|Rassie van der Dussen||not out||25||29||0||0|
|Kagiso Rabada||not out||5||4||1||0|
Right! The game could've gone either way. It is England who manage to cross the line once again and take an unassailable lead ahead of the last game. That's it from this game! We will look for your company for the final T20I of the series which will be played in Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday, 1st December 2020. Join us for that game. Until then, goodbye and take care!
Eoin Morgan, England skipper, says that they had to try a little harder towards the end but feels that they had no run rate pressure like the last game. Feels a couple of big overs and they were back in the business. Tells that having players who have been in similar situations helps them. Praises Rashid for his performances and states that he was superb in the last game too but he went unnoticed. Terms him a big part of the unit. Adds that this series and the one in India is where they will try to settle down their 15 men for the T20 World Cup in 2021.
South Africa skipper, Quinton de Kock, says that Dawid batted well and Morgan led from the front. Tells that little errors frustrates them a bit but mentions it is part and parcel of the game. Feels if a couple of small things went their way, they would've been on the other side. Praises Shamsi for his performance after a poor outing in the last game. Adds that every game that you play is different and says that the players need to learn fast and keep their heads high.
Dawid Malan is named Player of the Match for his brilliant knock. Tells that he struggled early on to get his timing right. Feels that when they were under the pump, they managed to find a way. Adds that they have got a number of match-winners in the team. Says that all the players are used to play big tournaments. On him being no.1 T20I batter in the world, Malan says that he tries not to think about that as it doesn't help him get the runs or stay in the team. Credits the bowlers for setting the game up for them.
Earlier in the game, when it looked like South Africa will be rolled over to a very low total after they lost a few quick wickets. However, Rassie and Linde stitched a fine stand of 44 to take the team's score close to 150. Adil Rashid was pick of the bowlers for England as he got 2 in his 4 overs. Archer, Jordan and Tom managed a wicket too. Eventually, the score thay they stopped the South Africans on was good enough for their batters to scale down.
The South African bowlers managed to take the game till the last over with some fine bowling. It was Shamsi who turned things around with his 3-fer. Lungi Ngidi got two wickets as well but he was taken for over 50 in his 4 overs. Nortje bowled well but he failed to get any wicket. In the end, the total that their batters put on fell a bit short and they failed to defend it.
Chasing the total, England were off to a scratchy start as Roy struggled to get going. Buttler found the fence 4 times in his little innings but he too fell early. Malan kept his end but he lost two partners quickly in Bairstow and Stokes. However, he along with skipper Eoin Morgan added valuable runs and kept the team in the chase. It was looking difficult for them but the 17th and 18th over saw Morgan and Malan break free. They got quick runs in those overs and in the end Morgan took the team over the line with one ball still left in the run chase.
A nervy chase and it ends with England on top! They take the 3-match series with one game still to go. A tough track to bat on, both the teams struggled but Malan and Morgan managed to find the boundaries just in time to help the team get over the line. Malan fell after getting to his half ton but the skipper stayed till the end to see his side get home.
There's the winning run! Shortish and around middle and leg, Jordan manages to flick it over square leg for a single. England win by 4 wickets.
A bouncer! Jordan sits under it, thinking it will be called wide. Nothing from the umpire.
Excellent running! They get two and the scores are level now. Short ball on the pads, Jordan looks to pull but gets an inside edge on the pads. The ball goes to short fine leg. Jordan takes the first. He wants the second as well. Morgan responds and they complete it.
Chris Jordan is in now. 3 needed in 4 balls.
OUT! Dragged on! Rabada gets one and this is going down to the wire. Back of a length ball outside off, Curran looks to punch it on the off side but he gets an inside edge that clatters into the stumps.
Dot first ball. Full and outside off, Sam looks to keep it out but misses.
FOUR! EDGY FOUR! That wasn't too far from getting caught behind. Good length and just around off, Morgan looks to drive but gets an outside edge. The ball goes to the left of de Kock who is wrong-footed and he fails to catch or stop the ball. Morgan and England get a streaky boundary. Luck not going South Africa's way at all. 144/5
Full and on the pads, Sam looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pad. The ball goes towards square leg. They take a leg bye. 7 from 7 now.
A dot now! Sharp bumper on middle, Sam goes for the pull but makes no connection. That was a pacy ball. But had Curran connected, it would've gone out of the park.
