Rilee Rossouw smashed a brilliant unbeaten 96 as South Africa defeated England by 58 runs in the second Twenty20 International on Thursday, levelling the three-match series.
South Africa were sent into bat and posted a formidable 207 for three in their 20 overs, before restricting the home side to 149 all out in 16.4 overs.
Captain Jos Buttler raced to 29 from 14 balls, but was the first of three wickets for all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (3-39), before the visitors’ spinners put a further brake on the scoring when Tabraiz Shamsi (3-27) and Keshav Maharaj (1-37) removed the remainder of the England top order.
Jonny Bairstow was the highest scorer with 30 from 21 balls, but when he was superbly caught by Lungi Ngidi off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada, the game was up.
South Africa’s batting effort was anchored by an excellent unbeaten 96 from 55 balls from Rossouw, who returned to international cricket after an absence of six years. He put on 73 with opener Reeza Hendricks (53 from 32 balls) and 64 unbeaten for the fourth wicket with Tristan Stubbs (15 from 12 balls) to see the visitors past 200.
Rossouw at the age of 32 looks to have given himself a second chance at an international career with the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia starting in October.
The deciding third game of the series is on Sunday in Southampton.
South Africa: 207/3 (Rossouw 96*, Hendricks 53)
England: 149 (Shamsi 3-27, Phehlukwayo 3-39)