September 13, 2012
Third Twenty20 International, Edgbaston
England 118-5 (11 overs) beat South Africa 90-5 (11 overs) by 28 runs
England beat South Africa last night at Edgbaston by 28 runs and levelled the three match Twenty20 series 1-1.
Victory was set up thanks to a well-made half century from Craig Kieswetter and some stunning striking from fellow Somerset player Jos Buttler.
In a game reduced to 11 overs per side South Africa won the toss and elected to field first under the lights at Edgbaston. Kieswetter opened up for England and was dismissed in the last over after making 50 from 32 balls.
However, the innings was given some real momentum when Buttler arrived in the later overs. In just 10 balls he scored 32 runs included 3 huge sixes and 2 fours. It was a mix of power hitting and delicate touches as Buttler increased the scoring rate. England will be hoping Buttler can kick on from here in the world Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
England finished with 118-5 from their 11 overs which looked a tall order for South Africa on a wicket that was slow and offering assistance to the spinners.
Yet again Hashim Amla top scored for the visitors with 36 from 27 balls but South Africa never looked in the chase. Tim Bresnan was the pick of the England bowlers with 2-14 from his 2 overs. South Africa finished on 90-5 which was 28 runs a drift.
Both teams head out to Sri Lanka today for the start of the Twenty20 World Cup.
The Scoop 13/09/12