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De Villiers, Amla propel South Africa to series win

Openers put on 125 in just 50 deliveries as host races to nine-wicket victory over England in second T20I

De Villiers, Amla propel South Africa to series win
  - Cricket News
AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla smashed aggressive half-centuries to give South Africa a convincing nine-wicket win against England in the second Twenty20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 21). The result helped South Africa sweep the two-match series 2-0.
England lost its way from a position of strength to be bowled out for 171 on the back of a 28-ball 54 by Jos Buttler, but de Villiers (71 from 29) and Amla (69 not out off 38) made short work of the chase, sharing an opening partnership of 125 in just 50 balls. 
De Villiers' knock consisted six sixes and as many fours and he reached his fifty off 21 balls, the fastest for South Africa.
While de Villiers displayed ferocious ball-striking, Amla played some elegant strokes in a knock that had eight fours and three sixes. De Villiers holed out to long-off while trying to hit Adil Rashid for another six in the ninth over but by then, a South African win was a mere formality.
Things were, however, much different in the first half of the game when Eoin Morgan and Buttler toyed with South Africa's bowling in a fourth-wicket stand of 96 off 55 balls.

After being put in to bat, England lost Jason Roy early but Joe Root kept the visiting side going, scoring 34 off 17 balls before falling to leg-spinner Imran Tahir. England was struggling a little for momentum at 61 for 3 from eight overs, but Buttler and Morgan pounded sixes at will in the middle overs. 
The partnership took England to 157 for 3 and on course for a total in the region of 200, but South Africa fought back and triggered a remarkable collapse. Buttler and Morgan were dismissed off successive balls and England lost its last seven wickets for just 14 runs to be bowled out for 171 in 19.4 overs.
The turnaround started when Buttler hit the third ball of the 17th over from Kyle Abbott to covers for Faf du Plessis to take a low catch. Morgan followed immediately when Abbott deflected a straight drive from Ben Stokes onto the stumps and England lost its way.  
Abbott finished with 3 for 26 while Chris Morris and Tahir picked up two wickets each.
The target seemed competitive but de Villiers' stunning knock left England clueless. South Africa scored a massive 88 runs from the first six overs, with both openers matching each other stroke-for-stroke.
All three England pacers conceded more than 30 runs, with Chris Jordan the most expensive after going for 48 from 2.4 overs. 
It was the last match of a tour in which England won the four-match Test series 2-1 and South Africa won a five-match One-Day International series 3-2.

For full match scorecard, please click here.

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