England shines by levelling the series – 3rd T20 vs. South Africa

England 5-118 (Craig Kieswetter 50, Joss Buttler 32*, Morne Morkel 2-28) beat South Africa 5-90 (Hashim Amla 36, Albie Morkel 17*, Tim Bresnan 2-14) by 28 runs.

A complete teamwork boosted up England in the third T20 as they won against South Africa and the final match ended on a promising note for the home side.

The third and final Twenty20 of the series was restricted to 11 overs a side due to persistent rain. England smashed 118 runs with five wickets in hand and South Africa managed just 90 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Jos Buttler - A stromy knock of 32 from mere10 balls
Jos Buttler – A stromy knock of 32 from mere10 balls

Jos Buttler (England) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his stormy knock of unbeaten 32 from 10 mere deliveries.

The match was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, under a bit chilly conditions.

Earlier, the Proteas skipper, AB de Villiers, won the toss and offered the batting to the home side. The innings was initiated by Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb in an aggressive mode as 16 runs were scored in the first over with a couple of fours from the first. Lumb started off with a four on the very first ball of the next over but was clean bowled by Wayne Parnell for five runs two balls later.

Kieswetter carried on with the attack as the wickets kept on falling from the other end and England reached at 3-64 in 8.2 overs when Jos Buttler came in the centre. Buttler changed the complexion of the game in the 10th over when he murdered Parnell for 31 runs with three grand sixes and two fours. Craig Kieswetter achieved his fifty on the first ball of the 11th over with a six which was thrashed over square leg. His stumps were broken by Morne Morkel on the next ball for 50 off just 32 deliveries with 3 sixes and even fours.

Jos Buttler remained unbeaten for 32 off mere 10 balls with 3 towering sixes and 2 fours as England hammered 118 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allocated 11 overs.

Morne Morkel and Johan Botha were the highest wicket takers with two wickets each whereas Wayne Parnell held one.

South Africa started off well as Hashim Amla dispatched two fours in the opening over but the other opener, Richard Levi was gone for just one run. Faf du Plessis joined in next with Hashim Amla and they scored 12 runs in the third over comprising 2 fours. The score was enhanced to 34 when du Plessis was caught by Eoin Morgan off Danny Briggs for eight runs.

AB de Villiers went out cheaply for two runs as Hashim Amla and Albie Morkel tried to stabilise the innings. Hashim Amla became the next victim at 53 after seven overs at his personal landmark of 36 runs scored from 27 balls with 6 fours. Albie Morkel and Jacques Kallis were at the crease with 17 and 8 runs respectively when the quota of allotted 11 overs came to an end. South Africa scored 90 runs with half of their side back in the pavilion against the calculated bowling from the English bowlers.

Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann were the most impressive bowlers with two wickets each as Danny Briggs claimed one.

England won the match comprehensively with a big margin of 28 runs and the three T20 series was levelled at 1-1.


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