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Curran And Jordan’s Superb Death Bowling Helps England Level Series In A Thriller

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, England lost the early wicket of their opening batsman Jos Buttler in just the third over. The pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow then got together to bail their team out of trouble with an excellent stand of 52 runs for the second wicket. However, both Roy and Bairstow failed to convert their respective starts into big scores and got out in quick succession.

In the middle-order, captain Eoin Morgan contributed with 27 runs off 24 balls and Ben Stokes smashed a vital unbeaten knock of 47 runs off 30 balls. However, towards the end, Moeen Ali muscled a sensational cameo of 39 runs off only 11 balls that included 4 sixes and 3 fours to help England finish with 204 for 7 in 20 overs. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi was expensive but took three crucial wickets and Andile Phehlukwayo picked two wickets as well.

In the second innings, South Africa got off to a great start as both their openers, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma came out with a clear and positive mindset. The duo stitched an exception opening stand of 92 runs. De Kock notched the fastest fifty by a South African cricketer off just 17 balls and contributed with a brilliant knock of 65 runs off 22 balls that included 8 amazing sixes.

David Miller was promoted up the order but he could only manage 21 runs off 16 balls. The pair of Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius smashed some crucial runs towards the end but eventually they failed to take South Africa over the line in a nervy thrilling encounter. Van der Dussen remained unbeaten at 43 off 26 and Pretorius smashed a few lusty blows but it wasn’t enough. For England, the trio of Tom Curran, Chris Jordan and Mark Wood picked two wickets each.

Brief Scores

England: 204/7 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes-47*, Jason Roy-40, Moeen Ali-39; Lungi Ngidi 3/48, Andile Phehlukwayo 2/47)

South Africa: 202/7 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock-65, Rassie van der Dussen-43*; Chris Jordan 2/31, Tom Curran 2/45)

Result: England won the match by 2 runs.