Match abandoned just five balls short of producing a result
The second T20I between England and South Africa at Old Trafford was abandoned due to rain just five balls short of producing a positive result.
Rain delayed the start of play until 8.45pm, at which point there was only time for a nine-overs-per-side game.
South Africa made 77-5 before England reached 29-2 off 4.1 overs, only for one final deluge to force the match to be called off.
Just another five deliveries were required to generate a victor in a match that provided good entertainment in what little cricket was available.
Hashim Amla (47 not out off 30 balls) dominated South Africa’s innings as the right-hander continued the form he has shown all summer.
England got off to the perfect start when Richard Levi gloved Steven Finn’s opening ball down the leg-side.
Finn struck again at the start of his second over when AB de Villiers pulled to Jade Dernbach at long-on who took a juggling catch.
Amla dominated the three-over Powerplay with all five of the boundaries scored off the bat in that period.
Albie Morkel holed out in the covers during Luke Wright’s comeback over into the national team after more than a year on the sidelines.
Eoin Morgan dropped a simple catch at midwicket when Amla was on 31 but Graeme Swann made amends next ball when he took a fine diving effort running back off his own bowling to remove JP Duminy.
Jacques Kallis (13 off 7 balls) helped Amla put on 27 in the last two overs to give the Proteas a respectable total.
Kieswetter failed to connect with the first four balls of the reply from Morne Morkel to put England under early pressure.
The batsman-wicketkeeper’s torment was finally ended in the next over when Robin Peterson took an outstanding diving catch at long-on.
Wright flickered briefly until he pulled Albie Morkel to his brother at deep backward square leg just before the rain made its definitive intervention.
England head into the final match at Edgbaston on Wednesday needing a win to level the series.