Visitors complete clean sweep with nine-wicket win

By ScoreLine Desk - December 2, 2020

Cape Town: England produced another dominant performance in the third and final T20 international against South Africa on Tuesday to sweep the series 3-0 at the Newlands stadium.

Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan’s record the partnership helped England make light work of the 192-run target, which they reached in the 18th over of the match.

Dawid Malan was once again the star of the show for England, finishing just one run short of his century in the end. Malan, with help from Jos Buttler, made the target for 192 look like peanuts as England cruised to victory and sealed a 3-0 whitewash in the series.

South Africa batted well this time around and posted a more than competitive total. However, they were let down by poor bowling. England have been a class above them throughout the series, and this T20I was no different.

The win helped take England to the top of the ICC T20I rankings, a very encouraging sign ahead of the T20I World Cup which is due to take place in India next year.

Malan ended up with 99 not out off 49 balls with 5 sixes and 11 boundaries while Buttler remained unbeaten on 65 off 43 with 5 sixes and 3 fours to lead the chase for England.

The duo registered the highest second-wicket partnership in T20 Internationals with their unbroken 167-run partnership with Malan ending up with the highest individual score by an English player against the Proteas.

“Great fun, a great run-chase on a used wicket that played better today. Mal’s consistency is phenomenal, the simplicity he bats with, very strong basics, and a lot of confidence and freedom.

Some days you don’t feel you are hitting well and get one away, but a couple of boundaries early set up a brilliant innings,” Jos Buttler said after the match.

This was the second match in a row in which Malan starred with the bat for England after his 55 in the previous game which they won by 4 wickets at Paarl. They had won the series-opener by 5 wickets in Cape Town.

Malan and Buttler’s partnership overshadowed that of the one between Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis, who stitched 127 runs for the fourth-wicket for the Proteas to help them post a challenging 191 for 3 in 20 overs.

Rassie van der Dussen scored 74 not out off just 32 balls with 5 fours and as many sixes while du Plessis was unbeaten on 52 off 37 with 5 fours and 3 sixes. But their performances ended up in vain as England recorded the highest successful run chase at Newlands to register their third 3-0 series-sweep in T20 internationals.

Malan was adjudged Player of the Match and Series for his exploits with the bat in the 3 games.

By ScoreLine Desk

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