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South Africa beat England by one run after incredible T20 finish

Modified 13 Feb 2020, 16:22 IST

Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi

South Africa defeated England by one run after an astonishing finish to the first T20 international at Buffalo Park.

Chasing 178, England looked poised for victory after Jason Roy scored a rapid 70 and captain Eoin Morgan added a vital 52 that included some clutch late boundaries.

The tourists only needed seven from the last seven balls but Morgan holed out to long on to set up a tense finale before a tremendous last over from Lungi Ngidi (3-30) saw him remove Tom Curran and Moeen Ali.

Adil Rashid was left needing three from the final delivery for victory or two to force a super over, but he could only manage one as the returning Dale Steyn and captain Quinton de Kock combined for a runout that sparked joyous scenes in East London.

Result | ENG: 176-8

What. A. Match

7 runs successfully defended by the Proteas

It went down to the wire, a victory off the final ball of the match.

Ngidi took 2 wickets and only conceded 5 runs

South Africa win by 1 run & take a 1-0 lead in the series.#ProteaFire #SAvENG — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 12, 2020


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Earlier, South Africa were well set for a huge total before England recovered to limit them to 177-8.

Roy's superb innings – which saw him become the country's first player to score three consecutive T20I fifties - took just 38 balls with seven fours and three sixes as Morgan's men made a strong start to their reply.

Morgan appeared ready to put the finishing touches on a strong run chase but a dramatic conclusion meant it was South Africa who took a 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber, with their opponents finishing agonisingly short on 176-8.

England are now in danger of losing their first T20I series since July 2018 and this morale-denting defeat was an unwelcome start to a year that builds towards the T20 World Cup in October.

3 - Jason Roy has now logged 3 T20I scores of 50+ in a row; the first man to do so for @englandcricket. Platforms. #SAvENG — OptaJim (@OptaJim) February 12, 2020


Published 13 Feb 2020, 01:28 IST
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