2nd T20I, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, 23 June 2017

England vs South Africa

England 2nd Inn:171/6 (20)

Liam Plunkett* 0 (0);Liam Dawson 7 (5);
Dane Paterson* 4-0-32-1; Andile Phehlukwayo 4-0-34-1;

Last bat: Liam Livingstone

Result: South Africa won by 3 runs.

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England Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Jason Roy obstruction 67 45 9 1 148.89
Sam Billings c Miller & b Chris Morris 3 4 0 0 75
Jonny Bairstow c Behardien & b Chris Morris 47 37 8 1 127.03
Liam Livingstone runout (Phehlukwayo) 16 18 1 0 88.89
Jos Buttler(wk) b Phehlukwayo 10 8 1 0 125
Eoin Morgan(c) c de Villiers & b Dane Paterson 6 4 1 0 150
Liam Dawson not out 7 5 1 0 140
Liam Plunkett not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
David Willey dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Chris Jordan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Tom Curran dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 5, w - 5, nb - 1)15
Total(171 for 6 in 20 overs)171 (8.55 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/15 (Sam Billings, 1.6 ov.) 2/125 (Jonny Bairstow, 13.4 ov.) 3/133 (Jason Roy, 15.1 ov.)
4/153 (Jos Buttler, 17.4 ov.) 5/162 (Eoin Morgan, 18.5 ov.) 6/167 (Liam Livingstone, 19.4 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 4 0 43 0 10.75  
Chris Morris 4 0 18 2 4.5 (1w)
Dane Paterson 4 0 32 1 8 (4w)
Andile Phehlukwayo 4 0 34 1 8.5  
JJ Smuts 1 0 11 0 11  
Tabraiz Shamsi 3 0 24 0 8  
               

South Africa Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
JJ Smuts c Plunkett & b L Dawson 45 35 4 3 128.57
Reeza Hendricks b Tom Curran 7 8 0 0 87.5
Mangaliso Mosehle(wk) c Jos Buttler & b Plunkett 15 12 1 1 125
AB de Villiers(c) c Morgan & b Willey 46 20 4 3 230
David Miller c Jos Buttler & b Plunkett 8 10 0 0 80
Farhaan Behardien lbw Chris Jordan 32 21 2 2 152.38
Chris Morris c Roy & b Tom Curran 12 11 1 0 109.09
Andile Phehlukwayo b Tom Curran 0 1 0 0 0
Morne Morkel not out 0 1 0 0 0
Dane Paterson not out 4 1 1 0 400
Tabraiz Shamsi dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 0, w - 5, nb - 0)5
Total(174 for 8 in 20 overs)174 (8.7 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/25 (Reeza Hendricks, 3.2 ov.) 2/57 (Mangaliso Mosehle, 7.4 ov.) 3/96 (JJ Smuts, 10.6 ov.)
4/113 (David Miller, 13.2 ov.) 5/127 (AB de Villiers, 14.3 ov.) 6/157 (Chris Morris, 18.2 ov.)
7/164 (Andile Phehlukwayo, 18.5 ov.) 8/170 (Farhaan Behardien, 19.5 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
David Willey 4 0 29 1 7.25  
Chris Jordan 4 0 38 1 9.5 (4w)
Tom Curran 4 0 33 3 8.25  
Liam Plunkett 4 0 36 2 9 (1w)
Liam Dawson 4 0 38 1 9.5  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

Morris to Roy, FOUR, flies off the inside edge through backward square! Was looking to plonk the ball towards long-on but a bit of extra pace and bounce off the deck nearly undoes him

W

Morris to Billings, out Caught by Miller!! Umm, that's easy for Miller. Or made it look easy, running across to take this in front of mid-off. Billings was slightly intimidated by the pace and bounce here. Tries to pull a ball from outside off. A) There's good bounce, and B) this decks away a touch, meaning he's toe-ended it high into the off-side. Gone. Done. Billings c Miller b Morris 3(4)

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, the prettiest Chinese cut, ever. No feet. Reaches out to drive a ball and shoots an inside-edge past the stumps

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, if cricket were a country, inside-edges would be the currency. So many of them today. So many. Roy has now popped one over his stumps, looping just a little to the keeper's left. Looked slightly late on the shot here. Was trying to work it around, but so late he was that he managed just an inside edge

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, that's a good whip. Real good. Picks it from off-stump and buys a boundary through mid-wicket

