Goeie More! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage Day 1 of the three-day tour game between South Africa A and England XI at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, as we bring you the live updates from today’s play. South Africa, who recently lost the Test series to India by a margin of 0-3, are running low on confidence. However, the much awaioted home series against England is surely to boos their confidence and help them recover from the shock they suffered in India. England, on the other hand, are coming off an impressive 2-1 victory over Pakistan in the just concluded Test series in UAE and would look to carry the momentum and confidence in this away series as well against South Africa.

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 136 | 56 overs | Batting: Stephen Cook 53(170): South Africa A were skittled by England for 136. Stephen Cook played a fantastically calm innings and carried his bat with 53 not out but received no support from other batsmen. Steven Finn finished with four wickets while Ben Stokes took three scalps.

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 104/6 | 45 overs | Batting: Stephen Cook 47(133), Chris Morris 9(14): The complexion of this match has changed entirely. Steven Finn triggered a mini collapse by getting rid of Omphile Ramela, he then got Khaya Zondo the very next ball and then came back in the next over to remove Dane Vilas cheaply. Through these disjointed periods of utter carnage Stephen Cook has been sedate and looks set to reach his fifty now.

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 87/3 | 37 overs | Batting: Stephen Cook 41(115), Omphile Ramela 18(72): Cook and Ramela have taken to a very defensive approach in light of the loss of three wickets. This partnership is not threatening at this stage but definitely must be getting frustrating for the Englishmen. They are getting a thorough workout and the indication is that they are going to have to work hard for their next scalp.

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 53/3 | 18 overs | Batting: Stephen Cook 27(56), Omphile Ramela 6(11): South Africa A are in a precarious position having lost wickets at regular intervals. Stephen Cook has been steady for them though. Stuart Broad, Mark Footitt and Steven Finn have taken one wicket each. Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock who are trying to push for national selection were both dismissed cheaply. OUT! Rilee Rossouw 6(13) c Bairstow b Broad, OUT! Quinton de Kock 4(11) c Hales b Finn

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 16/1 | 4 overs | Batting: Stephen Cook 1(7), Rilee Rossouw 2(1): Early trouble for the South Africa A side. Mark Footitt and Stuart Broad have started well and there’s already a wicket to Footitt’s name. Reeza Hendricks fell for a scratchy 13 runs. OUT! Reeza Hendricks 13(16) c Bairstow b Footitt

TOSS: England won the toss and opted to field first against the South Africa A side

In the previous tour game, South Africa XI had a good chance to put early pressure on England. However, England were smart enough to avoid any upset as they skillfully managed to end the match in a draw. Nevertheless, this game, featuring few good players in South Africa A, England will find it tough and will have to play hard to survive them. Nevertheless, being just a tour game, it won’t affect either of the team emntally enough, but would indeed act as a big warm-up tie ahead of the upcoming Test series.

Squads:

South Africa A: Stephen Cook, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Khaya Zondo, Omphile Ramela, Quinton de Kock, Dane Vilas (wk & c), Chris Morris, Keshav Maharaj, Marchant de Lange, Dane Paterson.

England XI: Alastair Cook (c), James Taylor, Nick Compton, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Samit Patel, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Mark Footitt, James Anderson.