PAARL: Dawid Malan returned to his home town on Sunday to steer England to a four-wicket win over South Africa in their second Twenty20 International as they clinched the three-match series.
Malan, who was born in England but made his first class debut at Boland Park, scored 55 off 40 balls to help England reach the target of 147 set by South Africa, beating their hosts for the second time in three days.
Captain Eoin Morgan saw England to victory with a ball to spare as they reached their target having lost six wickets, after South Africa, put in to bat, laboured to 146-6.
Malan and Morgan compiled a 51-run partnership to haul England back into the game after a career-best 3-19 spell for home spinner Tabraiz Shamsi had South Africa well-placed to level the series.
South Africa captain Quinton de Kock made a promising start for his side but his 30off 18 balls proved to be their top score.
The home team found themselves choked by the English bowling, especially spinner Adil Rashid who took two wickets in successive balls and finished with 2-23 off his four overs.
T. Bavuma b Archer 13
Q. de Kock c T. Curran b Jordan 30
R.R. Hendricks b Rashid 16
F. du Plessis st Buttler b Rashid 11
H.E. van der Dussen not out 25
H. Klaasen c Stokes b T. Curran 20
G.F. Linde run out 29
K. Rabada not out 5
EXTRAS (B-1, W-9) 10
TOTAL (for six wkts, 20 overs) 146
FALL OF WKTS: 1-33, 2-48, 3-65, 4-75, 5-95, 6-139.
DID NOT BAT: A. Nortje, L. Ngidi, T. Shamsi
BOWLING: S.M. Curran 2-0-24-0; Archer 4-0-18-1 (1w); T.K. Curran 4-0-37-1 (1w); Jordan 4-0-29-1 (1w); Rashid 4-0-23-2 (1w); Stokes
J.J. Roy c Klaasen b Ngidi 14
J.C. Buttler b Shamsi 22
D.J. Malan c Hendricks b Ngidi 55
J.M. Bairstow c Hendricks b Shamsi 3
B.A. Stokes c de Kock b Shamsi 16
E.J.G. Morgan not out 26
S.M. Curran b Rabada 1
C.J. Jordan not out 3
EXTRAS (LB-4, W-3) 7
TOTAL (for six wkts, 19.5 overs) 147
FALL OF WKTS: 1-25, 2-51, 3-55, 4-83, 5-134, 6-144.
DID NOT BAT: T.K. Curran, J.C. Archer, Adil Rashid.
BOWLING: Linde 4-0-27-0 (1w); Rabada 3.5-0-25-1; Nortje 4-0-21-0; Ngidi 4-0-51-2 (2w); Shamsi 4-0-19-3.
RESULT: England won by four wickets to lead three-match series 2-0.
UMPIRES: A.T. Holdstock (South Africa) and S. George (South Africa).
TV UMPIRE: A. Paleker (South Africa).
MATCH REFEREE: A.J. Pycroft (Zimbabwe).
Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2020