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2nd T20I, Johannesburg, Feb 21 2016, England tour of South Africa
(14.4/20 ov)172/1
South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 32 balls remaining)
player of the match
AB de Villiers
South Africa
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• Firdose Moonda

Dominant SA cruise to nine-wicket win

An England implosion that saw their last seven wickets go down for just 14 runs and a sublime performance with the bat, combining the power of AB de Villiers with the elegance of Hashim Amla, saw South Africa seal the two-match T20 series in emphatic fash

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Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
England171/10(19.4 overs)
Jos Buttler54 (28)
Eoin Morgan38 (23)
Kagiso Rabada2/28(3.4)
South Africa172/1(14.4 overs)

South Africa win by nine wickets with 5.2 overs to spare and that's a thumping victory. What a turnaround in this match from when England were 157 for 3. They then lost 7 for 14 before being flayed by AB de Villiers. Hashim Amla was all class, too, and it's a proper shellacking England have suffered. Been quite a comeback from South Africa since being 2-0 down in the ODIs. Terrific confidence-boost for them ahead of the World T20 - they have three T20s against Australia still to come this season before heading to India. England, meanwhile, will go home with their tail between their legs. Yes, it's a team with promise but some the talent is raw and you have to question a few of the selections. But, I guess, if you are going to hammered like this better to do it now than in the World T20 itself. I'll bring you the presentations shortly.

Marc: "Absolute thumping, other than the shocking commentary trying to jinx every few balls it was raw aggression and showed England were far from where they need to be. Got fairly lucky with the tests seeing as steyn and philander were injured."

George Macphers: "Embarrassing performance by England. The batting started well in the first 7 overs then after that it fell away. The batting order needs to be changed." The Morgan-Buttler stand was very good. Either side of that, less impressive!

Rob: "Hi Gnasher, really disappointing finish to the tour from England losing the last 5 games. Many thanks to you, Alan and Miller for you highly entertaining commentary throughout the tour" Thanks Rob, been a lot of fun.

Kanav: "Prediction: WT20 final to be held between India and South Africa"

peter bryant: "I'm sure batsmen will be having nightmares about facing Topley and Jordan on the flat pitches of India, next month." Will be interesting to see what the surfaces are like."

Presentation time...Eoin Morgan "We had two men at the crease who were in and from there 190-200 was on the cards, but the fact we didn't even get to 180 was disappointing. Then we started terribly with the ball. I'm not sure it's naivety, there was an element of bad luck. I'd rather be honest, we missed our length too much and we were punished. I honestly think [we are on the right track] and can win an ICC event, whether it's this one or in 2017."

Man of the Match is AB de Villiers "I really enjoy it up the order, you can just play normal cricket strokes and get value for them. I love playing here, the crowd is amazing, no different today and they pushed us over the line. Hopefully I can win a few games for the team."

Man of the Series is Imran Tahir "I'm really pleased for myself. My main goal is to do that as long as I can. I knew they would have a different gameplan today. It's been great talking to Faf about my plans. We are playing good cricket. It's a big honour to be part of a World Cup team for South Africa, maybe the pitches will suit spinners a bit more."

Faf du Plessis "We started very well, then it got away from us a little, but it was important how we came back. So that was important learning for us. There was great catching. We work a lot on it. Today was a good wicket for playing shots and AB played his 360 shots which made it easier for everyone else. I'm a very happy captain."

And that just about wraps it up for today as du Plessis gets his hands on the trophy (next to a big lion). Firdose's report on the action will be updated here shortly but from Gnasher and Alan it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

14.4
4
Jordan to du Plessis, FOUR runs

and that's it! Finishes things in fine style as he drills a full ball through the off side, wide of the sweeper

14.3
1
Jordan to Amla, 1 run

back of a length, Amla gets inside the line and tucks to deep square

14.2
1
Jordan to du Plessis, 1 run

slower ball outside off, opens the face to the cover sweeper

14.1
1
Jordan to Amla, 1 run

full toss, straight, driven to deep cover

Jordan gets another turn

end of over 1412 runs
SA: 165/1CRR: 11.78 • RRR: 1.17 • Need 7 from 36b
Hashim Amla67 (36)
Faf du Plessis17 (19)
Moeen Ali3-0-25-0
Adil Rashid4-0-30-1
13.6
1
Ali to Amla, 1 run

low full toss placed through the off side

13.5
6
Ali to Amla, SIX runs

that's a bit of a top edge, really, but carries comfortably into the stands over deep midwicket as he goes down on his back knee and slog sweeps

Murthy from Ind: "C'mon Andrew. Praise SA batsmen heavily and see if they can lose this match. If they don't even after your praise, you can tell all cricinfo followers that there is nothing called jinxing. Avneet will have his comment for his dinner" Doubt even I can jinx things from here

13.4
1
Ali to du Plessis, 1 run

flicked out to deep square as he uses his feet

13.3
1
Ali to Amla, 1 run

driven firmly to the cover sweeper

13.2
1
Ali to du Plessis, 1 run

outside off, tapped into the covers

13.1
2
Ali to du Plessis, 2 runs

worked off the pads into deep midwicket, picks the gap between two deep fielders

end of over 139 runs
SA: 153/1CRR: 11.76 • RRR: 2.71 • Need 19 from 42b
Hashim Amla59 (33)
Faf du Plessis13 (16)
Adil Rashid4-0-30-1
Moeen Ali2-0-13-0
12.6
Rashid to Amla, no run

cut to point

12.5
6
Rashid to Amla, SIX runs

he opens up and dispatches a full delivery over long on with a free flow of his arms...stayed in the crease this time

12.4
Rashid to Amla, no run

now Amla comes down the pitch and is almost beaten as this turns away, but but adjusts his shot and cuts to point

12.3
1
Rashid to du Plessis, 1 run

played behind square on the off side

12.2
2b
Rashid to du Plessis, 2 byes

missed stumping, another fielding error, as du Plessis comes down the pitch and is beaten by the googly...Buttler didn't pick it either. He was a long way down the pitch

12.1
Rashid to du Plessis, no run

full at middle and off, pushed to cover

Mr Perspective: "Its not Englands bowling, it's Englands fielding that has let them down. Grassed countless opportunities to win the ODI series." We don't have enough perspective in feedback

end of over 126 runs
SA: 144/1CRR: 12.00 • RRR: 3.50 • Need 28 from 48b
Faf du Plessis12 (13)
Hashim Amla53 (30)
Moeen Ali2-0-13-0
Adil Rashid3-0-23-1
11.6
1
Ali to du Plessis, 1 run

short outside off, opens the face and pushes into the covers

11.5
1
Ali to Amla, 1 run

swept from outside off behind square

11.4
1
Ali to du Plessis, 1 run

more spin, du Plessis comes down outside off, takes a thick inside edge into the leg side

11.3
1
Ali to Amla, 1 run

driven down the ground to long on

Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers
71 runs (29)
6 fours
6 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
pull
14 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla
69 runs (38)
8 fours
3 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
cover drive
29 runs
5 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Kyle Abbott head shot
KJ Abbott
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
3
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Kagiso Rabada portrait
K Rabada
O
3.4
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
7.64
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of South Africa
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
Player Of The Series
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
Series resultSouth Africa won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 506
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.50, Interval 15.50-16.10, Second Session 16.10-17.30
Match days21 February 2016 - day match (20-over match)
Umpires
South Africa Image
Adrian Holdstock
South Africa Image
Johan Cloete
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Bongani Jele
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft