Friday, February 14th, 2020


Moeen Ali produced a destructive display of hitting to steer England past the 200 mark in the second T20I with South Africa in Durban – and eventually triumph in a thriller by two runs.

The Worcestershire all-rounder smashed 39 off just 11 deliveries after coming to the wicket at 125-5 in the 16th over.

It followed on from his excellent spell of bowling – four overs for 22 runs and a wicket – in the opening T20I.

Moeen struck four sixes and three fours in his whirlwind knock.

He was into his stride from the start and struck his second delivery from Andile Phehlukwayo over long on for six.

Beuran Hendricks was then despatched for 6-4-6 from successive deliveries.

Moeen collected his fourth six when a sliced drive from a Lungi Ngidi full-toss flew over the deep backward point boundary.

He added 51 with Ben Stokes (47 not out) in just 2.5 overs before his dismissal as England went onto total 204-7 in 20 overs after being put into bat.

Jason Roy (40), David Bairstow (35) and Eoin Morgan (27) also made useful contributions.

Moeen then took the new ball for the second successive T20I and conceded just five runs in his opening over before he eventually ended up with 0-36 from three overs.

The Proteas kept themselves in contention thanks to 65 from Quinton de Kock and an unbeaten 43 from Rassie van der Dussen.

But they lost two wickets to the final two balls of the match from Tom Curran and closed on 202-7.