The second and final Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) of the two-match series between host South Africa and England will be played at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.
A dramatic batting collapse saw England lose their last seven wickets for just 14 runs as the Proteas made it two wins in the two-match T20 series, following on from their 3-2 victory in the ODI series last week.
De Villiers and Amla made England’s total of 171 look puny as they thrashed 125 runs in a 55-ball opening stand.
“Instead of trying to whack the ball for fours and sixes all the time we’ve got to play more cricket shots.” said the Australian.
Buoyed by 34 runs in 17 balls by Joe Root, 38 in 23 balls by Eoin Morgan and 54 off 28 balls by Jos Buttler, the visitors looked set for a challenging score in the region of 200.
Worse was to come, as England’s efforts came to embarrassingly little and Adil Rashid was last out with two balls of the innings unused.
South African captain Faf du Plessis said he was pleased with the win but felt his team had only produced a “70 percent” performance with the ball.
“If we go out and try to be too nice or if we give that advantage away or if we are not as positive and aggressive as we have been when we have played well then we will still not win because there will be teams out there with the confidence, players and ability to play that way”.
“We’ve had some good results, but it’s a reminder to people back home in England that this team is still a developing one”.
“I’ll have to keep performing but I’ll open for as long as they want me to”. They were bowled out in the last Twenty20 on Sunday and failed to bat out their full allotment of overs in two of three 50 over matches they lost to South Africa.
Having a strong batting lineup, South Africa was expected to have won the match much earlier but the batsmen fell apart against the opposition’s bowlers.
“The bowling started poorly again, and we couldn’t claw it back”, said Morgan.
“We spoke the other night, it is a case of going with the flow of the game”, added Bayliss.
England’s Twenty20 cricket captain Eoin Morgan has become the latest person to face sensationalist criticism from Piers Morgan.
“We are lacking experience but we have talent and I honestly think we are on the right track to win an ICC event”.
South Africa did well to push England that far, after recovering from six for three – with Anya Shrubsole on a hat-trick – thanks to a fourth-wicket partnership of 89 between Lizelle Lee (69no) and Mignon du Preez.
But they responded impressively, Buttler especially as they shared eight sixes off 51 balls.
Jason Roy endured a hard spell at the crease from the off, surviving when JP Duminy dropped a catch at short cover from the first ball of the innings before he was bowled charging Kagiso Rabada, shortly after he was hit on the grille.
England’s chase flew out of the blocks as Amy Jones, promoted up the order to pinch-hit, struck 14 off Shabnim Ismail’s first five balls before snicking the last ball of the first over behind.