Proteas pummel England to seal T20I series


AB de Villiers clubbed 71 from 29 balls and Hashim Amla smashed an unbeaten 69 from 38 balls as South Africa chased down a target of 172 to beat England by nine wickets in the second T20I in Johannesburg to seal a two-nil series victory.

After the tourists were bowled for 171 in the final over of the innings, the Proteas were in no mood to waste time and got the job done quickly.

In a perfect illustration that batting can be done differently, De Villiers and Amla took on the England bowlers and smashed the ball to all parts of a sold out Wanderers stadium.

Amla pierced the gaps with poise and delightful textbook strokes while De Villiers just used brute force as the hosts were 88 for no wicket after six overs.

The Proteas brought up their team hundred in the seventh over and even though De Villiers fell in the ninth over, when he skied a catch to long off spinner Adil Rashid, the damage had already been done as the score was on 125.

Captain Faf Du Plessis (22 not out) and Amla saw the Proteas over line with more that five overs to spare as the home team backed up their three-wicket win at Newlands on Friday.

Earlier, England last their last seven wickets for 14 runs in an extraordinary batting collapse that saw them go from 157 for three to 171 all out.

Jos Buttler (54), skipper Eoin Morgan (38) and Joe Root (34) had put the visitors into a good position to launch a big total but it was not be.

Kyle Abbott, three for 26, and Kagiso Rabada, two for 28, were excellent with the ball for South Africa and put the brakes on England at a crucial stage.