England clinch series 2-1
England have clinched the three-match T20I series 2-1 against South Africa as they earn a 19-run victory over the Proteas in the third T20I at Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.
England were put into bat at the toss. England’s regular skipper Eoin Morgan was rested. Jos Buttler took over the captaincy for the match.
England lost Jason Roy (8) early as Morne Morkel struck in the second over when the hosts made 13 runs. Alex Hales and debutant Dawid Malan put on a valuable 105-run partnership for the second wicket. Hales departed scoring 28-ball 36 with 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Malan scored his maiden fifty on debut off 31 balls. He went on to hammer 78 runs from 44 deliveries including 12 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 177.27.
Captain Buttler made 31 off 22 with 1 four and two sixes while, Sam Billings scored 12. None other could reach double figures as the last five overs belonged to South Africa.
However, England posted a big 181 for eight wickets in 20 overs. Dane Paterson had two opportunities of picking up a hat-trick but couldn’t achieve that. He was the pick of the bowlers for his four for 32 runs.
In reply, England got the wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Chris Morris, who was promoted to No. 3 slot, within the five overs.
Soon when captain AB de Villiers started to fire, he was sent back by Mason Crane for a 19-ball 35 with 2 fours and 2 sixes. He hit a four and two sixes on first three balls in the same over (12th) which he got out. That was Crane’s first wicket in international cricket.
With David Miller (7) and Farhaan Behardien (7) getting out, the Proteas were six wickets down for 91 runs in 13.4 overs. Mangaliso Mosehle and Andile Phehlukwayo added 54 runs for the seventh wicket. But that was not enough for the visitors to win.
South Africa managed 162/7 in 20 overs as England won the series 2-1 with a 19-run victory. Mosehle top-scored with 36 runs off 22 balls hitting a four and 4 sixes. Chris Jordan scalped three wickets for 31 runs. Tom Curran was impressive in his second T20I as well as he took two for 22.
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-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com