Proteas slam England by nine wickets


South Africa cruised to a nine-wicket victory over England in their second T20 encounter at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on Sunday.

England’s batting attack went somewhat wayward, as they got off to a slow start scoring just 61 runs after eight overs and losing three wickets. It seemed as though the visitors were rattled before Jos Buttler and captain, Eoin Morgan, smashed a 96-run fourth-wicket partnership.

The partnership showed a sudden spike in England’s endeavours as the pair marked an astonishing strike rate of 188.24. An excellent catch from Proteas’ captain, Faf du Plessis, then sent Buttler marching for 54 which barred England’s momentum from eloping further.

A single ball later, Morgan then fell short, literally, as he was run-out for 38; meaning two new batsmen were now at service for England. Their services, however, were not contributed for as England lost their next five wickets for just 13 runs.

A sudden slump of fatality in England’s batting attack, meant they were only able to conjure up a mere 171 all out, on a pitch that was predicted to be the batsmen’s paradise. To South Africa’s credit, they did not allow England to stretch their early-on momentum and had ultimately lead to the visitors’ demise.

In their rallying efforts, the Proteas’ openers in Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set the tone for paradise, as they almost single-handedly won the game for South Africa. The two scored an immense opening partnership of 125 runs with a blistering run rate of 15.00.

De Villiers also broke his own record for scoring the fastest ever South African T20 half-century, as he smashed it in just 21 balls, beating his own record of 23 balls. He eventually went out for 71 with a strike rate of 244.82, clobbering six fours and six sixes.

Amla and du Plessis then formed an unbeaten partnership for an unstoppable run chase with a combined partnership of 47; with Amla scoring 69 not out and du Plessis 22 not out.

South Africa now won the T20 series 2-0 against England and heed much confidence and momentum going into their three-match T20 series with Australia, before commencing their prospects in the ICC World T20 World Cup which begins on March 15th.

The Proteas play their first T20 against Australia on March 4th at Kingsmead, Durban.

Image: De Villiers in action as he smashed 71 off just 29 balls at Wanderers Stadium.