yet another significant contribution from Joe Root before the Yorkshire batsman, who was handed a reprieve four runs short of his latest ton, was caught by Imran Tahir off the bowling of Morris for 109.
Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali then made just nine runs between them during a costly middle-order collapse provoked by Tahir and Kyle Abbott. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid later struck 33 and 39 respectively to leave England 262 all out with two overs remaining.
In response, South Africa, donning a pink kit in order to support breast cancer awareness, lost Amla for an early duck. De Kock was bowled by Stokes for 27 and Woakes dismissed Faf du Plessis before later having captain AB de Villiers run out. The hosts were 191-6 when Morris entered the fray, and the 28-year-old Titans all-rounder stole the show with a 38-ball 62 - including a maiden ODI 50 - that was only made possible after he was dropped on 14.
His decisive showing came to an end in cruel fashion when he was bowled by Rashid with what proved to be the penultimate delivery of the day and his team only requiring one run to win. Such a disappointing dismissal mattered little in the end, however, as number 11 Tahir secured victory with a confident shot that raced away to the boundary. The two teams will reconvene for the crucial fifth ODI in Cape Town on Valentine's Day before England's winter tour draws to a close with two T20 internationals.