After winning the T20I series against South Africa by 3-0, England has taken the number one position in the ICC T20I team rankings. They have pushed down the Australian team to the second position, who had taken over Pakistan earlier this year.
England were dominant against South Africa in the whole three-match series at their home. David Malan was the star performer in the third ODI for England to seal deal the for them.
The No.1 T20I batsman scored unbeaten 99 runs and stitched up a 167-runs partnership with Jos Buttler, who scored 67 runs off 46 balls, to chase down 192 runs. He also scored a half-century in the second ODI to contribute to the visitor’s win in the low-scoring match.
England clean sweeps South Africa:
Well, South Africa gave a tough fight to the World Cup 2019 winners in the series, but they lacked in the full team effort. In the dead rubber, Rassie van der Dussen played sublime innings of 74 from 32 balls. On the other hand, Faf du Plessis did his job after placing a fine half-century (52 of 37) for the team. The duo registered a record stand of the fourth wicket after gathering 127 runs in total. However, Malan and Buttler’s master class made sure that efforts from South Africa were in vain.
England captain Eoin Morgan heaped praise on the team for winning the series.
“Extremely pleasing…..Given the way the wicket got better, Dawid and Jos managed to win the game in such a commanding fashion, that instills a lot of confidence in the changing room,” Eoin Morgan said.