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South Africa beat England by three runs to level T20 series

South Africa beat England by three runs to level T20 series”

England will look to wrap up a T20 series victory over South Africa when the teams meet for the second time in three days, at Taunton, on Friday.

The tourists' total of 174 for eight was a significant improvement on the 142 for three they managed during a nine-wicket defeat at Southampton on Wednesday, which put England 1-0 up in the three-match series.

The third Twenty20 worldwide will be held on Sunday before the four-Test series starts on July 6 at Lord's.

But England were left to count the cost of Jason Roy's controversial dismissal for obstructing the field as South Africa levelled the three-match series at 1-1 when Liam Dawson failed to connect with the final ball of the match.

Surrey's elder Curran brother comes in for Mark Wood, who is now rested and Malan replaces Hales.

South Africa were without coach Russell Domingo, who made an emergency return home after his mother was seriously injured in a vehicle accident.

Smuts certainly seemed a man in a hurry as he punished David Willey twice in the first over, although his second boundary owed much to Chris Jordan's poor fielding.

Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe global Kevin, struck with just his second ball in worldwide cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps.

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.

But Mosehle (15), after breaking his second bat as well, was caught behind gloving a slower ball from paceman Liam Plunkett (two for 36).

Play starts at 6pm SA time.

De Villiers produced an extraordinary shot to hoist Willey over his own shoulder for six, but the South Africa captain was soon undone by a clever bit of bowling.

And star batsman de Villiers, as he so often does, upped the tempo further, with four sixes in his 20-ball knock.

But Farhaan Behardien added a 32 which proved more than useful.



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