England win the T20I trophy
England win the T20I trophy

Venue : Supersport Park, Centurion

Toss : South Africa won the toss and opt to bat

South Africa vs England 3rd T20I which decides the series winning match takes place at Supersport Park, Centurion. After the failure in 2nd T20I South Africa is in keen to win this series.

De Kock’s hat-trick six

Bavuma and de Kock are at the crease Bavuma is on strike. Bavuma hit the very fast ball to the boundary and starts in an aggressive way. De Kock and Bavuma made England’s bowler to confused when De kock hit hat-trick sixes in Jordan’s over. This powerful strike move South Africa’s score to 60  in just 5 overs with an over left in the power play. When South Africa maintains run rate of 11 per over, Ben Strokes comes into attack in search of a breakthrough. Without any dis-appointment Strokes uproot the South African skipper De Kock’s wickets.

Buvama and dekock
Buvama and dekock’s steady start

Heinrich Klaasen’s impressive 66 

Soon in the next over Bavuma  lose his wicket when he is one run away from his half century and return to pavilion. South Africa lost its openers who done their job in an excellent manner. Rassie van der Dussenc and Heinrich Klaasen paired up but Strokes with his slow ball chipped up van der Dussenc(11 off 9). South Africa lost three wickets for 113 at 11.2 overs. Klaasen and Miller paired up and with their steady batting work they added up 64 runs for the next wicket. when Heinrich Klaasen scored a magnificent 66 from 33 balls with 4×4 and 4×6 kept South Africa alive in the match. Miller stand undefeated in ground with a score of 35 from 20 balls and leads South Africa to score 222. Tom Curran and Ben Strokes pick two wickets each for England.
Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen performance

Jos and Jonny makes a good start

With a tremendous score to chase down England set into batting. South Africa gets into joy when Ngidi pick the England’s dangerous player Jason Roy for just 7 runs. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow join hands and starts in steady and fired up the score. At the end of power play England scored 62 for 1 wicket,in the next over bowled by Shamsi England gained 19 runs. Buttler with a boundary claims his half century in just 23 balls.
Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow impressive performance
Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow impressive performance

Captain’s brillant knock

England’s brilliant chase down comes to an end when Buttler lose his wicket to Pretorius. Dawid Malan left handed batsman, comes to the crease and paired up with Bairstow. England continued their aggressive strike where Bairstow scored fifty with a boundary from 27 balls. Pretorius cannot believe when Bavuma one of the South Africa’s best fielder drops a catch of Malan. Andile Phehlukwayo comes in attack and cleaned up Bairstow’s wicket for 64 off 34 balls includes 4×7, 3×6. Captain Eoin Morgan and Strokes set in and leads, Strokes left the field when he lose his wicket for 22 runs from 12 balls. Moeen Ali with his boundary leads England towards their victory where Morgan stands undefeated in ground with an impressive 57 off 22 balls. With a back to back six in Ngidi’s over Morgan reach 50 that includes 7×6 with no boundaries and equals his own record of the fastest T20I fifty for England. England successfully chased down huge target with 5 balls to spare and leads the series.

Fastest fifty for England in T20Is:
21 Eoin Morgan v NZ, Napier 2019
21 Eoin Morgan v SA, Centurion 2020*
22 Jos Buttler v AUS, Birmingham 2018
22 Jason Roy v SA, East London 2020*

Highest successful chase by England in T20Is:
230 v SA Mumbai 2016
223 v SA Centurion 2020*
190 v SL Chattogram 2014
178 v IND Mumbai 2012

Captain’s view 

Quinton de Kock | South Africa captain: Coming into this third T20 game, we knew it was going to be a good game. Looking at the surface we knew it was going to be a high scoring game. Obviously a great game but disappointed that we didn’t get over the line. I think it was mixed emotions (at the halfway mark). We were confident but we knew we had a job in hand, it was a great wicket. We felt it was just above par and a defendable total. They (the bowlers) tried their hearts out but it was unfortunate. I haven’t seen him yet, I am not too sure (Bavuma injured himself while fielding). There is only so much I can do about it, I am pretty calm and everybody is human, guys do tend to get it wrong. It is about going back and working hard and correcting those mistakes. As we get closer to the World Cup we have to be a lot clearer about our plans. For now, we are giving opportunities to one or two guys who deserve their chance.

Eoin Morgan | England captain : It was a hell of a game. We have to commend both sides. It was not the easiest grounds to bowl at. Our guys found it extremely tough at the start, Quinny came in and got them off to a flier, we didn’t really hold momentum from there. When any sides post 220 it is a tough ask. Going back to 2016 World T20 with this group of players, we chased down 230 against the South African side, there is always the belief going in at the halfway stage. If we can get a partnership going, we can be quite destructive and the guys up top really laid the platform. Extremely satisfying whenever I contribute to a win. It is a nice note to leave this tour on, leaving with silverware having drawn the ODI series. We have loved every minute of this tour. Everybody in South Africa has been so hospitable. The cricket that we have played has been so close and there has been nothing between the two sides. It has definitely been a hugely productive series.

Player of the match and Player of the series

Eoin Morgan(England)

Series : 136 runs (3 T20I) includes two half century.

3rd T20I : 57 not out off just 22 balls

“It creates belief that you can chase down anything and it reinforces what our method is in chasing big totals down,It’s a reference point to what we can do, there’s no limit on restricting yourself to certain things”.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan player of the match and player of the series