England in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Date & Time: 14 February 2020
RR: 10.1 | England beat South Africa by 2 runs
That's it from this nail-biting encounter that forces a decider! All to play for in the final T20I at SuperSport Park in Centurion. That game will be played on 16th February and it will begin at 1430 local (1230 GMT). We will love your company for that game too. Till then, take care!
Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, says that they would've loved to win both the games. Tells that South Africa gave a good fight during the chase. Praises the performance of de Kock and Bavuma. On their bowling performance, Morgan praises Jordan and tells that he has a cool and calm head on his shoulders. Further adds that it is a tough ground to bowl but he does that really well. On Curran's last ball, Morgan feels that those are tough to bowl but credits Curran for the same and praises Rashid for taking the catch under pressure.
MOEEN ALI IS NAMED MAN OF THE MATCH! On his knock, Ali says that it was nice to connect a few. Tells that he is happy that his shots came out well. Adds that they bat deep and that helps their cause. Feels that when you're playing well, you need to keep it simple and that's how it goes.
Quinton de Kock, the South African skipper, says that it was a great game of cricket. Tells that England fought till the end and they won the game. Says that the bowlers need to be a bit better in the next game. On van der Dussen's knock, de Kock says that he is known for such innings and adds that he can handle the pressure well. On him scoring the fastest half ton for South Africa in T20Is, he says that he wasn't sure if he would be able to do so but he is happy for it.
Earlier in the day, England smashed a mammoth total courtesy excellent knocks Ali, Roy and Stokes. However, South Africa were brilliant throughout. There were also a few brilliant knocks from their end like de Kock's fifty and van der Dussen's knock, in the end though, they fell just short. Stay tuned for the presentation.
Have to feel for the bowlers tonight! First the South Africans took a pounding and then the English bowlers too. Not a lot you can write about the bowlers in a game where more than 400 runs were scored. However, Chris Jordan was exceptional. Wood was expensive but he picked two huge wickets. Curran bowled well when it mattered. Rashid and Ali though had a day to forget but overall, England will be happy they defended this as it is not an easy ground to defend.
South Africa, on the other hand, can surely give themselves a pat on the back though. Yes, there were numerous times in the game where they felt it was their game to win but 205 is a massive chase and in the end, they fell short by just the 2 runs. Let's now though take you to what happened at the start of this chase - de Kock and Bavuma got their side of to a brilliant start. It was the skipper who led the way and Bavuma was happy playing second fiddle. De Kock ended up scoring the fastest half ton for the hosts in T20Is. South Africa got to the 100-run mark before the 10th over. They were cruising at that moment but Wood got rid of both the openers and England were back in the game. Miller then along with van der Dussen took South Africa back on top. Once DM fell though, South Africa then were always chasing the game. Smuts and Phehlukwayo could not contribute a lot. They needed 45 in the last three overs but then the game swung once again as 19 came from the 18th over. 11 from the 19th and 12 from the first 4 balls of the last saw the hosts needing 3 from the last 2. However, two wickets in the last two balls saw England come out on the right side.
WE HAVE A DECIDER! But what two games of cricket have we witnessed in this series! Magnificent! Two nail-bitters, both the games saw the batting side needing 3 on the last ball and on both occasion, the chasing side could not score it. It was Ngidi who kept his calm the last time around and it was Curran who did so this time. He had 14 runs to defend, he went for 10 from the first two balls but brilliantly came back in the end and ensured his side levelled the series. Take a bow, young man.
That was some drama, eh? The sponsors and broadcasters were already out in the middle even though the umpires and players were still out there in the middle. It took some time, but eventually, the decision was made. Nerves, choke. Nerves, choke. And a nervy end to boot! Whoa! Let's take a breather...
Bjorn Fortuin is the next batsman in. Rassie van der Dussen is into his ears straightaway. Do what you want, but do not take less than two! Poor Bjorn, what fortune! To come out at such a stage. Nothing that Rassie can do. Or de Kock. Just hope that Fortuin gets good enough bat on this. 3 to win, 2 for a Super Over.
Pretorius is walking off as he has been giving out LBW! Quinton de Kock from the pavillion is screaming and signaling that signal the 'T'. Van der Dussen too is calling Pretorius back and wants him to review. DP does so. Stokes is arguing that there was a message from inside but the umpire does go ahead and he takes it upstairs. Looks out though. Let's see Ball Tracker. Inside edge? Yes! Hang on. Getting carried away. No inside edge. The bat has hit the ground.
The umpire has taken it upstairs! However, there was hardly any appeal from the England players.
Now then, who will bowl the last over of the game? The series is on the line here, high pressure, Stokes? Curran? It is Tom Curran. The youngster has been given the responsibility. Can he hold his nerves here?
Mark Wood returns. 3-0-20-2 are his figures so far.
Dwaine Pretorius will face the hat-trick ball.
Andile Phehlukwayo is the new man in.
Chris Jordan is back on. 2-0-15-0 from him so far.
Tom Curran is back on.
Chris Jordan is back on. 1-0-10-0 are his numbers so far.
JJ Smuts is the next batsman in.
Ben Stokes is into the attack.
Rassie van der Dussen is the new batsman in.
David Miller is the next batsman in.
De Kock has been caught but the umpire is checking if the ball is just over the waist.
Mark Wood is on.
Bavuma has been given out LBW! He goes for the review straightaway! Did that kiss the glove? Yes, it did and that is confirmed by the Ultra Edge.
Adil Rashid is on now! How South Africa face him is going to be the key. He was good in the first game and needs to be good here too.
Tom Curran is back on. 1-0-7-0 are his figures so far.
Chris Jordan is into the attack now.
Tom Curran to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the run chase! The English players are out in the middle. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma are the two Protea openers who stride out to open the innings. Moeen Ali with the ball first up. Here we go...