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ENG vs SA 2020: Rashid, Malan and Morgan helped England to win the T20I series against South Africa

Dawid Malan scored 55 runs and was named the Man of the Match (Images source: Twitter)

It was another comprehensive bowling performance from England which helped to win the T20I series against South Africa at Boland in Paarl. England won their seventh T20I series on the trot, and they might be the team to beat in the ICC World T20 2021 in India.

South Africa had their moments, but they failed to grab them in this must-win game. The Proteas had put a decent effort with the ball tough. But the target was a small one to defend in front of a batting powerhouse team of England.

In the first T20I, The Proteas had posted a challenging score. But it was Bairstow’s blitz that stormed England to victory at Cape Town in Newlands. But in the second T20I, which was played in Paarl. England bowlers gave a clinical display after they won the toss and put South Africa to bat first.

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The hosts had a decent start in this match. They went with the same pair of Bavuma and skipper De Kock. They had put on 33 runs in just 3.4 overs. But England pulled things back nicely as their main spearhead Jofra Archer castled Temba Bavuma for 13 runs.

The first wicket of South African derailed the proceedings for the home team, and their experiment of sending Hendricks ahead of the experienced Faf Du Plessis failed as both the players didn’t get going in this due to the change in their batting order.

Skipper De Kock played well for 30 runs. He was the top scorer in this match. But he fell in the last over of power play, which was the turning point of the game as the middle order of South Africa couldn’t get them to a big score.

Faf Du Plessis was the in-form batter for South Africa, but due to his demotion in the batting order, he struggled to pace his innings well while Hendricks who batted ahead of Faf wasn’t going great at the other end.

Hendricks was dismissed for just 16 runs, which he faced from 18 balls, and Faf was out after he scored only 11 runs in this match. The wicket of Klaasen had put the home team in a spot of bother as South Africa had lost half of their side before they got to the 100 run mark.

Then it was a mini stand from Van der Dussen and George Linde which gave South Africa some steadiness in their innings. This partnership could have been the turning point of the match if the top order had batted with more responsibility on this hard wicket of Paarl.

Linde and Dussen added 44 runs, which took the score close to the 150 run mark. It was a brilliant passage of play for South Africa when these two lower-order batsmen batted. The partnership could have crossed the 50 run mark.

But Ben Stokes showed his class in the field. He fumbled and slipped when he threw the ball back to the bowler, and still, he completed a great run out which allowed England to restrict South Africa under the score of 150 runs.

Linde was run out for 29 runs, and Dussen was unbeaten on 25 runs. In the end, South Africa posted a modest score of 147 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

England’s bowling was outstanding as they never allowed The Proteas to run away with the game. Jofra Archer was the one who started the proceeding of taking the wicket in the powerplay overs for England.

Then the other bowlers also chipped in. Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors. He took two wickets to his name while Archer, Jordan, and Tom Curran picked up one wicket each to their name.

The run chase wasn’t an easy one for England. It was a special knock played by Dawid Malan and Skipper Eoin Morgan which helped the visitors to seal the series. England too got off to a decent start of 27 runs.

Jason Roy was about to get settled at the crease. But it was Ngidi who got the first wicket for The Proteas. Then Buttler and Bairstow tried to stabilize the chase with a stand of just 25 runs. It was Shamsi who clean bowled Buttler for 22 runs, and Bairstow too perished for only three runs.

Team South Africa (Images source: Twitter)

Ben Stokes played for some time, but he couldn’t go beyond 16 runs. England was in a spot of bother when Malan and Morgan snitched that much-needed partnership for their team. They added valuable 51 runs, which kept them in the game.

Dawid Malan played a superb knock of 55 runs and he also earned the man of the match award to his name. While Morgan supported Malan very well as these two took England close to that total. But Malan got out at the wrong, which twisted the match in South Africa’s favor as the hosts also picked up Sam Curran for just a single run.

Then it was Morgan and Jordan who finished the game in the last over, England chased down the target in the final over with just one delivery to spare. Morgan was unbeaten on 26 runs while Jordan hit the winning run to seal the three-match T20I series.

South Africa didn’t bat well enough to win this contest. But their bowlers bowled their heart out. Tabraiz Shamsi picked up three wickets, while Lungi Ngidi took two wickets and Kagiso Rabada took one wicket to his name.

The third and final T20 International match between England and South Africa will be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday, December 1st 2020.  Star Sports Networks will broadcast this match at 9:30 PM IST, 04:00 PM GMT and 06:00 PM LOCAL.


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