England’s captain Eoin Morgan went on a six hitting spree during heroic run chase in Centurion in final Twenty20 international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Sunday. He notched up a record by slamming seven sixes in an innings of 57 not out off 22 balls as England chased down South Africa’s 222 for six with five wickets and five balls to spare.
Interestingly, Morgan equalled his own record for fastest half century in the shortest format for England. He had scored a fifty in 21 balls against New Zealand in November last year at Napier.
Morgan sympathized for the bowlers on a day when the crowd was excited over 28 sixes as the batsmen made the right use of a true pitch and the thin air of the area. Morgan said, ” It was a hell of a game” and further added . “You have to commend both sides’ bowlers. It’s not the easiest ground to bowl on, especially with a wicket like this”. Morgan’s mind-boggling strike rate of 259.09 thrilled the fans of England cricket team.
“It was a nice note to leave match on”, said Morgan.
“When any side posts 220 it’s a tough ask but going back to the 2016 World Cup with this group of players we chased down 230 against South Africa in Mumbai. So we always had this belief,” added Morgan.
South African captain Quinton de Kock (35) and Temba Bavuma hammered 84 for the first wicket off 46 balls. Heinrich Klaasen hit 66 runs off 33 balls.
In order to put England in a strong position, Jos Buttler (57) and Johnny Bairstow (64) managed to make 91 runs off 50 balls. Dawid Malan was fourth out with the total on 145 and England still needed 78 runs off 38 balls. Eoin Morgan was joined by Ben Stokes and the pair added 61 off 27 balls. Later, Stokes got caught on the boundary with 17 still needed off 11 balls. Morgan hit two sixes over successive balls from Lungi Ngidi. And the match ended in England’s favour.
For his heroic performance, Morgan was honoured with the title of “Man of the Match” and “Man of the series”.
We knew it would be a high-scoring game but we’re a bit disappointed not to get over the line,” said De Kock. South Africa will be back in action on Friday in Johannesburg where they will be playing against Australia.