Riley Rossow hit with power and precision and Tabraiz Shamsi bounced back magnificently from his first leg defeat as South Africa equalized in the T20 series with an impressive 58 series win over England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Thursday night.
Considering how comprehensively they were outplayed in the first T20, the Proteas unexpectedly fielded an unchanged XI and Rossow, who only scored 4 goals in his second leg, made the most of his second chance with a fiery 96 out of 55 balls, leading the tourists to significant 207/3 after being sent to bat.
Wristman Shamsi, who hit 49 runs in three overs in Bristol batting, was South Africa’s key bowler, hitting 3/27 in his four overs. This included Moen Ali’s key gate, which blew England’s fastest T20 in half a century in the first leg and looked the same at Cardiff when he scored 28 out of 17 before Keshav Maharaj caught the ball brilliantly by running and diving in the long play.
This represented a much improved Proteas game and when Sam Curran (2) lost the same combination in the same over, England dropped to 92/5 after 11 overs.
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Previously, Risa Hendrix continued to fulfill the Proteas management’s desire for more offensive aggression, scoring a smooth and impressive 53 of 32 goals up front.
He matched brilliantly with Rossow, the pair adding 73 for 7.4 overs for the second wicket.
Southpaw Rossow showed off his power play by throwing five sixes, but he also landed some superb touches that created some of his 10 fours.
Captain Jos Battler gave England the quick start they wanted with 29 of 14 but Andile Fehlukvayo, another very good three-wicket rebounder, knocked him out of the lead.
Spinners Shamsi and Maharaj with an important David Malan wicket (5) then did their job and the outstanding Lungi Ngidi (2,4-0-11-2) had to complete the game, England lost by 149 inside 17 overs.