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RESULT
2nd T20I, Paarl, November 29, 2020, England tour of South Africa
(19.5/20 ov) 147/6

England won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
55 (40)
dawid-malan
ENG
Full commentary

6.35pm: That's a wrap, folks, thanks for keeping us company on Super Sunday. George's report should be your apple pie and custard, and we'll be back for more from Cape Town on Tuesday. From myself, Miller and Venkat, it's cheerio for now. Bye!

6.25pm: Dawid Malan is named Man of the Match: "It was either the pitch or me, I struggled for timing early on. Changed when we had to put the foot down, but I found my intent in the end. [Know the ground well] Made my first-class debut here, nice to come home and win a game for England. We've got so many match-winners, over the last four-five years, players are used to getting over the line on the big stage. Everyone feeds off each other in our batting line-up. [No1 ranking?] Try not to think about that, doesn't guarantee runs or getting picked. I'll look back fondly when I'm done. Morgs changed the momentum, we dovetailed and it was nice to get a partnership going."

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock: "Dawid batted really well, the captain [Morgan] came in and led from the front. Once again the guys played well, just unfortunate for us. [Drops and missed chances?] Makes you frustrated but that's the game, got to keep positive and keep learning. I came out and said 150 could be a good score. Just one or two small things went our way we could have won that game. [Shamsi figures] Shamo was a bit disappointed after his last game, wanted to make a statement and lead from the front, glad he put his hand up. [Team know they're on right track?] They're convinced, same thing last time [England toured], we lost one or two games by small margins. [Pace off at death?] Guys have their options, one or two things we could have done better. The group are learning, every game is different, every stadium has a different feel. We need to start learning fast."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "The first 10 [overs] wasn't our best. We weren't up at the run rate we were two night ago, but with a long batting line-up and a short boundary, you're only one over away, two maximums away the whole time. We have guys who can hit boundaries down the order, Dawid played really well and we wrestled it back from SA. The experience helps, knowing how to win, holding our nerve having been there before. No crowd means there aren't the distractions there normally are. Today's performance was pleasing, applaud the bowling performance, holding them to a score like that was very chaseable even if we collapsed at the start. Nice the wickets were shared around, the bowlers did an excellent job. Comp diff challenge, like playing away from home all the time. We like to create our own level of intensity, but in big moments you notice it. [Rashid?] Absolutely, outstanding the other night, went unnoticed, today he got the rewards and he's an integral part of our team. This series and the next one in India, when we might have a full-strength squad available, we need to maximise that. Outside of that we'll be looking to build strength in depth and give guys a chance to put their hands up for the World Cup."

6.20pm: Here's Chris Jordan, now England's joint-leading wicket-taker in T20Is, for an impromptu chat on Sky: "It's good to win the series, what we set out to do. Solid performance in the first game but a lot right in this game. Thought it was a decent wicket and to get over the line was pleasing. [Sticky pitch?] Most games, we try to assess, and we thought it was a good surface. Once we got some wickets and built some pressure, build the dots, they were making sure they got to the end. With our batting line-up, most par scores we feel teams are 15-20 short. [Improvement?] More individual, we make personal assessments, thought I gave away a couple of soft wides [in the first game], wanted to tidy that up. TC wanted to stick to his strengths, bit more clever and able to look after his figures today. [England record] It's a nice milestone, but as long as I'm doing the job for the team and the team are winning, I'm more than happy. [Intra-squad games] Competition for places is brilliant, it was good fun because people wanted to get each other out and hit sixes. It's all in good spirits, makes the entire squad better."

6.10pm: Another close contest, but England take it once again - that puts them 2-0 up with one to play, and extends their run of T20I series without defeat to eight. Dawid Malan played a textbook Dawid Malan innings, accelerating from 13 off 18 to a match-defining 55 from 40, and they just about got over the line despite a wobble at the end. SA looked below par with the bat but bowled pretty well, Tabraiz Shamsi claiming his best T20I figures. Results not going their way right now

19.5
1
Rabada to Jordan, 1 run

short and shovelled over square leg, England clinch it! Jordan puts recent experience with Kings XI Punjab out of his mind and swats the winnings runs!

