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Ngidi’s Superb Final Over Leads South Africa To Thrilling Win

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, South Africa got off to a decent start with the two openers, captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma adding 48 runs for the first wicket. De Kock got out in the fifth over after scoring 31 runs off 15 balls. The pair of Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen then joined hands to stitch an excellent stand of 63 runs for the second wicket.

Bavuma scored 43 runs off 27 balls and van der Dussen contributed with 31 runs, but both of them failed to convert their starts into bigger knocks. Towards the end, the trio of David Miller, JJ Smuts and Andile Phehlukwayo contributed with crucial runs to help South Africa reach 177 for 8 in 20 overs. For England, Chris Jordan picked two vital wickets and rest of the bowlers supported him nicely.

In the second innings, England got off to a poor start losing the early wicket of Jos Buttler with just 19 runs on the board. The duo of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy then got together to do the recovery work as they stitched a fine partnership of 72 runs for the second wicket. Bairstow was dismissed for 19-ball 23 in the 9th over. However, Roy played a fantastic knock of 70 runs off just 38 balls that included 7 fours and 3 sixes.

After Roy’s wicket, England’s captain Eoin Morgan took control of the chase from one end while wickets continued to tumble at the other side. Morgan smashed Beauran Hendricks for a total of 16 runs in the 19th over to help England claim a strong position in the game. However, after Morgan got out for a 34-ball 52, things became really close for both the sides.

Lungi Ngidi then bowled an amazing final over in which he successfully defended 7 runs to hand South Africa a nail-biting victory. For South Africa, Ngidi finished with three wickets while Hendricks and Phehlukwayo picked two wickets each.

Brief Scores

South Africa: 177/8 in 20 overs (Temba Bavuma-43, Quinton de Kock-31, Rassie van der Dussen-31; Chris Jordan 2/28, Moeen Ali 1/22)

England: 176/9 in 20 overs (Jason Roy-70, Eoin Morgan-54; Lungi Ngidi 3/30, Andile Phehlukwayo 2/32)

Result: South Africa won the match by 1 run.