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Morgan, Buttler And Bairstow Batting Prowess Helps England Win The Series

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa got off to a positive start with their openers, captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma providing a strong foundation at the top. The opening duo stitched an excellent partnership of 84 runs, however, both the batters failed to convert their respective starts into big knocks. Bavuma fell one short of his half-century as he was dismissed for 49 runs off 24 balls and de Kock scored 35 off 24 balls.

The pair of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller then got together to steady the South African innings. The duo added 64 runs for the fourth wicket before Klaasen got out for a brilliant 33-ball 66. However, Miller remained 35 not out and helped South Africa finish with a monumental total of 222 for 6 in 20 overs. For England, Tom Curran and Ben Stokes picked two wickets each.

In the second innings, England lost the key wicket of their opening batsman Jason Roy in just the second over with 15 runs on the scoreboard. The duo comprising of Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow then joined hands to do the recovery and provided some much-needed firepower to the England innings. The pair stitched an explosive partnership of 91 runs in just 8.1 overs.

Buttler played a fantastic quick-fire innings of 57 runs off only 29 balls that included 9 fours and 2 sixes. Bairstow contributed with 64 runs off 34 balls that consisted of 7 fours and 3 sixes. After Bairstow and Buttler’s wickets, England’s captain Eoin Morgan took the responsibility of taking his team home in this massive run-chase.

Morgan smashed a fabulous unbeaten knock of 57 runs off just 22 balls and also stitched a crucial stand of 61 runs along with Ben Stokes to help England chase down the huge total with 5 balls to spare. Stokes too contributed with a quick-fire cameo of 22 runs off 12 balls. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi did take two wickets but also leaked a total of 55 runs in his four overs. Eoin Morgan was named the both Man of the Match and Player of the Series.

Brief Scores

South Africa: 222/6 in 20 overs (Heinrich Klaasen-66, Temba Bavuma-49, David Miller-35*; Tom Curran 2/33, Ben Stokes 2/35)

England: 226/5 in 19.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow-64, Eoin Morgan-57*, Jos Buttler-57; Lungi Ngidi 2/55)

Result: England won the match by 5 wickets.