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De Villiers' majestic knock wraps the series 2-0 for South Africa

AB de Villiers' (right) fifty came in just 21 deliveries.
AB de Villiers' (right) fifty came in just 21 deliveries.
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South Africa 172-1 (de Villiers 71) beat
England 171 (Buttler 54) by nine wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Johannesburg

AB de Villiers went on to smash the fastest Twenty20 International fifty by a South African as the Proteas chased down 172 against England in just 14.4 overs with nine wickets in hand in the second T20I in Johannesburg and completed a 2-0 series whitewash.

Earlier England after being 157 for three at one stage lost the remaining seven wickets for just 14 runs losing their way in the final four overs of their innings.

South Africa chose to field first after winning the toss and named an unchanged side. England replaced David Willey with Sam Billings.

Jason Roy (9) was given a reprieve off the first ball of the day when he was dropped by JP Duminy (0-16) in the covers.

Two sedate overs later, Kagiso Rabada (2-28) produced a beauty to uproot Roy’s off stump.
Joe Root (34) got off the mark with a boundary and struck two sixes along with another four to push England’s total to 47 for one in the powerplay.

The introduction of Imran Tahir (1-25) saw England lose Root and Hales off consecutive deliveries. Root was caught at long off while Hales was run out. England were placed at 74 for three at the halfway mark.

Jos Buttler (54) and Eoin Morgan (38) specifically targeted David Wiese (0-40) plundering 30 runs from his first two overs. The pair added 96-runs in just 8.3 overs, setting up a perfect platform for a photo finish.

61 runs came between overs 13 and 16 while Buttler reached a 27-ball fifty with a six over long on.

The game turned on its head when Buttler and Morgan were dismissed in the 17th over. Buttler chipped a catch to cover while Morgan was run out at the non-striker’s end after a deflection onto the stumps by Kyle Abbott (3-26).

This double strike triggered a massive collapse as England lost Ben Stokes (1), Moeen Ali (1), Chris Jordan (1), Billings (5) and Adil Rashid (2) in the space of 17 balls to be bowled out for 171 runs.

Abbott picked three wickets while Rabada and Chris Morris (2-33) shared four scalps equally.  

De Villiers (71) lit the chase on the fire, scoring a six and a boundary in the first over from Reece Topley (0-32).

Jordan (0-48) took a severe beating from de Villiers as he smashed him for a couple of sixes and as many boundaries as South Africa raced to 40 for naught in three overs.

With three more boundaries in the next over from Stokes (0-32), de Villiers and Hashim Amla (69 not out) brought the 50-run opening stand in just 24 deliveries.

With the momentum on South Africa's side, Amla showed his masterclass by scoring six boundaries and a six in the fifth and sixth overs to take the Proteas to 88 for naught in the powerplay.

De Villiers soon reached his fifty off just 21 deliveries which is the fastest by a South African and also brought the 100-run stand with Amla in the same over.

The asking rate came down to 4.25 by the end of the eighth over and Rashid (1-30) brought some respite to England after having de Villiers caught at long off, ending a 125-run opening stand.

Amla brought up his fifty off 27 deliveries as he and Faf du Plessis (22 not out) added an unbeaten 47-run stand as South Africa chased down the target in just 14.4 overs with nine wickets in hand. The win also completed a 2-0 series victory for South Africa.

De Villiers was awarded the man of the match while Tahir bagged the man of the series award. 

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