England vs South Africa 3rd T20I Preview: Advantage South Africa in decider
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 14:33
"There is a final to play on Sunday and we are going to be fighting as hard as we can to win that game".
Once Roy was dismissed for 65, given out by the third umpire for obstructing the field after changing his running angle to get in the way of a South African shy at the stumps, England's innings unravelled.
England will be hoping to bounce back from their loss to South Africa on Friday (23 June) after suffering a major collapse.
Livingstone - a renowned big-hitter in county cricket - was unable to find any rhythm, though, and fine bowling from Chris Morris, Dane Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo limited England to 171-6.
South Africa won the game by three runs and levelled the three-match series 1-1.
Tom Curran was called up halfway across the world to England's senior squad in the Caribbean as cover for the injured Jake Ball in March after impressing in the Lions" unofficial "Tests' in Sri Lanka.
Roy veered dramatically off a straight course, with the result he placed himself between the incoming throw from Phehlukwayo, which hit him on the heel, and the stumps.
The Proteas were put into bat first and scrambled their way to 174-8 from their 20 overs thanks in large to AB de Villiers, who made 46 and JJ Smuts, who made 45.
"But I don't think anything can prepare you for when you actually get out there - the nerves, the adrenaline".
After their Champions Trophy semi-final meltdown against Pakistan, the England captain, Eoin Morgan, bemoaned a lack of knockout experience in his side. They will be without their in-form batsman Jonny Bairstow for the encounter as he has been released for his Yorkshire duties which might mean an opportunity for Dawid Malan.
"They are entitled to appeal for the dismissal".
England, who won the first encounter in Southampton by nine wickets, won the toss on Friday at Taunton and made a decision to have a bowl against a South African side that had recalled Chris Morris, Morne Morkel and Dane Paterson to the starting line-up. It was Morris, bowling with sharp pace, who most unsettled the England batsman with Liam Livingstone, one of two debutants, finding the step up in class tough to negotiate (he hit one boundary in 18 balls and was run out from the fourth ball of the final over).
The danger for South Africa was that their innings would get stuck as it did at Southampton on Wednesday, and the departure of David Miller and De Villiers guaranteed that a 200-plus total would be beyond reach.
De Villiers continued to accelerate, getting down on one one knee to Willey and powering a huge six over his shoulder and into the River Tone.
Curran had Morris caught off a slower ball and the 22-year-old then bowled Phehlukwayo for a golden duck with an excellent yorker.