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, the beauty of this cut was the lack of room. Used his arm-strength. All of it. He's standing slightly on his off-stump here to open up the leg-side, so naturally gets a back of a length delivery close to his off-stump. Slashes and places it perfectly, wide of backward point. Races away. I don't lie

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, shot! Morris pitches it up here. And look what Bairstow does: drives him wide of mid-off, and does it so, so royally. There's something about this man

4

Paterson to Roy, FOUR, short ball but it doesn't have the venom that say Morkel or Morris would have imparted. Sits up, Roy pulls and gets it away from fine leg which is inside the ring. Easy runs once it passes that man there. Does

4

Paterson to Bairstow, FOUR, almost! Bairstow has almost flicked it straight to short fine leg. Could have swiveled more to place it wide of the man there, but thankfully got enough bat, so got good height. Cleared short fine leg's reverse-cupped jump

4

to Roy, FOUR, hammered into the ground. Hammered away in glee. Too short, sitting up and out comes the tennis smash to forehand it past the man at mid-wicket

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, 85.6mph. All the elegance. Shuns the power. Stays deep in the crease, allows the overcook to get to him and smacks it off the straightest of blades. A bullet this

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, the straight pull now. Continues his love for the boundary down the ground. Doesn't matter if you bowl it short. Bairstow stands, swings the bat, flat batting it over the bowler. That's all he had to do

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, out goes the front leg, and up go the arms on the swinging mode to tonk it away. Just that it comes off the toe end. Who cares, long-on just cannot clean these up

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, now the control as well. The result ain't changing. Only gets to the fence quicker. More of the backing away exposing the stumps and more of the across the line hoicks. To the other side of long-on this time

4

Morkel to Bairstow, byes, FOUR, 88.7mph. Plenty of pace, plenty of bounce. Cramps Bairstow up big time tying him up in a compulsive sort of a pull. Shoots up, and keeps gaining in the angle of elevation to evade a desparate dive from the keeper as well

6

Morkel to Bairstow, SIX, the short ploy going wrong. Half way down, just that this one sits up, asking for the swat. Gets exactly that. A rocket launcher into the mid-wicket fence

6

to Roy, SIX, the jump down, and celebrates his half-ton with a tonk. His return to form too. Gets right close and personal in giving it a generous portion of the wood as he goes for the full-blooded swing. Into the first tier behind the sightscreen

4

Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, oh my. He's toying around now. It certainly wasn't a bad delivery, tailing in at decent pace into the blockhole. Imparts enough power on his squeeze-drive does Bairstow to stab it into the fence, past cover

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, and now the delicacy. After the attempted power away, Roy hangs back and flashes his bat out at the width to run it fine. through the cordon

4

Morkel to Roy, FOUR, make that 14. Ah, the carnage. Morkel, after seeming pretty fiery, ends up with 43 against his name for nothing to show. Another short one, another pull, another dispatch. Brings up the 100-run stand too

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, and now the swivel. Drifting down leg, turning in too. Rolls his wrists on the ball's head in tapping it as he guides it rather softly behind square

W

Morris to Bairstow, out Caught by Behardien!! A tame end. After a range of drillings to all parts of the ground, Bairstow stays uncommitted. And pays for it. Gets one in the slot, a change from the short pitched barrage that was going on. Chips it in the air to a back-pedalling mid-on. Thanks to the bat handle turning in the palms, very late. And AB finds his smile back. Bairstow c Behardien b Morris 47(37) [4s-8 6s-1]

W

Morris to Livingstone, out Obstructing the field!! Called dead ball. To stop the appeal and gets some senses flowing. South Africa seem to be appealing for Roy deliberately running inside the line of the throw. After Livingstone dabs it out to point, Roy from the other end runs down, only to be sent back. And now, he switches sides, running back to the other side of the stumps. The soft signal is NOT OUT mind you. Does that really make a difference? Roy didn't quite give the impression of turning around to see the ball..but he sure did while making the turn. And the third umpire doesn't forgive. A hard taskmaster he is. Cuts the return to form. SOME RED. And with that, Jason Roy becomes the first player to be given out OBSTRUCTING THE FIELD in T20Is. Game on. Roy obs 67(45) [4s-9 6s-1]

4

Paterson to Buttler, FOUR, oh the dreaded line. Just not the ideal time for this to be coming out. A freebie on the pads and Buttler ain't missing out. Puts it away timing the pants off it in a whip. Very fine

