England level T20I series with thrilling 2-run win
The thrill of the South Africa-England T20I series has been continued as England level the series in an another epic encounter. England seal a dramatic 2-run win with the magic of Tom Curran’s last over on Friday, February 14 at Durban.
In the first of three-match T20I series, South Africa picked-up a breathtaking 1-run win over England.
Batted first, England scored 204 runs for 7 wickets at the end of 20 overs. South Africa needed 15 runs in the last over, but they were able to take 12 runs. Tom Curran confirmed the win by taking two wickets in the last two balls.
However, South Africa started their chasing very well. Two opening batsmen, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock, made 92 in just 7.5 overs. Bavuma scored 31 runs. They lost two openers by Mark Wood. Skipper de Kock scored 65 runs off just 22 balls. He hit 8 sixes, along with two fours.
Rassie van der Dussen’s unbeaten 43 runs and Dwayne Pretorius’s 25-run brought Proteas close to the win, but Curran’s last two ball left them frustrated.
Curran, Chris Jordan and Wood got two wickets each for the English. Ben Stokes also took a wicket.
England did not make any half-century in their innings after batting first, but they got a huge collection of runs with a well-established innings by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
Stokes was the highest run-scorer with 47 runs from 30 balls. Roy scored 40 runs off 29 balls. In the end, Moeen Ali’s 11-ball 39-run destructive innings gave England a huge total of 204-run win.
Proteas paceman Lungi Ngidi got 3 wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo grabbed two wickets.
Moeen Ali was adjusted player of the match for his stormy innings. The third and final T20I will be held on February 16 at Centurion.