South Africa Beat England In A Thrilling T20 Encounter

England's Dawid Malan, right, is congratulated by Alex Hales after reaching his half century during the T20 match against South Africa at the SSE Swalec stadium in Cardiff, Sunday June 25, 2017.

But the target proved beyond them this time as the Proteas ended on 162 for seven, England taking the series 2-1.

The news comes after the final release of tickets were snapped up this morning for the crucial clash, which will see Eoin Morgan's side aim to secure a two-one series win at the home of Glamorgan CCC.

Mason Crane had another game to remember as he snared AB de Villiers for his first England wicket as they beat South Africa at Cardiff to win the t20 series. Hales supported Malan in his innings and both shared a 105-run stand for the second wicket.

The returning Buttler came and went quickly as he was yorked by Phehlukwayo on 10 after receiving a rapturous reception on his walk to the wicket, and suddenly the hosts needed 22 from 14 balls.

"Tom [Curran] was excellent - he's put on a yard of pace, which makes his slower balls more effective, and I thought he was very impressive today". He whacked 6ft 6ins Morne Morkel for a straight six as easily as he lapped leg-spinner Imran Tahir for four. Not once did had nerves of a debut match.

Chris Morris was pushed up the order to try and make the most of the power play but was limited to just eight runs when Chris Jordan tempted him into a misguided pull with a shorter delivery. Yet that was the moment for Malan to join Hales and let rip into the South Africa bowling attack.

Allrounder Chris Morris maintains South Africa's early exit from the Champions Trophy was simply a matter of poor timing. AB de Villiers and JJ Smuts provided some firepower but one Smuts was dismissed, the Proteas fell behind.

However, it has always been planned that de Villiers would miss the four-Test campaign to take a break from the strain of being one of the world's leading players in all three global formats, as well as a man in demand at lucrative Twenty20 franchise events around the world. It happened in the 15th over of the match when de Villiers stepped out of the crease and scopped English bowler David Willey over fine leg for a mammoth six.

The 33-year-old hit Mason Crane for two massive sixes before holing out as the young leg-spinner claimed his first global wicket.

South Africa's disappointing Champions Trophy campaign saw them suffer group-stage defeats to finalists Pakistan, the eventual winners, and India despite sitting atop the ICC's ODI rankings.

  • Julie Sanders