England Win Third T20, Take Series 2-1

England were set a ridiculous 223 to win at Centurion today with South Africa powering their way to 222 in their 20 overs off a off-colour England bowling attack that handed the Proteas 14 extra runs.

With the series tied at 1-1, South Africa captain de Kock won the toss and elected to have a bat first, saying they wanted to put some scoreboard pressure on England, and boy did they do just that.

South Africa raced out of the blocks with Bavuma and de Kock putting on 84 for the first wicket in just 7.4 overs. Both showing why they're two of the most dangerous opening batsmen in T20 cricket.

Ben Stokes got de Kock just as it looked as though South Africa were going to race away with it. That wicket was quickly followed by that of Bavuma's who was bowled beautifully by Rashid.

Unfortunately for England, that's as good as it got. Through a series of wides and bowlers being unable to spot their yorkers, South Africa were able to pile on the runs as Morgan chopped and changed his field to no effect.

With South Africa setting England 223 to win, it was always going to be difficult. Even on a flat track with the ball flying.

You just need to take a look at the bowling figures by the England team. They bowled 14 extras, which in T20 cricket is just completely unacceptable. Mark Wood, in particular, found it difficult to get any rhythm, often bowling wide, half trackers or full tosses.

Only Tom Curran and Ben Stokes performed under pressure today, showing why they're both so vital to England.

When Jos Butter and Jason Roy walked out to the middle, they knew they had to get off to a flying start if they hoped to give England any chance of chasing down this score.

Unfortunately for England, Roy lasted just 4 balls before top-edging a ball from Ngidi which Shamsi managed to hold onto at the last possible second.

In stepped Bairstow to partner Buttler, and they powered England over the 100 mark well before the 10th over, with Buttler reaching a half-century off just 23 balls.

South Africa got the breakthrough they required when Buttler tried to ramp Pretorious and only managed to scoop it into the hands of Shamsi. Bairstow took up the mantle and raced to his own 50 playing some beautiful shots down the ground.

With momentum turning towards England, South Africa's Phehlukwayo clean-bowled Bairstow trying to pull a shot to the leg-side boundary. Bairstow was quickly followed to the locker room by Malan, who looked like a player who hadn't played a great deal of cricket recently.

With the run-rate climbing, England were forced to take chances trying to hit balls out of the park. Morgan and Stokes were up to the challenge with a stunning display of power hitting.

The dup clubbed England to within reach of the 223 total before the inevitable twist when Stokes found the substitute fielder on the boundary with a dragged pull shot.

With the way this series has gone. You knew it was going to be tight towards the end of the game. It looked as though South Africa had Moeen first ball as he top-edged to Pretorious who put the ball down.

The captain Eoin Morgan raced to his 50 and powered England over the line with 5 balls to spare. The England captain finishing the series with the most runs of anyone and his 57 off 22 balls changed the game for England.

Sometimes your bowlers get your batsmen out of trouble, today England batsmen got the bowlers out of trouble.


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