19.4
Rabada to Jordan, no run

banged in, he ducks the bumper

Scores level. But we are still in Super Over territory

19.3
2
Rabada to Jordan, 2 runs

back of a length, flipped off the pads and Jordan hares up and down for two! Fine leg had to race up and the batsman was too quick

Chris Jordan is in, three needed from four

19.2
W
Rabada to Sam Curran, OUT

dragged on to his stumps! Curran fails playing conservatively, looking to run one behind square but only finding the inside edge, the bails dislodged. Can they stuff it up from here...?

Sam Curran b Rabada 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20
19.1
Rabada to Sam Curran, no run

round the wicket, good length and Curran swipes at it unsuccessfully

Kagiso Rabada to finish, just three runs needed

end of over 198 runs
ENG: 144/5CRR: 7.57 RRR: 3.00
Eoin Morgan26 (17)
Sam Curran1 (3)
Anrich Nortje 4-0-21-0
Lungi Ngidi 4-0-51-2
18.6
4
Nortje to Morgan, FOUR runs

edged but it goes England's way again... flashes past de Kock for four! Keeper was going leg side as Morgan opened the face on a jab that flew to his left, beyond the fingertips and away for a boundary that quite possibly seals the game!

18.5
1lb
Nortje to Sam Curran, 1 leg bye

pitched up on the pads and deflected behind square, Morgan wants two... but thinks better of it

18.4
Nortje to Sam Curran, no run

digs in the bouncer, Curran goes for a full-blooded pull and fails to connect

ChrisL: "WHY Dawid? Why go for the boundaries when you've got it to under a run a ball? Nurdle your way to victory!" That's not the way this England team play (although they now seem content to get 'em in singles)

18.3
1
Nortje to Morgan, 1 run

round the wicket, pitched up and Morgan steers it through point for another single

"I sent in a prediction in the Powerplay saying Malan is going to win his team this match ... He might be out but he's done his job, the Crystal Ball reckons!" We'll have to take your word for it, Abhijato

18.2
1
Nortje to Sam Curran, 1 run

back of a length and Curran jumps across, drops it for one into the off side... SA a bit slow to react there

18.1
1
Nortje to Morgan, 1 run

full and wide and Morgan slashes an outside edge down to third man

So England got their big over, need just 11 off 12. Anrich Nortje is back

end of over 1818 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 136/5CRR: 7.55 RRR: 5.50
Eoin Morgan20 (14)
Sam Curran0 (0)
Lungi Ngidi 4-0-51-2
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-22-0
17.6
1
Ngidi to Morgan, 1 run

pitched up and dinked down the ground, Morgan will keep the strike

17.6
1w
Ngidi to Morgan, 1 wide

fired wide of the tramlines, the batsman watches it go and takes the extra

Sam Curran in, Morgan on strike

17.5
W
Ngidi to Malan, OUT

goes big but this won't clear the man at long-off... Hendricks jumps to take it above his head, stumbles back but tosses the ball up calmly to then recross the rope and complete the dismissal! Superb stuff from the fielder, and Malan is done. But the RRR is down to a run a ball

Dawid Malan c Hendricks b Ngidi 55 (40b 7x4 1x6) SR: 137.5

That's his ninth 50-plus score in 18 T20I innings

17.4
6
Ngidi to Malan, SIX runs

DOWNTOWN! Malan smokes this sweet and straight for six! May have been a slower ball but he stepped out and climbed into it - brings up his fifty, from 39 balls, and England are favourites now!

17.3
4
Ngidi to Malan, FOUR runs

and the luck is with England now, sliced wide of the keeper for four more! Big ole heave at a wide-ish ball and he gets away with a thick edge

17.2
4
Ngidi to Malan, FOUR runs

lummoxed to the rope at deep square leg! Steps across early, picks his spot and shovels a short ball away!

17.1
2
Ngidi to Malan, 2 runs

round the wicket, pitched up and chipped over the covers, wide of long-off for two

What does de Kock do now? Still 29 needed from the last three... and it's Lungi Ngidi back in place of Nortje

end of over 1711 runs
ENG: 118/4CRR: 6.94 RRR: 9.66
Eoin Morgan19 (13)
Dawid Malan39 (35)
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-22-0
Anrich Nortje 3-0-14-0
16.6
4
Rabada to Morgan, FOUR runs

gets the ramp away this time! De Kock leaps but can only get fingertips on it! Morgan hits back with consecutive boundaries, and England get their 10

16.5
4
Rabada to Morgan, FOUR runs

full in the slot, kippered through extra cover! Missed the yorker and Morgan makes room, smashes it between mid-off and cover