4

to Livingstone, FOUR, that would simplify it. That should. The bumper on the badge, minus the venom. Pulled away as it balloons up and is couried away behind square

W

to Buttler, out Bowled!! Another twist. Call the cardiologist. A rip-roaring perfect yorker. Executed to precision. Buttler walks away, looking to untie his arms, swings the bat out, and just cannot get a tickle down in time to keep out the dart, right at the base of leg. Dips in sharply as well as it shatters the timber. Buttler b 10(8) [4s-1]

4

Paterson to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, hammered down. And hammered straight. Mid-on loses sight of the ball as Morgan drills it straight, how only he can. England inch closer

W

Paterson to Eoin Morgan, out Caught by de Villiers!! The screw turns. Yet again. Ever so slowly. This time to a full toss. Dipping in as Morgan shapes himself for a smashing downtown. Is made to wait, oh the agonizer. And when he swings the bat, all he manages is the toe end chipping up in the air to mid-on, who once again loses the ball. But it is AB mind you. He spots balls even in his sleep. Eoin Morgan c de Villiers b Paterson 6(4) [4s-1]

W

to Livingstone, out Livingstone Run Out!! 1 run completed. And now we have a run-out as well. Just when we thought things couldn't quite choke enough. What's more - it is just a single. Livingstone looks to go with some cheek as he deals with a high full toss. Laps it with a crouch to fine leg. And he wants the strike, without Dawson bothering to look at him. The outcome - both batsmen at the same end. South Africa bang on top. Livingstone run out (Morne Morkel/Mosehle/) 16(18) [4s-1]

4

to Liam Dawson, FOUR, NO. Not quite. Dawson refuses to let our nerves settle. Gets a half volley, the pressure filled delivery in the slot outside off and swings hard in lofting the slog over mid-off. 4 now off the final ball

4

to Smuts, FOUR, South Africa are off and running. Wasn't all that convincing from Smuts. Didn't get that off the meat of the blade, but the outfield is quick enough to take the punch all the way towards deep extra cover

4

to Smuts, FOUR, an excellent effort followed by a poor one at mid-off. Smuts drills this straight to the man at mid-off, who let's the ball sneak under his legs

6

to Smuts, SIX, first six of the match. It was full and right in the slot to be thumped out of the ground. Smuts does exactly that. Clears his front foot and nails it straight over the bowler's head

W

Curran to Hendricks, out Bowled!! What a start for Curran. Gets his first scalp off his second delivery. Another short delivery outside off. This time Hendricks drags it onto his stumps off the inside edge. Curran is delighted with that breakthrough. Hendricks b Curran 7(8)

4

Curran to Smuts, FOUR, that's hit like a rocket. Smuts nails it straight back past the bowler. The ball hits the stumps and still manages to race away down to long-off. Such was the power on that

6

Curran to Mosehle, SIX, Mosehle gets in the act now. Picks the back of a length delivery and pulls it well over the deep mid-wicket fence. Breaks his bat as he gives everything at that. The fielder in the deep was just a spectator

4

Curran to Mosehle, FOUR, fuller in length outside off, Mosehle clears his front foot and clubs this straight down the ground. The ball bounces a couple of times and into the fence

6

Dawson to Smuts, SIX, that sounded sweet. Comes down the track in a flash and slogs way into the deep mid-wicket stands for a huge hit

W

to Mosehle, out Caught by Buttler!! Second one goes down. Short ball does the trick as Mosehle didn't look comfortable facing them. Gets in a tangle as he looks to pull and the ball takes the glove and settles in the gloves of Buttler, who dives forward and takes it inches above the ground. Mosehle c Buttler b 15(12) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, short delivery sits up nicely on the batsman. de Villiers won't miss out on these. Stands tall and pulls it well in front of square. The fielder in the deep had no chance of stopping that

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers slogs across the line and gets a leading edge down to third man. Streaky way to get his second boundary

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, slower delivery ends up as a full toss. de Villiers had all the time to pick his spot and dispatch it. He decides to hit it to deep mid-wicket

6

to de Villiers, SIX, this is a big over for South Africa. 21-runs off it. de Villiers clears his front foot and goes inside out over extra cover

4

Dawson to Smuts, FOUR, Smuts makes room and drills it past cover. Long-off fielder runs across and escots it to the fence as it was hit very hard

6

Dawson to Smuts, SIX, wow! This is huge. Skips down the track and slogs sweeps it way into the deep mid-wicket fence

