England's Jason Roy given out obstructing the field in T20I
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 11:23
England could take plenty from the debut performance of Tom Curran, Roy's return to form - his 67 ended a run of 10 worldwide innings without a fifty - and the continued run-harvesting of Bairstow, but Eoin Morgan will have been disappointed to see another clutch moment go the opposition's way.
South Africa's Chris Morris was named man of the match for his decisive four-over spell of two for 18.
And then came the turning point.
Roy and Bairstow both excelled in the reply, but the impressive Morris accounted for the latter and South Africa had a lifeline when Roy was given out after he was adjudged to have deliberately put his body in the way of a throw to the non-striker's end.
"By being comfortable in yourself and in your surroundings, I think that is a major part to it and I think I have grown up a lot over the last three years".
"Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way, so it s not massively controversial", Morgan told reporters.
A new playing condition has been introduced clarifying that on appeal from the fielding team, if the umpire feels that a batsman, whilst running between the wickets, has significantly changed his direction without probable cause thereby obstructing a fielder's attempt to run him out, the batsman should be given out obstructing the field. "We go to Taunton (today) and like all South Africans we always fight our way back so I'm expecting a really good performance in the next one".
Earlier, South Africa posted a decent 174/8 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first.
Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe worldwide Kevin Curran, struck with just his second ball in global cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps.
But the highlight of his innings was a six he stuck which sailed over the boundary and into the river.
The third and deciding match between England and South Africa will be played at Cardiff on Sunday.
England required 12 from the final over but Andile Phehlukwayo, bowling yorker length outside the off stump, restricted the hosts to singles off the first three balls and debutant Liam Livingstone was run out after confusion over a second run.
Willey, to his credit, had de Villiers caught in the covers next ball. The 69mph slower ball that fooled the risky Chris Morris was every bit as impressive as the 87mph yorker to bowl Phehlukwayo.
But Farhaan Behardien added a 32 which proved more than useful. Opener Alex Hales was 47 not out, his unbroken second-wicket stand with Bairstow worth 98 runs. JJ Smuts, 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3.