Twenty20 cricket is on a roll at the moment. The fans have had an ecstatic season as they recently witnessed two super overs in two successive T20I games between India and New Zealand. Now, again, another thrilling encounter took place between South Africa and England wherein the former beat the latter by just one run as Lungi Ngidi defended seven runs in the last over to hand the Proteas a win.
Having won the Test series and levelled the ODI series, England were in a dominant position throughout the Proteas tour. England clinched the four-match Test series by a comfortable margin of 3-1, losing only the opening game of the series.
The three-match ODI series was levelled 1-1 as a game had been washed away due to rain.
Now, the first game of the three-match T20I series was won by the Proteas on a last-ball thriller.
Lungi Ngidi Defends Seven Runs In The Final Over Against England:
Ngidi was superb with the ball in the final over of the game. Ngidi clinched three wickets in the over giving away just five runs. He was awarded the Player of the Match for his heroics as the Proteas now lead the three-match series 1-0 and have an added advantage over the visitors.
South Africa vs England – watch the final over bowled by Lungi Ngidi here:
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Batting first, the Proteas posted a total of 177 runs on the board losing eight wickets in their 20 overs.
Promising prospect Temba Bavuma made the highest contribution with the bat scoring 43 runs. Chris Jordan was the most successful Eglish bowler picking two wickets for the visitors.
Chasing the target, England opener Jason Roy played a blistering knock of 70 runs in 38 balls. His innings included seven fours and three sixes. But, his efforts could not help England cross the line as wickets kept falling on the other end at regular intervals and England could manage 176 runs.
Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he clinched three wickets and also defended seven runs in the final over to hand Proteas the win.
The second game of the series will now take place on February 14 at Durban and is expected to be a thriller of a contest.