England in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020

South Africa vs England - 1st T20I

Venue: Buffalo Park, East London

Date & Time: 12 February 2020

England 176/9

RR: 8.8 | South Africa beat England by 1 run


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Jason Roy c Lungi Ngidi & b Beuran Hendricks c Lungi Ngidi & b Beuran Hendricks 703873
Jos Buttler c David Miller & b Dale Steyn c David Miller & b Dale Steyn 151030
Jonny Bairstow lbw Andile Phehlukwayo lbw Andile Phehlukwayo 231930
Eoin Morgan c Temba Bavuma & b Beuran Hendricks c Temba Bavuma & b Beuran Hendricks 523471
Joe Denly c Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayo c Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayo 3400
Ben Stokes c David Miller & b Lungi Ngidi c David Miller & b Lungi Ngidi 4700
Moeen Ali bowled Lungi Ngidi bowled Lungi Ngidi 5500
Tom Curran c David Miller & b Lungi Ngidi c David Miller & b Lungi Ngidi 2200
Chris Jordan not out not out 0000
Adil Rashid run out run out 1100
Mark Wood
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 1, w 0, nb 0)
Total 176 (9 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
19-1 (Jos Buttler,2.2), 91-2 (Jonny Bairstow,8.5), 132-3 (Jason Roy,14.2), 137-4 (Joe Denly,15.3), 152-5 (Ben Stokes,17.4), 171-6 (Eoin Morgan,19), 173-7 (Tom Curran,19.2), 175-8 (Moeen Ali,19.5), 176-9 (Adil Rashid,20),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Dale Steyn4 0 33 1 8.25
Lungi Ngidi4 0 30 3 7.50
JJ Smuts1 0 22 0 22.00
Andile Phehlukwayo4 0 32 2 8.00
Tabraiz Shamsi4 0 25 0 6.25
Beuran Hendricks3 0 33 2 11.00

Right then, that's all we have from this electric match! England choked towards the end. Next up, in Durban, the second T20I will be played on 14th February at 1800 local (1600 GMT). We are hearing that the weather will be good this time around. Looking forward to your company then. Cheers!

South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, says that it was quite interesting towards the end. Smiles and adds that it was very tight but they knew at the halfway stage that if they keep the basics right they could end up winning. Feels it's always tough to bat in the last five overs. States that he was calm as winning or losing is something you can't control. On Bavuma, he replies that he has worked really hard on his batting and it's great to see him bat the way he is at the moment. Tells that they will enjoy tonight and from tomorrow will plan for the next game. Signs off by saying that it's important to stay ruthless throughout and hopes to seal the next one.

MAN OF THE MATCH, LUNGI NGIDI says that it was not a great day (talking about the Pink ODI) but is pleased with the way he bowled in this match, especially the last over. Says that he started to get the rhythm and all of a sudden England were on the back foot. Adds that it's a fast-paced format and it's how you bounce back. Mentions that not panicking under pressure was the key and shares that he was told that his job was to get wickets.

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, terms it as an outstanding game of cricket. Says that experiences like these with World Cup around the corner will benefit the team. Adds that both teams left everything on the field and admits that in all the three departments they can do better. Praises South Africa for bouncing back and credits Lungi Ngidi for his spell. On Jason Roy, Morgan calls him the game-changer and considers his top three as the best they have ever produced. On his own form, Morgan replies that he would have liked to see it through but he will continue with the method he follows. Mentions that they are a great bunch of boys and learning a lot from each other.

Earlier in the evening, South Africa too lost their way with the bat after the first 10 overs. At one stage they looked like getting to a target close to 200, if not more, but some accurate death bowling by England stifled their charge. Chris Jordan was superb at the death whereas the spin pair of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid left their impact. Stay tuned for the presentation...

England will be stunned! They have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Chasing a tricky target, two partnerships involving Jason Roy put them in control. His stand with Jonny Bairstow was fiery while with his skipper, he kept things under control. Suddenly there was pandemonium after the departure of Jason Roy. South Africa got an opening and barged into it with full force. A few more wickets followed making it tough for England as they required 23 off 12 balls. This was when Eoin Morgan stepped in and the Three Lions amassed 16 runs from the penultimate over, although they lost their skipper in the process as well. Lungi Ngidi then bowled one of the best last overs you will ever see and reversed their chokers' tag on England, at least for this evening.

What a finish! Nerve-wracking in the literal sense! Phew! We just survived a few Super Overs in the recently concluded T20I series involving India and New Zealand and nearly ran into another one here at the Buffalo Park. Superb last over by Lungi Ngidi. He had just 6 to defend and managed to do that with some efficient and smart bowling.

