England clean swept the T20 series against South Africa to rise to the top of the rankings in the format. The visitors chased down a daunting total of 192 with 14 balls to spare. Dawid Malan smashed an unbeaten 99 from 47 balls to stitch an unbroken, record 167 stand with Jos Buttler to take their side home. Malan, the Number 1 ranked T20I batsman in the world, took a single to score the winning runs only to miss a well deserved hundred.
The left-hander followed up his 55 in the second T20I with the scintillating knock at Cape Town. Malan’s 47 ball innings featured 11 fours and five sixes as he continued his great run in the shortest format. He has now passed fifty in 10 of his 19 T20 innings for England since his debut in 2017.
I didn’t calculate that too well
The Yorkshire lad shares that he wasn’t sure how the game might turn out if he turned down the single. His decision comes after captain Eoin Morgan had voiced his displeasure at the batsman not running off the last ball last year. Malan had denied a single in order to preserve his unbeaten innings following a hundred against New Zealand in Napier. The 33-year-old went on to joke that he miscalculated the innings and should go back to learning maths.
“I knew there were five (balls of the over) left but I don’t know how it was going to go down if I turned down a single,” Malan was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I knew I had to hit two sixes (to convert his 88) to win the game and get a hundred, I got a six and a four so I guess I didn’t calculate that too well. I need to go back to maths class.“
Malan has been a force to reckon in the format lately. The left-hander was adjudged the man of the match and man of the series as well as for his 173 runs in the three-match T20 series.