W

Dawson to Smuts, out Caught by Plunkett!! Smuts' innings comes to an end. He won't be happy with the way he got out. It was a juicy full toss that could have been hit anywhere around the ground. All he manages to do is get a leading edge over the short fine leg fielder. Plunkett runs back and takes a clean catch. Smuts c Plunkett b Dawson 45(35) [4s-4 6s-3]

6

Dawson to de Villiers, SIX, ABD at his best. Gets inside the line and sweeps it over the deep backward sqaure leg fence. It was flat and into the stands

W

to Miller, out Caught by Buttler!! Oh, what a time to lose a wicket. Miller too. It's a wide ball, it's a slow ball around 76ks and Miller has been consumed by his own eagerness to put this away. Stays in his crease, flashes out a shot but all he does is get a thick edge behind to the keeper. Early into the shot there -- that led him down. Miller c Buttler b 8(10)

4

to de Villiers, FOUR, gosh, that's drilled like there's no tomorrow. Gets his front leg out and harrows it out and wide of mid-off. Runs away

6

to de Villiers, SIX, a proof that 360-degree factoid on de Villiers's resume isn't a lie. Shuffles across his stumps - and does it so early! - and scoops it away over fine leg, from a line that's say fourth stump outside off. Figure that out

W

to de Villiers, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! What an anti-climax. He's flat-batted his way to doom, and does so a ball after squeezing his genius into a six over fine leg. Perhaps hurried by the pace here. Didn't have time to go full-throttle with his bat swing. Ends up checking his shot, arresting the bat swing halfway as he takes his bottom hand off, but still spoons a catch to extra cover. Morgan still there. Takes it. de Villiers c Eoin Morgan b 46(20) [4s-4 6s-3]

4

to Behardien, FOUR, inside-out over covers. But he's had to reach out for it. Was stanced more leg-stumpish, saw the ball pitched full outside off and reached out

D

to Behardien, 1 run, straight to Jordan.. and it's out. He drops it. Jordan, of all people, drops it! "Don't think I have ever seen him drop a catch before," says Atherton on air. So it had to be hit very hard by Behardien, and tell you what, it was. Smoked flat-batted, Jordan had his reverse cup out at mid-off but surrendered to momentum. In and out, but that will count as a drop. And Jordan has taken a blow on his jaws too

4

to Behardien, FOUR, drilled over 's head. As if that drop wasn't enough. Too full and Behardien had his front leg right out of the way here

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, that's quite a theatre from third man. David Willey there. This is a top-edge as Chris Morris looks to pull with the angle here -- with going wide of the crease to angle one in. Third man was no way in the radar but here's Willey, running across, diving and failing so fashionably that your morning alarm's snoozes will be put to shame

D

to Chris Morris, 1 run, Livingstone drops one at deep mid-wicket! A low full toss that's been hoicked across the line, with Chris Morris half in control. Livingstone was on his hunches, settles to take it but somehow lets it pop out

W

Curran to Chris Morris, out Caught by Roy!! A slow delivery at 70mph gets Morris. Dropped on a back of a length outside off, Chris Morris is committed to his slog across the line and does so even as this cutter is spinning away from him. And it means that Chris Morris is half in control, miscuing it to long-on. Chris Morris c Roy b Curran 12(11) [4s-1]

6

Curran to Behardien, SIX, tell you what, it's sheer power. Curran had won the battle here. Bowled it slow on a back of a length, Behardien hadn't quite read it but went across the line. And once he was aware that he couldn't time it, he swiveled big into this shot, powering it round the corner. And all the way!

W

Curran to Phehlukwayo, out Bowled!! Curran's debut is an exponential curve -- it's getting better and better. Now he gets his third wicket. Stays over the wicket to the left-hander, bowls it quick and straight and very full, and shatters the stumps. Phehlukwayo b Curran 0(1)

6

to Behardien, SIX, good things come to those who wait. Gets a full toss and he unleashes his bottled fury on this. Swings it over backward square leg. Into the crowd

W

to Behardien, out Lbw!! Denied many a run, hit a six, missed a full toss and now he's gone. It's been a lifetime for Behardien at the crease tonight. Is pinned by a full and straight ball here. Was late to go across the line, and bam, has to go. reaping rewards for a straightish line in the death overs. Behardien lbw b 32(21) [4s-2 6s-2]

4

to Dane Paterson, FOUR, pumped away in fury. Made room and even though the length wasn't quite there on this straightish ball, he manages to force it over the infield and towards the deep cover fence