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England vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 25, 2017, 10:47 PM IST

3rd T20I, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 25 June, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bowl)

England beat South Africa by 19 runs

Man of the Match: Dawid Malan

England vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: As It Happened

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Toss:

South Africa have won the toss and have decided to bowl first.

Squads:

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(w/c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Mason Crane

South Africa: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Morne Morkel, Dane Paterson, Imran Tahir

Commentary (South Africa innings)

Player of the Match, David Malan says that it was worth waiting for his debut. Reckons that he never thought he would get it, but is really happy to play for his country. Mentions that a guy like Bairstow gives you confidence and that just proves how tough it is to get into the team. Informs that he was not comfortable for the first couple of balls. Adds that it was tough to score on the variations bowled by the South Africans. Ends by saying that he will look to perform well for his domestic team so that he could get another chance soon.

The English bowlers came charged up and hardly gave anything away. JJ Smuts kept battling out in the middle but never looked comfortable. AB de Villiers was the only one who looked good as he hammered the bowlers out of the park. But even his stay did not last much similar to his teammates. Tom Curran was the pick of the bowlers and he returned with figures of 4-0-22-2. While all the other bowlers gave him good company and bagged wickets except David Willey. Jos Buttler will be really happy with his team as they were also brilliant in the field.

A brilliant win for England and they have comfortably won the T20I series. After being put into bat first, the hosts started off in a flourish. Alex Hales and the debutant Dawid Malan gave the home side the perfect start any team would have wanted. Though they failed to capitalise on the death, they surely had a more than competitive total on the board looking at the firepower they posses with the ball.

19.6 C Jordan to M Morkel, FOUR! But, in vain as ENGLAND WIN BY 19 RUNS. Length delivery outside off, Morkel lofts it over mid off and picks up a boundary. THE HOSTS ALSO CLINCH THE SERIES 2-1! 162/7

19.5 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, Wide outside off, run down to third man for a single. 158/7

Free Hit coming up...

19.5 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, No ball! Very high full toss, helped over backward square leg. However, the batsmen don't run. A no ball is signaled for height. 157/7

19.4 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, Angling into the batsman, heaved across the line to deep mid-wicket. A wild throw at the bowler's end helps the batsmen complete a brace. 156/7

19.3 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Another one. This time it's a clean hit. Fuller length delivery, drilled hard over mid on for a boundary. 154/7

19.2 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! A touch ahead of a length, angling away, Andile looks to sweep but gets a top edge. The ball goes over the short fine leg fielder and across the ropes. 150/7

19.1 C Jordan to M Morkel, Length delivery, angling in, Morkel makes room and punches it to mid off for a single. 146/7

Chris Jordan to bowl the last over. 37 needed off it. South Africa need a miracle.

Morne Morkel walks out to bat next.

18.6 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, OUT! High full toss, Moshele looks to heave it across but mistimes it in the deep mid-wicket region. Billings there catches it safely. Moshele looks to square leg umpire as soon as he hits it, asking for a waist high full toss. The umpires checks upstairs and it's a fair delivery. Mosehle's cameo comes to an end. 145/7

18.5 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, FOUR! Low full toss outside off, Mosehle bends his knees and lofts it over covers. The fielder in the deep is way inside as it's a long boundary there and so has to run back. Can't get to it and the ball goes on the bounce across the ropes for a boundary. 145/6

18.4 Tom Curran to A Phehlukwayo, Angling into the batsman, Phehlukwayo makes room and flat-bats it to long on for a single. 141/6

18.3 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, Almost a yorker on the stumps, dug out through mid on for a single. 140/6

18.2 Tom Curran to A Phehlukwayo, Leg bye! Curran once again angles it in, Phehlukwayo fails to play it across the line but misses and the ball goes off the thigh pad on the leg side. A leg bye is taken. 139/6

18.1 Tom Curran to A Phehlukwayo, Full and angling in, driven against the angle to mid off. 138/6

17.6 D Willey to M Mosehle, Beautiful ball to end the over! Fires in a very full ball, dug out back to the bowler. 138/6

17.5 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, Full and wide outside off, Andile goes after it again. Gets a top edge and the ball goes on the bounce to third man. A single is taken. 138/6

17.4 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, Wide outside off, slashed over backward point for a brace. 137/6

17.3 D Willey to M Mosehle, Willey comes from around the wicket, spears it in. Pushed in the cover region for a single. 135/6

17.2 D Willey to M Mosehle, SIX! Back-to-back! Willey bangs it further short, angling across. Mosehle clears his front leg and slaps it over wide long off. It's a huge hit and the ball clears the ground as well. A new ball is needed! 134/6

17.1 D Willey to M Mosehle, SIX! Flat-bat maximum! Shortish delivery to start off, Mosehle clears his front leg and pulls hard and flat over long on for a biggie. 128/6

Change of ends for David Willey.

