England in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Date & Time: 12 February 2020
RR: 8.8 | South Africa beat England by 1 run
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.
Adil Rashid is the new man in. England need 3 runs off 1 delivery. Super Over, anyone?
DRS time! It's all happening out there. Ngidi has appealed for an lbw. Not given. Quinton de Kock opts for the referral.
Chris Jordan is the new man in but Moeen Ali will be on strike.
Tom Curran is the new man in. England need 7 from 6 deliveries. Lungi Ngidi to bowl the pressure over.
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.
Moeen Ali is the new man in.
Lungi Ngidi is back on. 2-0-20-0 so far from him.
Ben Stokes walks in to bat. Can he along with Morgan finish the game for the visitors?
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl out. 3-0-27-1 are his figures so far.
Joe Denly is the new man in. He was in exemplary form during the ODIs and would like to partner his skipper to see this chase off safely.
Beuran Hendricks is into the attack for the first time. Strange tactic from Quinton. 50 needed off the remaining 6 overs.
Dale Steyn is back on. 3-0-26-1 so far from him.
Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, walks in to bat now.
Here comes the magician. Tabraiz Shamsi to spin his web now.
A run out appeal has been taken upstairs. Bairstow looks in but let's see what happens.
Andile Phehlukwayo is on now.
Lungi Ngidi is back on. 1-0-7-0 are his figures so far.
JJ Smuts to have a bowl now.
Jonny Bairstow walks in now to bat.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the run chase! The Protea players make their way out onto the field. The explosive England openers, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler follow them out. Dale Steyn will start with the ball.