Southampton. There was no answer in front of the English batsmen for the sharp bowling of Tabrez Shamsi. This left-arm spinner took 5 wickets for 24 runs in a career best performance. Due to this South Africa won the third T20 match by 90 runs. With this, the team captured the 3-match series 2-1. Playing first in the match, South Africa scored 191 runs for 5 wickets. In reply, the English team was reduced to 101 runs in 16.4 overs. 7 batsmen could not reach the double figures. Hosts England won the first match of the series, but Africa made a great comeback by winning the last two matches.
Chasing the target, the English team had a good start. The team’s score was 28 runs without a wicket. In the fourth over, captain Jos Buttler fell victim to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj after scoring 14 runs off 10 balls. After this, the second opener batsman Jason Roy got out after scoring 17 and David Malan scored 7. In this way the team’s score became 52 runs for 3 wickets.
All failed except Bairstow
After this, apart from Jonny Bairstow, no England batsman could struggle. Bairstow scored 27 runs in 30 balls. He too got out on the ball of Maharaj. At the same time, Moeen Ali 3, Liam Livingstone 3 and Sam Curran were dismissed for 9 runs. Chris Jordan scored 14 runs. Tabrez Shamsi gave only 24 runs in 4 overs and took 5 wickets. Not a single run was scored off his 11 balls. Maharaj also took 2 wickets. Shamsi was adjudged the player of the match for his excellent performance.
Hendrix and Markram’s half-century
Earlier, South Africa were invited to bat first after losing the toss. Opener batsman Quinton de Kock was dismissed in the first over without opening the account. After this, Reeza Hendrix and Riley Rosso added 55 runs for the second wicket. Rosso was dismissed after scoring 31 off 18 balls. After this, Hendrix and Aiden Markram put on a good foundation by adding 87 runs for the third wicket. Hendrix scored 70 off 50 balls. Hit 9 fours. At the same time, Markram remained unbeaten on 51 runs off 36 balls. Hit 5 fours.
In the end, captain David Miller scored 22 runs in 9 balls. Hit 3 fours and a six. For England, left-arm fast bowler David Willey took 3 wickets for 24 runs in 4 overs. Hendrix received the Player of the Series award. He scored 180 runs in 3 matches.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 31, 2022, 23:22 IST