England’s Dawid Malan misses century owing to ‘bad maths’

On Tuesday, England thrashed South Africa at home to complete a T20 series whitewash. The visitors displayed phenomenal batting prowess to dominate the hosts in all the matches. Riding Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler’s record-breaking partnership, England beat Quinton de Kock’s side by 9 wickets. Amidst the run-fest, Malan missed a century by one run, owing to his miscalculation.

Chasing a target of 192, England got the start they needed from Jason Roy and Buttler. Despite losing Roy early, Malan picked up the momentum quickly and went on to win the game for England. His scintillating knock of unbeaten 99 off 47 turned out to be a blockbuster. His innings was decorated with 11 fours and five sixes and he struck at 210.64. At the opposite end, Buttler played the much-needed supportive innings as he returned with 67 off 46.

With 13 needed off the last three over, Malan was batting at 88. He needed 12 to get a much-deserved ton. After hitting a six of the 2nd ball of the 18th, Malan hit another four and reached 98. He missed the ton by one run at the end.

His explanation to Sky Sports, after the match, was, “I knew there were five (balls of the over) left but I don’t know how it was going to go down if I turned down a single. I knew I had to hit two sixes (to convert his 88) to win the game and get a hundred, I got a six and a four so I guess I didn’t calculate that too well. I need to go back to maths class.”

England, under captain Eoin Morgan, has turned out to be a fierce batting unit since their World Cup triumph. No target is bigger for the Three Lions as they whitewashed South Africa at their turf to bag the T20I series. Such is England’s dominance that they chased all three and won.

Malan now has attained the highest ever rating for a batsman in T20Is after the whitewash. Beating Aaron Finch’s 900, the English southpaw now sits at the top with 915. Malan and Buttler also combined for the highest second-wicket partnership in T20 international history.