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England edge T20 to set up decider

14th February 2020, 20:54 by Tom McGarry

England secured a two-run victory in Durban on Friday to set up a Twenty20 series decider against South Africa.

England batted first at Kingsmead and Jason Roy (40), Jonny Bairstow (35) and captain Eoin Morgan (27) all produced solid knocks, but when Joe Denly (2) was dismissed cheaply, the tourists had work to do on 125-5.

However, Ben Stokes (47no) and Moeen Ali (39) took control from there, smashing 51 from 18 balls for the sixth wicket, as England eventually closed their innings on 204-7.

In response, South Africa started impressively with openers Quinton de Kock (65) and Temba Bavuma (31) putting on 92 for the first wicket, the former reaching his 50 in just 17 balls - a record for a Proteas batsman.

However, Chris Jordan swung the momentum back in England's favour once again by taking two wickets in consecutive balls, with South Africa needing 15 off the final over to win the match and clinch the series.

Tom Curran was the bowler for England and the writing looked on the wall when Dwaine Pretorius hit a six and four to put the hosts on the brink.

However, there was one last twist, as Curran then dismissed Pretorius and Bjorn Fortuin as South Africa fell short of their target, ending their 20 overs on 202-7.

Everything remains up for grabs heading into the third and final match of the series, which will take place in Centurion on Sunday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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