|Second Royal London Twenty20 worldwide, Worcester|
|South Africa 148-6: Bosch 61; Glenn 2-27|
|England 151-4: Sciver 47; Khaka 1-10|
|England gained by six wickets; England lead multi-format sequence 12-2|
England overcame an improved efficiency from South Africa to comfortably win the second Twenty20 by six wickets at Worcester.
The hosts chased 149 with an over to spare, Nat Sciver hitting a composed 41-ball 47 and Danni Wyatt a extra aggressive 39 from 24 balls.
Having made 111 in Thursday’s first T20 defeat, South Africa posted 148-6.
Anneke Bosch top-scored with 61 in a century stand with fellow opener Lara Goodall, who made 42.
However the guests slumped from 102-0 after teenager Alice Capsey took Goodall’s wicket in her first over in worldwide cricket.
Katherine Brunt then grew to become England’s main wicket-taker in worldwide T20s when she bowled Laura Wolvaardt within the ultimate over for 21.
Whereas it was a big enchancment on the batting efficiency at Chelmsford, England have been nonetheless snug in pursuit.
Sophia Dunkley continued her aggression on the prime of the order with 23 from 15 balls whereas Amy Jones ended 20 not out.
Sciver was standing in as captain for the injured Heather Knight, who missed out with a hip harm lower than per week earlier than the beginning of the Commonwealth Video games.
Victory meant England prolonged their result in 12-2 within the multi-format sequence. The ultimate T20 takes place at Derby on Monday at 18:30 BST and is reside on BBC Two.
Enchancment, however not sufficient for South Africa
South Africa’s batting has failed to fireside all through the white-ball leg of the sequence, the void left by power-hitter Lizelle Lee’s retirement seeming to develop with every recreation.
It stays an issue on the prime of the order, as regardless of Bosch and Goodall’s enchancment, they nonetheless solely managed to achieve 34-0 on the finish of the opening powerplay.
However they confirmed struggle and grit – one thing that had beforehand been lacking.
Regardless of the gradual begin, they grew in confidence and accelerated, setting a platform for the likes of Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon and Mignon du Preez.
However two generations intertwined as Brunt and 17-year-old Capsey – who was simply 10 days previous when the previous made her worldwide debut – took their milestone wickets.
Brunt’s wicket was her 103rd within the format for England, taking her away from her former team-mate Anya Shrubsole who retired earlier this yr.
Leg-spinner Sarah Glenn additionally took two wickets to stall South Africa’s momentum and so they failed to achieve the 160 mark that they might have been aiming for.
The gulf between the edges stays stark, as Dunkley and Wyatt had the arrogance to assault from the offset, the previous persevering with her unbelievable type by smashing 18 from the third over earlier than being caught at long-on going for one six too many.
Wyatt appeared set to steer England dwelling earlier than she was dismissed by a unbelievable diving catch from opposing skipper Luus within the outfield.
However England have been 51-2 after the powerplay, the again of the chase already damaged, which allowed Sciver to play an array of artistic photographs earlier than she was sadly run out backing up on the non-striker’s finish with simply 9 extra runs wanted.
Maia Bouchier settled any nerves by hitting two fours in her 5 balls to seal the win – England’s fifth in 5 white-ball matches on this sequence.
‘We simply wish to preserve being relentless’ – response
England captain Nat Sciver: “Totally different challenges have been thrown at us, notably once we have been bowling.
“They got here out with nice intent and actually put us underneath stress – we did actually good job of dragging it again within the ultimate 10 overs of their innings.
“To come back out with that intent with the bat, when situations have been trickier than the opposite day, I believed was actually good.
“We simply wish to preserve being relentless with our attacking mindset.”
South Africa captain Sune Luus: “We spoke about giving us a platform for Chloe [Tryon], myself and Laura [Wolvaardt] to return in and tee off on the finish.
“Sadly myself and Chloe did not come off which might have given us an additional 20-30 runs. They did properly and I believe that’s the confidence they wanted to kick on for the following recreation.”
Injured England bowler Tash Farrant on BBC Check Match Particular: “England look in a very sturdy place in the mean time.
“They’ve been ruthless with their performances and simply have not let South Africa in in any respect. They’re build up properly for the Commonwealth Video games.”