England v South Africa - 3rd Vitality IT20
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:Reeza Hendricks of South Africa plays a shot during the 3rd Vitality IT20 match between England and South Africa at The Ageas Bowl on July 31, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
England v South Africa - 3rd Vitality IT20

After drawing the ODI series, England and South Africa met each other for a three-match T20 series.

Here is how it all happened.

The first T20I was a Day-Night affair played in Bristol. South Africa won the toss and elected to field, a decision they would regret later. Some brutal power hitting was on show by England with four of their batters striking at over 160, two of them having strike rates of 280 plus.

Jonny Bairstow top scoring with 90 runs of 53 balls whereas Moeen Ali made 52 runs in just 18 balls. Ali's knock included six sixes and he also broke the record for the fastest T20I fifty by an Englishman. With the help of David Malan, England scored 234 for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs. Lungi Ngidi picked up five wickets but he also conceded 39 runs in his four overs.

South Africa had the worst possible start when they lost De Kock and Rossouw in the second over. Rezza Hendricks and Tristan Stubbs supported the South African innings with scores of 57 and 72 respectively. They did well to take their team's score to 193 in the 20 overs but they still fell short by 41 runs. Reece Topley was the pick of the English bowlers with the figures of 2/29 of his four overs.

Moeen Ali was awarded the Man of the Match award due to his explosive inning and a handy bowling spell.

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The second T20I was played in Cardiff the very next day and was also a Day-Night game. England won the toss and decided to bowl first.

South Africa attacked from the word go. Although they lost their opener, Quinton de Kock early, they still scored a massive 207 for the loss of 3 wickets. Unfortunate was Rilee Rossouw who missed out on his century and scored 96 not-out off just 55 deliveries. Rezza Hendricks scored his second successive half-century in this T20 series.

The England bowlers did not enjoy their night out as all of them had an economy rate of 7.5 or above.

In pursuit of 208, England regularly lost wickets and got bowled out in the 17th over with just 149 runs on the board. Jonny Bairstow was once again the top run scorer but with just 30 to his name. Tabraiz Shamsi had the best bowling figures for the Proteas as he took three wickets for 27 runs with an economy rate of just 6.75 per over. Deservedly, Rossouw was named the Man of the Match.

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The third and final T20 was played in Southhampton. The Toss was once again won by England and they again elected to field first. David Willey got rid of the South African opener de Kock in the inning's first over but this did not deter the rest of the batting line-up. Reeza Hendricks continued his prolific run and scored 70, his third successive 50-plus score. Aiden Markram scored 51 not out and brief but quick cameos from David Miller and Rilee Rossouw enabled them to score an impressive 191.

Willey was the stand-out bowler for England. He took three wickets for just 25 runs with a respectable Economy rate of 6.25 runs per over.

England was looking to chase this total and win the series but they jolted under the South African spinners. Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Markram took a combined eight wickets for just 50 runs in 8.4 overs. Shamsi was the standout bowler with match figures of 5/24.

England got bowled out for 101 runs and lost the match by 90 runs. Only four English players were able to register double-figure scores with Bairstow once again top scoring with 27.

South Africa won the three-match series 2-1. The man of the Match award went to Shamsi and the Man of the Series award was given to Hendricks.

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