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Heavy rain thwarts South African series victory

South Africa’s hopes of sealing a series victory against England at Old Trafford were thwarted by heavy rain with the Proteas just five deliveries away from securing an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

With England 29-2 and slipping behind their Duckworth Lewis target of 42 at the end of 5th over the expected rain arrived in style to send the players and umpires running for cover.

The defending t20 World Cup champions had been set a total of 78 to chase down in nine overs in an rain shorted match before the match was abandoned much to the relief for England who can still draw the series with victory on Wednesday night.

Hashim Amla (47) produced another brilliant display with the bat smashing seven boundaries to help South Africa record a total of 77-5 to give them the edge at the half way point.

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