South Africa vs England, 1st T20I

    England in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020 | 1st T20I | Wednesday 12th February | 16:00
     Match Ended
    South Africa
    177/8 (20.0) RR:8.85
    176/9 (20.0) RR:8.8
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    • EnglandENG

    Right then, that's all we have from this electric match! England choked towards the end. Next up, in Durban, the second T20I will be played on 14th February at 1800 local (1600 GMT). We are hearing that the weather will be good this time around. Looking forward to your company then. Cheers!

    South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, says that it was quite interesting towards the end. Smiles and adds that it was very tight but they knew at the halfway stage that if they keep the basics right they could end up winning. Feels it's always tough to bat in the last five overs. States that he was calm as winning or losing is something you can't control. On Bavuma, he replies that he has worked really hard on his batting and it's great to see him bat the way he is at the moment. Tells that they will enjoy tonight and from tomorrow will plan for the next game. Signs off by saying that it's important to stay ruthless throughout and hopes to seal the next one.

    MAN OF THE MATCH, LUNGI NGIDI says that it was not a great day (talking about the Pink ODI) but is pleased with the way he bowled in this match, especially the last over. Says that he started to get the rhythm and all of a sudden England were on the back foot. Adds that it's a fast-paced format and it's how you bounce back. Mentions that not panicking under pressure was the key and shares that he was told that his job was to get wickets.

    England skipper, Eoin Morgan, terms it as an outstanding game of cricket. Says that experiences like these with World Cup around the corner will benefit the team. Adds that both teams left everything on the field and admits that in all the three departments they can do better. Praises South Africa for bouncing back and credits Lungi Ngidi for his spell. On Jason Roy, Morgan calls him the game-changer and considers his top three as the best they have ever produced. On his own form, Morgan replies that he would have liked to see it through but he will continue with the method he follows. Mentions that they are a great bunch of boys and learning a lot from each other.

    Earlier in the evening, South Africa too lost their way with the bat after the first 10 overs. At one stage they looked like getting to a target close to 200, if not more, but some accurate death bowling by England stifled their charge. Chris Jordan was superb at the death whereas the spin pair of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid left their impact. Stay tuned for the presentation...

    England will be stunned! They have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Chasing a tricky target, two partnerships involving Jason Roy put them in control. His stand with Jonny Bairstow was fiery while with his skipper, he kept things under control. Suddenly there was pandemonium after the departure of Jason Roy. South Africa got an opening and barged into it with full force. A few more wickets followed making it tough for England as they required 23 off 12 balls. This was when Eoin Morgan stepped in and the Three Lions amassed 16 runs from the penultimate over, although they lost their skipper in the process as well. Lungi Ngidi then bowled one of the best last overs you will ever see and reversed their chokers' tag on England, at least for this evening.

    What a finish! Nerve-wracking in the literal sense! Phew! We just survived a few Super Overs in the recently concluded T20I series involving India and New Zealand and nearly ran into another one here at the Buffalo Park. Superb last over by Lungi Ngidi. He had just 6 to defend and managed to do that with some efficient and smart bowling.

    Over: 20 | 5 Runs
    W 19.6
    Lungi Ngidi to Adil Rashid

    OUT! Run out! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 1 RUN! Ngidi sticks to the slower ones. He delivers it full and outside off, Rashid tries to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls towards mid-wicket. They cross for a run. Attempt for the non-existent second but Steyn has calmly under-armed his throw to the keeper and de Kock takes the bails off with a poker face. Big celebrations in the middle. Chokers, who?

    Adil Rashid is the new man in. England need 3 runs off 1 delivery. Super Over, anyone?

    W 19.5
    Lungi Ngidi to Moeen Ali

    OUT! Whoa! Ngidi, you beauty! A clever dipping full toss around off, Moeen steps down for a big shot but is early into it again. It goes through and lights the stumps behind. The crowd roars.

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