England withstood a whirlwind inning from South African captain Quinton De Kock to level the three-match series following a nervy two-run win in a last-ball thriller at Kingsmead on Friday.
Moeen Ali’s cameo of 39 from only 11 deliveries helped England to a formidable 204-7 but it was put aside by De Kock, whose 17-ball half-century under the floodlights was the fastest by a Proteas batsman in T20Is.
The shell-shocked tourists got a sigh of relief when he was caught in the deep for 65 from 22 balls, which included two fours and eight sixes, but Rassie Van Der Dussen (43 not out off 26) and Dwaine Pretorius (25 off 13) almost carried the hosts to victory.
Tom Curran was left to defend 15 in the last over and though Pretorius smashed a six and a four off consecutive deliveries, he was then trapped infront of the wickets and with three needed from the final ball, Bjorn Fortuin ramped a slower delivery to Adil Rashid at short fine-leg.
England, therefore, prevailed to level the series having lost at Buffalo Park in a match that also went to the wire – and set up a decider at SuperSport Park on Sunday.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
ENGLAND HAVE DONE IT!
They've won it from the final ball of the match. What a game!#SAvENG
— ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2020
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 14, 2020
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) February 14, 2020
🔥 Quick-ton de Kock smashed a 17-ball fifty – the fastest by a South African in T20Is 🇿🇦👌
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 15, 2020
How good was that knock from Moeen Ali? Sensational 👏👏
— Josh Frankland (@_JoshFrankland) February 14, 2020
ENG LEVEL THE SERIES 😱
This Blockbuster of match comes to an end 📺
Entertainment value ☑️
🏴 level the series in Durban to 1-1
All to play for on Sunday at a SOLD OUT @SuperSportPark
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 14, 2020
3️⃣5️⃣5️⃣ strike rate
3 x 4s
4 x 6s
That was absurd. That was stunning. That was game-changing.
That, everyone, was Moeen Ali at his brilliant best!💥🔥
— The Googly (@officialgoogly) February 14, 2020
Test cricket. 50 over cricket. T20 cricket. It’s just the best sport in the world. #SAvENG 🏏
— Eleanor Oldroyd (@EllyOldroyd) February 14, 2020