Tuesday, April 16

England overtake Australia to reserve top spot in ICC T20I rankings

England. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / PA Image via Getty Image)

After whitewashing South Africa 3–0 in the T20I series, England climbed to the top spot in the ICC T20I rankings. England finally ended their dominance in the T20 series after a nine-wicket win over the hosts in the final match at Cape Town. England had to chase a mammoth 192-run target, but as the world’s finest T20I batsman, there were guests in children’s games David Malan Unbeaten innings of 99 runs.

Malan, who gave his team home in style, shared a 167-run second wicket partnership with Jos Buttler. Butler also performed brilliantly and led his team to 67 from 46 balls. None of the English team batsmen showed signs of fear on their faces as they ended the show in just 17.4 overs.

When South Africa were showing with Willow, Rasi van der Dussen smashed a brilliant 74 off 32 balls. On the other hand, Faf du Plessis did his job after scoring a brilliant half-century (37 of 52) for the team. Both scored a fourth wicket record after scoring 127 runs in total. However, Malan and Butler’s master class ensured that South Africa’s efforts were in vain.

England whitewashed South Africa on their soil in the T20 series

After winning the toss, South Africa opted to bat first and set a stunning target of 192 runs. On the other hand, England Was in the pure mood to seize the day for another time. Du Plessis and Van der Dusan were in fine form. Also in midway, South would have avoided the whitewash, when Jason Roy was dismissed by ace pacer Enrique Narje. However, when the visitors Malan and Butler set their tone, things seemed invincible for the visitors.

In particular, left-arm spinner Tabrez Shamsi and fast bowler Lutho Sipamla were harassed. He scored 57 and 45 respectively in his four-over quota. David Malan was chosen as the player of the series for his sheer class with the bat. England won the first T20I by five wickets and the second match by four wickets.