Jos Buttler’s quickfire 32 not out provided the platform for England to beat South Africa by 28 runs in the third and final Twenty20 international at Edgbaston. Wednesday’s victory saw World Twenty20 champions England,who head to Sri Lanka on Thursday to defend the title they won in the Caribbean two years ago,square this three-match series at 1-1 with one no result.
Most of Buttler’s runs,in a match reduced by rain to 11 overs per side,came in a costly ninth over worth 32 from left-arm quick Wayne Parnell. It was the second most expensive over in Twenty20 international history after Yuvraj Singh struck England captain Stuart Broad for 36 runs made up of six sixes in Durban during the inaugural 2007 World Twenty20.
England made 118 for five with man-of-the-match Buttler facing just 10 balls of which he hit three sixes and two fours. South Africa,who were never up with the rate,finished on 90 for five.
“Jos’s was a game-changing innings. We know how good he is,he’s shown on the county circuit that he does that,he’s done it on the international scene now. It’s always nice when you’ve got a guy who can hit it into the top tier and that was highly impressive. Jos was promoted up the order and those ten balls changed that game,” said Broad.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers,involved in the Proteas preceding Test series win over England and the shared one-day campaign,admitted his team were second best on Wednesday. “I thought we were completely outplayed today. We didn’t start well and I made a few tactical errors.”
England opener Craig Kieswetter made 50 off 32 balls with three sixes and three fours and together with Buttler he put on 48 in 14 balls.
South Africa suffered an early setback when the big-hitting Richard Levi was bowled by Tim Bresnan for one. And they lost Faf du Plessis for eight when,hitting across the line,he became debutant left-arm spinner Danny Briggs’s first Twenty20 international wicket after getting a leading edge to mid-off.
Brief scores: England 118/5 in 11 overs (C Kieswetter 50,J Buttler not out 32; M Morkel 2/28,Botha 2/19) bt South Africa 90/5 in 11 overs) H Amla 36,A Morkel not out 17; Bresnan 2/2; Broad 2/18)