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Morgan on fire as England clinch T20 series

16th February 2020, 20:09 by Neil Foster

England chased down 223 to beat South Africa in the third Twenty20 and claim the series, with skipper Eoin Morgan ending up 57 not out.

The left-hander clubbed seven sixes in his 22-ball knock to see the Three Lions over the line by five wickets and with five balls to spare in a pulsating contest in Centurion.

It seemed as though the Proteas held all the aces when they amassed 222-6 from their 20 overs, with Heinrich Klaasen's 33-ball 66 the stand-out effort.

He was well backed-up by Temba Bavuma (49), skipper Quinton de Kock (35) and David Miller, whose 35 came from just 20 deliveries.

The hosts hit 13 sixes during their innings and the England bowling figures suffered as a result.

Mark Wood took one wicket but conceded 47 runs from three overs while fellow paceman Chris Jordan went for 49 runs from four.

Tom Curran (2-33) and Ben Stokes (2-35) were the pick of the bowlers and it seemed as though the tourists would have to dig deep to reach such a daunting target.

Jason Roy went early for just seven but Jos Buttler hit nine fours and two sixes in a rapid 57 while Jonny Bairstow was brutal in plundering 64 from 34 deliveries.

Dawid Malan struggled to make only 11 but Stokes and Morgan got things back on track, with the Durham all-rounder smashing 22 from 12 balls.

However, it was the World Cup-winning captain who saw his side over the line, with an amazing display of hitting to complete the job in combination with Moeen Ali (5 not out).

After the match, Morgan spoke to Sky Sports and was proud of the way his men responded after losing the series opener, with special praise for those at the top of the order.

"It has been an extremely satisfying series. We started the series rusty and lost a game we should have won so I'm proud of the guys for the way they have fought back," he said.

"When you have got guys at the top like Roy, Buttler and Bairstow, they are so destructive and set a platform for the rest of the batters."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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