Debutant Dawid Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Roy shared a 110-run second wicket partnership with Jonny Bairstow (47) but with 29 needed to win off the final three overs, England fell short.

But when Roy was given out obstructing the field - the first time this had happened in a T20 global - the innings fell away.

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 was the highest-ever IT20 score by an England debutant.

Roy reached his fifty in 33 balls with a towering six off spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

Tom Curran struck in the second over to remove Reeza Hendricks for a duck, before legspinner Mason Crane claimed a first worldwide wicket as he removed AB de Villiers for 35 to leave South Africa reeling at 82-4 after 11 overs.

Meanwhile England captain Eoin Morgan was confident there would be no lingering bitterness between the teams at Cardiff as a result of Roy's unusual dismissal.

"Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way, so it s not massively controversial", Morgan told reporters.

"If you look around at all the best teams in cricket over the years, they've always had fantastic players not playing".

The 23-year-old joined up with the squad after the first match of the series, which England won comfortably by nine wickets in a match that saw Mason Crane handed his worldwide bow on his home ground.

"Can't believe that @JasonRoy20 was given out in that manner today", Stokes, rested from this match, tweeted before continuing "embarrassment is the only word that can be associated with the decision". South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "We let ourselves down in the field with a couple of fumbles and a few dropped catches". In T20 it's quite easy to lay down and get beaten, so you have to show fight.

England still had batting to come after Roy's exit.

South Africa were in a spot of bother when de Villiers was out, with score on 82 for 4 in 10.6 overs.

England looked clear favourites to claim the series after their dominating win in the first game in Southampton but they surrendered the second game in Taunton after being in a comfortable position of needing 40 runs in the final four overs with seven wickets in hand.

Alex Hales (36) and stand-in skipper Jos Buttler (31) also made handy contributions, the former playing second fiddle to Malan in a second-wicket stand of 105.

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. JJ smuts was brilliant at the top but it was once again AB de Villiers, who played breathtaking strokes in his 20-ball 46.

Tom Curran said: "My beans were going a little but I'm delighted with the way I bowled".

But Farhaan Behardien's 32 proved highly useful.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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