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South Africa vs England, 3rd T20I at Cape Town, Dec 01 2020, England tour of South Africa

3rd T20I (N), Cape Town, December 01, 2020, England tour of South Africa
(17.4/20 ov, T:192) 192/1

England won by 9 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
99* (47)
Player Of The Series
173 runs
Match centre 
Scores: Venkat Raghav | Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
South Africa 191/3(20 overs)
England 192/1(17.4 overs)
99* (47)
1/37 (4)
67* (46)
0/26 (4)

9.46pm So, that's your lot for the night. Another extraordinary display from England's irresistible batting line-up, for whom Dawid Malan is in an extraordinary vein of form. From Miller, Alan, Matt, Venkat and the team, good night and see you on Friday for the ODI opener!

Eoin Morgan "Both of us got it wrong at the toss, the margin for error was really small, but the second half of our innings we missed our execution and credit to South Africa's batting line-up. But it got better and better and the guys established the partnership and won the game in such a commanding fashion."

"High-pressure situations, or when you are knocked back as a side or a person, it's a good intention of where you are at, to be put under that pressure was a good replication of tournament pressure. It's encouraging signs."

"We need to put together an allround game, we've progressed nicely, but as regards performance, striving for that collective performance is important."

"A large group of guys have been practising 50-over for a week or so, a new challenge, a new set of goals, and a hard-fought series ahead."

Quinton de Kock "It's disappointing, but they blew us away. They put our bowlers under a lot of pressure, played cleverly and we couldn't stop them. We are not playing as badly as it is perceived to be, we are coming up against the English first-up and going forward the boys are confident."

Dawid Malan is Man of the Match "Last two innings, I haven't hit them as well as I would have liked, so nice to get some momentum and the wicket played unbelievably well. After the start they had, we thought 190 may have been too many, but it skidded on under the lights and with a small boundary, not east to defend."

"I had the momentum, Jos didn't start as quickly as he would have liked, but it ebbed and flowed in the innings. I know I have the power, it's just putting it into place at the right times to win games of cricket."

On his 99, "I knew there were five left, but I didn't know how it would go down if I turned down the single..." Interesting... Morgan's eyes are on him all the time.

9.34pm On the analyst's board in the dressing room, Buttler has this to say: "The lads were checking their Euromillions numbers. Eoin works closely with Nathan to work on the match-ups. In the IPL, you have two tactical time-outs for suggestions from analysts, but you have to be careful how you use it, there has to be an instinctive, intuitive side to the game."

"There's a hell of a lot of confidence in the dressing room, lots of guys going to the IPL, and Jofra getting MVP, gives me a lot of confidence."

9.28pm Well, what can you say about that? Here's Buttler: "Great fun, a great run-chase on a used wicket that played better today. Mal's consistency is phenomenal, the simplicity he bats with, very strong basics, and a lot of confidence and freedom. Some days you don't feel you are hitting well and get one away, but a couple of boundaries early set up a brilliant innings."

"His first innings was 70-odd v South Africa at Cardiff, and the key is simplicity, classical great cricket shots. There's healthy competition, Dawid's gone on when he's played well, and it's a nice side to come into.

"I've felt a little rusty, searching for something, but more relaxed today, decided to take some time and back my six-hitting. If I hit the next two for six I jump into a different position. Stay comfortable and calm, and when I get one, put it away."

"With left and right, you can always target the shorter side. It was time to come to the party."

9.24pm Handshakes all round, and a wry smile from Malan, who could not have done his job more handsomely. Jos Buttler was as distant a second fiddle in that world-record second-wicket stand as any player with 67 not out from 46 can be, and as for South Africa, they have an awful lot to ponder.

Matt Roller has been number-crunching, which is what he does in his sleep instead of grinding his teeth. "Four out of England's six highest successful chases in T20Is have come against South Africa - three of them this year."

Sipamla to Malan, 1 run

good delivery, and dabbed into the covers, for the single! Malan thought he had more runs to play with! That may atone, in Eoin Morgan's mind, for the non-run bye in New Zealand last year. He finishes on 99 not out, but more importantly England win by a canter to seal a 3-0 series win!

