SA Cricket magazine editor RYAN VREDE rates every Proteas player’s performance at Newlands out of 10.
Temba Bavuma: 2
If Bavuma is to cement his spot at the top of the Proteas’ T20I lineup he will have to make better decisions than the one that got him out. The scoop to fine leg has become commonplace in white-ball cricket. But attempting it in the first over of the match, as Bavuma did, is baffling.
Quinton de Kock: 6
He is the difference between a good score and a winning one. Indeed, he could be the difference between the Proteas competing well in this series and winning it. For that to happen, he needs to bat for the bulk of the overs. He didn’t, getting out for a well-played 30.
Faf du Plessis: 8
Carried his excellent IPL form into this series, scoring 58 off 40 deliveries. The innings included him taking Tom Curran for 23 off an over. His ability to rotate strike easily as well as his 360-degree scoring potential makes him an invaluable player for the Proteas. Got out at a critical stage of the innings, though, and he will know he needs to bat deeper to compensate for a relatively inexperienced batting lineup.
Rassie van der Dussen: 6
Struggled to find pace of the wicket to start, and while he did hit a couple of long balls, he never found his groove in the face of some excellent England bowling.
Heinrich Klaasen: 5
Never got going. He was relatively good at rotating strike, but couldn’t produce a rebuttal for the England bowlers’ broad skill set on a tough wicket. At his best he is a match-winner, but he was far from his best tonight.
Pite van Biljon: 5
Faced just six deliveries with no impact in that time.
George Linde: 8
Came in late in the innings and had to launch from the outset. Hit a four and massive six before being bowled. However, he excelled with the ball, dismissing Jason Roy and Dawid Malan, leaving him with 2-2 after two overs. He finished with 2-20 in his four overs, and displayed encouraging control, intelligence and bravery in that time.
Kagiso Rabada: 6
Solid and dependable without being outstanding. His third over, which went for just seven runs, was critical in the final analysis.
Beuran Hendricks: 2
Fell apart as the innings progressed, conceding 28 off his final over. That got England back into the contest after they looked dead and buried. Terrible night out.
Lungi Ngidi: 6
Took a wicket with his first (legal) delivery, hitting a great length to get rid of the dangerous Jos Buttler. He showcased a good mix of skills, but never really threatened to rip through England.
Tabraiz Shamsi: 2
Awfully erratic. Never found his length or line. When he managed to land it, it spun. But he couldn’t land it, at least not in dangerous areas, and not nearly enough to trouble the England batters. His struggles meant Quinton de Kock had to turn to Heinrich Klaasen to bowl. His over went for 14, compounding the impact of Shamsi’s poor night. Comically, he dismissed Stokes with a delivery that landed halfway down the pitch.