L Ngidi to A Rashid, OUT! Run out! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 1 RUN! Ngidi sticks to the slower ones. He delivers it full and outside off, Rashid tries to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls towards mid-wicket. They cross for a run. Attempt for the non-existent second but Steyn has calmly under-armed his throw to the keeper and de Kock takes the bails off with a poker face. Big celebrations in the middle. Chokers, who?

Adil Rashid is the new man in. England need 3 runs off 1 delivery. Super Over, anyone?

L Ngidi to M Ali, OUT! Whoa! Ngidi, you beauty! A clever dipping full toss around off, Moeen steps down for a big shot but is early into it again. It goes through and lights the stumps behind. The crowd roars.
L Ngidi to M Ali, SAFE! Inside edge! Ngidi angles in a slower delivery around off, it's on a length and Ali shuffles across to flick. It seems to have struck him on the pads and deflects in front of square leg. They take a couple. South Africa review but as mentioned earlier, there was some bat involved.

DRS time! It's all happening out there. Ngidi has appealed for an lbw. Not given. Quinton de Kock opts for the referral.

L Ngidi to M Ali, Swing and a miss! On a length outside off, slower in pace, Moeen is early into the swing of his bat and misses.

Chris Jordan is the new man in but Moeen Ali will be on strike.

L Ngidi to Tom Curran, OUT! Another one bites the dust! This match is going right down to the wire, folks! Ngidi deceives the batsman with a slower delivery this time. On a length around middle, Curran mistimes his shot aerially towards deep mid-wicket and Miller takes the skier safely. Morgan is having a tensed look near the boundary line.
L Ngidi to Tom Curran, Slower full ball on middle and leg, Curran brings his bottom hand into play and whips it through square leg for a brace. 5 needed off 5!

Tom Curran is the new man in. England need 7 from 6 deliveries. Lungi Ngidi to bowl the pressure over.

B Hendricks to E Morgan, OUT! It's a legal delivery. Anti-climatic! Morgan tries to finish it in a flourish but holes out. Is there a twist in the tale? Hendricks angles in a full ball on middle, Morgan tries to smoke his slog over wide long on but fails to get enough meat behind the shot. Bavuma makes no mistake in the deep. The umpire goes upstairs to check for the front foot no ball. Beuran is JUST fine. The 16-run over has tilted the match in England's favour. But all the same, two new batsmen are in the middle.

Morgan holes out! But the umpire wants to check the front foot. The replays show that it's touch and go. Too close to say. The third umpire also checks the back leg but it never cut the side crease.

B Hendricks to E Morgan, SIX! This is absolutely incredible from Eoin Morgan! 14 off the last three balls and the equation is now 7 off 7! Hendricks delivers it full and outside off, Morgan makes room and pumps it all the way over covers for a maximum.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, FOUR! Shot! Oh, wow! That's a beauty! Right what the doctor ordered for England. Hendricks over-corrects his length and bowls it full around off, Morgan rifles his drive through extra cover.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, FOUR! Vital boundary! Hendricks goes for a slower short ball again, it's around middle and leg, Morgan stands tall and pulls it thunderously behind square leg.
B Hendricks to M Ali, Another single down to long on. The pressure is on with the RRR climbing up a bit more.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Too full in length on middle and leg, Morgan jumps back and forces it down to long on for a single. 22 needed off 11 balls!
L Ngidi to M Ali, Good shot! Full in length and outside off, Moeen hangs back and strokes it through the line. The sweeper cover fielder moves across to his right to collect the ball and the batsmen take a couple. 5 from the over, a very good one by Ngidi.
L Ngidi to E Morgan, Picks out the point fielder. Slower short ball outside off, Morgan delays and cuts but fails to beat the fielder. A single is taken.

Moeen Ali is the new man in.

L Ngidi to Ben Stokes, OUT! Stokes holes out! The crowd is in action, they are loving it. They can sense something here. Ngidi bowls a clever off cutter outside off, on a length at 115 kph, Stokes tries to slog sweep but finds David Miller at deep mid-wicket. Ben flops with the bat! 26 needed off 14 balls and this match is heading for a close finish.
L Ngidi to E Morgan, Slower delivery, on a length outside off, Morgan moves across and drags it off the inner half. It rolls to the right of short fine leg for a single.
L Ngidi to Ben Stokes, A touch short in length close to off, Stokes plays a reverse-batted shot towards short third man for a single.
L Ngidi to Ben Stokes, Beaten completely! Ngidi angles a length ball away from the batsman, Stokes winds up for a big shot down the ground but misses. Lungi turns to appeal for a caught behind but he is the only one doing so.

Lungi Ngidi is back on. 2-0-20-0 so far from him.

