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Live Cricket Score: South Africa vs England, 2nd T20I, Durban

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-13 15:54:50

England win thriller to level series:

With 15 needed off the final over, Pretorius faced a dot from Tom Curran before sending the next two deliveries for a six and a four. The fourth ball was two, leaving South Africa needing 3 off 2. But Curran held his nerve to pick up wickets off his last two deliveries as England squared the series with a thrilling win.

Van der Dussen keeps SA in the hunt:

Two sixes and a four off Wood by van der Dussen has brought South Africa right back into the game. 11 comes off Jordan's over in the 19th, leaving South Africa needing 15 off the last over.

Jordan strikes:

Moving to the off side and exposing his stumps proves costly for JJ Smuts as he is bowled by Jordan, who also sends back Phehlukwayo off his next delivery. South Africa are 160 for 5, needing 45 more off 18.

See-saw battle:

Only three came off Stokes's opening over while Jordan kept it tight in the next, conceding only five. But Rassie van der Dussen manages to ease the pressure with a four and a six off Stokes in the 15th. South Africa need 60 more off 30 deliveries.

Miller falls, pressure builds:

Despite Rashid being hit for two sixes by Miller, England have done well to keep South Africa in check - thanks to Wood's economical spell. In a bid to up the ante, Miller departs for 21, hitting a Stokes delivery to Jordan at long-on. South Africa are 123 for 3, needing 82 more off 45.

Bavuma departs:

Second wicket for Wood, who sends back Bavuma with a short delivery that the batsman gloved to the 'keeper. South Africa are 101 for 2 in the 10th over.

De Kock blitz comes to an end:

Having scored a four and a six off Mark Wood, de Kock fails to clear the fence off a full toss - which the third umpire deemed it wasn't above waist height. He departs for 65 off 22, leaving South Africa at 92 for 1 in the 8th over.

Fifty for de Kock:

He gets there off 17 deliveries, a new record for the quickest T20I fifty by a South African. Having scored two sixes off Tom Curran, he also sends a short delivery from Rashid over the fence. Meanwhile, Bavuma uses the DRS to reverse an onfield leg-before decision.

De Kock gets going:

A four off Moeen and a six off Jordan, de Kock is targetting the square leg fence. Meanwhile, Jordan puts down a catch off his own bowling to give Bavuma a reprieve. De Kock takes a liking to Moeen, sending two short deliveries over the fence before striking one down the ground for a maximum. 20 off the Moeen over as South Africa move to 53 for 0 after 5.

Bevuma steady:

A couple of boundaries for Bavuma in the first two overs. But England have also managed to sneak in a few dots, with only 12 coming off the first two overs.

England finish with 204:

Stokes ensures a positive finish for England, scoring a four and a six off Ngidi to help England past the 200-run mark. Bavuma pulled off a stunning catch to send back Jordan in the final over but England end up posting a sizeable total, with Stokes finishing unbeaten on 47.

Moeen falls after cameo:

He only played 11 deliveries but did enough damage, scoring three fours and four sixes for his 39. Stokes started the 18th over with a four off Ngidi before Moeen brought his wristy stokes into play to score a six and two fours. He fell off the final delivery, finding Bavuma in the deep but has done enough for England to aspire for a 200 plus total.

Moeen gets into the act:

Having scored a six offPhehlukwayo, Moeen strikes two sixes and a four off Hendricks, who concedes 21 in the 17th over. England move to 157 for 5.

Quick wickets:

Just when Stokes and Morgan were looking well set to lead England to a good finish, the skipper departs for 27 as he sends a slower one from Pretorius straight to Bavuma at long-off. Joe Denly departs in the next over, the change of pace doing the trick for Phehlukwayo. Denly was shaping himself to pull it over fine leg but was way early into his shot and ended up missing the ball, eventually elbowing it on to the stumps.

Shamsi strikes to send back Roy:

Roy and Morgan's promising partnership is cut short as the former departs for 40 (29), finding Miller at long on while attempting a big hit. England are 90 for 3 after 10 overs.

Bairstow departs:

Bairstow brings up the half-century stand with two successive sixes off Phehlukwayo in the seventh over. But the bowler has the last laugh - Bairstow attempts a cut but the ball skids through and strikes timber. England are 69 for 2.

Productive powerplay:

The last over of the powerplay yielded 17 runs, with Bairstow starting with a boundary over mid-off and Roy ending the Hendricks over with a six over cover and an inside-edged four. England are 55 for 1 after 6.

Reprieve for Bairstow:

Bairstow hits one back hard to the left of Fortuin, who fails to hold on to the ball. Bairstow ends the over with a lofted shot over mid off for a four. He hits his first six by sending a Ngidi delivery just over the long-off ropes. 14 off the over as England move to 38 for 1 after 5.

Ngidi strikes:

A wicket in his first over for the pacer. He bowls one with a bit of width to Buttler, who tries to play away from his body but ends up edging it to the 'keeper. England are 17 for 1.

The start:

After a quiet first few balls from left-arm spinner Fortuin, Jason Roy gets going with a six over long-on. Nine from the opening over. Roy also beats the fine-leg fielder for a four off Beuran Hendricks in the second over, which yields seven. England are 16 for 0.

Toss and teams:

Quinton de Kock wins the toss and decides to put England in. No changes for the visitors while the hosts make one change - bringing in Bjorn Fortuin for Dale Steyn.

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

South Africa (Playing XI): Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w/c), Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the second T20I between South Africa and England at Kingsmead, Durban. Yet again in this series, South Africa have taken the early lead by winning the opening game. Can England force their way back like they did in the Test series which they won, and the ODI series which they squared?

While South Africa will be buoyed by the close victory in the opening T20I, a series victory - something that they haven't managed for close to a year in any format - will be even more satisfying after a sustained period of tumult. England, meanwhile, will be looking to address their middle order issues, something that has bothered them for a while.

'Both sides will certainly be going for it at Kingsmead as they look to arrive at a formula to take into the T20 World Cup later this year. In a lot of ways, the sides have similar strengths and weaknesses at this moment in their preparation,' writes Rob Johnston as he previews the second T20I.

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