Curran holds his nerve to assist England win thriller in Durban


Tom Curran took wickets with the final two balls of the match as England turned the tables on South Africa in an exhilarating second Twenty20 worldwide at Kingsmead on Friday.

England’s win in a high-scoring match, punctuated by 30 sixes, levelled the three-match collection, which can be determined within the third and closing match in Centurion on Sunday.

An imposing complete from England

England made 204 for seven, with man of the match Moeen Ali hitting 39 off 11 balls because the vacationers slammed 79 runs off the final 5 overs. South Africa made 202 for seven.

South African captain Quinton de Kock blazed to 65 off 22 balls, hitting eight sixes, in a gap partnership of 92 with Temba Bavuma. Mark Wooden, bowling at excessive tempo, dismissed each openers and England appeared to have taken management.

However Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (25) acquired South Africa agonisingly shut. South Africa wanted 15 off the final over and Pretorius hit 12 of them earlier than being trapped leg earlier than by a yorker.

Bjorn Fortuin, enjoying his first innings in a T20 worldwide, tried to flick the final ball from Curran to positive leg however was caught by Adil Rashid, working again from the sting of the 30m circle.

The umpires requested for a tv replay to make sure he had not crossed the road earlier than the ball was bowled, which might have meant too many fielders have been exterior the circle. The replay confirmed he solely moved because the ball was delivered

“The efficiency and the extent of depth we operated at was a substantial enchancment on (the primary match in) East London, each with the bat and the ball,” stated England captain Eoin Morgan.

As within the first match, which South Africa received by one run, the consequence hinged on the previous few deliveries.

England wanted three off the final two balls in East London however misplaced a wicket and scored just one run. South Africa have been in precisely the identical scenario on Friday however misplaced two wickets.

“Each groups are enjoying actually good cricket,” stated De Kock. “They (England) bowled rather well on the demise.”

England’s complete seemed unlikely when Ali walked in along with his facet on 125 for 5 after 15.1 overs.

The left-handed Ali hit his second ball from Andile Phehlukwayo for six and launched a surprising assault through which he hit three extra sixes and three fours in his quick innings earlier than being caught at long-on.

Ali dominated a sixth wicket stand of 51 off 18 balls with Ben Stokes, who completed on 47 not out.

“I went on my instincts to attempt to put strain again on the bowlers,” stated Ali.

By Colin Bryden

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