Proteas outclassed once again by a tenacious English batting line up

Newlands: South Africa despite witnessing an overcast condition opted to bat, that came as a surprise for many viewers. South Africa had some bowling changes with Sipamla replacing Rabada and van Biljon coming in for Klassen. South Africa started with a positive note with Bavuma attempting to play the same shot he got out to Sam Curran and nicked it for a boundary between the wicketkeeper and Leg slip.

Bavuma alongside De Kock opened their arms against Archer and Sam Curran and struck Sixes at will over fine leg and deep Square leg, before De Kock mistimed Jordon’s slower length delivery in the air to be caught by the Mid on fielder Tom Curran, putting South Africa to 34 for the loss of 1 wicket. 

Hendricks’ s bold start was halted by Stokes, before Bavuma was caught in Mid off, restricting South Africa to 64/3 in the 10th over, bringing in two new in form batsmen, in the likes of Van Dussen and Faf Du Plessis. When struggling at 78/3, Van Dussen Pulled Stokes‘s delivery for a Six over Deep Square leg.

Archer from the beginning of the series has been striving to exploit the pitches in South Africa and get the right pace. Despite clicking 149 km/ hr, it did not seem to bother the two in-form batsmen as boundaries were being struck at will. Archer did not seem to trouble the batsmen as he went for 44 for no wicket in his spell of 4 overs at the 17th over, with South Africa reviving the innings at 145/3, augmented by the half-century of Van Dussen.

From here on in all they had to do was to throw the bat at every delivery, that propelled Faf Duplessis to join alongside Dussen on his half-century, which he got of just 37 balls. Finally, the pair managed to score 20 of the last over courtesy to Dussen for his 2 flying sixes over long-off and a flick towards Square fine leg for one bounce 4 taking South Africa to a commanding position in the halfway stage at 191/3.

England, who has been a successful T20 I side in the last 5 years have chased mammoth targets of South Africa, be it in T20 world cup 2016 or T20I series, started positively before Jason Roy was trapped leg before wicket of the rapid pace attack of Nortje, that kept England slightly at the backfoot on 25/1 in 3.4 overs, bringing in the T20 I specialist Dawid Malan on the crease, who opened his account smashing a short pitch delivery of Nortje between Deep point and Square third man, followed by another boundary dabbed towards straight fine leg.

Dawid Malan kept attacking the bowlers, whereas Butler kept his rhythm quite steady leaving the onus on his partner. Butler’s four towards deep cover marked the end of the mandatory powerplay, keeping England to 56/1.

Dawid Malan had almost every possible unorthodox shot, like reverse sweeping Shamsi towards the deep point that had no fielders and the other is advancing and hitting slightly left of Mid wicket to get a boundary, before he was run out by a splendid fielding of Bavuma, which was then spilled by the fumble of De Kock, that gave Malan a life.

Malan and Butler were soon unstoppable and took their partnership to the end of the game, attacking every bowler. the duo got their fifty comfortably, whereas Malan was storming towards his century, which he fell short by one as England did not have enough runs to chase, taking England to a comfortable victory with a score of 192/1 with 14 balls to spare, clinching the series 3-0.