Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates for the second and final Twenty20 International (T20I) between South Africa and England on Sunday. The match is being played at Johannesburg, which has produced some massive totals in recent times. I am Bhaskar Narayan, and I will be bringing you all the live updates and action of this spine-tingling encounter. From the famous South Africa vs Australia 438-run chase, sometimes referred to (and quite rightly so) as the “Mother of all ODIs”  to the recent T20I in which Faf du Plessis’ magnificent century was usurped by Chris Gayle’s trademark blitz, Johannesburg has seen some thrilling run-filled matches. Given the mouth-watering firepower both sides possess, it would not be too much of a shock if they produce a similar run-fest in the final match of what has been an engaging tour. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd T20I at Johannesburg

Player of the Series: Imran Tahir

Player of the Match: AB de Villiers

Match report here

Live cricket score: South Africa 172/1 | Overs 14.4 | Target 172 | BATTING: Hashim Amla 69(38), Faf du Plessis 22(21): It was a treat to watch de Villiers and Hashim Amla destroy the English bowling attack with some phenomenal batsmanship. Hashim Amla remained unbeaten till the very end and saw South Africa through the match with 32 balls remaining. He played a blinder but de Villiers was even better. Sometimes outstanding performances are overshadowed by some exceptionally phenomenal batting from a genius like AB de Villiers. With this victory South Africa make a clean sweep of the two-match series.

Live cricket score: South Africa 158/1 | Overs 13.4 | Target 172 | BATTING: Hashim Amla 60(34), Faf du Plessis 17(19): Hashim Amla takes on from where de Villiers left as he punches his way for a quick fifty but wants to keep going on. Faf du Plessis is rotating the strike giving the in-form batter maximum strike. South Africa now requires only 24 runs from 38 balls with nine wickets remaining. It is a cakewalk for them unless they do some blunder or the English team comes up with some miraculous bowling stuff.

Live cricket score: South Africa 127/1 | Overs 9 | Target 172 | BATTING: Hashim Amla 47(24), Faf du Plessis 1(2): De Villiers hits two consecutive sixes off Topley; first as he advanced down the track and hit the ball over the bowler’s head. The second was off a fuller delivery outside the off stump. He executed a dazzling sweep to dispatch the ball over the ropes at fine leg. He is at his murderous best but hold on.. Rashid helps England get rid of him. De Villiers tries to hit the ball over the off-side boundary but is not able to middle it and nails it down towards long off; Joe Root takes an easy catch. OUT! AB de Villiers c Joe Root b Adil Rashid 71(29)

Live cricket score: South Africa 88/0 | Overs 6 | Target 172 | BATTING: AB de Villiers 41(18), Hashim Amla 40(18): Hashim Amla does not wants to be left behind. He joins his partner but its not all slam bang for him as some of his shots had the element of technical brilliance deeply embedded in them. He ruthlessly hammers Ben Stokes hitting him for a six and two consecutive boundaries on the first three balls of the sixth over. De Villiers then hits leg-break bowler Adil Rashid out of the ground. The  way the South Africans are scoring, it appears that they will finish the chase within 15 overs.

Live cricket score: South Africa 40/0 | Overs 3 | Target 172 | BATTING: AB de Villiers 32(14), Hashim Amla 3(4): South Africa have begun their chase of England’s competitive total of 171. England will have no respite till the moment they don’t see the back of both the South African openers— AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. AB proves why he is a class act and in a zone of his own. He hits the very first ball of the innings for a boundary. Reece Topley got under pressure. But the real carnage was still to come. Few deliveries later, de Villiers hit a six over midwicket. It was a fuller ball asking to be punished. A quite second over from Ben Stokes followed. De Villiers then took apart Chris Jordan in the next over hitting two boundaries and a six. Bowling was not bad but when de Villiers is in smashing touch there is very little that the bowler can do.


