Published: February 16, 2020 11:57:55 pm
Captain Eoin Morgan scored a superb unbeaten 57 from 22 balls as England chased down an enormous victory goal of 223 to win the ultimate Twenty20 International towards South Africa on Sunday and safe a 2-1 series triumph.
South Africa received the toss and posted 222 for six of their 20 overs, however man of the match Morgan crashed seven sixes in a 21-ball half-century to equal his personal England document for the quickest fifty in Twenty20 cricket. The guests reached 226 for 5 with 5 deliveries to spare, the ball crusing by the Highveld air as 28 sixes have been hit within the match, 15 by England, as they accomplished the fourth-highest profitable Twenty20 International run chase.
South Africa received the primary match by one run and England claimed the second by two runs in a decent series forward of the World Cup in Australia in October.
“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 stated on 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. It’s a nice note to leave this tour on, we have loved every minute of it. The cricket we have played has been so close between the sides and it has been hugely productive for us.”
South Africa’s innings was boosted by a robust 66 from 33 balls by Heinrich Klaasen earlier than he picked out Ben Stokes at mid-off from the bowling of the spectacular Tom Curran (2-33). Opener Temba Bavuma, with 49 from 24 balls, gave the house facet a quick begin and David Miller (35 from 20) supplied a powerful end.
England misplaced Jason Roy within the second over of their reply, however Jos Buttler (57 from 29) and Jonny Bairstow (64 from 34) placed on 91 in 49 balls because the vacationers stored up with the required fee.
Once they fell, Morgan, who additionally earned the person of the series award, took up the mantle, dealing solely in sixes in a superb show of talent and energy hitting, and making up for not seeing his facet residence within the first match in east London.
He was supported by Stokes (22 from 12) in including 61 from 27 balls earlier than the all-rounder was out with victory in sight as England accomplished their second-highest Twenty20 chase.
“When we got here and saw the wicket we knew it would be high-scoring, we are just disappointed we didn’t get over the line. We felt our score was just over par,” De Kock stated. “As we get closer to the World Cup we are clearer in our plans and about who is putting up their hands.”
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