Newcomer Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa

Newcomer Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa”

The 22-year-old Surrey seamer nearly removed Proteas opener Reeza Hendricks with his first ball in global cricket before actually managing it with his very next delivery.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers gave the visitors brief hope of chasing down England with a typically bludgeoning 35 from 19 balls.

The narrow victory at Somerset's headquarters saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England at Southampton two days earlier to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday. And it was one he passed with flying colours here, responding to the initial mauling by tossing his final delivery up above the eye-line, urging a repeat of the shot before seeing Alex Hales gratefully gobble it up at square-leg.

Stand-in skipper Jos Buttler: "Dawid showed by that performance that there are some good players really knocking on the door".

South Africa could only muster 162-7 in reply to lose by 19 runs as Chris Jordan claimed 3-31 and Surrey's Tom Curran, in only his second global match, 2-22. But he ended up scoring 67 runs off 45 balls and later, England lost the game by 3 runs.

South Africa kept their nerve at the death to beat England by three runs in the second Twenty20 on Friday and take the series to a decider.

Debutant Dawid Malan hit 78 from 44 balls to help fire England to 181/8 from their 20 overs.

Chris Jordan picked up three wickets for England.

The hosts then restricted the Proteas to 162/7 to win by 19 runs and clinch the series 2-1.

Nevertheless, England hardly had any reason to panic as Hales, along with Malan put up a splendid 105-run stand, with Hales contributing 32, while Malan contributed 70 runs in the stand. If his second six - thumped straight into the River Taff off Morkel -was the most brutal strike in his clinical assault, then the most audacious was the shot that brought up his half-century from 31 Tahir was dinked through fine leg to the delight of a almost full house.

"Depth is huge if you are going to become a really good side", Buttler said. He was looking at the fielder when he made the move but had his back to the ball when it struck him instantly. It was a fantastic knock because having played here before we knew the wicket was a little bit two-paced.

Buttler on bowlers Tom Curran and Mason Crane: "I was impressed with Tom again".

"Mason Crane, for a 20-year-old, has got great character".

South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: "We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires".

"I don't think playing one game, you can't think you've made it", Malan told Sky Sports 2.

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