England captain Eoin Morgan went on a six-hitting spree to take his aspect to a sequence win in a high-scoring third and closing Twenty20 International against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Morgan slammed seven sixes in an innings of 57 not out off 22 balls as England chased down South Africa’s 222 for six with 5 wickets and 5 balls to spare. “It’s a nice note to leave this tour on,” mentioned Morgan. But Morgan had sympathy for the bowlers on a day when a capability crowd had been peppered with 28 sixes because the batsmen took benefit of a real pitch and the skinny air of the South African highveld. “It was a helluva game,” mentioned Morgan. “You have to commend both sides’ bowlers. It’s not the easiest ground to bowl on, especially with a wicket like this.”
Heinrich Klaasen, taking part in in his first match of the South African dwelling worldwide season, hit 66 off 33 balls for the hosts after Temba Bavuma (49) and captain Quinton de Kock (35) hammered 84 for the primary wicket off 46 balls.
“When any side posts 220 it’s a tough ask but going back to the 2016 World Cup with this group of players we chased down 230 against South Africa in Mumbai. So we always had this belief,” added Morgan.
Jason Roy was out early however Jos Buttler (57) and Jonny Bairstow (64) placed on 91 off 50 balls for the second wicket to place England in a powerful place.
But 78 runs had been nonetheless wanted off 38 balls when Dawid Malan was fourth out with the entire on 145.
Ben Stokes joined Morgan and the pair added 61 off 27 balls earlier than Stokes was caught on the boundary with 17 nonetheless wanted off 11 balls.
Morgan hit two sixes off successive balls from Lungi Ngidi in the identical over and the competition was successfully ended.
Morgan was named man of the match and man of the sequence after pipping reverse quantity De Kock because the main run-scorer within the sequence.
“We knew it would be a high-scoring game but we’re a bit disappointed not to get over the line,” mentioned De Kock.
“We had mixed emotions (after the first innings), the guys were confident but we knew it was a great wicket.”
South Africa gained the primary sport by one run earlier than England levelled the sequence with a two-run victory.
It was the final match for England after a tour by which they gained a four-match Test sequence and shared a one-day sequence.
South Africa might be again in motion on Friday once they play Australia in Johannesburg within the first of three Twenty20 internationals, which might be adopted by three one-day internationals.