South Africa takes the T20I series home by 2-1: Player Ratings from England’s series loss against Proteas

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The dreaded run continues!

Another white-ball series defeat for England on the home soil as South Africa takes the T20I trophy home after prevailing 2-1 after the result of the decider encounter.  The Three Lions were leading the bilateral saga by 1-0 at one stage but still ended up on the losing side after failing to excel in the following two games. Plenty of positive and negative outcomes for the English skipper Jos Buttler from this series hence let’s take a look at the player ratings and detailed performances report of Team England from this series.

Top Order 

Jos Buttler (6/10): The English skipper who was in form of his life before taking over the captaincy of the Three Lions, is now suffering from an individual form crisis as well. The English fans were hyped up for their new white-ball captain especially after witnessing his wrath in the IPL Season 15 where he equalled Virat Kohli’s record of most centuries in a season. It is Jos Buttler’s fourth consecutive white-ball series defeat on home turf since getting inducted into the honourable list of England cricket captains. 

He got stable and quick starts in each and every fixture of the series but unfortunately couldn’t convert them into a big one. He started the 20-over campaign with a quickfire 22-run stand from just seven balls in the opening T20I at Bristol. His major individual failure in the series came in the decider fixture where he could contribute only 14 while chasing the target of 192. 

Jason Roy (6/10): It’s been a long time since Jason Roy has delivered a performance up to his ruthless reputation. In recent times, he has scored some runs here and there but failed a big time when the team expected him to score them with a higher strike rate. Roy scored 57 runs from three innings having the lowest strike rate of 81.81 among the primary batters of the series and especially in the Bristol fixture where England posted a mammoth total of 234, his contribution was just eight from 15 balls. 

Dawid Malan (5/10): The highest-rated English batter in the T20 international cricket kick-started the series with a bang and played a fiery 43-run knock with a strike rate of 186.86 including four maximum hits. 

However, the 34-year-old completely lost his rhythm afterwards and couldn’t even touch the individual double-digit mark in the following two games. It was the need of the hour for him to keep his wicket and prolong his stay on the pitch during the final T20I but went on to throw his wicket early. 

Middle Order 

The monarch of zen batting

The monarch of zen batting 

Jonny Bairstow (8/10): The explosive batter has touched the heights which put him in his own league as when every other English batter was failing to step up for the Three Lions, he stood tall and kept scoring runs fearlessly. In the first T20I at Bristol, Bairstow was the highest run-scorer of that game with a 90-run stand to construct a humongous total of 234 in the first innings. It was also a career-best performance in his 66-match journey of T20 international cricket. 

Bairstow scored 30 runs off 21 balls in the following game before getting caught out by Kagiso Rabada which crumbled the English efforts of chasing the target of 207. Then for the third consecutive time, he once again emerged as England’s highest run-scorer with a 27-run stand which also kept him second on the individual chart of runs. The English danger-man held one end bravely in the decider encounter but lack of support from the other end ruled him out from aiming for heroics. 

Liam Livingstone (3/10): A drastic failure campaign which the Lancashire explosive batter must want to forget quickly. The 28-year-old holds mastery of big-hitting power show on the English pitches being capable enough to whack any top bowler in his home conditions but seemed completely off the mark. Livingstone couldn’t even make it to the Top 10 run-getters of the series after scoring just 26 runs from three innings with a minimal average of 8.67.  

All-rounders

The Monstrous Moeen turning up big!

The Monstrous Moeen turning up big! 

Moeen Ali (9/10): The star all-rounder’s heroics played an important role when the English side prevailed 1-0 after the completion of the Bristol fixture. Moeen struck a 17-ball half-century to take the English inning to the historic numbers of 234 in the opening game. 

He was honoured with the Player of the Match award after his heroics did not stop with the bat as he also bagged a solitary wicket of dangerous Reeza Hendricks in the second innings. In the second T20I, Moeen handed over the first breakthrough to the Three Lions by dismissing the opener Quinton de Kock and also added 28 runs to the team tally. 

Buttler made a blunder in the decider encounter by giving him only a single over to bowl and in that too he gave away only four runs and sent Rilee Rossouw back to the pavilion. But when it came to batting, Moeen could not get his team back on track and threw his wicket to Aiden Markram at the very crucial stage of the game.  

Sam Curran (1/10): The 24-year-old seam-bowling all-rounder seems far away from cementing his place into the 20-over side ahead of the T20 World Cup mega event. The Junior Curran was in the Three Lions playing eleven for all three fixtures but couldn’t make a decent contribution in any of them. 

He fetched a tiny total of only 12 runs and remained wicketless with the ball despite bowling 11 overs across three innings and that too with an inflated economy rate of 9.36 per over. 

Bowlers 

David Willey (7/10): Buttler looked up to this veteran pacer in the decider fixture when his inclusion in the team was the need of the hour as the English bowling attack was going bonkers. 

The Yorkshire seamer opened his wicket account in the very first over of the match dismissing Quinton de Kock on the duck and then went on to add two more in his wicket tally just to finish as England’s second-highest wicket-taker of the series. Willey’s economy rate of 6.92 was also the lowest among bowlers who bowled four or more overs in the bilateral campaign. 

Richard Gleeson (5/10): The Lancashire right-arm pacer enjoyed a major breakthrough at the T20 International cricket against India after dismissing the big guns Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant on his debut day. 

Gleeson bagged four wickets from the first two games of the series but his economy rate was something that cost the Three Lions. Therefore he was replaced by the veteran David Willey for the decider encounter owing to his inflated economy rate of 10.5 in those games. 

Reece Topley (4/10): The man who was on top of the world from the last few series finally got to see what the world on land actually looks like. The most improving limited-overs bowler from the Three Lions camp couldn’t garner much success in this tour while fetching only two wickets from three appearances. Topley played a pivotal role in their successful target defense in the first T20I where he dismissed two opponent top-order batters. 

Adil Rashid (4/10): Rashid returned to International cricket with this South Africa white-ball campaign after skipping the India series to attend the Hajj pilgrimage. The most experienced English bowler kicked off the 20-over series bagging two wickets and playing an integral role in breaking the backbone of Proteas to restrict them in a high-scoring unsuccessful run-chase. However, that was the only time when the 34-year-old leggie got any breakthroughs in the home T20I series. 

Chris Jordan (3/10): After having such a great individual outcome from the T20I series, Jordan failed to sustain further his glorious run against the Proteas. The wicket-taker of the India T20I series was the strike bowler for Three Lions in this bilateral saga but ended up becoming a victim of the wrath of South African batters. 

Jordan picked only two wickets in the series and also spent 125 runs which were the joint-most in the series along with Andile Phehlukwayo at a higher economy rate of 10.41.

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