Newcomer Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa

Paola Ditto
Giugno 26, 2017

Tom Curran, who took three wickets on debut in Taunton, ensured South Africa's chase was hampered from the very start.

But Mangaliso Mosehle (36) and Phehlukwayo (27*) did put up a fight but not enough to take South Africa home, as they remained stranded at 162 for 7. It was a fantastic knock because having played here before we knew the wicket was a little bit two-paced.

But Malan's departure stymied England's progress, with only Buttler, who made 31 from 22 balls, scoring with any fluency in the final six overs.

He had taken a break from Test cricket after being ruled out of the tour of Australia previous year with an injury, citing the need to manage his workload to keep himself going until the 2019 World Cup.

"But I don't think anything can prepare you for when you actually get out there - the nerves, the adrenaline".

Alex Hales supported Malan with 36 from 28 during the pair's 105-run stand for the second wicket and England appeared on course for a huge total.

"It's an important part of our development, and our success in 50-over cricket and T20 has been down to the strength in depth we've had in the side", Morgan said. We slipped up a little bit with a couple of mistakes in the field ... but we finished really well and Paterson put in an awesome spell of bowling.

Dane Paterson led South Africa's attack with four for 32.

Malan, coming in at No.3, let his first ball go and monstered his second over mid-wicket for six. Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe global Kevin Curran, struck with just his second ball in worldwide cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps.

Malan then drove fast bowler Morkel straight back over his head for a six that soared out of the ground and into the River Taff. Hales should have been out on 10 when he mistimed a drive off Morris only for Phehlukwayo to make a complete hash of a routine catch, with England 49 for one in the seventh over.

He did not let up against a change of pace, nonchalantly flicking leg-spinner Imran Tahir over his shoulder to bring up his half-century from 31 deliveries.

England s innings then petered out as Paterson helped himself to some cheap wickets. Earlier, Cape Town-born Tom Curran, a Surrey team-mate of Roy, marked his England debut with an impressive three for 33 in his maximum allowed four overs.

But the young leg-spinner persevered and, after five deliveries that had gone for 18, he tossed up the final ball of the 11th over and was rewarded with his first global wicket as De Villiers found Hales on the midwicket boundary.

The good work continued when Jordan had surprise number three batsman Chris Morris caught brilliantly by a leaping Hales on the deep square leg boundary for eight.

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