Magnificent Morgan carries England to thrilling win in Centurion

Eoin Morgan, leading from the front, constructed a blistering 57 not out off just 22 balls taking England to a monumental victory in Centurion after record-breaking chase of 223 to beat South Africa in the third T20 international and seal 2-1 a series win.



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The English skipper crashed seven sixes in his 21-ball half-century equaling his own England record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket.

South Africa smashed a massive 222-6 from their 20 overs after batting first. Heinrich Klassen in his first game of the series fired 33-ball 66 striking four fours and as many maximums.

The home team’s whopping total was accorded by two other terrific performances provided by Temba Bavuma (49 off 24) and Quinton de Kock (35 off 24).

Mark Wood got the worst of the treatment as his three overs went for 47 runs.

England lost Jason Roy in the second over of their innings, but Jos Buttler (57 from 29) and Jonny Bairstow (64 from 34) put on 91 in 49 balls going with the required run-rate.

Once both of them departed, Morgan appeared into the scene with dazzling show of power-hitting. He was assisted by Stokes (22 from 12) in adding 61 from 27 balls before the all-rounder was out fell. Morgan hit back-to-back sixes before Moeen Ali sealed the win with a boundary.

“It was a hell of a game, you have to commend both sides’ bowlers as it is not easy to bowl on a wicket like that,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation.

“When any side posts 222 it is a tough ask, but going back to the 2016 World Cup with this group of players, we chased down 230 against South Africa in Mumbai, so there was always that belief,” he added.

Brief score: England 226-5 in 19.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow 64, Eoin Morgan 57*, Jos Buttler 57) beat South Africa 222-6 in 20 overs (Henry Klaasen 66, Temba Bavuma 49; Tom Curran 2-33) by five wickets.


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