Wednesday September 12, 2012
England-S. Africa match rained out
MANCHESTER (England): South Africa’s Hashim Amla starred in a third international format this season before rain ensured the second Twenty20 against England at Old Trafford on Monday ended in a no result washout.
Amla’s 47 not out was the cornerstone of South Africa’s 77-5 in a floodlit match reduced to nine overs per side when play in this floodlit clash started more than two hours later than scheduled because of rain.
England, who defend their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this month, were 29-2 off 4.1 overs when a fresh downpour forced the players from the field for the final time.
A minimum of five overs had to be completed in England’s innings for either side to win this match, with the hosts needing to have scored 13 more runs off the five balls remaining in the fifth over to have won under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
South Africa, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side, remain 1-0 up in this three-match series ahead of today’s finale at Edgbaston. — AFP