Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan shared a great 167 when England completed a 3-0 Twenty20 Series win over South Africa with a nine-wicket win.
Malan pursued 192 to win and came to Buttler 25-1. The pair hit 14 fours and 10 sixes to take England home with 14 balls.
Former Rassie van der Dussen (74 *) and Faf du Plessis (50 *) played 127 in 64 balls when South Africa scored 191-3.
With the win, England overtook Australia at the top of the Twenty20 world rankings – although Justin Langer’s side can return to the summit during their streak against India starting Friday.
A one-day, three-game international series between England and South Africa begins on Friday at the same location in Cape Town.
South Africa has to do without the fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in this series with a groin strain.
Ranked the number one T20 batsman in the world, Malan often piles up early in his innings but went from three deliveries to 16 thanks to a sad South African bowling game.
He was strong around the wicket but as usual he held up superbly to the width and hit 30 of his runs through the ceiling.
He moved to his half century with 26 balls – his fastest in international cricket – and has now scored six half centuries in his last 12 T20 games for England.
The 33-year-old would have had on 36. Missed when England drew 75-1 but South African captain and wicket keeper Quinton de Kock missed the opportunity.
The only downside for Malan was a miscalculation in the end. He believed England needed more than them to win, which resulted in him being stranded one of two T20 international hundred.
He started off in a muted manner, scoring 22 points on so many balls, but in 11th. via the wicketkeeper, he met the inexperienced Lutho Sipamla for 21, including two massive sixes over mid-wicket.
The next over bowled by spinner Tabraiz Shamsi went for 19 when England broke the back of the chase.
The temperament that the couple displayed in addition to the deliberate pace of the chase will inspire Captain Eoin Morgan as he builds the T20 World Cup in India next October.
When Van der Dussen joined Du Plessis, South Africa was playing 64-3 in the tenth game and was held back by an excellent bowling performance.
That trend continued for a few overs, with the strange borderline helping hosts to a competitive sum before the 16th. a momentum swing set in.
Tom Currans went over for 16 before Jofra Archer (0-44) went for 22 – his best result in domestic or international T20 cricket – in 17th. Over, including two massive Van der Dussen sixes on the leg.
From there, South Africa was on the upswing, taking 17 of Sam Curran’s penultimate and 20 of Chris Jordan’s finals.
Van der Dussen scored positively on the floor and over Midwicket, hitting five sixes and five fours in his highest international T20 score. He was skillfully assisted by former captain Du Plessis, who quickened the pace through his innings, played well through cover and down the ground.
The English bowlers were guilty of missing their length too many times – allowing the couple to free their arms and find the line almost at will.
Over the past few overs, it has been made clear on television coverage that the English analysts on the balcony were using an encrypted letter and number system to give tactical advice to Morgan and the bowlers on the field.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said the move was approved by the International Cricket Council and was « intended as a live source of information that the captain can freely use or ignore ». .
England’s Dawid Malan, who failed to get 99: « I didn’t get the last two innings as well as I wanted, so go out and meet them like I did early on. . .
« I thought 190 might be a little too many. We got a little momentum and the wicket played so well – it slipped well. «
Not out at the end of 99: « I knew there were five runs left, but I didn’t know how it would work if I turned down the single. «
England’s Captain Eoin Morgan: « It’s extremely enjoyable. Dawid and Jos were absolutely outstanding. Winning a game in such an authoritative way instills a lot of confidence in the dressing room.
« To be able to pursue such a sum, it is very encouraging signs, as we have not become an absolute flier. «
South Africa captain Quinton de Kock: « It’s disappointing but these guys have played incredible innings. You blew us away.
« We’re not playing as bad as it looks. We still get together. It would always be difficult. The boys are also confident in the future. «
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