Morgan takes a single now. Very full ball on the pads, Morgan backs away and pokes it towards cover for one.
Another single! Length ball around off, Curran taps it towards the off side for a quick single.
Full and wide outside off, it is pushed towards third man for one.
Who will bowl the penultimate over for South Africa? It is Anrich Nortje.
Single to end the over! A mammoth one for England. A length ball around off, Morgan pushes it down to long off for one. 18 off the over and England need another 11 runs to win the game in 12 balls. 136/5
WIDE! Ngidi tries to stay away from the firing line and bowls it wide outside off but it goes outside the tramline. Wided.
Sam Curran walks out in the middle.
OUT! TAKEN! WOW! That is a stunning take from Hendricks. Malan falls now. Is there a twist in this game? Full and wide outside off, Malan goes after it and launches it towards long off. Hendricks there, jumps and takes the catch near the ropes. However, he realizes that he will go over the ropes so lobs the ball up, goes to the other side of the ropes, gets back in position and jumps inside the play to take the catch. Terrific work.
SIX! Up, up and away! A biggie now! Malan gets to his half ton in style. The no. 1 ranked T20I batsman is proving why he is there at that position. A length ball around off, Malan slams it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
FOUR! Edgy this time but Malan and England won't mind. Ngidi is not amused. Neither is his skipper de Kock. Full and wide outside off, Malan throws his bat and tries to launch him over the off side but gets a thick outside edge that races away to the third man fence.
FOUR! Finds the fence now! 6 off the first 2 balls. Just what the doctor ordered as far as England are concerned. A short ball outside off, Malan quickly gets in the position and slams it over square leg for a boundary.
A couple to begin the over! Very full and outside off, Malan moves to the off side and chips it over extra cover. Runs the second before long off comes around.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl out. 3-0-33-1 from him so far. Can he strike for his team here?
FOUR! Top way to end the over! Rabada started well but ends with a couple of boundaries. Short and around off, Morgan waits for it and then guides it over the keeper's head for a boundary. Fine shot. 11 from the over. 29 more needed in last 18. 118/4
FOUR! Nicely played! Full delivery on off, Morgan drives it through covers for a boundary.
Full on middle, Morgan pushes it through mid on for a couple.
PLAY AND A MISS! Short of a length delivery outside off, Morgan looks to play an upper cut but misses it.
BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Morgan looks to cut but misses it.
Length delivery on off, Malan punches it through covers for a single.
Change in bowling. Kagiso Rabada is back for his 3rd.
Full on off, Morgan drives it to mid off. 107/4
Length delivery on off, Malan guides it towards third man for a single.
FOUR! That is put away! Short ball on middle, Malan pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
FOUR! Cracking shot! Full delivery on off, Malan drives it through covers for a boundary.
Full delivery on middle, Morgan lofts it over mid on for a single.
BEATEN! Length delivery outside off, Morgan looks to guide but misses it.
Shamsi is done with his 4 overs. Here's Anrich Nortje. Bowled a few bullets in his first spell. 2-0-4-0 from him so far.
FOUR! Good shot! Short delivery on off, Malan cuts it hard through point for a boundary. 12 off the over. 97/4
Length ball outside off, Malan looks to guide but misses it.
Length delivery on off, Morgan guides it towards third man for a single.
SIX! That is hammered! Short ball on middle, Morgan pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
Short again on middle, Malan pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
Short delivery on middle, Malan pulls it to mid-wicket.
Lungi Ngidi is back on. 2-0-21-1 from him so far.
On middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 3/19 in his 4 for Shamsi. His best figures in the T20Is. What a spell. Fantastic. 85/4
Short delivery on middle, Morgan pulls it through mid on for a run.
Full delivery on off, Morgan drives it to covers.
BEATEN! Floated delivery outside off, Morgan looks to cut but misses it.
Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, is in now.
OUT! TAKEN! Shamsi gets the revenge! He is doing it for his team here. Stokes, the massie wicket, falls now. Wicket no. 3 for Shamsi. He tosses this up again, Stokes eyes lit up again. He gets down and looks to slog sweep again. This time though he gets a top edge that balloons to to the left of the keeper. De Kock calls for it and gobbles it with ease.
