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Dawid Malan guides England to a 2nd T20I win against South Africa

December 1, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

England defeated South Africa again as they took an unassailable lead of 2-0 to win the T20I series. South Africa batted first, with Bavuma and skipper De Kock opening for the mighty Proteas. Jofra Archer made quick work of Bavuma, dismissing him for just 13 runs. Even though De Kock managed to hit only 30 runs, he was SA’s highest run-getter in the match. Prior to De Kock’s dismissal, the South African batting line-up started to collapse. Du Plessis and Hendricks failed to impact, scoring only 11 and 16 runs respectively.

George Linde’s knock of 29 helped SA post a mediocre total of 146 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. The England bowlers dismantled the SA batsmen as SA failed to post a total exceeding 150. The reason this happened was due to the pitch. To score more than 30 runs for a batsman in this pitch is a feat.

The England bowlers also bowled really well, with Adil Rashid being the standout bowler. Rashid picked up 2 wickets for 23 runs, with an economy of under 6. In reply, England managed to chase the total in 19.5 overs, thanks to the innings of Dawid Malan.

Malan maintains his composure as England wins 2nd T20I

Malan showed why he is the best T20I batsmen currently as he guided to a 2nd win against South Africa. After Roy and Butler got out for 14 and 22 respectively, Malan took it upon himself to aid England to chase the total. Facing 30 balls, Malan scored only 25 runs. However, in the next 15 balls, Malan hit 4 fours and a six to take his total to 55.

This match was not one filled with hard-hitting and glamorous batting shots. Instead, it asked every player to play simple and smart cricket, ticking the scoreboard whenever possible. In a pitch where every batsman failed to score 30 plus, Malan delivered the goods for England. Prior to Malan’s dismissal, England required only a run a ball to seal the match. Eoin Morgan finished off the match as England managed to hit 147 with just one ball.

Lungi Ngidi was South Africa’s most expensive bowler, conceding 51 runs in just 4 overs. On the other hand, Tabraiz Shamsi was South Africa’s best bowler that day. Picking up 3 wickets, Shamsi conceded 19 runs in just 4 overs. However, despite Shamsi’s spell with the ball, South Africa failed to register their 1st T20I victory against England.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh