For the first time in this limited overs series between England and South Africa, we had a pitch full of runs, even bounce and quick and high scoring game was on the cards but rain just refused to leave Manchester. Welcome to English summer..
After almost 3 hours of waiting, umpires decided to stage a 9 overs per side match with quite a bit of rain still in the air. Home team elected to bowl first and snatched Richard Levi off the very first ball. Captain AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, JP Duminy and Justin Ontong failed to reach double figures but Hashim Amla, selected to open ahead of Jacques Kallis, was finding boundaries smartly. Kallis finally arrived at the crease after 5 wickets had fallen and showed his experience to collect 28 runs with Amla from last 21 balls.
Amla couldn't reach his fifty but his best T20 score ensured Proteas had a total to bowl at.
England lost Craig Kieswetter as early as off the second ball of second over but Alex Hales and Luke Wright parternered 26 handsome runs before Albie Morkel separated them off his first ball. That exact moment, before Eoin Morgan arrive at crease, rain got heavy and forced officials to call off the match.
Had 5 more balls been bowled, both teams would have batted at least 5 overs and we would have had a winner based on duckworth-lewis method. As it turned out, we had a no result and hence South Africans go into last T20 without the danger of losing the series.