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Chris Morris heroics help South Africa take 1-0

by  12bet  •  Last updated on 2020-07-31 11:14:37

For the second week in a row, Chris Morris, South African all-rounder, conjured a victory for his side on Friday (February 19), taking the hosts to a three-wicket win over England off the last ball of the first Twenty20 international (T20I) at Newlands.

England looked set to defend a modest total as Reece Topley started the last over, with South Africa needing 15 runs to win. Kyle Abbott stole a single to get Morris on strike. The tall Morris struck the next two balls for four and six. After a dot delivery, he hit twos off the last two balls. Topley had a chance to run Abbott out to force a tie and a super over but fumbled a throw from long-off.

Morris finished with 17 not out off seven balls. A week earlier his 62 off 38 balls helped the hosts seal a victory in the fourth One-Day International (ODI). The Man of the Match, though, was Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner who took four for 21 to restrict England to 134 for eight after the tourists were sent in to bat.

England looked set for a big total as Jason Roy and the in-form Alex Hales, the openers, hit 38 off the first 3.3 overs before Roy nicked Kagiso Rabada to Hashim Amla at mid-wicket. Tahir came on to bowl after the six-over power play had yielded 50 runs for Roy's wicket. He struck with his fourth ball when Hales top-edged a sweep to backward square leg. JP Duminy held the catch despite being knocked to the ground by Rabada, who was also running for the ball.

Tahir followed up by dismissing Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali. The latter two wickets were off successive balls and he narrowly missed a hat-trick when a googly went over Chris Jordan's middle stump. South Africa made a confident start, with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers putting on 31 for the first wicket. But England bowled well on a slow pitch as no batsman was able to dominate.Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid were impressive in the middle overs, taking one for 19 and one for 24 respectively. It seemed to be England's match when Chris Jordan dismissed David Miller and David Wiese in the penultimate over. But that merely set the stage for Morris. The Delhi Daredevils, who paid over $1 million for his services in the 2016 Indian Premier League, will feel they have made a good purchase.

Brief Scores: England 134-8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 32 not out, Alex Hales 27; Imran Tahir 4-21) lose to South Africa 135-7 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 25, Chris Morris 17 not out; Chris Jordan 3-23) by 3 wickets