Rain ruins SA chase

England continued their dominance over South Africa with a one-run win thanks to the Duckworth Lewis method.

The weather turned at the Wanderers when the South Africans were on target, but their bowlers were again hammered by the Poms – ala the Champions Trophy – leaving the batsmen too much to do.

The South African attack again looked vulnerable and lacked impetus, with Ryan McLaren the pick on his T20 international debut in claiming three wickets. However, the supposed spearhead, Dale Steyn, looked off the pace and took some embarrassing punishment from Irishman Eion Morgan, whose one pull shot hit the flats outside the ground.

Morgan smashed 85 off 45 and his 98-run partnership with Paul Collingwood was instrumental in them reaching 202-6 after losing the toss and being put in by Graeme Smith.

In the chase, Smith and Loots Bosman got off to the ideal start as they put on 97 for the first wicket off just 8.3 overs. But both lost their wickets within an over of each other, and the momentum was lost.

At 127-3 after 13 overs, the rain intensified and the players left the field, with SA one run short of drawing level with England and two away from the win. The rain had been falling for sometime, with the target clear for the batsmen out in the middle. However, Albie Morkel and AB de Villiers unforgivably only got six off the final Jimmy Anderson over, and with that the players never returned.

England 202-6 in 20 overs
Eion Morgan 85*, Paul Collingwood 57, Ryan McLaren 3-33
South Africa 127-3 in 13 overs
Loots Bosman 58, Graeme Smith 41

England win by one run via the Duckworth Lewis method

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