England’s second Twenty20 cricket match with South Africa was abandoned because of persistent rain, denying the home team the chance to even the series.
Chasing 78 runs to win at Old Trafford in Manchester last night, England reached 29-2 after 4.1 overs before rain ended a contest reduced to nine overs per team.
Hashim Amla earlier hit an unbeaten 47 off 30 balls to lead the touring team to 77-5. Steven Finn took 2-17 for England, including the wicket of Richard Levi with the first ball.
South Africa won the series opener by seven wickets. The final match is scheduled for tomorrow at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
After that match, both teams will travel to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 tournament, which starts Sept. 18. England is the defending world champion in the sport’s shortest format.
Australia routed Pakistan by 94 runs last night in the final match of their series in Dubai.
Chasing a 169-run target, Pakistan was all out for 74 -- the joint-lowest score by an elite Test-playing nation in Twenty20 internationals -- for its biggest defeat in the format.
Pakistan won the first match by seven wickets and the second in a super-over to secure the series victory.
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