IT was a day for the newcomers to take centre stage as Dawid Malan scored a quickfire 78 on debut for England and Dane Paterson claimed career best figures of 4/32, after twice being on a hat trick, for the Standard Bank Proteas before England won the final T20 International by 19 runs at Cardiff on Sunday and claimed the series 2-1. Proteas legend Shaun Pollock described Paterson’s death bowling when he took 2/8 in his last two overs as the best death bowling he had seen from a Protea in 10 years. Praise doesn’t come higher than that. If this T20 Series has done one thing for the Proteas it is to unearth a top quality death bowler for both limited overs formats of the game. Andile Phehlukwayo has also made important strides and his two death overs were a lot better than his figures indicate.

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