England beat South Africa by 5 wickets in a high scoring thriller to win the series

Picture Courtsey: Hindustan Times

Thanks to half-centuries by Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, England chased a mammoth target in the 3rd and deciding T20I match played at Super Sport Park, Centurion on Sunday.

South African captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and decided to bat first. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma showed their positive right from ball one making sure that they keep the pressure on England bowlers. De Kock took on Chris Jordan and Mark Wood which put England bowlers on the backfoot. It was a great batting display by both South African openers as they raced to 64 for 0 at the end of six overs.

After the power play overs, Bavuma and de Kock continued their aggressive approach against Adil Rashid which put pressure on England bowlers. Ben Stokes provided the much-needed breakthrough for England dismissing dangerous de Kock for 35. South African openers added 84 runs in 7.4 overs. Adil Rashid got the 2nd wicket of Bavuma for 49 which stem the run flow. Heinrich Klassen who came into the team took few balls to settle. Stokes struck again to get rid off Dussen for 11. Klassen took the charge and put the pressure on the England with big hits. Miller also showed his positive intent which kept the momentum going. Klassen reached his fifty off just 25 balls and never allowed the England bowlers to settle.

Tom Curran was brilliant in the death overs to control the run flow and picked up wickets. Curran dismissed the dangerous Klassen for a superb 66 off 33 balls. Klassen and Miller added 64 runs for the 4th wicket. David Miller showed his power hitting but Curran was superb with his death overs. South Africa posted 222 for 6 in 20 overs on a brilliant batting pitch.

Chasing 223 runs to win, it was not an ideal start for the England team as they lost an early wicket of Jason Roy for 7 off Lungi Ngidi bowling. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow looked in sublime form taking on South African bowlers. At the end of six overs, England were 62 for 1.

Despite the run rate climbing, Bairstow and Buttler showed their power hitting skills which put the South African bowlers under pressure. Buttler reached his fifty off just 23 balls and kept the momentum going with Bairstow. Bairstow completed 50 off 27 balls. Pretorius bowled tight overs before picking the big wicket of Buttler. Buttler and Bairstow added 91 runs for the 2nd wicket. Eoin Morgan came to the crease and took few balls to settle. Phehlukawyo dismissed dangerous Bairstow for 64 off 34 balls.

David Malan included in the XI just scored 11 runs off 12 balls . With 53 runs required off 24 balls, Stokes and Morgan showed smashed Lungi Ngidi for 20 runs which helped England to regain control. It was a superb batting performance by both batsmen who took the game away from the hosts with 61 runs stand off 26 balls. Ben Stokes was dismissed for a quick fire 22 off 12 balls. Morgan smashed a six to reach his fifty off 21 balls. Moeen Ali hit the winning to help England win the match by 5 wickets with 5 balls to spare.

England 226 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Bairstow 64, Eoin Morgan 57*, Buttler 57, Lungi Ngidi 2/55) beat South Africa 222 for 6 in 20 overs (Heinrich Klassen 66, Bavuma 49, Tom Curran 2/33, Stokes 2/35) by 5 wickets.

It was an amazing series with all three matches witness some brilliant performance with the bat and ball. For his captains knock Eoin Morgan was awarded the man of the match and also man of the series.


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