Malan’s battling half century guides England to series clinching win

A fighting half century from Dawid Malan guided England to victory over South Africa with one ball to spare.

England completed a series win over the hosts but were made to struggle in a nail-biting finish at Paarl.

For second T20I in a row England elect to chase

Like the opening T20I England won the toss and elected to bowl. Opener Temba Bavuma(13) went to the bowling of Jofra Archer and the dangerous Quinton de Kock(30) was removed by Chris Jordan.

The pitch looked to have had something in it for the spinners and Adil Rashid exploited this. Rashid had Reeza Hendricks(16) bowled sweeping and next ball removed Faf du Plessis(11).

By the time Heinrich Klaasen(7) chipped straight to midwicket off Tom Curran, South Africa were struggling on 95-5.

South Africa rescued by Linde and Dussen

With six overs left it was down to George Linde and Rassie van der Dussen to rescue the hosts. The pair put on 44 for the sixth wicket before Linde(29) was run out. South Africa eventually making 146-6 in their allocated 20 overs.

Surrey’s Jason Roy has looked out of touch so far in this series and survived a very confident lbw decision. However, it wasn’t long before Roy(14) lost his wicket after holing out to backward point.

Buttler rides his luck

Jos Buttler rode his luck after being dropped on six before wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi came on to tie England in knots. Shamsi picked up the wickets of Buttler(22), Bairstow(3) and Stokes(16). Not a bad three players to get, one he will remember for a long time. Shamsi finished with the impressive T20I career best figures of 3-19.

With the scoreboard showing 83-4 and England requiring 40 to win off the final four overs, South Africa sensed victory.

Down to the two M’s to get England close

It was down to a dogged innings from Malan and captain Eoin Morgan to get them close to the winning line. The pair added 51 before Malan(55) fell to Ngidi.

With three runs needed for England of the final over Sam Curran(1) played on . Jordan’s first ball picked up two runs with the paceman flicking the penultimate ball over square leg for the winning runs.

Once again England have shown whatever the situation thrown at them, they normally have enough to win matches.

The third and final T20I will be held at Cape Town on Tuesday where England will be looking to complete a clean sweep.

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