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South Africa vs England, 3rd T20I

England in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2020 | 3rd T20I | Sunday 16th February | 12:30
 Match Ended
South Africa
222/6 (20.0) RR:11.1
England
226/5 (19.1) RR:11.79
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So that is it from this series. England end their South African tour without losing a single trophy. They won the Test series, drew the ODIs and now go back with a T20I series victory as well. It has been a fantastic series. South Africa will feel hard done by as they have nothing to show for their outstanding performance. The Proteas will now welcome Australia for the T20Is and ODIs. The T20I series between South Africa and Australia begins on Friday, 21st February, 2020. The first T20I will begin at 1800 local (1600 GMT). England now travel to Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, starting from 19th March, 2020. Join us for those games. Till then, goodbye!

For his magnificent performance, the English skipper, Eoin Morgan is the Man of the Match. He is also the Man of the Series. Morgan commends both the sides. Tells his guys found it tough to bowl as de Kock and Bavuma took the attack to the bowlers. Reminds that it was a similar team that chased down 230 against South Africa in Mumbai in the 2016 World Cup so they always believed. Tells any contribution in a winning cause is always a good thing. Says they have enjoyed every bit of the tour and tells everyone has been fantastic for them.

South African skipper, Quinton de Kock says that they knew it was going to be a good, high scoring game but he is disappointed not to win the game. Says there were mixed emotions and says the guys tried hard but in the end it was unfortunate. On the injury cloud surrounding Temba Bavuma's absence on the field, de Kock says he has not seen him yet and hence he is unsure. Tells there is no point in crying over spilled milk and he is just calm and relaxed about it. De Kock says they are looking to give a couple of boys some opportunity before they get clear about their ideas.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and surprised a lot of people by batting first. The batters though backed the skipper's decision and managed to put on a big score of 222 from their 20 overs. Heinrich Klaasen's 66 along with cameos from Miller, Bavuma and de Kock helped the hosts get to the total. Tom Curran's brilliant bowling saved 10-15 runs for his side and in the end that proved to be the difference.

It was a forgetful day for the bowlers and just like English bowlers, South African bowlers too had to face the wrath of the small boundaries and batting-friendly track. All the bowlers used by Quinton de Kock went for more than 10 rpo. Ngidi got two wickets but was taken to the cleaners, giving away 55 from his 4. Pretorius, Shamsi and Phehlukwayo all got one wicket apiece but it was just not enough and the Proteas failed to defend 222.

Chasing 223, England got off to a disastrous start losing Roy early. Buttler and Bairstow though steadied the chase with a solid partnership of 91, with Buttler getting to his fifty. He though soon departed. Bairstow then continued his work with Malan. The former departed with 83 still needed. Malan followed him soon and it looked like South Africa had a sniff but skipper, Eoin Morgan along with Stokes ensured there was nothing like that and the pair ensured it reaches the finishing line. Stokes could not see them over the line but Morgan this time ensured he stayed there right till the end and saw his side home, unlike the first T20I.

What a match! England have done the unthinkable and comfortably chased down a massive target of 223 and won the series. Handshakes all around but heartbreak for the South African fans. Over 440 runs have been scored and in the end, it is the side batting second which has won the first game in this series and is going home with the trophy.

4 19.1
Andile Phehlukwayo to Moeen Ali

FOUR! There come the winning runs! Length delivery on off, Ali lofts it over mid off for a boundary. ENGLAND WIN BY 5 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1!

Over: 19 | 16 Runs
2 18.6
Lungi Ngidi to Eoin Morgan

IN THE AIR...AND SAFE! Short ball on the body, Morgan goes for the pull but mistimes it and it goes away from fine leg. Dwaine Pretorius runs behind it and slides but this time cannot get there. The ball stops after a bounce and the batter take two. Scores are level now.

6 18.5
Lungi Ngidi to Eoin Morgan

SIX! FIFTY FOR EOIN MORGAN! What a knock this has been from the English skipper. He has led from the front and has almost taken them to the finish line here. This should be the game for England. Just 3 needed now. Full on the pads, Morgan lofts his flick over square leg for a biggie.

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