CRICKET DESK: SA might be in the midst of a poor run in test cricket, including a test-series loss against England, but it must be remembered that the Proteas won their last ODI series, away in India. England will be bouyed by their performance in the test series and they are in the midst of building a formidable ODI outfit. All signs point to a tightly-contested series.
INJURY WORRIES: South Africa's fast bowling stocks have been hit by injuries. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander have long-term injuries while Kyle Abbott will miss at least the first game, and possibly the second, of the ODI series. It will mean even more pressure on Kagiso Rabada's shoulders while Morne Morkel will also have to shoulder a heavy load.
MATCH UP: The clash between the two teams' leg-spinners, Imran Tahir and Adil Rashid, should be a fascinating contest. Rashid played an important role recently when England smashed SA A by 163 runs in their 50-overs warm-up game while Tahir has proven to be one of the best limited-overs spinners in the world.
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POLL UPDATE: It is 10 minutes before the toss and the early feedback from the poll is that most of you believe that SA will win the series. It will be very tight, 3-2 to SA perhaps, unless Ben Stokes gets going, then all bets are off.
TOSS: England have won the toss and will bat first.
SA TEAM NEWS: Kagiso Rabada has been resteed today after his efforts in the test series. Marchant de Lange will play today as will Chris Morris. There is no David Miller and Rilee Rossouw plays.
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SA TEAM: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir.
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ENGLAND TEAM: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley.
PITCH REPORT: The pitch is very hard and dry. There may be some uneven bounce later and may well take turn but it should favour the batsmen. Spinners could come into play later in the game.
FIRST OVER: Chris Morris will bowl the first over of the match with Jason Roy on strike. The first ball is a high, off-side wide and England have their first run. Roy clips the first proper ball of the match through midwicket for four. What a start for England as Roy cracks an overpitched delivery through the covers for four more! England 10-0 after the first over.
NEW-BALL DUTIES: De Lange will share the new-ball duties. England are ticking along nicely and they reach 20-0 after two overs as Roy gloves a delivery down to fine leg for four leg byes.
SMASHED: Hales on the attack as he cracks another overpitched delivery from Morris past cover point for four. The Durban-born Roy joins in the fun by workking a delivery past mid-on for four of his own. England are 32-0 after just three overs!
TIMING: England really are flying and Roy times a De Lange delivery past square leg for four. England are batting well but the bowling has not been great. Five runs from the De Lange over. England 37-0 after four overs.
DELAY: Roy seems to have done himself a mischief and will have some medical treatment for a knee injury. It is quite a long delay but play is back underway with Roy good to go. England reach 40-0 after five overs.
TOP EDGE:..and four as Roy top edges a pull shot off a De Lange short ball overt short fine leg. Roy cracks the next ball over the covers for four as England race to 50-0 after 5.4 overs! This is very poor bowling from SA and Roy drags a leg-side short ball way over square leg for six! Sixteen runs off that over.
SHOT: That is a fine shot from Hales as he cover drives a Morris delivery for four. England are cruising on 62-0 after seven overs.
BOWLING CHANGE: De Lange, after an opening spell of 3-0-31-0, is out of the attack and Morne Morkel is on to bowl. Morkel finds the outside edge of Roy's bat and the ball flies wide of first slip and away for four.
WICKET: Morkel has the breakthrough with a slower ball as Roy lifts a delivery to Behardien at extra cover. Roy is out for 48 and England are 68-1 in the eighth over.
SPIN: JP Duminy is on to bowl some off spin in the ninth over. That's a good start from Duminy as he concedes just three runs to bring some sanity to proceedings.
SCORE UPDATE: The first batting powerplay is over and England will be very pleased to be 75-1 after 10 overs.