South Africa in England, 3 T20I Series, 2022 |2nd T20I |7/28/2022 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Right then, that is all we have from this second T20I. The series is tied at 1-1 and there is all to play for in the third and final installment. That game is on Sunday, 31st of July. It will start at 7 pm IST (1.30 pm GMT). Our build-up though begins in advance. So do join us for the same. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Rilee Rossouw is the Player of the Match. He says his neck is feeling fine, a bit dizzy but hopes to be alright. Adds that he tries to be proactive and he trusted his instincts. Tells that Chris Jordan was superb with the ball and he bowled some world-class yorkers. Mentions that he was confident coming into the summer. When asked about getting to the three figures, he says he will try his best next time.
David Miller, the skipper of South Africa says it was a great turnaround and their fielding was much better this time. Adds that they had a few meetings before the match and the players did well to pick themselves up. On the bowlers, he feels they made things easier for him. Tells that they executed the game well by picking wickets regularly. Shares that it was a tactical decision to go left-right combination while batting and play against the shorter side of the ground. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the third game.
Jos Buttler, the skipper of England feels they did well to restrict them while bowling but could have done much better. Adds that it was a good wicket to bat on. It could be seen while Rilee Rossouw was batting. In his opinion, the England batters including himself got off to starts but failed to get going. Shares that they haven't performed to their potential and they need to get better. Says he is looking forward to the decider at the Ageas Bowl.
Time for the presentation...
Earlier, South Africa reached a competitive total thanks to half-centuries from Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw. The latter remained unbeaten till the end and it was an outstanding final over from Chris Jordan that prevented Rilee Rossouw from reaching his maiden T20I century. It was the English bowlers that received the treatment this time around as they were only able to claim three wickets between them.
South Africa looked like they went back to the drawing room and analyzed their weaknesses. They entered this game on the back of a poor bowling and fielding performance and looked determined to put up a better show here. Tabraiz Shamsi was taken to the cleaners in the last game but was the pick of the bowlers here taking 3 wickets for 27 runs in his quota of four overs. Andile Phehlukwayo was a little expensive but ended up taking three wickets as well. Lungi Ngidi chipped in with two wickets and was really economical. It was their fielding that proved to be remarkable and completed an all-round performance by the Proteas.
England did not start off the run chase well with Jason Roy unable to time the ball. Jos Buttler looked good in his cameo but could not capitalize on his start. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali also got going but lost their wickets at crucial intervals. In the end, the target seemed a long way as the rest of the batters collapsed and they were bowled out for just 149 runs having faced 20 deliveries less than their total quota.
What a comeback this has been from South Africa! After being dominated in the first T20I, they have returned to beat England by 58 runs in this second game to level the series! Now there is all to play for as we go to Southampton for the final game which will be a series decider.
Lungi Ngidi to Richard Gleeson, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Excellent review from South Africa to clean things up! A slower full ball, down the leg side. Richard Gleeson seems to miss his flick. A stifled appeal for a caught behind follows and the finger stays down. South Africa review it. Again there is a noise as the ball passes the bat. Ultra Edge shows a spike and that will be the end of England's innings. South Africa win by 58 runs.
Lungi Ngidi to Reece Topley, Length and on top of off. Topley pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Reece Topley is the last man to make his way out to the middle.
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Jordan, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! The last known batter goes now and surely South Africa will believe the victory is near! Okay, Chris Jordan has reviewed this. Definitely, a noise there and it is confirmed by the Ultra Edge as well. Chris Jordan continues to walk back. Coming back to the ball - This is banged in short and around off. Jordon looks to pull but gets a faint edge to the keeper, Quinton de Kock who gobbles it up.
Lungi Ngidi to Chris Jordan, Hits the hard length, outside off. Jordan looks to push but misses.
END OF OVER 16 | 11 Runs & 2 Wkt | ENG 148/8
Richard Gleeson has come out to the middle as most of the crowd seem to be leaving accepting the fate that is to befall England.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, OUT! TIMBER! This is full and outside off, leg-cutter. Adil Rashid shuffles across and looks to paddle. He misses and the ball deflects off his pads and onto the stumps. England need 60 runs in 24 balls.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Chris Jordan, A length ball, outside off. Jordan punches it to deep cover for one. Boundaries are what England need now.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, On a length and outside off. Rashid shuffles across and tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, Wide! Make it Hat trick of wides! Length ball, way outside off, trying to be away from the arc. Rashid lets it go.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, Wide! Again this is way outside off. Adil lets it through for another wide.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, Wide! A slow, full ball, outside off. Rashid leaves it alone.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Adil Rashid, A length ball, outside off. Rashid cuts it past short third man for a brace.
Adil Rashid walks out to the middle.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Liam Livingstone, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! South Africa have the potential match-winning wicket here! Andile Phehlukwayo serves a full ball, slower and outside off. Liam Livingstone steps across and is through to his shot as he looks to drive but gets decieved by the pace and it takes the outside edge to the keeper, Quinton de Kock who pouches it. 67 needed in 28 balls.