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Sat Apr 19 11:28:32 SAST 2014

Rain washes out T20 nail-biter

Mark Salter at Old Trafford | 11 September, 2012 06:590 Comments
South African batsmen Hashim Amla scores some runs during the 2nd International T20 between England and South Africa at Old Trafford on September 10, 2012 in Manchester, England
Image by: Stu Forster / Getty Images

IF NOTHING else, South Africa will at least end their tour of England unbeaten in the three formats. When the second T20 match was called off after 13.1 overs due to rain last night, it left the Proteas one-up with one to play at Birmingham tomorrow.

Nothing much could be gained from the available play last night, but South Africa can take a moral victory out of this. They shackled the England batsmen, chasing 78 for victory off nine overs, and they were at 29 for two off 4.1 overs when rain came down again and ended the match.

The match had been reduced to nine overs a side, with South Africa sent in to bat. Hashim Amla - of course - dominated the batting, scoring 47, with seven fours, while his partners departed regularly trying to force the pace. He was dropped, though, at mid-wicket by Eoin Morgan, who lost the skier off Graeme Swann in the lights when he was on 33. But with this score, he raised his best in all formats of the game following his 311 in the first test and 150 in the second ODI.

Steve Finn took a wicket with the first ball of each of his two overs. These included Richard Levi, who now has faced just eight balls in his two innings.

South Africa were in a fragile state at 50 for five after seven overs, but then Amla and Jacques Kallis, batting at six, tore into Stuart Broad, scoring 18 off his second and final over.

South Africa wrapped up the test series 2-0 and drew the one-day international series 2-2. At worst, they will end the T20 series 1-1.

It was a disappointing end to the evening because South Africa named arguably their strongest team to try to seal the series.

The management elected to take the pressure off Faf du Plessis and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, both of whom have suffered in the limited-overs games.

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