South Africa level T20 series with England

England opener Jason Roy became the first cricketer to be given out obstructing the field in T20 global history on Friday.

England newcomer Tom Curran believes he can bowl even quicker after taking three wickets on his global debut.

South Africa had lost the three-match ODI series 1-2 to England last month, which also served as their warm-up to the Champions Trophy.

But the match swung South Africa's way when Durban-born Roy became the first player in a Twenty20 worldwide to be given out obstructing the field.

England, who awarded debuts to Liam Livingstone and Tom Curran but opted against handing Craig Overton a senior bow on his home ground, won the toss and made a decision to field in front of a sell-out 12,500 crowd making the most of the national side's first appearance in Taunton since 1983.

It got even better for the visitors when Dane Paterson removed Morgan for 6 to leave the hosts needing 12 runs to win from the final over of the game. We love the game back home and to see us come out on top means a lot - and now we have a decider on Sunday.

"But I don't think anything can prepare you for when you actually get out there - the nerves, the adrenaline". He had made 67 off 45 balls and England was in a strong position when he was in the middle.

However, former England cricketer Alec Stewart termed Roy's dismissal as "controversial".

After the pin up pacemen showcased his arrival on the big stage against his South African homeland on Friday he told how he and his brothers Sam and Ben all have sights set on starring together at the highest level for their adopted country.

Durban-born Roy, dropped from England's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan after a run of low scores, was in superb form. Mosehle soon departed, caught behind off a Liam Plunkett slower ball bouncer which hit his glove, and that dismissal brought AB de Villiers to the crease. One of those sixes sailed over the stadium and into the river. We have to treat it like any other game, it is batter versus bowler, one ball at a time."Smuts recovered from a first-ball duck in the opening match to set up the platform upfront with 45 off 35 balls, an innings that gave a glimpse of his potential at global level after dominating on the domestic scene last season".

Morris was named Man of the Match, and said: "Very happy with today's performance, we showed fight, been in tough times recently".

Michael Atherton added, "Whether you can say he got himself deliberately between the ball and the stumps, I'm not sure".

"It's quite easy to lie down and get beaten quickly".

England have previously played three T20 internationals at Cardiff, winning all of them. "I've bowled a lot of overs and that limited how my pace was".

  • Julie Sanders