First T20 was an adrenaline-fueled, rip-roaring clash that went to the last ball before declaring South Africans as the winners. For a long time, Proteas had been going through a very bad patch of their cricket history where, despite all resources within their grasp, they were at a loss to get rid of the obnoxious spell of defeats. Their fate took a sudden turn during ODI series and they gathered some momentum to shake away the lethargic burden of misery and humiliation. This sudden resurrection bestowed on them three ODI victories in succession.
This momentum continued in the previous T20 where, they won the game against all odds. Today is another test of their professional skills and it is a must-win game for both the teams because T20 World Cup is knocking at the doors and like all other teams, they also need a strong backing of victories before participating in the grand event.
English batting failure in previous game must have alarmed the skipper Eoin Morgan because such inconsistent behavior can cost them ouster in the first round of T20 World Cup. Today the team will have to stay away from their wayward, non-professional approach that cost them the 1st T20. It should be a moment of deep concern that batsmen of the caliber of Alex Hales, Joe Root and skipper himself couldn’t play the disciplined bowling from South Africans. Joe Root scored two centuries in ODIs while Alex Hales also did well by scoring 112 runs in 5ht ODI. However in T20 game, they lost their professional approach that resulted in a very low total of 134 runs.
Pitch & conditions: The ODI in Johannesburg provided another dramatic finish, the surface offering something for the bowlers even as the thin atmosphere encouraged Morris to clear the ropes. The ball tends to fly in T20s at the Bullring, scene of the first international hundred and the highest run chase, and a 30C forecast should ensure the final match of England’s tour is a sizzler.
Watch AB de Villiers 29-ball 71-runs innings video highlights below