SIX! That is clobbered! Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Length delivery on middle, Stokes flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 77/3
Short ball on middle, Malan pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
Short delivery on off, Malan looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Full on middle, Stokes flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
Length delivery on off, Stokes keeps it out.
Back of a length on off, Malan guides it through point for a single.
Kagiso Rabada is back on. 1-0-7-0 from him so far.
Single to end another eventful over from Malan. Full and around off, Dawid flicks it deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end. 73/3
Full ball on midde, flicked to long on for one.
NOT OUT! It is umpire's call on impact as well as on hitting the wickets! Flatter and around off, Stokes looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. Huge appeal from Shamsi follows but not out says the umpire. South Africa take the review. Replays roll in and it shows that the the impact is umpire's call and so is the wickets as it is just clipping the leg pole. Stokes stays.
Review time! South Africa review for an LBW decision. Stokes is the man in question. That looked to be going down the leg side. Let's see what replays show. Impact on umpire's call and wickets umpire's call too. So, Stokes stays. South Africa will keep their review.
Loopy ball on off, Stokes keeps it out.
Floated on off, Stokes defends it out.
Tossed up delivery on middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
FOUR! Nice improvisation! Flighted ball on off, Stokes plays a reverse sweep over point for a boundary. 70/3
On middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Loopy delivery on middle, Stokes punches it through mid on for a run.
Floated on off, Malan punches it through point for a single.
FOUR! Nicely played! Flighted delivery on off, Malan lofts it over covers for a boundary.
Tossed up ball on off, Malan looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Short delivery on off, Malan cuts it through point for a single. 59/3 at the halfway mark! England need 88 in the last 10. 59/3
On middle, Stokes pushes it through mid on for a run.
Floated on middle, Malan pushes it towards mid on for a single.
Flighted ball on middle, Malan keeps it out.
Tossed up delivery on off, Stokes punches it towards mid off for a single.
Ben Stokes is in at no. 5.
OUT! TAKEN! Bairstow holes out in the deep! Needless shot from him early in the innings but that's how he goes about his business. Fails this time and Shamsi is fired up. Tossed up and on middle and leg, Bairstow goes for the mighty slog sweep but he fails to get the timing right. It goes right down the throat of the man at deep mid-wicket. Hendricks there makes no mistake. The hero of England's last game has to take the long walk back.
Flat and outside off, Jonny punches it to sweeper cover for one. End of another tidy over from Linde. 92 more needed in 11 overs. 55/2
Short ball on off, Malan cuts it through point for a single.
BEATEN! Flighted outside off, Malan looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it.
Loopy ball on off, Bairstow punches it through point for a single.
Floated delivery on off, Bairstow punches it to point.
Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow punches it to covers.
On middle, Bairstow flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 52/2
Tossed up delivery on middle, Bairstow keeps it out.
Who is in next? It is Jonny Bairstow, England's hero from the last game.
OUT! TIMBER! Shamsi gets the big fish in the very first over. That was a lovely delivery from Shamsi. He tossed it up and seeing that Buttler jumped out of his crease. However, the ball spins away and beats the mighty slog of Buttler. The ball clatters on the middle and leg pole. Huge roar from Shamsi.We have got a match in out hand it seems.
Floated on middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Short delivery on middle, Buttler pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
Flighted delivery on middle, Malan pushes it through mid on for a single.
Bowling change! Tabraiz Shamsi is into the attack now.
Tossed up delivery on off, Buttler defends it out. 48/1
On middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Full on middle, Malan pushes it to covers.
Floated on middle, Buttler plays it towards covers for a run.
Full on middle, Malan flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
FOUR! Nicely played! Tossed up delivery on off, Malan plays a reverse sweep towards third man for a boundary. 4th boundary in a row for England
George Linde is back on. 1-0-6-0 from him so far.
EDGED AND FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for Buttler though. Shortish and outside off, Buttler looks to punch but gets a thick outside edge. The third man is inside the ring and it results in another boundary. 13 off the final over the Powerplay. 106 more needed in 84 balls. 41/1
FOUR! Crunched through the cover! Short ball outside off, Buttler punches it through the covers and it races away to the fence.
FOUR! Length delivery on off, Buttler looks to push but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
PLAY AND A MISS! Short delivery outside off, Buttler looks to pull but misses it.
Back of a length on off, Buttler punches it to point.
Short delivery on middle, Malan pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.
