No result at Old Trafford

England had reached 29-2 chasing 78 when game was called off

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Hashim Amla: top-scored with South Africa with 47 from 30 deliveries

Old Trafford England v South Africa Twenty20 rain

Rain returned during England's innings to end any chance of a positive result at Old Trafford

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Rain was eventually the winner at Old Trafford as the second match of the Twenty20 series between England and South Africa was abandoned.

The hosts were 29-2 after 4.1 overs in reply to the Proteas' total of 77-5 after the contest had already been reduced to nine overs per side due to earlier inclement weather.

A result would have been recorded had another five balls been bowled - and England would have won had they added another 13 - but South Africa will still lead the series 1-0 heading to the third and final match at Edgbaston.

The match had been delayed by two-and-a-quarter hours by rain just as play had been about to get underway, with England having opted to bowl first.

The returning Hashim Amla, rested for the opening match at Durham on Saturday, continued to pile on the runs on the trip, cracking seven fours to make an unbeaten 47 from 30 balls.

Opening role

Pushed up to open after Jacques Kallis had initially been set to do so, the right-hander again proved a difficult obstacle for England to remove, although he was badly dropped by Eoin Morgan off the bowling of Graeme Swann.

Having seen Richard Levi caught behind by Craig Kieswetter down the legside off the first ball from Steven Finn, Amla dominated the initial three-over powerplay.

However, England battled back by taking wickets - AB de Villiers miscued a pull to Jade Dernbach off Finn and Albie Morkel failed to clear Jonny Bairstow at cover to give the recalled Luke Wright, in for Ravi Bopara, a wicket.

Swann acrobatically caught JP Duminy one-handed whilst running back and when Kieswetter claimed his second catch to remove Justin Ontong off Dernbach, the tourists were 49-5.

Kallis finally emerged at No.7 and proceeded to make an unbeaten 13 from just seven deliveries, two of which he struck to the fence.

England's reply suffered a shaky start when Kieswetter was brilliantly caught in the deep by Robin Peterson off the bowling of Dale Steyn, leaving the score at 3-1.

Alex Hales and Wright added 26 before the latter fell to Albie Morkel's first ball - it would also prove to be the last of the match, though, as the heavens opened to kill off any chance of a positive result.

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