Another series has been wrapped up before the final game of the series. From India to Australia; New Zealand to West Indies; England to South Africa all the series have been wrapped up early with two series taken away by the home teams. While South Africa team has been same since their world cup 2019 exit going through the transition period and lost the T20 series to England team easily. There were times when south Africa team was a force to reckon with the current team hardly having any match-winner to be torch-bearer for the team.
In the must win 2 T-20l game, South Africa was invited to bat first by Eoin Morgan captain of England team at the Boland, Park (venue where first match was organized). But the home side was into miserable position when the half of his team went back to the pavilion at the score of 95 runs. South Africa just managed to score 146 runs for the loss 6 wickets in the 20 overs. In reply, England chased down the total with 4 wickets in hand and take the 2-0 lead in the series.
While in the 3rd T-20l South Africa after being reduced to 64/3 at one stage fought back to put the massive score on the board of 191 for the loss 3 wickets in the 20 overs. Faf Du Plesis (52) and Van der Dussen (74) were played the crucial knocks. The target was not easy but England has chased down the total of 192 in just 17.4 overs with the loss of one wicket with Jos Buttler 67* and Malan 99* remained unbeaten to win the series with 3-0 easily against the absurd bowling line-up of South Africa. Having said, let us take a look at who three players who flopped in a series.
FAF DU PLESIS
If there is a one player on whom South Africa team can rely on while batting it is definitely Faf Du Plesis and his performance matters the most in a team of youngsters. With trailing by 1-0 in the series and already lost the toss South Africa was invited to bat first in the second T-20l game before they were being reduced to 65/3 when Faf Du Plesis joined Van Der Dussen to help the South Africa team.
But Faf Du Plesis innings was stopped at the score of 11 runs before getting stumped by Jos butler on the delivery of Adil Rasid. In a crucial game South Africa needed the match-winning innings from his vital cog Faf Du Plesis (who has the great season in the IPL).
With the wicket of Faf Du Plesis there is no other batsman in the middle order to provide any help to south Africa and failed to score to big runs on the broad. However in the 3rd T-20l Faf Du Plesis 52* scored another half-century but couldn’t helped his team to save themselves from getting white washed. In the 3 games Faf Du Plesis has scored 121 runs with two half-centuries. Without having any century in the 3 games from the torch-bearer South Africa was having no chance against the best England team in the recent times.
Probably the big reason the home team has lost the series way early. From the first game to the second South Africa bowling has been complete average not upto the standards they have set and abilities they have with the likes of Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje. With second game in a row and they have failed to defend the total it maybe the early signs for coming matches and series.
Defending 146 in the second T-20l, South Africa need the early breakthroughs from their frontline bowler and they were successful too somewhere after reduced England to 55/3 but couldn’t able to bowl at tight line and lengths after and went too economical in his 4 overs spell while conceding 51 runs with two wickets. While in the 3rd T-20l Nigidi went wicket less for 26 runs in 3 overs and the result was clear early as England white washed them 3-0 in the series.
If Ngidi fails Rabada works but if both fails the result somewhere looks like what it was today. Rabada has series to forget without having any major success to stop the opposition with pace and swing. It was quite shocking to see the two best frontline bowlers of south Africa were in effective in their own territory. South Africa have the most complete fast bowling in the world right now with two genuine fast bowlers apart from the other teams in the world.
While in the 3rd T-20l game Rabada was given rest (another surprise to play without the match-winner).South Africa team has to look after what have went wrong in the three T-20l games for them and expect the bowlers to find the form before the start of ODI series to make the battle more interesting to watch rather being one sided like the T20Is.