Jos Buttler played a captain's knock of 131 runs in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup Super League match against South Africa at the Diamond Oval on Wednesday, February 1. The England captain saved his team from an embarrassing situation, guiding them to a big score in the first innings.
South African captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and decided to field first in Kimberley. The decision seemed to be a masterstroke as Lungi Ngidi's triple strike reduced England to 14/3.
Jos Buttler then joined hands with Dawid Malan to rebuild the innings. Buttler top-scored with a 127-ball 131, with the help of six boundaries and seven sixes. Here's how fans on Twitter lauded him for his performance:
Jos Buttler smashed 6 fours and 7 sixes in his 131-run knock against South Africa
As mentioned ahead, Lungi Ngidi's three scalps in the powerplay reduced the visitors to 14/3. Jos Buttler, who came out to bat at No.5, arrived in the middle with opening batter Dawid Malan still there. The two batters shared a magnificent 232-run partnership for the fourth wicket to steady the ship for the reigning 50-over world champions.
Buttler aggregated 131 runs, whacking six fours and seven sixes. Meanwhile, Malan scored 118 runs from 114 balls before Sisanda Magala dismissed him. Malan's innings consisted of seven fours and six sixes.
Magala scalped Malan's wicket in the 41st over, and South Africa had an opportunity to make a comeback. However, a quickfire 23-ball 41 from Moeen Ali guided England past the 300-run mark. Ali hit two fours and four sixes while batting at a strike rate of 178.
Lungi Ngidi picked up his fourth wicket by rattling Ali's stumps in the 47th over. Marco Jansen sent Buttler and Sam Curran back into the dressing room in the next over.
England were 315/6 when Buttler lost his wicket. Adil Rashid's five-ball 11* helped the visiting side finish at 346/7 in 50 overs.
It will be interesting to see if South Africa can chase the 347-run target. You can follow the live scorecard here.
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