Moeen Ali Tears South Africa Into Shreds With 11 Ball 39 Run Cameo in 2nd South Africa vs England T20I, helping England tie the series
Chasing the three match series against South Africa and playing on a venue where they had failed to win a single T20, the English setup knew a gargantuan effort was needed from them to restore parity in the series. And their batters were up to the task with a whirlwind effort guiding the side to a behemoth 204 while batting first in the second T20 of the series.
However, thing weren’t all rosy for the English unit in their bid to embed a momentous target infront of the hosts on Friday night. A mini collapse saw them teetering at 125-5 at the 15.1 over mark as a flurry of wickets left the side in a precarious position in the encounter.
Moeen Ali’s Knock Provides England With The Shot In The Arm In The Death Overs
It were these circumstances which made Moeen Ali’s knock all the more special as the English spinning all-rounder walked out in the middle and took off right from ball one. The player for whom this series is his first in six months showed no signs of being out of the cricketing arena for so long as he cut short South Africa’s bowlers to propel himself to 39 runs in a mere 11 balls.
What was especially pleasing to see was the way Ali creamed the ball to the fence in that knock with him cleanly connecting with the ball to send it flying for some behemoth sixes over the midon region and backward point. He handed out special treatment to Beuran Hendricks to stitch together a 51 run partnership in three overs with Ben Stokes for the fifth wicket.
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This really is a ridiculously good innings from Moeen. There’s some unreal hits in there. The sixes down the ground and over backward point are ludicrous. pic.twitter.com/35WFanbuoW
— Tim (@timl_85) February 14, 2020
“It was amazing to contribute and finally feel like I am back for England. I will not take it for granted. “I definitely feel like I am getting there and not far. I want to give myself extra time and know when I come back I will have to fight for my place, ” Moeen said when talking about is contribution after the encounter.
England Restore Parity In The Series
In the wake of that onslaught from England in the death overs, the bowlers returned to show composure at crucial junctures and guide England to an edge of the seat thrilling win. Despite having only 3 to defend in two balls, Tom Curran mixed up his deliveries to pull off two wickets on the bounce and with it keep the series alive to take it into the decider on Sunday.