Dawid Malan becomes the first England batsman to score a half-century in his T20I debut. England are playing against South Africa in the decider of three match T20 series at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Also Read - SA vs ENG 2020, 2nd T20I Match Report: Dawid Malan's Fifty Guides England to Four-Wicket Win vs South Africa; Visitors Take Unassailable 2-0 Lead
Malan, who came out to bat at number 3, smashed a fifty in just 31 balls. He scored 78 before going back to pavilion as he was removed by Tahir in 13th over. Malan’s inning included 12 boundaries and 2 sixes. Also Read - Live Streaming Cricket South Africa vs England 1st T20I: When And Where to Watch SA vs ENG Live Cricket Match Online And on TV
The 29-year-old surpassed Paul Collingwood in order to achieve the new milestone as the latter scored 46 on his T20I debut. Also, Malan’s 78 is now the joint 4th highest score by a T20I batsman on debut after Ricky Ponting’s 98* v NZ, 2005, David Warner’s 89 vs SA 2009, Hiral Patel’s 88* vs IRE, 2010 and Rilee Rossouw’s 78 vs AUS, 2014. Also Read - Star India Acquires Cricket South Africa Media Rights Till 2024
England were put to bat by the Proteas after losing the toss and they lost a wicket in second over only in the form of Jason Roy. That was the moment when Malan came in to bat and took charge. The debutant built a solid partnership with Alex Hales to put England in good condition. The home team managed to score 181 runs for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of the 20 overs.
South Africa, on the other hand, leaked many runs in the beginning. However, both Andile Phehlukwayo and Dane Paterson were superb in death overs and Paterson finished with four wickets and was on a hat-trick twice. SA need 182 runs to win the match and the series.