Sipamla to Malan, FOUR runs

inside out, over extra cover, scores are level as Malan reaches 98! Eased into the gap, South Africa have been flogged here

Sipamla to Malan, 1 wide

a wild wide, barely hits the cut strip. That won't help Malan's cause!

Sipamla to Malan, SIX runs

that'll help! In the slot, and utterly pelted over long-on once more! Sipamla's lengths have been too predictable, too full, and too easy to butcher!

Sipamla to Buttler, 1 run

back of a length, tapped down to the leg side to hand the strike back to Malan. A century would be the fitting finale here...

Dr Adnan: "still trying to digest the fact that #1 ranked T20 batsman can't find a place in any IPL team" On this showing it may only be a matter of time, particularly if he can dispel the notion that he is a slow starter ...

end of over 1711 runs
ENG: 179/1CRR: 10.52 RRR: 4.33
Jos Buttler66 (45b 3x4 5x6)
Dawid Malan88 (44b 10x4 4x6)
Anrich Nortje 4-0-37-1
Lungi Ngidi 3-0-23-0
Nortje to Buttler, 1 run

right up to the toes, punched from under the eyeline back past the bowler

Nortje to Buttler, no run

slapped into the covers, this time he can't beat the field

Nortje to Buttler, FOUR runs

crushed through point with such power! Dismissive from Buttler, Nortje offers too much width to go with his extreme pace, and the net effect is bread and butter for Buttler

Abdullah Babar: "Nortje vs Buttler-the IPL rivalry part II"

Nortje to Malan, 1 run

open face, pressed to cover

Nortje to Malan, FOUR runs

well, even when Malan's beaten, he's nailing it! Swings into a cramped pull, beaten for pace, but the spiralling top-edge from the 95mph Nortje swirls to the very edge of the rope at fine leg!

Saoirse: "Despite Buttler playing 55 more games than Malan, and being one of England's best T20 players, Malan already has 3 scores bigger than Buttler's T20I top score (77*)"

Nortje to Buttler, 1 run

wafted out to the cover sweeper, searching for the yorker and can't quite find the length

end of over 163 runs
ENG: 168/1CRR: 10.50 RRR: 6.00
Dawid Malan83 (42b 9x4 4x6)
Jos Buttler60 (41b 2x4 5x6)
Lungi Ngidi 3-0-23-0
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-57-0

Srinath: "Malan quietly consolidating his position at the top of the T20I rankings. I am sure no one could have guessed he was the top ranked T20I batsman, but he is showing that he truly is deserving of the ranking." Not much quiet about this innings, to be fair, but yes ...

Ngidi to Malan, no run

gets out of the over well, serving up the wide yorker that Malan can't lay bat on. It's all over bar the shouting, surely, but another over like that might just take it deep

Ngidi to Buttler, 1 run

yorker, might have done for a less well-set batsman, but Buttler was able to adjust late and stab it out to cover

Ngidi to Buttler, no run

closes the face to nurdle a length ball to leg, and there's no run despite Buttler's best intentions

Ngidi to Buttler, no run

well bowled, tight line on a full length, and Buttler responds with a high-elbowed push to point

Ngidi to Malan, 1 run

humptied up and over point as Malan climbs into the back-of-a-length delivery outside off. Doesn't get hold of it this time, but more runs to the cause

Ngidi to Buttler, 1 run

closes the face on the full length, and chips the single to the leg side

end of over 1522 runs
ENG: 165/1CRR: 11.00 RRR: 5.40
Dawid Malan82 (40b 9x4 4x6)
Jos Buttler58 (37b 2x4 5x6)
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-57-0
Lungi Ngidi 2-0-20-0
Shamsi to Malan, SIX runs

vast once more! Down on one knee, launched like Sputnik over long-on! High, higher, and mighty!

Shamsi to Malan, FOUR runs

munched off the back foot, over extra cover! How much time does Malan need for his strokes tonight! This is the innings of a man at the absolute pinnacle of his game

Shamsi to Malan, no run

big spinner, slow through the air, big bite off the turf, as Malan rocks back to cut

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
DJ Malan
99 runs (47)
11 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
24 runs
5 fours0 six
HE van der Dussen
74 runs (32)
5 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
13 runs
1 four0 six
Best performances - bowlers
BA Stokes
A Nortje
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberT20I no. 1113
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20
Match days01 December 2020 - night (20-over match)
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