Chester-le-Street, England – South Africa beat England by seven wickets to win the first Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street on Saturday and so take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
South Africa, set a modest 119 for victory, finished on 119/3.
They collapsed to 29/3 before an unbroken stand of 90 in 91 deliveries between Jacques Kallis (48 not out) and JP Duminy (47 not out) saw them win with six balls to spare.
Earlier spinners Robin Peterson and Johan Botha shared four wickets between them as World Twenty20 champions England were held to 118 for seven – their third lowest total in this format.
The series continues in Manchester on Monday.
England 118/7, 20 overs
South Africa 119/3, 19 overs
Result: South Africa won by seven wickets
Series: South Africa lead three-match series 1-0 – Sapa-AFP