The David Miller-led South African team squared off against England in the second T20I of the three-match series yesterday (July 28). The much-anticipated game at the Sophia Gardens was a must-win encounter for the visitors to stay alive in the series after trailing the series by one nil.
After being forced to bat first, The visitors put up a huge total of 208 on the board. The left-hand proteas opener namely Rossouw was the pick of the batters for South Africa with brilliant innings of 94 off just 58 deliveries. While the right-hander Reeza Hendricks contributed with a half-century at the top of the order.
In return, the hosts bundled out on the score of 150. It was a disappointing show by the English batters as none of their batsmen managed to get a fifty score. Multiple batsmen including Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler got decent starts but failed to convert them into big scores. South Africa’s Rossouw was named the player of the match.
Jonny Bairstow comes up with an unorthodox shot:
Meanwhile, The English middle-order batter Jonny Bairstow caught some limelight after playing an unorthodox shot against Kagiso Rabada. The incident happened during the 15th over of the match while the Proteas pacer attempted and successfully executed a yorker.
The in-form English batter guided the delivery in the fine leg region which ran straight into the boundary rope for a boundary. He managed to hit the shot from between his legs. The awkward shot from Bairstow received some hilarious reactions from the crowd, Commentators, and the fans. The non-striker Liam Livingstone too looked surprised by the shot and responded with a big laugh.
Bairstow, who is in form of his life, scored 30 runs off 21 deliveries in the run chase. He looked solid at the start of his innings but eventually was dismissed by a brilliant diving catch by Lungi Ngidi at the third man region against the same bowler namely Kagiso Rabada. Dismissal of the marquee batter ensured a win for the Miller-led side.
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 29, 2022