England won the second Twenty20 against South Africa by two runs in another high-drama finish to level the series 1-1 and take it to a deciding final game.
In a thrilling end to rival the first game, England secured its victory in Durban on the last ball when Tom Curran dismissed Bjorn Fortuin for a first-ball duck for his second wicket in two balls.
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South Africa needed just three runs off that last ball to win and two to tie and force a Super Over.
Fortuin, who had just walked in and was tasked with winning the game for South Africa off his first delivery in international cricket, tried to flick it over fine leg but was caught by Adil Rashid.
England’s celebrations after the final ball however were put on hold as the umpires asked the third umpire to investigate if Rashid had stepped foot outside the circle before the ball had been bowled.
After a long-time and a close look, the third umpire decided Rashid had narrowly avoided leaving the inner circle just before the delivery.
Let the celebrations begin.Source:AFP
England made 204-7 to set South Africa a challenging target. Captain Quinton de Kock lashed 65 off 22 balls for South Africa, which finished on 202-7.
South Africa needed 15 off the last five balls and its hopes had apparently disappeared. But Dwaine Pretorius hit a six way over wide mid-on and sent a four rocketing through the covers off successive balls and the home team had a chance.
The key moment came off the second-to-last ball of the game when Curran had Pretorius out lbw with South Africa needing three from two balls. Pretorius reviewed the decision, which was confirmed by very fine margins.
The game was decided in almost exactly the same way as the first T20, which South Africa won by one run off the last ball. Then, England needed three off the last two balls to win. And South Africa also took a wicket off the penultimate delivery.
See you Sunday for some more ?
What a time to be alive…
QDK is next level good! #SAvsENG
That was a belter or a match that lurched from one team to the other and back again. WinViz has got whiplash, Curran & Jordan have nerves of steel & we’ve all been entertained. T20 – there’s nothing quite like it. #SAvENG
Goodness me, what a finish! England love some last min fireworks eh? ? #SAvENG
Ballsy from Tom Curran there ? #SAvENG
What an incredible match. #SAvENG
The final T20 takes place on Sunday at 6pm (AEDT).
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