Centurion. England captain Eoin Morgan’s stormy half-century (57 not out, 22 balls, 7 sixes), plus the bright leg of Jose Butler (57), Johnny Bairstow (64) helped England beat South Africa by 5 wickets in the third T20 match. Won 2–1.
England had a target of 223 runs to win, which they earned by scoring 226 runs losing 5 wickets in 19.1 overs. England needed 19 off 13 balls and 1 run in 6 balls to win at one time. Moeen Ali (5 not out) hit the winning four.
Morgan completed a half-century in just 21 balls during his innings and equaled the record for the fastest half-century. Bairstow and Butler also shared a 91-run partnership for the second wicket. Bearesto faced 7 balls and three sixes in 34 balls while Butler blew 9 fours and 3 sixes in his 29-ball knock.
Earlier host. Africa won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 222 runs, losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. Heinrich Klassen scored the most 66 runs.
The South African batsmen were batting at Centurion’s Super Sports Park and they initially troubled the England bowlers a lot. The opening pair of Temba Bavuma and captain and wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock conceded 84 runs within 8 overs.
When South Africa’s score was 84 runs in 7.4 overs, De Kock became the victim of Ben Stokes for 35 runs. Later Temba Bavuma contributed 49, Henrik Klassen 66 and David Miller contributed 35 runs, taking the score to 222 for 6 wickets in 20 overs.
For England, Talk Curran took 2 wickets for 33 runs while Ben Stokes got 2 wickets after giving 35 runs. Moin Ali was given the opportunity to do 1 over but he gave away 11 runs. Chris Jordan was beaten the most. Even after giving 49 runs in 4 overs, his bag remained empty.