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Malan leads England assault, Paterson excels at the death

Kristopher Love | 26 June, 2017, 00:05

But the Middlesex left-hander - who pressed his case for a call-up with scores of 125 not out and 84 for the Lions against South Africa A earlier this month - took his chance, making 78 from 44 balls in England's 181 for eight. They were thrashed by nine wickets by the hosts in the opening match of the series. It saw a spirited South African side under AB de Villiers rise to the occasion, while England uncharacteristically choked out.

Smuts, hitting the ball unusually hard, also made an accomplished 45 but the final total of 174 seemed to be around 25 under par on a fine batting surface.

After claiming a wicket with his second ball in worldwide cricket - Reeza Hendricks bottom-edging an attempted pull on to his stumps - Curran returned to bowl the last couple of overs from the Somerset Pavilion End and impressed with his control and variations.

Plunkett then removed David Miller cheaply soon after for eight but with De Villiers still at the crease the Proteas still had real hope of a big score. The decider is expected to be full of surprises and it will be an uphill task for South Africa to win today's game, hence clinching the series.

England appeared on course for an unassailable 2-0 series lead at the start of the 15th over when Roy called for a quick single at the non-striker's end. England's next T20 action is against the West Indies at Chester-le-Street in September, while South Africa entertain Bangladesh the following month.

"I think it was a 50-50 call".

Both sides now turn their attention to Test cricket with a four-match series starting at Lord's on July 6.

The circumstances described in the new playing condition (i.e. a batsman significantly changing his direction of running without probable cause ) are only one example of an action which will qualify as wilfully obstructing the field.

Opposing captain AB de Villiers added: "We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires".

"I wouldn't say Roy's dismissal cost us the match - we had more than enough experience and firepower in the likes of myself and Jos [Buttler] to see the match out and we didn't do that".

He insisted: "We remain very confident we can win the game with the team we have and put on a real entertaining show". Especially in a format like T20 where you have to get going from the outset and don't have too much time to settle in.

Mangaliso Mosehle did manage 36 off 22 balls, but South Africa's final tally of 162 proved to be well off the mark.