England took 149 points after being placed 208 to win the series as South Africa drew at 1–1; Rilee Rossouw slams 96 out of 55 deliveries as Proteas posts 207-3 – watch the T20I final live on Sky Sports Cricket on Sunday (2pm live, 2.30pm first ball)
Last update: 28/07/22 22:47
Highlights of the second international match of the T20 between England and South Africa
England slipped to a 58-point loss in the second T20 international as much improved bowling and pitching play from South Africa saw the tourists mistake the three-game series for a decider.
South Africa were lashed for 234 points and lost four catches as England won Wednesday’s opener at Bristol by 41 points but rallied at Cardiff as they successfully defended 207- 3, rolling the hosts for 149 in 16.4 overs after Proteas hitter Rilee Rossouw cracked 96 paces. on 55 balls.
Wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi pocketed 3-27 and setter Andile Phehlukwayo (3-29), a day after returning numbers of 0-49 and 1-63 respectively, while Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi grabbed Moeen Ali (28 of 17) and Jonny Bairstow (30 of 21) highlighted a smooth field performance.
The result means Sunday’s final game at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, live on Sky Sports, will be a winner-takes-all affair.
- South Africa 207-3 – Rossouw (96no out of 55), Hendricks (53 out of 33)
- England 149 all out in 16.4 overs Shamsi (3-27), Phehlukwayo (3-39) Bairstow (30 of 21)
Moeen Ali is spectacularly caught on the border by Keshav Maharaj as South Africa top England in the second T20I in Cardiff
Rossouw wins first South African fiftieth anniversary since 2015
South Africa’s tally was buoyed by Rossouw’s third half-century T20I – more than seven years on from his second, with the 32-year-old only recently returning to international action for the first time since 2016 after a long spell as a Kolpak player with Hampshire.
The left-hander showed off the form he displayed for Somerset in this year’s Vitality Blast, a competition in which he made 623 carries and 42 tournament-leading sixes in Taunton’s team run to the final day.
Rossouw – who hit 10 fours and five sixes in Cardiff on Thursday night – has been denied a century with England dressmaker Chris Jordan (1-43) conceding just four runs since the innings final in South Africa.
Rossouw shared half-century rapid-fire stands with Reeza Hendricks (53 of 32) and Tristan Stubbs (15 of 12) — Stubbs played a much quieter shot than his merry 72 for 28 on Wednesday night.
Hendricks hit consecutive half-centuries from 27 balls before falling to a superb hold from Bairstow to the deep back square – Bairstow backpedaling and claiming the hold over his shoulder as his momentum threatened to send him over the top the limit chord.
Jonny Bairstow produced an exceptional hold towards the border to send South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks back to Cardiff
This superb piece of ground would have delighted bowler Richard Gleeson (1-38), who had knocked down Hendricks with a thin short leg in the previous bowling of Sam Curran.
England collapse and lose in Cardiff
In response, England skipper Jos Buttler (29 from 14) fired fleetingly for the second straight game, drilling Phehlukwayo for two sixes and a four from as many deliveries before firing the setter’s fourth ball halfway through.
Dawid Malan (5) and Jason Roy (20 of 22) then perished against the rotation of Maharaj and Shamsi respectively, bringing together early T20I heroes Bairstow and Moeen at 77-3 in the ninth over – the two having shared a stormy position of 106 from 37 balls in the series opener.
However, both players’ sparkling cameos ended in fantastic holds – Maharaj with a long-range diving hold to take out Moeen before Ngidi pocketed Bairstow (30 from 21) coming back from the point.
When Liam Livingstone (18 from 10) then scuffed Phehlukwayo behind in the 16th to leave England 141-7, the game was almost over, with Phehlukwayo and Ngidi (2-11) subsequently tweaking things.
“It was a big turnaround” – what they said
South African captain David Miller: “We’re going to take the win, it was a great turnaround – we took our catches and the batters were phenomenal. I’m delighted with the bowlers, they made it easy for me picking up wickets throughout. It was a great performance.”
England captain Jos Buttler: “The wicket played well so South Africa’s score was even. We had guys like me who started but didn’t make the winning contribution. The Ageas Bowl will now be a big decider .”
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