Stokes vents fury as Roy controversy costs England win against South Africa

England's second NatWest IT20 against South Africa went down to the wire as the visitors won a thrilling match by just three runs.

Roy became the first player in global T20 cricket history to be given out for obstructing the field after Andile Phehlukwayo's throw hit him when he was short of his ground.

Needing 12 from the last over, it was the tourists who held their nerve as Liam Dawson missed the final ball.

Roy was adjudged to have obstructed a throw at the stumps when short of his ground, when England looked to be well-set in chasing South Africa's total of 174.

"It was about the energy and showing the South African never-say-die, we have a decider on Sunday", said De Villiers.

Chris Morris's Man of the Match performance: It was South Africa's bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who was the start of the team today, as it was his bowling attack, which led to South Africa's slender victory over England.

Jason Roy's imposing knock of 67 and an unusual dismissal: Among the English batsmen, opener Jason Roy was one of them who managed to play an imposing knock.

Durban-born Roy, dropped from England's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan after a run of low scores, was in superb form.

Then came the Roy talking point.

Earlier, there was some clean hitting from JJ Smuts at the top of the South Africa order and skipper De Villiers provided some genuine class in the middle of the innings.

This happened while Roy was rushing back after his partner Liam Livingston refused a run, as he turned and ran across the pitch and the ball struck his boot as he made his way back.

"I think he'll have learned a huge amount", Morgan told Sky Sports.

Elsewhere in the England side, former Somerset star Jos Buttler will keep wicket as he returns to play at the County Ground for only the second time since leaving for Lancashire in 2013. "Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way so it's not massively controversial".

But Morgan refused to make excuses for England's defeat when, chasing 175 for victory, they were well-placed at 133 for two at the start of the 16th over. You can see both sides to the call.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: "We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires".

Surrey star Curran immediately impressed with the ball taking a wicket with just his second worldwide delivery, opener Reeza Hendricks bottom edging onto his stumps. After claiming a wicket with his second ball in global cricket - Reeza Hendricks bottom-edging an attempted pull on to his stumps - Curran returned to bowl the last couple of overs from the Somerset Pavilion End and impressed with his control and variations.

Curran had Morris caught in the deep off a slower ball and the 22-year-old cleverly yorked Phehlukwafor a golden duck.

De Villiers had smashed 46 from 20 balls - 34 of his runs coming from boundaries - and produced an extraordinary shot to hoist David Willey over his own shoulder for six.

  • Julie Sanders