Manchester: Rain ensured the second Twenty20 international between England and South Africa at Old Trafford on Monday ended in a no result washout. England, chasing a target of 78 in a match already reduced by rain to nine overs per side, were 29 for 2 off 4.1 overs when a fresh downpour forced the players from the field for the final time.
A minimum of five overs had to be completed in England's innings for either side to win this match, with the hosts needing to have scored 13 more runs off the five balls remaining in the fifth over to have won under the Duckworth/Lewis method for rain-affected matches. South Africa remain 1-0 up in this three-match series heading into Wednesday's finale at Edgbaston.
Earlier, after England captain Stuart Broad won the toss, South Africa's Richard Levi fell first ball when a glance off Steven Finn was caught down the legside by wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter. But Amla, rested from the team that won by seven wickets at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, showed the form that had seen him score a combined 817 runs at over 116 in the preceding Test and one-day series. Jacques Kallis, kept down the order until number seven as South Africa promoted a succession of big-hitters who failed to fire, was the only other Proteas batsman to make it into double figures with 13 not out.
England were 29 for 2 off 4.1 overs, chasing 78 in a nine-over match, when a fresh downpour forced the players from the field for the final time.
Amla, off the mark with a four, struck three more boundaries in Finn's second and final over. England, not for the first time this season, dropped Amla when, on 31, he skyed Graeme Swann only for Eoin Morgan, at mid-wicket, to spill the chance. But next ball offspinner Swann held a steepling catch off his own bowling to dismiss JP Duminy as he took one for 11 in two overs.
In reply, England were 3 for 1 when Kieswetter was brilliantly caught by a diving Robin Peterson after skying Dale Steyn. Luke Wright, in after England dropped Ravi Bopara, made 14 before he hooked a bouncer from Albie Morkel, his only ball of the match, to the bowler's brother Morne at deep backward square leg.