Innings report here

Live cricket score: England 171 | Overs 19.4 | BATTING: Reece Topley 1(2): England suffer an unlikely batting collapse as they lose their last seven wickets for just 21 runs. Kyle Abbott was South Africa’s hero as he emerged as their most successful bowler with his three scalps. Kagiso Rabada also chipped in with two wickets. Some exceptionally brilliant death bowling from South Africa helped them restrict the visitors for a much lesser score. When Buttler was at the crease, it appeared that they would well go past the 200-run mark . OUT! Eoin Morgan run out Kyle Abbott 38(23), OUT! Jos Buttler c Faf du Plessis b Kyle Abbott54(28), OUT! Ben Stokes c&b Chris Morris 1(3), OUT! Moeen Ali c JP Duminy b Chris Morris 1(3), OUT! Chris Jordan c Faf du Plessis b Kyle Abbott 1(2), OUT! Adil Rashid b Kagiso Rabada 2(3)

Live cricket score: England 150/3 | Overs 16 | BATTING: Eoin Morgan 37(22), Jos Buttler 48(26): Morgan pulls Chris Morris for a six over deep midwicket. It was a tough shot as he had to hit across the line but Morgan executed it with some incredible finesse thrown at a velocity which will make even the smartest quantum physicist looking for answers. Buttler hits a four on the last ball of the over.

Live cricket score: England 133/3 | Overs 15 | BATTING: Eoin Morgan 28(19), Jos Buttler 42(23): Eoin Morgan hits two back-to-back sixes off David Wiese; one towards long-on and the other towards deep midwicket. One hit straight down the ground and the other six was executed off a hook shot. He then survives a half chance inside the 15-yard circle. Morgan is not finished yet. He hits another maximum; this time on Tahir. Buttler joins the party and hits two sixes off JP Duminy in the next over.

Live cricket score: England 87/3 | Overs 11 | BATTING: Eoin Morgan 5(6), Jos Buttler 19(12): Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are trying to steady the ship after the loss of two wickets in quick succession. Imran Tahir is bowling exceedingly well and the English batsmen are finding it hard to pick his line. South Africa are striving hard to take another wicket and would not want the opposition get off the hook. Tahir is playing a lot with his bowling and keeping the batters guessing. He is using legbreaks and flighted deliveries to good effect.

Live cricket score: England 61/3 | Overs 8 | BATTING: Eoin Morgan 0(0), Jos Buttler 0(0): Both the batters, who were looking so good are back in the hut. First to go was Joe Root; he tried to slog towards extra cover but finds the fielder. Hales was the next in line. He helped the ball towards the on side and ran hard but a mix up happens as he wanted a second and he finally got run out.  OUT! Joe Root c David Miller b Imran Tahir 34(17), OUT! Alex Hales run out 16(16)

Live cricket score: England 29/1 | Overs 4.4 | BATTING: Alex Hales 10 (9), Joe Root 9 (4): Kagiso Rabada bowls a quicker delivery and dismantles Jason Roy’s off stump. The ball came inside sharply and Roy had no answer. Joe Root comes to bat and smashes the very first ball he faces for a boundary. It was a poor low full toss wanting itself to be hit for a four. Hales then carts a ball bowled by Rabada for a six over square leg. OUT! Jason Roy b Kagiso Rabada 9(15)

Live cricket score: England 8/0 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Alex Hales 0 (1), Jason Roy 8 (11): Alex Hales and Jason Roy have opened the batting for England. Kagiso Rabada is handed the new ball. He bowls a tight first over giving just three runs. His good line and length did not allow the batters any room to score big. It is a good batting track and we might soon see both the batters trying to up the scoring rate. Kyle Abbot is bowling the second over. Roy picks a couple on his first delivery. He is pitching in well and in the right areas. A couple and single follow on the last two balls of the second over. England are eight for no loss after the end of two overs.

Toss: South Africa win the toss and elect to bowl first


South Africa: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, Rillee Rossouw, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir.

England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root,  Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

South Africa have all the momentum going for them. After losing to England in the Test series, they came back from a precarious 0-2 ODI scoreline to go on to win the ODI series in a thrilling finale. Chris Morris, the hero of the final match, was back in the thick of it in the first T20I as well, helping South Africa win off the last delivery of the game. Morris has now played two invaluable innings when all seemed lost for South Africa. He is proving to be England’s bane, and they will doubtlessly have made some plans for him this time around. READ: Chris Morris proving his worth as a valuable all-rounder for South Africa

Meanwhile, South Africa are yet to work out how to keep Alex Hales quiet. The English opener has followed up his disappointing Test series with scores of 57, 99, 65, 50, 112, 78 (in a T20 match against South Africa A), and 27. He is proving his mettle, and South Africa will want to see him out early in a potentially high-scoring match. Overall, the second T20I is likely to be another thrilling encounter between two evenly-matched sides.


South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c),  AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Lima Plunkett Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

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