England vs South Africa

Match info: England v South Africa Twenty20 Series 2012 at Edgbaston - 3rd Twenty20

Date: 12th Sep 2012 Umpires: R J Bailey and R K Illingworth

11-over match

Home team and score Away team score

England

118/5 (11.0 Overs)

Result

South Africa

90/5 (11.0 Overs)

England win by 28 runs

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  • England win by 28 runs

    The Buttler did it. The result was rarely in doubt from the moment Jos took 30 runs off one Parnell over to propel England to a score that always looked pretty much unchaseable despite another easy-on-the-eye innings from the prolific Amla. This series ends 1-1. Next stop, Sri Lanka.
  • Over 11 - South Africa 90/5 (JA Morkel 17, Kallis 8)

    Dernbach tries a couple of his back-of-the-hand jobs and bungs them down the legside. Not that it matters. Drop! If you're going to produce a comedy dropped catch, do it when the opposition need 30 to win off three balls. Kallis slices to deep point, and Lumb sets himself underneath it before barely laying a hand on the ball. The next ball is drilled out to him on the ground, and he misfields again. Edgbaston crowd cheering him on. Not sure Jade finds it funny. Albie Morkel carves the last ball to third-man for a couple as England square the series with a 28-run win.
  • Over 10 - South Africa 78/5 (JA Morkel 14, Kallis 1)

    Albie Morkel swats a Bresnan bouncer into the groundsman's shed for six. Awesome strike. Bit-part player Kallis is in at number seven to pick up a single down the ground. Bresnan ends with 2/14 from his two overs.
  • WICKET! Ontong c Morgan b Bresnan 10

    Ontong slices a high full-toss to Morgan at point. The batsman wants it called a no-ball, but it's just below waist height.
  • Over 9 - South Africa 68/4 (JA Morkel 5, Ontong 10)

    Ontong slogs over wide long-on for a six which is, remarkably, South Africa's first of the series.
  • Over 8 - South Africa 55/4 (JA Morkel 1, Ontong 1)

    Sensational over from Jade Dernbach, going through his full repertoire of variations. Albie Morkel and Justin Ontong can barely lay a bat on him.
  • Over 7 - South Africa 53/4 (JA Morkel 0)

    That over removes any lingering doubt about the outcome, you'd imagine. Swann 2/11 from two overs.
  • WICKET! Amla c Bairstow b Swann 36

    Amla's sensational summer of runs comes to an end. Same combo as did for De Villiers as Amla flicks a full delivery out to Bairstow on the boundary. Just the 900 runs in England for Hash. He's handy.
  • WICKET! De Villiers c Bairstow b Swann 2

    Big wicket for England as one man who could've 'done a Buttler' toe-ends a sweep to deep square-leg where Bairstow makes no mistake.
  • Over 6 - South Africa 51/2 (Amla 35, De Villiers 2)

    Amla swats a Broad bouncer to the midwicket boundary. Not his most elegant shot, but it is apparently the 100th four he's hit this summer. Remarkable. Good over from Broad, though, forcing Amla into a few desperate air shots. Which hasn't happened often this summer.
  • Over 5 - South Africa 44/2 (Amla 29, De Villiers 2)

    It will probably be in vain this time, but Amla is playing another absolute gem. His latest boundary is an impossibly delicate reverse sweep off Graeme Swann placed inches wide of Kieswetter's right foot. A thick outside edge brings three more for Amla who is closing on 900 runs for the summer.
  • Over 4 - South Africa 34/2 (Amla 21)

    That's the problem with run-chases like this. The required rate just keeps getting sillier and sillier and does so quicker and quicker even after you get nine runs off an over.
  • WICKET! Du Plessis c Morgan b Briggs 8

    Deserved wicket for Briggs, who has been put away to the boundary a few times by Amla but is too good for mere mortals like Du Plessis, who tries to play to leg against the ample spin and gets a leading edge to Morgan at cover.
  • Over 3 - South Africa 25/1 (Amla 14, Du Plessis 8)

    Stuart Broad brings himself on to bowl, and is dispatched for offside boundaries by each batsman. Controversially it's Du Plessis' that is the more attractive, lofted calmly over extra-cover after Amla edges to third-man.
  • Over 2 - South Africa 13/1 (Amla 9, Du Plessis 3)

    Good over from Bresan. Du Plessis off the mark with a thick outside edge through point for three - Lumb doing brilliantly to flick the ball back just inside the rope - and Amla dabbing the last ball of the over into the offside for a single.
  • WICKET! Levi b Bresnan 1

    Richard Levi has looked quite some distance out of his depth in this series and departs for just a single here as he tries to swat a full delivery on off stump through square-leg with a horizontal bat with predictable results.
  • Over 1 - South Africa 9/0 (Levi 1, Amla 8)

    Briggs handed the new ball. Another eventful over to start the South Africa innings as the Great Hashim Amla strokes a couple of gorgeous offside boundaries either side of a pair of deliveries that absolutely rip past his outside edge.
  • England 118/5

    Well that was worth the wait. Kieswetter and especially Buttler were magnificent. England managed 118 runs in the first Twenty20 of this series; they've got the same total in an Eleven11. South Africa must score at 10.82 per over for victory.
  • Over 11 - England 117/5 (Buttler 32, Bresnan 1)

    Two singles for Bresnan and Buttler to end the innings. How dull.
  • WICKET! Bairstow b Morkel 4

    Middle stump getting a battering. Jonny Bairstow guides his first ball to the third-man boundary but is bowled by a pinpoint yorker next ball. The last 10 balls: 6 6 2 0nb 4nb 4 6 2 6 W 4 W. All the way up to 11.

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