England and South Africa lived up to their reputations of being quality T20I sides as a nerve cracking encounter was witnessed in Mumbai. More than 450 runs were scored in the game and the Wankhede pitch was just a graveyard for the bowlers. In the battle of the batting giants, it has England who outshone the Proteas with just 2 balls to spare.
England won a crucial toss and opted to field first on a flat wicket. South Africa raced off to a commanding start as Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla went all guns blazing. Their first wicket stand of 96 was broken by the 43rd delivery and only further misery awaited the England bowlers. Both the openers were dismissed soon after getting to their half centuries. Towards the latter stages, southpaws David Miller and JP Duminy further dented England as South Africa’s innings ended on 229-4.
England would have to blast off from the very first over, and that is how they exactly went about their tasks. After the first 2 overs, England had already raced to 44 and that pretty much set up their run chase. Jason Roy’s 43 off 16 and Alex Hales 17 off 7 mattered more than just the numerical measure as both the right-handers provided England the momentum. Later, Joe Root rallied around as he found able support from Jos Buttler and ensured that England were always ahead in the chase.
England won with two balls to spare and finally opened their account in the points table. Below, are the statistical highlights from the game between England and South Africa.
230-8. England’s run chase was the second highest run chase in T20I history.
2nd. During South Africa’s innings, it was just the second instance when three batsmen scored 50+ in a T20I.
412. England have conceded 412 runs in their first two games so far in the ICC World T20 2016. They have conceded those in 38.1 overs at an economy rate of 10.79.
23. South Africa took 23 balls to get to 50. This was their quickest 50.
11.57. The average run rate in the game.
224. Hashim Amla scored 224 runs between his previous dismissal and his dismissal today, which is a record for most runs in T20I without getting dismissed.