England trump South Africa by 28 runs to level T20 series
England had earlier drawn the One-Day International series against South Africa 2-2 © Getty Images
By CricketCountry Staff
Birmingham: Sep 12, 2012
England trumped South Africa by 28 runs to level their three-match series 1-1 in the rain affected final Twenty20 International at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Chasing a huge total of 119 runs to win, South Africa could manage only 90 for five from their allotted 11 overs.
Hashim Amla top-scored with 36, which came off 27 balls and six hits to the fence.
For England, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann bagged two wickets each.
Earlier in the first innings, Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter’s quickfire knocks propelled England to a huge total of 118 for five from 11 overs.
Kieswetter scored a brisk half-century and Buttler remained unbeaten on 32, which came off just 10 balls.
The England wicketkeeper-batsman showed aggressive intent right from the start and clobbered three sixes and as many boundaries to score 50 off 32 balls.
Kieswetter’s knock was the only bright spot for the hosts, till the ninth over, as the top order failed to score runs against South African bowling attack.
Buttler swatted three boundaries and two six, which took England post the 100-run mark.
Michael Lumb, who replaced Alex Hales in the England team, failed to make a mark with the bat and fell to South Africa seamer Wayne Parnell.
Johan Botha provided South Africa the second breakthrough as he dismissed Luke Wright, who failed to impress once again being dismissed for six, which came from 10 balls.
Botha also bagged the key wicket of Eoin Morgan, who failed to make a mark and fell for five.
South African bowlers tied England with disciplined bowling and kept taking wickets at regular intervals.
But, their effort went in vain as Buttler targeted Parnell and three sixes and two boundaries. The hosts scored 32 runs off that over.
Earlier, South Africa captain AB de Villiers decided to bowl after winning the toss.
South Africa made two changes in their side – bringing in Faf du Plessis and Wayne Parnell in place of JP Duminy and Dale Steyn respectively.
England made three changes, as Danny Briggs, Tim Bresnan and Lumb replacing Steven Finn, Samit Patel and Alex Hales respectively.
Brief Scores: England 118 for 5 from 11 overs (Craig Kieswetter 50, Jos Buttler 32*; Johan Botha 2 for 19, Morne Morkel 2 for 28) bt South Africa 90 for 5 from 11 overs (Hashim Amla 36, Albie Morkel 17*; Tim Bresnan 2 for 14, Graeme Swann 2 for 24) by 28 runs.
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler
Man of the Series: Craig Kieswetter