England T20 batsman Dawid Malan can do no wrong at this moment. Dawid Malan has had a terrific run of form in T20 cricket in recent times. The southpaw, who dethroned Pakistan’s Babar Azam as the number one batsman in the shortest format, starred in England’s clean sweep against South Africa too. And following that, earned the highest rating ever by a batsman in T20I cricket.
The 33-year old made a mockery of 192 set by South Africa in the third T20 international on Tuesday as he clubbed an unbeaten 47-ball 99 to take England home by nine wickets in Cape Town. Malan shared an unbroken partnership of 167 with Jos Buttler as the visitors played the perfect series. In the process, he increased his rating to 915 surpassing Aaron Finch’s best of 900 previously.
Before that, Dawid Malan could not make an impact in the first game of the series as he perished early in a run chase of 180 which England completed eventually. Nevertheless, the left-handed batsman bounced back by mustering 55 to guide the tourists to a series victory in the second. Malan’s 55 was crucial in the context of a tricky chase of 147 that his team completed with four wickets to spare. Currently, Dawid Malan has 855 runs in 19 T20Is, averaging 53.44 with nine half-centuries and a hundred.
England surge to the top of the spot in T20I rankings:
Meanwhile, by whitewashing South Africa in the three-match series, the Englishmen arose to the top of the T20I rankings. They displaced their arch-rivals Australia; however, they could regain the same if they beat India in the forthcoming T20I series. With 275 points, Australia and England share the same number of it.