South Africa beats England by 90 runs in 3rd T20I, wins series 2-1


South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took five wickets to help his team beat England for 101 to win their decisive Twenty20 international by 90 runs at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, winning the three-game run 2-1.

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South Africa came into the fray, scoring 191-5 from their 20 overs to set England an impressive goal and then knock out the home team for a one-sided win.

Shamsi’s wrist spin was good for Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran and David Willey, who got the first ball to create a hat-trick opportunity that Chris Jordan denied him.

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But Shamsi let Jordan snag his leg for the wicket in his last left, then Adil Rashid lashed out at the border, finishing 5-24 from four overs.

England quickly fell behind the required run rate as none of their batsmen managed to show any of the strength from earlier in the limited overs series between the two countries, struggling to cope with the variety of bowling options South Africa subjugated them.

Jonny Bairstow finished their top scorer with 27 runs after coming in at number four and being the last man after seeing a procession of batsmen fall around him.

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Willey threw South Africa’s opener Quinton de Kock in a wicket maiden that went over at the start of the match, but the tourists went on to set a substantial goal as Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram both scored half a century.

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Their 87-run collaboration also proved decisive after Rilee Rossouw had 31 from 18 balls.

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Hendricks scored 70 before flying the ball to Jordan wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, while Markram 51 was not out.

There was also a lightning contribution of 22 runs off nine balls from free-swinging captain David Miller, in honor of his 100th T20 appearance for South Africa. It included just six of his team’s innings. England won the opening game of the T20 series by 41 runs before South Africa bounced back with a 58-run victory to take the series in Sunday’s decision.