England vs South Africa second T20

Chris Morris said South Africa were prepared to "take it and run" after the extraordinary dismissal of England's Jason Roy helped set up a morale-boosting win in the second Twenty20 worldwide at Taunton.

Where luck had deserted Jason Roy earlier in the summer, it favoured him here during England's chase of what seemed at the time to be a below par total of 174-8 from South Africa after Eoin Morgan had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It was the first time in the history of global T20 cricket that a batsman had been given out obstructing the field.

South Africa defeated England by 3 runs in the second T20I at Taunton to level the three-match series 1-1.

In reply, Jason Roy got England off to a flier, before Jonny Bairstow showed, yet again, why he should be a regular in the limited-overs playing XI by notching a wonderful half-century to guide his team to victory.

Roy had a slice of luck on 45 when he nearly played on to Tabraiz Shamsi, but he soon brought up his 50 and England's 100 with a towering six off the spinner and Bairstow was in sparkling form again.

Bairstow fell first, chipping man-of-the-match Chris Morris (two for 18) to mid-on.

But then Bairstow went for 47 and, crucially, Roy was adjudged to have obstructed the field as he attempted to return to his crease after a mix-up with Liam Livingstone.

Meanwhile, former South Africa bowler Shaun Pollock argued that there were two key reasons why the third umpire came to the decision to give Roy out.

"It was probably a 50-50 call".

"Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way, so it s not massively controversial", Morgan told reporters. It looks a lot worse than it actually is with us appealing like that, but you've got to appeal to get a decision from the umpires.

England will have a chance to claim the series win on Sunday when they face South Africa in Cardiff. In the first, batsman Liam Livingstone, who had the strike, pushed the ball towards the backward point region where Andile Phehlukwayo grabbed the ball and threw towards the non-striker's end.

"It's not an easy decision and it's never nice to get out like that".

JJ Smuts responded well to his golden duck in Wednesday's series opener to strike some lusty early blows, and it took the introduction of Curran to make the breakthrough as he struck with his second delivery in worldwide cricket to dismiss Reeza Hendricks for seven.

South Africa were grateful to a far more convincing batting performance from AB de Villiers, in particular, and JJ Smuts.

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.

They included an extraordinary sweep off one knee against left-arm paceman David Willey that flew into the River Tone before he was dismissed next ball.

But Farhaan Behardien's 32 proved highly useful.

  • Julie Sanders