Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan delivered splendid performances to help England level the three-match T20I series against South Africa at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban on Friday. With this result, England have to managed to draw level in the T20I series.
South African Captain Quinton de Kock has won the toss and opted to bowl first. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler once again perished for a low score to see England lose their first wicket with just 17 runs on the board.
Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on a 52-run partnership to rebuild the innings for England. Jonny Bairstow produced a quick-fire innings of 35 runs off 17 balls to see England score their runs at a brisk rate.
Roy played exceedingly well and scored 40 runs off 29 balls with the help of three four and two sixes.
England Skipper Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes added 33-run partnership to keep the scoreboard moving for the side. Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius picked up key wickets of Eoin Morgan and Joe Denly to see South Africa make a comeback in the game.
With England placed at 125 for 5 after 15.1 overs, All-rounder Moeen Ali produced a blistering innings to help his side score close to 80 runs in their last five overs. Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes put on a 79-run partnership to help England post a mammoth 204 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Ben Stokes found form with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 47 runs off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes. He was well supported by Moeen Ali, who scored a brisk 39 runs off just 11 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
In reply, South African openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma got the side off to brisk start. Quinton de Kock broke the record for the quickest half-century scored by South African batsman in the T20 format. Left-hander played a blinder and put on 92-run partnership with Bavuma to see South Africa placed in a great position to win the game.
England managed to dismiss de Kock, who was dismissed by Mark Wood to see South Africa lose their first wicket in the eighth over. Captain was the standout performer with the bat and scored 65 runs off 22 balls with the help of two fours and eight sixes.
Pacer Mark Wood once again delivered with the ball and dismissed Bavuma in the 10th over to see lose both their openers. Bavuma played a handy innings for the side and scored 31 runs off 29 balls with the help of two boundaries.
David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen put on a decent partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking for South Africa. Chris Jordan came into the attack and picked two quick wickets to see South Africa lose their fifth wicket with 158 runs on the board.
Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius put on a 44-run partnership to help the side take the game down to the wire. Pacer Tom Curran delivered an excellent final over to help England eke out a close win.
Rassie van der Dussen scored 43 not off 26 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes, whereas Dwaine Pretorius smashed 25 runs off 13 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
For England, pace trio of Tom Curran, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan claimed two wickets each. All-rounder Ben Stokes also picked up one wicket.
For his late blitz with the bat, All-rounder Moeen Ali was named player of the match.
The third and final game of the series will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.