Test of character for both England and South Africa in series decider

Roy was rushing back after his partner Liam Livingston refused a run.

Born in London but brought up in South Africa, Malan got off the mark in style by pulling Chris Morris for six over midwicket. This was the first time a batsman was given out had obstructing the field in a T20 global.

The decision was made by the third umpire, Tim Robinson, who decided that Roy deserved to be dismissed having looked at the fielder, Andile Phehlukwayo, and crossed the pitch to intercept...

Even though Dawson struck a boundary off the penultimate ball, it was not enough as South Africa escaped with a narrow win.

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.

With AB De Villiers, standing in as captain for the absent Faf Du Plessis in this series, dropping himself down the order, Mangaliso Mosehle was the next man in.

The series decider is at Cardiff on Sunday.

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 while it was an improvement on their limp batting display at Southampton, the Proteas' total appeared below par on a hard surface and at a ground noted for its small boundaries.

AB de Villiers raced to 35 before becoming a first global victim for young leg-spinner Mason Crane and Mangaliso Mosehle thumped 36 down the order, but the Proteas fell short on 162-7 as Chris Jordan (3-31) and Tom Curran (2-22) excelled.

Morne Morkel, Chris Morris and Dane Paterson took the places of Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorious and Wayne Parnell.

The deciding match will be played at Cardiff.

The crowd were unhappy with the decision, which proved to be a turning point in the match as England struggled from thereon in.

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

"The players that have come in are a bit younger than we have had in previous years but, looking ahead to the 2020 T20 World Cup, it's good to blood these guys now as hopefully these will be the players representing us then". But with a host of first-team players rested from the squad originally, including Joe Root and Ben Stokes, Morgan stepping down to give Lancashire's Liam Livingstone a second cap was seen as a step too far for some. "I think it was a hard one".

"The result doesn't look good for us", conceded de Villiers.

  • Joanne Flowers