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England women v South Africa: Tourists win T20 series 2-1

 

Third Women’s Twenty20 international, Johannesburg:
South Africa 131-4 (20 overs): Lee 69*, Du Preez 39, Shrubsole 2-28
England 133-6 (15.3 overs): Taylor 60, Ismail 3-27
England won by four wickets
England women v South Africa: Tourists win T20 series 2-1

England women added the Twenty20 series to their one-day success over South Africa by winning the deciding match in Johannesburg by four wickets.

Sarah Taylor hit 60 off 40 balls – her third successive fifty – and, despite losing three wickets in eight balls, England chased 132 with 27 balls left.

South Africa were reduced to 6-3 in the second over as Anya Shrubsole struck twice in two balls.

But Lizelle Lee’s career-best 69 not out helped them post 131-4.

England’s 2-1 series win, which matched the ODI series result, was their last competitive action before their opening World Twenty20 match against Bangladesh on 17 March.

Taylor’s talent shines again

It was another consummate display from 26-year-old Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman Taylor, who was named player of the match and the series. England women v South Africa: Tourists win T20 series 2-1

In her 76th T20 international she passed 2,000 runs, while her 15th half-century came from only 33 deliveries.

Using her feet authoritatively and playing a variety of strokes all round the wicket, including some nonchalant reverse sweeps and dinks, she hit three fours in four balls from left-armer Chloe Tryon,before she was superbly caught and bowled with 17 required for victory.

Lee blunts England charge

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