B Hendricks to E Morgan, FOUR! Morgan doesn't miss out! Hendricks lets out a direction-less short ball, angling down the leg side, Morgan pulls it wide of short fine leg and fetches a boundary. 28 needed off 18 balls.
B Hendricks to Ben Stokes, Lucky for the bowler! Shortish and around leg, Stokes pulls it straight towards short fine leg where the fielder makes a tumbling stop. Either side of him and it would have been a boundary.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, A length ball outside off, it's lofted over mid off for one.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, A well-directed shorter one by Beuran. Morgan tries his best to put bat on ball but fails.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, FOUR! Bang! That's flat-batted over the bowler's head. Hendricks serves a back of the hand slower one, short and wide outside off, Morgan waits and waits and waits before launching it down the ground for a boundary.
B Hendricks to Ben Stokes, A length ball angling into the batsman, Stokes works it through mid-wicket for a run.
A Phehlukwayo to Ben Stokes, Uses the angle of the bowler and works it through mid-wicket for a run. 11/2 in the last two overs and South Africa are in with a shout.
A Phehlukwayo to Ben Stokes, Good length ball close to off, angling in, Stokes ends up defending it back to the bowler.
A Phehlukwayo to E Morgan, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.

Ben Stokes walks in to bat. Can he along with Morgan finish the game for the visitors?

A Phehlukwayo to Joe Denly, OUT! Phehlukwayo's happy knack of picking wickets continues... He delivers a length ball around off, Denly jumps down the track and attempts to heave it across the line but fails to pump it over the rope. It travels in the deep and falls straight into the lap of Rassie van der Dussen at deep mid-wicket. Andile is pumped up.
A Phehlukwayo to Joe Denly, Fractionally short in length around off, Denly gives the charge and packs a punch through extra cover. It races away and the long off fielder moves across to his left to make the stop. He parries the ball in front of him before collecting it and that allows the batsmen to take the second run.
A Phehlukwayo to E Morgan, Fuller length ball around off, Morgan gets across and eases it to long on for a run.

Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl out. 3-0-27-1 are his figures so far.

B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Slower short delivery around off, Denly tries to pull but misses. It probably strikes him on the shoulders. Fantastic over by Beuran, 6 runs and a big wicket of Roy from it.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, Shortish and around middle, angling in, Morgan moves back and defends it towards mid-wicket. The ball rolls in the gap and they cross.
B Hendricks to E Morgan, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
B Hendricks to Joe Denly, Width on offer outside off, Denly throws his bat at it and it flies off the outside edge to third man. One run taken.

It's time for the final leg of the English tour in South Africa! They have fared exceedingly well so far by winning the Test series and coming from behind to share the ODI trophy. The focus now shifts to T20Is and the upcoming matches will be taken as an opportunity by both England and South Africa to zero in on their favoured team composition for the upcoming mega event. These two teams are packed with impactful and utility players for this format and their players will be eager to prove themselves in the coming games. The Proteas once again look light on experience but the selected ones have played enough in the domestic T20 Leagues and have ample exposure. Once again the onus will be on Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks and David Miller to guide the young guns in batting while the return of Dale Steyn will be a big boost to their bowling arsenal. Beuran Hendricks and Lungi Ngidi have proven themselves in the past and the likes of Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius offer a good all-round prospect. Tabraiz Shamsi has made a name for himself in this format and will be the trump card for de Kock. On paper, England come across as a stronger unit. They have heavy strikers in Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and the presence of Eoin Morgan in the middle order allows them the freedom to express themselves fearlessly. Their bowling though is not as stable as their batting. Mark Wood will spearhead the attack alongside Chris Jordan and the young Saqib Mahmood would hope to show promise in this format too. In Tom Curran and Sam Curran, the Three Lions possess quality all-rounders and they provide a good balance to the team. If there is spin on offer then Adil Rashid and Matt Parkinson are there to provide more than handy options. In the H2H battle between these two teams, South Africa lead 8-6 but in their last 4 meetings, England have won thrice. Such is the unpredictability of this format that picking a favourite is a tough task. Which side will you support when the match kicks off at the Buffalo Park, East London?

South Africa Team Squad -David Miller,Rassie van der Dussen,Reeza Hendricks,Temba Bavuma,Dwaine Pretorius,JJ Smuts,Heinrich Klaasen,Pite van Biljon,Quinton de Kock,Andile Phehlukwayo,Beuran Hendricks,Bjorn Fortuin,Dale Steyn,Lungi Ngidi,Lutho Sipamla,Sisanda Magala,Tabraiz Shamsi

England Team Squad -Dawid Malan,Eoin Morgan,Jason Roy,Joe Denly,Ben Stokes,Matt Parkinson,Moeen Ali,Sam Curran,Tom Curran,Jonny Bairstow,Jos Buttler,Adil Rashid,Chris Jordan,Mark Wood,Pat Brown,Saqib Mahmood