Lungi Ngidi finished with figures of 3/30 to help South Africa lead the three-match T20 home series against England 1-0
Thanks to a brilliant last over from pacer Lungi Ngidi, South Africa went on register a thrilling one-wicket win over England in the first T20.
England were on verge of a certain victory, needing just seven runs off the final six balls with four wickets to spare when young Ngidi turned the tables around quickly to hand over his side an inspiring victory.
England could manage just five runs as Ngidi grabbed 3 wickets in quick succession to send the crowd wild and help South Africa gain a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series at home.
Meanwhile, Twitter went crazy after witnessing Ngidi’s on-field heroics. The social media handle was filled with tweets praising the young seamer for his brilliant effort thus attracting a lot of attention online.
Here are a few of the reactions shared by few of the cricketing fans, who were left mesmerized by young Ngidi’s crucial and mature show in the last minutes of the game:
Lungi Ngidi defended 7 in the last over, good signs for CSK.
— ` (@FourOverthrows) February 13, 2020
Lungi Ngidi is having immense control over his dipping slower ones. He along with Bravo(though he has not been at his best) can make CSK a deadly team with MS's tactics, CSK will be the team to beat. If Lungi stays injury free. #IPL2020
— BALAJI (@deep_extracover) February 13, 2020
Lungi ngidi defended 7 runs in the final over against England to win the game for South Africa 🔥 #SAvENG
— Raghav (@Im_RaghavVR) February 12, 2020
2,W, 0,2,W, W, 1 by Lungi Ngidi in the final over when England needing 7 runs to win. Much needed spell for him after an average ODI series. #SAvENG
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 12, 2020
— Kunal Khan (@kkunalkhan) February 12, 2020
Lungi Ngidi, take a bow! What a final over 🥵
— MikeWillTryIt (@michaelcollin00) February 12, 2020
Roy and Morgan’s fifties in vain
Meanwhile, opener Jason Roy’s quickfire 70 off 38 balls, and skipper Eoin Morgan’s crucial 52 could not save England despite being in a position of strength at one point in the match.
Both their fifties went in vain as Ngidi finished with figures of 3 wickets for 30 runs to eke out a win from the clutches of the English.
South Africa, who batted first did not have the best of outings managing just 177 runs at the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. For the Proteas, opener Temba Bavuma top-scored with 43 runs off 27 deliveries.
In reply, England at one point looked well on their way to a comfortable win with the scores reading 132-3 in the 15th over.
However, luck seemed to have favoured the Proteas, who came bouncing back into the game in the form of Ngidi.
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