Eoin Morgan saluted a “standout innings” from Moeen Ali and “courage” of Tom Curran with the ball as England levelled the series with South Africa on a dramatic night at Kingsmead. Victory by two runs was secured by Curran who took two wickets with the final two deliveries of the match.
But defences had been set up earlier by a blistering 39 in 11 balls from Moeen with the bat as England put up a decent target of 204-7.
But for all the big hits the night boiled down to a gladitorial contest between Curran and the South African middle to lower order. Needing 15 off the last over, they got close bu Curran kept them at bay with nerveless execution of slower balls.
“Moeen was the standout performer with the bat, it was a match-winning innings given the way South Africa played and the way things turned out in the end.
“Chris Jordan is one of our more experienced bowlers. He’s very calm and delivers when it matters, so he’s one you really want in your side.
“But with Tom Curran it takes courage to bowl a gamble ball like the one out of the back of the hand, and a good catch by Adil Rashid.
“And it sets it up really well for the third game on Sunday.”