Following their heavy defeat in Bristol,
South Africa levelled up the scores at 1-1 in the series with a comprehensive
58-run win in the second T20I at Cardiff. Rilee Roussow marked his return to
the South Africa set-up with a brilliant 96* off 55 deliveries to take the
Proteas to 207 for 3 before England were bundled out for 149 in the chase to
set up the series decider in Southampton on Sunday.
After a disappointing performance from the
top-order in the opening T20I, the Proteas made amends at the Sophia Gardens
with 58 runs coming in the powerplay after England put the visitors in to bat.
Quinton de Kock departed early as he picked out Jason Roy at mid-on, but Reeza
Hendricks notched his second 50 in two games before Rilee Roussow took over
throughout the rest of the innings.
Roussow started cautiously, scoring just
six runs of his first ten deliveries before finally picking up the pace. The
left-hander targeted the short straight boundaries in Cardiff, pummelling Adil
Rashid and Chris Jordan down the ground to take the Proteas to 100 for one at
the halfway mark. Roussow continued his charge after Hendricks departed on 52
as he brought up his first T20I half-century in six years for South Africa.
The 32-year-old slapped Richard Gleeson for
three boundaries in the 16th over and punished Chris Jordan for missing his
yorkers with a couple of meaty blows down the ground. The veteran English pacer
finally found his radar in the final over of the innings, conceding just four
runs in the 20th to leave Roussow unbeaten on 96, four runs short of his maiden
Chasing 208, Jos Buttler came out swinging
for the fences in the powerplay. The English skipper pulled Kagiso Rabada into
the grandstand before smashing the first three balls of Andile Phehlukwayo’s
spell to the boundary. Unfortunately for England, the South African all-rounder
had the last laugh as he corrected his line, causing Buttler to top-edge one to
Reeza Hendricks on the leg-side one ball later.
England continued to lose wickets after the
initial onslaught, with the South African spinners striking at regular
intervals to dent the hosts’ chances. Dawid Malan skied Keshav Maharaj in the
final over of the powerplay before Tabraiz Shamsi picked up three wickets in
the span of two overs. Jason Roy was the first victim, mistiming his heave to
long-off following a frustrating innings of 20 from 22 before left-handers
Moeen Ali and Sam Curran picked out Keshav Maharaj down the ground.
Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone briefly
kept England interested with a 36-run stand, but after the pair were dismissed
in consecutive overs, South Africa quickly wrapped up the innings to secure an
emphatic 58-run win.