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England vs South Africa, 3rd T20I at Birmingham, , Sep 12 2012 - Ball by Ball Commentary

3rd T20I (N), Birmingham, September 12, 2012, South Africa tour of England
(11/11 ov) 118/5
(11/11 ov, T:119) 90/5

England won by 28 runs

Player Of The Match
32* (10)
Player Of The Series
76 runs
Full commentary
end of over 1112 runs
SA: 90/5CRR: 8.18 RRR: 3.22
Albie Morkel17 (14b 1x6)
Jacques Kallis8 (5b)
Jade Dernbach 2-0-14-0
Tim Bresnan 2-0-14-2

10.25pm: That's it for us for the summer, an English international season that has been somewhat turbulent, tear-stained and, often, truncated by the rain. Thanks for all your comments and feedback - we'll all be back in a week's time to bring you the World Twenty20, in all its glory. Speaking of which, we've got a fantasy game that might tickle you. Right, nighty night. See you again in Sri Lanka.

10.20pm: Here we go with the presentations, in the cold Birmingham night air. England captain, Stuart Broad: "Jos's was a game-changing innings. We know how good he is, he's shown on the county circuit that he does that, he's done it on the international scene now. It's always nice when you've got a guy who can hit it into the top tier and that was highly impressive. Jos was promoted up the order and those ten balls changed that game. Graeme Swann was fantastic, as was the debutant, Danny Briggs. It was great to get him a game, we thought the conditions would suit him and he did fantastically well. We've got a squad that can do well in Sri Lanka but we don't want to look too far ahead."

AB de Villiers, South Africa's captain: "I thought we were completely outplayed today. We didn't start well and I made a few tactical errors. Probably we should have bowled Faf du Plessis, a bit more spin, and we made mistakes in the field. There are lots of positives for the World T20, we've played some good cricket all summer and we're looking forward to Sri Lanka."

Jos Buttler is named Man of the Match: "It's nice it came off, it was one of those days, nice to bat with Craig, I swung hard and it came off. International cricket hasn't gone quite as I'd hoped so far, so it's nice to contribute to a winning side. Briggsy and Swann bowled well up front, so it's good preparation for Sri Lanka."

Man of the Series, Craig Kieswetter: "It's good to see Michael Lumb back in an England shirt. We're a lot younger than the side that went to the West Indies but we've got serious confidence and serious talent. There are four or five teams out there that are able to the win the tournament., so we've got to make sure we get off to a good start."

10.10pm: England turned the amps up, as Nigel Tufnell (and one of our readers earlier in the innings) would have it, to square the series 1-1. It's hard to divine too much from what was a shortened contest with a couple of experimental line-ups - other than that there should be very few questions about Jos Buttler's place for a while. His Somerset team-mate Craig Kieswetter also showed his rope-clearing prowess ... AB de Villiers must have been six of the sight of them. South Africa needed someone to tee off in the same way but not even the Mighty Hash could save them this time.

Dernbach to Morkel, 2 runs

another full bunger outside off, Morkel can't get under it, hacking low to third man - meaning England win by 28 runs

Dernbach to Kallis, 1 run

full and wide of the off stump, drilled low through cover to Lumb on the rope

Dernbach to Kallis, 2 runs

another slower ball, lobbed high into the off side ... and Lumb drops it! It seemed to go over his head, as the fielder ran in from deep extra-cover. England still can't bag 'em

Dernbach to Kallis, 2 runs

pitched up in the channel outside off, leans back and chops down the ground, long-on has to come across straighter but they only pick up two

Dernbach to Kallis, 2 runs

low full toss on leg stump, Kallis swings hard but can only drill the ball along the ground to long-on

Dernbach to Kallis, 1 wide

touch short of a length, down the leg side - another wide

Dernbach to Morkel, 1 run

pitched up outside off, regulation fast ball, dug out to cover

Dernbach to Morkel, 1 wide

this goes completely wrong, out the back of the hand and off the cut strip wide of Morkel's off stump - not quite as off line as Morkel's earlier in the day but still pretty whiffy

Dernbach, who only conceded two off his previous six balls, to bowl the final over

end of over 1010 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 78/5CRR: 7.80 RRR: 4.10
Albie Morkel14 (12b 1x6)
Jacques Kallis1 (1b)
Tim Bresnan 2-0-14-2
Graeme Swann 3-0-24-2

This is all over bar the hollering, I think

Bresnan to Morkel, 1 run

full length and well wide of the stumps, Morkel throws his bat at it and pings one to deep point

Bresnan to Kallis, 1 run

full and on leg stump, manages to jam the bat down and the get the ball to long-on

Kallis, batting at No. 7, to face his first ball

Bresnan to Morkel, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, pulled flat this time to deep square

Bresnan to Morkel, SIX runs

smeared over deep square leg, that's a monstrous six with just a flick of the wrists

Bresnan to Ontong, OUT

full toss, skewed to point and Ontong has to go! The batsman wasn't happy about the height but it was probably just below the waist, it seemed to surprise Ontong, who went for the old heave ho only to top edge to the man on the edge of the circle

Justin Ontong c Morgan b Bresnan 10 (7b 0x4 1x6 9m) SR: 142.85
Bresnan to Morkel, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, nudged off the pads to long leg for one

Bresnan comes back on...

end of over 913 runs
SA: 68/4CRR: 7.55 RRR: 4.63
Justin Ontong10 (6b 1x6)
Albie Morkel5 (8b)
Graeme Swann 3-0-24-2
Jade Dernbach 1-0-2-0

Naveen hasn't given up yet: "As long as Albie is in the game I still prefer SA win. I still remember the over where Albie hit 24 runs of Virat Kohli in an IPL game."

Swann to Ontong, 2 runs

fired in full and fast on middle stump, digs the ball out to long-on for a couple

Swann to Ontong, SIX runs

tossed up on off stump, Ontong gets to the pitch of this one and spanks it high, high, hiiiiiiiiiiiiigh over deep midwicket

Swann to Morkel, 1 run

round the wicket, pushed through on off stump and chopped behind point

Swann to Ontong, 1 run

tossed up outside off, heaved in the air over midwicket, Bairstow fields well on the bounce

Swann to Morkel, 1 run

pushed through, pulled through midwicket

Swann to Morkel, 2 runs

full and on the stumps, chopped away to wide long-on and they get back for two, much to Swann's displeasure