Result: England fluff their lines as South Africa win thrilling Twenty20 at Newlands

Reece Topley's blunder on the final ball of the match helps South Africa defeat England by three wickets in a thrilling first Twenty20 international at Newlands.

South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead in the Twenty20 international series against England thanks to a dramatic three-wicket victory at Newlands.

The hosts needed 15 off the final over to win and they managed just that as Reece Topley missed the chance of a run-out which would have sent the match into a super over and possibly extended England's T20 winning streak.

Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris of South Africa celebrate as Reece Topley of England reacts after winning the first T20 international match on February 19, 2016© Getty Images

It was a fast start with the bat for England as Jason Roy and Alex Hales scored a combined 22 runs inside the first two overs of the match.

However, they were dealt a blow when Roy was caught by Hashim Amla off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada after hitting 15 runs from 10 balls.

Hales, who was dropped in the deep by Jean-Paul Duminy on 24, was eventually taken out on 27, and from that point wickets began to tumble.

Joe Root (8) and Ben Stokes (11) were taken out inside two overs, and it was a disappointing innings for captain Eoin Morgan as he mustered just 10 runs, while Moeen Ali went for a duck.

Jos Buttler top-scored with an unbeaten 32, but the innings belonged to South Africa bowler Imran Tahir, who took four wickets to help restrict England to 134-8 in 20 overs.

In response, Amla and AB de Villiers started strongly, but England eventually made the breakthrough by ending the first-wicket partnership in the fifth over.

De Villiers left the field at the hand of Chris Jordan after scoring seven runs off 10 balls and Amla fell to Stokes for 22.

Adil Rashid got himself among the wickets in the 13th over when his delivery to Duminy (23) was caught by Root, leaving the Proteas on 76-3.

The hosts required 38 runs off 26 balls, but England halted their progress when Ali claimed the wicket of Faf du Plessis, who left the field having hit 25 runs off 30 balls.

Jordan finished with T20 career-best figures of 3-23 from his four overs thanks to the dismissals of David Miller and David Wiese, and it was left for Chris Morris and Kyle Abbott to see the Proteas home in the final over.

Abbott got Morris on strike straight away with a single and the latter then smashed a four and a six to move South Africa within touching distance of victory.

A dot ball followed but Morris then managed two runs off both of the final two deliveries as bowler Topley failed with a pair of run-out chances, the second especially bad after a good throw from Root.

The second and final T20 takes place in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Dale Steyn celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of Alex Hales on day one of the first Test between South Africa and England on December 26, 2015
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