South Africa took a commanding 2-0 lead in the T20I series against England after winning the second match in Bloemfontein by five wickets. The Proteas chased down a target of 343, led by Captain Temba Bavuma’s hundred and solid contributions from David Miller (58*) and Aiden Markram (49). England had earlier posted 342/7, with strong performances from Jos Buttler (94*) and Harry Brook (80). Moeen Ali also contributed 51 off 44 balls.
In the innings, England lost Dawid Malan and Jason Roy early, but Brook and Ben Duckett stabilized the innings with a 49-run third-wicket partnership. Brook and Buttler then shared a 73-run stand, with Brook hitting sixes against spinner Keshav Maharaj and Parnell. After Brook was dismissed, Moeen Ali and Buttler put on a 105-run partnership, with Moeen scoring a fifty and Buttler hitting top gear late in the innings. Despite two wickets from Nortje, most bowlers were expensive, conceding over seven runs an over.
In the chase, Bavuma dominated the innings and scored quickly, particularly on the on-side, where 70 of his runs came. He celebrated his hundred in style, pointing to his name and thumping his hand on his heart. He was eventually dismissed by Curran, but van der Dussen and Markram steadied the ship before Markram was bowled by Rashid. Miller and Jansen then finished the job, putting on 65 runs in 46 balls.
Despite losing key batsmen early, England’s strong performance with the bat put up a formidable score. However, South Africa’s depth and solid contributions from multiple players ultimately led to their victory.