Curran Holds Nerve As England Edge Thriller To Level Series
Durban, South Africa, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Feb, 2020 ) :Tom Curran took wickets with the last two balls of the match as England turned the tables on South Africa in a thrilling second Twenty20 international at Kingsmead on Friday.
England's win in a high-scoring match, punctuated by 30 sixes, levelled the three-match series, which will be decided in the third and final match in Centurion on Sunday.
South African captain Quinton de Kock blazed to 65 off 22 balls, hitting eight sixes, in an opening partnership of 92 with Temba Bavuma. Mark Wood, bowling at high pace, dismissed both openers and England seemed to have taken control.
But Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (25) got South Africa agonisingly close. South Africa needed 15 off the last over and Pretorius hit 12 of them before being trapped leg before by a yorker.
"The performance and the level of intensity we operated at was a considerable improvement on (the first match in) East London, both with the bat and the ball," said England captain Eoin Morgan.
"Both teams are playing really good cricket," said De Kock. "They (England) bowled really well at the death." England's total looked unlikely when Ali walked in with his side on 125 for five after 15.1 overs.
The left-handed Ali hit his second ball from Andile Phehlukwayo for six and launched a stunning assault in which he hit three more sixes and three fours in his short innings before being caught at long-on.
Ali dominated a sixth wicket stand of 51 off 18 balls with Ben Stokes, who finished on 47 not out.
"I went on my instincts to try and put pressure back on the bowlers," said Ali.