HHello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Match 2 of the Twenty20 International Series between England and South Africa, which is taking place at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
England won the opener of the three-game series at Bristol last night by 41 points, with Moeen Ali hitting England’s fastest T20 half-century and Jonny Bairstow within 10 of his century.
South Africa fell to 7-2 after two overs and could only make it 193-8 in response to England’s 234, despite Tristan Stubbs’ 72 from 28 balls.
South Africa captain David Miller insisted there was still plenty to play for even after last night’s defeat. The series ends in Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Miller said: “They tore us down in the last 10 but we lost four or five holds which cost us massively on the pitch.
“They executed their plans at the back better than us.
“It was a great wicket and the boys made a gigantic total. Phenomenal shot from Stubbsy (Tristan Stubbs), hugely disappointing result but two more to get it right.”
Moeen made the most of the modest dimensions of Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium, reaching his 50 in just 16 balls, beating team-mate Liam Livingstone’s one-year record by a single delivery.
He said: “It means a lot, there are guys in our dressing room who score fast and now I can boast the fastest 50 in T20 cricket for England. I’m going to go into the dressing room and give him big .
“It’s a great thing to be proud of, but I’m sure it will soon be broken. It was a good sized pitch for someone like me, who isn’t the most massive hitter of a bullet like some of the boys.
“You can hit sixes here, you pick the bowlers you like and go after them. I just looked at a few balls and then played my shots.”
In their tally of 234 for six against the Tourists, their second highest on record in a T20 international, England hit more sixes than ever before in a T20 international, 20 of them.