England Player Ratings - 2nd T20 vs South Africa

England levelled the series against South Africa with a dramatic last-ball victory in Durban. After the tense finale in East London, which saw England fail to get the runs required to force a super over or push for victory, the roles were reversed this time with South Africa failing to get the runs required as Bjorn Fortuin ramped his first and the last ball of the game into the hands of Adil Rashid.

This was the perfect showcase for what makes T20 cricket so incredible, with momentum shifts throughout and varying emotions for both sets of fans. The series is levelled at 1-1 with the decider tomorrow at 12:30 GMT. Before we think about that, let's get to the player ratings for England:

Jason Roy - 7/10

40 off 29 balls, 137 strike rate

Roy just gives you exactly what you want at the top of the order. He lost his opening partner cheaply again which can delay any fast start, but if your opener gets 40 runs on the board at a healthy strike rate as Roy did, then you can't complain. He got out trying to clear the ropes, and he was around 1-2 metres short. You never want to change the way Roy plays the game and he did a good job getting England started once again.

Jos Buttler 4/10

2 off 4 balls, 50 strike rate

1 catch

Sometimes they work for you and sometimes they don't. I understand putting Buttler up the order, the stats back it up. But it's the 2nd time he's got out cheaply, this time edging an Ngidi ball while trying to drive through the covers. Jos is a fine player, but I'll say it again, for the benefit of the team as a whole, he needs to move down the order. He did take a fine catch to dismiss Bavuma diving to his left.

Jonny Bairstow - 7.5/10

35 off 17 balls, 205 strike rate

Jonny did what Jonny does. He was superb, he comes in, he starts quickly adding 35 runs to England's total striking at over 200 and doesn't let himself get bogged down. Like Roy, you know what you're going to get with Bairstow. With the early wicket of Buttler, he showed just how dangerous he can be against the power play. Move Buttler down, and let Jonny open with Roy, they'll get England off to a flier and then you have the best finisher ready in the middle overs.

Eoin Morgan 6/10

27 off 24 balls, 112 strike rate

How long did the final 10 overs of that game take? In large part, it was due to the captain getting around his bowlers, and setting specific fields. You can't fault that. Morgan played a slightly different role yesterday, he anchored the inning a little more than usual, well you can either say he did that or he got bogged down through the middle overs. I never felt as though he was going to get a big score yesterday, didn't look 100% comfortable.

Ben Stokes 8.5/10

47 off 30 balls, 156 strike rate

2 overs, 1 wicket, 16 runs, 8.00 economy rate

1 catch

One of the best games I've seen Ben Stokes have in an England T20 shirt, Freddie Wilde tweeted the different in Stoke's game based on him facing less and more than 10 balls, and it's pretty eye-opening. Stokes secured his highest ever T20 score yesterday for England, he didn't look comfortable at the start of his innings, but he sure did at the end. He also got the wicket of the dangerous David Miller and took the catch of de Kock which was a huge moment in the game. Some people took my tweets around Ben struggling to time the ball at the start as a huge criticism of him, it was intended to show just how difficult it is to come in and just smash the cover off the ball, as if Stokes can't do it then you know it's hard.

Joe Denly 3/10

1 off 2 balls, 50 strike rate

Let me preface this by saying I'm a huge Denly fan. I think he's done a tremendous job in the test team and I understand how important he can be to the ODI team as well. However, Morgan is putting him in an impossible situation at the moment. He's not a T20 batsman, yet he keeps getting selected, and Morgan isn't bowling him which reduces his value even further. It was another bad day at the office, but he's got an average around 10, what do you expect? Move Buttler down, move Jonny to open and put Malan in at #3.

Moeen Ali 9.5/10

39 off 11 balls, 354 strike rate

3 overs, 0 wickets, 36 runs, 12.00 economy rate

What can you say about that counter-attacking effort by Moeen? He came in at a time with England letting the run rate shrink and he absolutely went off to the tune of 39 runs at a strike rate of 354. Without Moeen's effort yesterday we don't win that game. He got targeted a little bit by de Kock with his bowling, but a spinner in T20 is gonna get hit, that's just the nature of the beast. The flick of the wrists 6 on the offside was something special. Moeen said after the game that he felt as though he was back, well it's good to have him back.

Chris Jordan 8.5/10

7 off 3 balls, 233 strike rate

4 overs, 2 wickets, 31 runs, 7.75 economy rate

1 catch

What can you say about Jordan, he is absolutely vital to this T20 squad and for me he's undroppable. He was just superb at the death, and that 19th over gave us room to breath allowing Curran a 15 run cushion for the 20th. He's one of the best fielders on any park and it was him that took the catch of Miller off Stoke's bowling. Just a great performance all around, you can see all the other bowlers gravitate towards him for advice.

Tom Curran 8/10

Did not face a ball

4 overs, 2 wickets, 45 runs, 11.25 economy rate

Curran didn't have the best game on Wednesday and his economy rate here is higher than you'd like, but I'm giving him a top rating because of the absolute nerve and calm he showed in that 20th over. After he went for a six and a four leaving 5 from 3 and then 3 from 2, to come back and get two wickets to win the game for England was something else. He backed himself at the end and he got his rewards. You need bottle at the end and Tom Curran has a milk carts worth.

Adil Rashid 6/10

Did not bat

3 overs, 0 wickets, 34 runs, 11.33 economy rate

1 catch

It just wasn't to be for Rashid yesterday, it looked as though South Africa went in knowing they'd need to target the spinners and that's what they did. The umpire did give him an LBW on Bavuma but that was quickly reversed when replays showed it had come off the glove and gone nowhere near the bat. Still one of England's best T20 players, but it just wasn't his day in Durban.

Mark Wood 8/10

Did not bat

4 overs, 2 wickets, 39 runs, 9.75 economy rate

Mark Wood bowls so fast that he's more susceptible to getting hit out of the park. Even edges can fly over the boundary when you're bowling around 90 miles an hour. However he was superb yesterday, he got two huge wickets in de Kock and Bavuma. The one to de Kock was just below the waist ensuring the wicket stood and he got Bavuma down the leg side. He had a couple of key overs and showed his worth to England today after knocking off a little rust in the first T20.


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