Twitter Reactions: England gun down South Africa in run-churning spree to claim series
The Brits chased down 223 with five balls to spare.
Updated - Feb 16, 2020 9:51 pm
The first two matches of the T20I series went right down to the wire. The third and deciding game between England and South Africa was no less entertaining either. In fact, it was the most high-scoring off all the three games with as many as 28 sixes being clobbered. In the end, the visitors came out trumps by five overs. Eoin Morgan and Co also took the series 2-1 after going 1-0 down.
Klaasen comes to the party
The Proteas got off to a flying start as their openers Temba Bavuma (49) and Quinton de Kock (35) notched 64 runs in the powerplay. After an opening wicket stand of 84 off 46, Ben Stokes got rid of De Kock to separate the duo. The pacer then got rid of Rassie van de Dussen cheaply. Prior to that, Adil Rashid ripped Bavuma’s poles apart. Then it was Heinrich Klaasen’s turn to weave magic.
In a mere 31 balls, he put on 64 runs with David Miller, who got 35 off 20. Klaasen, who replaced JJ Smuts in the eleven, notched his half-century off 25 balls. The right-hander amassed 66 off 33 with four fours and as many sixes. His onslaught propelled the hosts to a mammoth 222/6. For the visitors, Curran and Stokes were the standout. Both picked two wickets at an economy rate in the 8s.
England romp home in a canter
The Brits had a slightly bad powerplay that their opponents. Apart from scoring 62 runs, the visitors also lost Jason Roy’s wicket to Lungi Ngidi. After Roy perished, Jos Buttler (57) and Jonny Bairstow (64) threw the kitchen sink at everything with a 91-run stand off 49 balls. The pair didn’t let the required rate to shoot up. Dwaine Pretorius gave the Proteas a breather, getting rid of Buttler.
Andile Phehlukwayo nipped out Bairstow to put pressure on England. Tabraiz Shamsi’s third over got the rate up to nearly 13. Moreover, the Brits lost Dawid Malan. With 53 runs needed off four overs, Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes (22) took Ngidi for 20 runs. But Lungi avenged it, getting Stokes.
The onus was then on Moeen Ali, who notched an 11-ball 39 in Durban. But Pretorius dropped him inside the circle. Morgan’s seventh six not only gave him his 13th T20I fifty off 21 balls, but also took England within touching distance of a win. Moeen smashed the winning boundary of Phehlukwayo.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to England’s audacious run-chase: –
The modern player dismisses older players talk about bowling the Yorker because it might get ramped … Well the only ball so far not going into the stands Is the Yorker length !!!!! SA 60 for 0 after 5 !!!!! You do the maths ……. #SAvENG #OnOn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 16, 2020
Pretorious two drops sabotaged us😠😠😠 #SAvENG
— Clifford Leqheku (@Coster_rama) February 16, 2020
If the “Man of the Series” doesn’t get a lifetime supply of chicken, then the game’s gone. #SAvENG
— Jamey Kemp (@jaykay1980) February 16, 2020
Excellent batting by both teams They showed a lot of power hitting throughout the series especially by Morgan Today they were amazing with power hitting Both teams dealt only with sixes Morgan showed lot of power #SAvENG
— Zulfiqar Slara🇵🇰 (@Zulfiqar_Slara) February 16, 2020
I love this England side so composed calm backed each other especially bowlers.
Accept different cultures.
Respect !!!!!! #SAvENG
— ABDULLAH (@0ABDULLAH4) February 16, 2020
De Kock must readjust his batting. He doesn't have to be aggressive always,must balance being aggressive and calculative. It is not about scoring sixes. Must learn to score fours the ball must be on the ground.
— Tapiwa Charingira (@CharingirTapiwa) February 16, 2020
I’m sad that we lost. Needed better bowling #SAvENG
— Cassandra Bianca (@cassandrabianca) February 16, 2020
England did to South Africa what South Africa did to Australia in the ODI #SAvENG
— Shubhang Hasabnis (@hshubhang) February 16, 2020
— Jane alder (@Janealder) February 16, 2020
Take a bow Morgan 😎 #SAvENG
— Ryan Gallagher (@Scoop1988) February 16, 2020
What a series this has been. Well done England #SAvENG
— Liam Murray (@Liam_Murray39) February 16, 2020
Have to congratulate the English. Well done on a sensational tour. You brought so much to South Africa. Contributed to the economy, raised money and displayed some truly beautiful cricket. Well deserved and thank you. 👏🏼 #SAvENG
— Harry The Hadeda (@hadedaharry) February 16, 2020
South Africa 222
— Cricketmemes_ (@Cricketmemes2) February 16, 2020
Again a ridiculous game of cricket. Well done to England on the series win….
Some good performances from the Proteas but a few questionable ones also. Improvement required and bowlers need to work on the yorkers.#SAvENG
— Tasneem (@taz_rnf) February 16, 2020
What a game, What a series 🔥 This England white ball team = GOAT #SAvENG
— Shanujan (@J_Shanujan) February 16, 2020
I'm in chest pains
Our bowling has been poor in this series,I understood they were trying others guys out but we really need our Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada back #SAvENG
— MshitoSocial01March2020 (@Tumelo_Tucha) February 16, 2020
#SAvENG The 17th and 18th overs won it for ENG. Massive scoring overs to set up the winning runs. I didn't think they would do it, but they have 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Adam Staniforth (@adam_staniforth) February 16, 2020