England lost the first game of the ongoing twenty 20
England lost the first game of the ongoing twenty 20 series against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town yesterday.
It was Chris Morris again who did the trick for South Africa scoring the required 14 runs in the last over of the innings.
Chasing a very low score on a flat deck, the Proteas made it difficult for themselves as they tried to be overcautious in the chase.
And at one stage, the game had almost slipped out of their hands.
But, thanks to those two timely boundary strikes off Morris’ bat, they managed to reach the target and took an unbeatable lead of one nil.
There is one more game to go in the series which will take place in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The first half of this South Africa tour was brilliant for England as they won the test series and then, won the first couple of games of the One Day International series as well.
But, there has been a change of momentum ever since and they have now lost 4 games in a row.
And, a couple of those losses, they would be absolutely gutted about as they were so close.
The 4th ODI, if they had not dropped the vital catches in that game, they would perhaps have won it and would have sealed the series as well in that case.
And, then, in this twenty 20 game as well, there were a lot of runs to defend for them in 20th over.
Fourteen runs are not easy to score for a lower order batsman under pressure. But, some lose bowling by Topley proved to be costly.
England would definitely believe they could have made the tour so much better for themselves if they had not committed those small mistakes at key moments.
However, they would now look to win the last twenty 20 that is left and finish the tour on a high.