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Malan Guides England to Victory: I'm No T20 King

Malan Guides England to Victory: I'm No T20 King Photo: TT
Dawid Malan of England celebrates his 50 during the 2020 KFC T20 International Series game between South Africa and England at Boland Park in Paarl

Dawid Malan may have reinforced his status as the world’s best T20I batsman with a match-winning knock against South Africa on Sunday but he says he’s no king.

Malan, 33, scored a crucial 55 from 40 balls as England edged South Africa by four wickets with one ball to spare in the second One Day International in Paarl.

The victory clinched an unassailable 2-0 series lead for the English, with Malan relishing familiar conditions having grown up in the area in South Africa while his father played locally for Western Province B, Northern Transvaal B and Teddington.

Malan’s latest knock made it eight half-centuries in his past 18 T20I innings as he continues his spectacular run in the shortest format for England.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the king, there’s few kings out there, King Kohli for one, but that’s not something I worry about,” Malan said.

“The rankings highlight consistency and that is something I’m really proud of. But in this game if you get too far ahead of yourself it has a way of bringing you back down to earth.

“My only aim is to become a fixed position in this England team and the only way to do that is to win games of cricket.”

Earlier, the Proteas only managed 6-146 from their 20 overs as Adil Rashid produced an inspired spell with the ball, taking 2-23 from his four overs, while skipper Quinton de Kock top scored with 30 from 18 balls.

England were always steady in reply, although the loss of wickets was a concern, falling to 3-55 in the 10th over when Jonny Bairstow departed for 3.

Malan combined with captain Eoin Morgan for a decisive 51-run fifth wicket partnership, before being caught for 55 at 5-134 after a knock that included seven fours and one six.

Tabraiz Shamsi gave the hosts hope with his superb four-over spell which yielded the wickets of Jos Buttler, Bairstow and Ben Stokes to finish with 3-19.

“Shamo was a bit disappointed after his last game, wanted to make a statement and lead from the front, glad he put his hand up,” de Kock said.

Ben somerford
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