South Africa Vs England 2020: 3rd T20I, Centurion – England Win The Series After Winning Series-Decider
The visitors England won the three-match T20I series against the hosts, South Africa, after winning the series-decider last game of the series at Centurion on Sunday (16th February).
The hosts decided to bat first in that high-scoring match and scored 222/6 (20 overs). In reply, the visitors chased down the target in 19.1 overs after losing five wickets (226/5).
England had three half-century knocks
Chasing down the target, England lost their opener Jason Roy (7) at the early stage. However, the other opener Jos Buttler and the no.3-positioned batsman Jonny Bairstow handled that situation very well and set up the firing 91 runs partnership for the second wicket.
Both of them scored half-centuries in that big chase as the wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler scored 57 runs off 29 balls (9 fours and 2 sixes) and Bairstow played a knock of 64 runs off 34 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes). While Buttler completed his fifty in just 23 balls, Bairstow reached the 50-mark in 27 balls.
Then the skipper Eoin Morgan controlled the innings with his speedy knock and guided to the series-winning victory. The left-handed batsman completed his half-century in just 21 balls and remained not out on 57 runs off 22 balls where he smashed seven sixes. After the victory, he won the Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series awards.
Ben Stokes also played a crucial cameo of 22 runs off just 12 balls (only four and 2 sixes). During his batting, he put the 61 runs partnership with the skipper for the fifth wicket.
Among the South African bowlers, only Lungi Ngidi (2/55) managed to pick up two wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo (1/34), Tabraiz Shamsi (1/40) and Dwaine Pretorius (1/40) also got one wicket each, but those were not enough. All the Proteas bowlers had the economy rate 10 or more.
Heinrich Klaasen and openers played massive roles in the first innings
South African openers Temba Bavuma and captain Quinton de Kock put the 84 runs partnership for the first wicket. While de Kock lost his wicket on 35 runs, Bavuma (49 runs) just missed out his maiden T20I half-century.
For the fourth wicket, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller built up the firing 64 runs partnership. Klaasen scored his 50 runs in 25 balls and returned to the pavilion after scoring 66 runs off 33 balls (4 fours and 4 sixes). Miller remained not out on 35 runs off 20 balls.
Among England bowlers, Tom Curran (2/33) and Ben Stokes (2/35) bagged two wickets each. Also, Mark Wood (1/47) and Adil Rashid (1/42) claimed one wicket each.
Earlier in this series, South Africa won the first game by one run while England levelled the series after winning the next game by two runs.
Some crucial stats of the match: South Africa vs England
i) Eoin Morgan reached his 50-run mark in just 21 balls. It is the joint-fastest T20I fifty by an England batsman. Earlier, Eoin Morgan scored 21-ball fifty against New Zealand at Napier on 8th November 2019.
ii) England’s successful chase (target 223 runs) was the fourth-highest successful chase in T20I history. Meanwhile, it was England’s second-highest successful T20I chase.
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