The last ball that hit him right in the box hurt him more than that bouncer. Malan takes a bit of breather as he lies on the ground.
Another short ball on middle, Malan looks to pull this time but is beaten for pace. He is hit right in the box. The ball goes to the off side and they cross for a leg bye. End of a fiery and pacy over from Nortje. 28/1
Ouch! A sharp bumber! Very pacy stuff from Nortje. He is throwing bullets at the moment it seems. Malan tries to pull first and then tries to get away at the last moment. He is late in doing so and is hit flush on the shoulder.
Full on middle, Malan keeps it out.
Length delivery on middle, Malan flicks it towards the leg side.
Full on middle, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Length ball on off, Malan flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
Dawid Malan is in at no. 3.
OUT! CAUGHT! Ngidi strikes in the first over and Roy's troubled period out in the middle is over. Ngidi spots Roy giving himself room outside off, he bowls it wide and bangs it short. Roy looks to hammer it over the off side but ends up getting a top edge. It goes high in the air towards cover. Klaasen settles under it and takes it easily. 25/1
WIDE! Down the leg side, Roy looks to swing at it but misses it.
Short delivery on middle, Roy pulls it to mid-wicket.
Short ball on middle, Roy pulls it to mid on.
FOUR! That is smashed! Length delivery outside off, Roy punches it through covers for a boundary.
Length ball on middle, Roy pushes it through mid on for a couple.
Full on middle, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl now.
Back of a length on middle, Roy keeps it out. 17/0
Rabada drops a catch now. Nothing going South Africa's way at the moment. Got both his hands around the ball but as he was getting down, he spilled it. A short ball around off, bounces a little extra. Buttler goes for the pull but mistimes it to the right side of the mid on fielder. Rabada there runs to that side, dives and gets his both hands but in the end drops it.
Back of a length on off, Buttler keeps it out.
Length ball on off, Roy punches it towards point for a single.
Full delivery on off, Roy drives it back towards the bowler.
NOT OUT! The late decision of going for the review pays off for Jason. He survives. Nortje goes for the yorker first up but ends up dishing it very full ball on the pads, Roy looks to flick but misses to get hit on his back leg. They all appeal and the finger is raised. Roy starts to walk off and then stops. He has a long discussion with Buttler and at the very last moments calls for the DRS. And he is saved by the technology as the ball was missing the leg pole but quite a distance.
A very late decision of the DRS from Roy! He has been given out LBW! Let's see if the technology saves him. No bat confirms the Ultra Edge. Missing the leg pole. Roy survives.
Just one over for Linde. Here's Anrich Nortje. He had a terrific Indian T20 League with Delhi. Let's see what has got up his sleeves.
FOUR! Flicked away! Fine shot to end the second over. Short ball around off, Buttler flicks/pulls it over square leg for a boundary. 15/0
Risky run! Direct hit and Buttler might have been walking home. Good length and around off, Roy pushes it towards short third man. Buttler calls for the single. The fielder has a shy at his end but misses.
Leading edge! Length ball on middle, Roy looks to flick but ends up getting a leading edge that falls safely ahead of the cover fielder.
Buttler is up and running with a flick. Fuller and on the pads, he flicks it over mid-wicket for a single.
Edgy single! Length ball around off, Jason looks to drive but the ball takes the inside edge and goes to square leg for one.
Appeal for a catch down the leg side but not out says the umpire. A length ball down the leg side. Roy looks to flick but misses. De Kock collects behind the wicket and goes up in appeal but not out says umpire. Not given wide.
Who will bowl from the other end? It is Kagiso Rabada.
Single to end the first over. Floated on middle, Roy flicks it down to deep mid-wicket for one. 6 off the opening over. 8/0
Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for nothing.
FOUR! Connects the sweep this time and finds the fence. Tossed up and outside off, Roy gets in position and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. Fine way to get up and running.
Roy tries to slog it away on the leg side but the ball takes the inner half and goes to square leg.
On the pads again, Roy fails to connect his flick. The ball kisses his pad and goes to fine leg. They run a couple of leg byes.
WIDE! Slips this one down the side. Roy looks to flick but misses. Wided.
We are back for the run chase! The South African players are out in the middle. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler are the English openers. George Linde will start the proceedings for South Africa.
Play and a miss on the first ball. Short and just outside off, Roy looks to cut but misses.