England chase down target of 223 to win third T20 and series

England chase down target of 223 to win third T20 and series

Two, with Jon Jon Smuts having given away more than 20 runs in the last game, South Africa was looking at a spinner in the powerplay who could contain and Fortuin did that role decently well.

Bavuma, who was the main aggressor, closed in on his half-century before being done by a googly from Adil Rashid just a run short of the milestone.

England chased down a challenging target of 223 in the third and final T20 to come from 1-0 down to take the series 2-1. Along with De Kock, Temba Bavuma is also expected to bolster the South African top-order.

Eoin Morgan believes there is "no limit" on his team's ability to chase down big totals as England laid down a marker for the Twenty20 World Cup by outgunning South Africa in Pretoria. But Dwaine Pretorius hit a six way over wide mid-on and sent a four rocketing through the covers off successive balls and the home team had a chance. If the game between them had continued, South Africa could have seen 250 in their sights but they were dismissed within four balls of each other, which stalled the innings.

South Africa made 222-6 at SuperSport Park after choosing to bat first.

Du Plessis scored 115 runs at an average of 16.42 in the Test series against England and has not made a century for more than a year.

Temba Bavuma in action
Temba Bavuma in action

Even as England celebrated, the drama was not over as the umpires checked that Rashid had not wandered outside the fielding circle before the batsman played the ball. He was run out pushing for a second but his last-ball involvement in Durban was a winning one as he coolly took the match-clinching catch on the edge of the circle.

But chew also on this: that all three matches went to the wire - Sunday's to the start of the final over, and the previous two to the last possible ball - also said plenty about the Proteas' ongoing claw-back of general cricketing respect after a stormy, shambolic start to the domestic summer for all manner of reasons.

England came from behind in every one of the three series, fighting back to win the test series 3-1, to draw the ODI series 1-1, and to win the T20 series 2-1.

Morgan dealt exclusively in sixes for his boundaries, clubbing seven of them as England finished on 226-5 with five balls to spare for a five-wicket win. Smiling, de Kock took the mask.

'In a flawless world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless.

Chris Jordan once more bowled brilliantly for England at the end. He began the 17th oven in style, taking two wickets in two balls and stunted the momentum of the South African chase.

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