16.6 Tom Curran to A Phehlukwayo, Phehlukwayo looks to reverse paddle but misses. 7 runs off the over. 60 required off 18 balls. 122/6

16.5 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, Low full toss outside off, sliced to third man for a single. 122/6

16.4 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, SIX! Back of a length delivery, angling in, Mosehle shimmies across and pulls it with the wind over backward square leg for a maximum. Release shot, this! 121/6

16.3 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, Yorker on the stumps, tries to dig it out but fails to make contact. 115/6

16.2 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, Another slower one outside off, MM this time fails to put bat on ball. 115/6

16.1 Tom Curran to M Mosehle, Slower one outside off, Mosehle is surprised and defends it on the off side. 115/6

Tom Curran is back into the attack.

15.6 L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Banged in short, Phehlukwayo goes for the pull but misses. 115/6

15.5 L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Andile gives himself room, Plunkett bowls it wide outside off. Phehlukwayo can't do anything about it. Good dot ball, this! 115/6

15.4 L Plunkett to M Mosehle, Cutter on the shorter side, pulled to deep backward square leg for a single. 115/6

15.3 L Plunkett to M Mosehle, Tow Leg Byes! Moshele dances down by giving himself room. Plunkett cleverly follows him and cramps him for room. Mosehle looks to tickle it but misses and the ball brushes the thigh pad and goes towards the fine leg region. A couple of leg byes taken. 114/6

15.2 L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Length delivery, Phehlukwayo looks to scoop but gets an inside edge onto the body and on the off side. A run is taken. 112/6

15.1 L Plunkett to A Phehlukwayo, Banged in short, Andile dances down at first but then duck under the bumper. 111/6

Liam Plunkett is back on.

14.6 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, Full on the stumps, drilled to long on for a single. 18 runs from the over. 111/6

14.5 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! This is turning out to be a good over for South Africa. Phehlukwayo dances down and lofts the length delivery over mid off for a boundary. 110/6

14.4 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Shot! Back of a length delivery, Phehlukwayo dances down, gives himself room and smashes it down the ground through mid on for a boundary. 106/6

14.3 D Willey to A Phehlukwayo, Phehlukwayo punches it on the up through covers. Billings in the deep, covers good ground to his left and makes a sliding stop near the ropes. Keeps it down to a brace. 102/6

14.2 D Willey to M Mosehle, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 100/6

14.1 D Willey to M Mosehle, SIX! A much-needed one! Back of a length delivery on leg, Mosehle shimmies across a touch and helps it with the wind over long leg for a biggie. He had timed it superbly well. 99/6

David Willey is called back for a bowl.

13.6 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, Back of a length delivery, chopped to point. 93/6

13.6 C Jordan to A Phehlukwayo, Wide! Down the leg side, Andile looks to work it on the leg side but misses. 93/6

A slip and a leg gully is in place.

13.5 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Shortish delivery, angling in, pulled on the leg side for a single. 92/6

Andile Phehlukwayo walks out to bat.

13.4 C Jordan to F Behardien, OUT! In the air... gone! Short and angling in, Behardien looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball flies a long way in the air but fails to get distance on it. Billings at deep backward square leg, gets under the ball and cups it. End of a struggling knock from Behardien. England need 4 wickets more to win. 91/6

13.3 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Angling down leg, worked behind square on the leg side for a single. 91/5

13.2 C Jordan to F Behardien, Back of a length delivery outside off, Farhaan pulls it to mid on, where the fielder dives to make a crucial stop. A single is taken. 90/5

13.1 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Shortish delivery, angling in, pulled in the long leg region for a single. 89/5

12.6 M Crane to F Behardien, Googly around off, Behardien works it off the inner half to short fine leg. Just a couple from the over. Pressure building on the Proteas. 88/5

12.5 M Crane to F Behardien, Pressure, pressure! Leg break outside off and FB is beaten on his outside edge. 88/5

12.4 M Crane to F Behardien, Once again Farhaan goes for the sweep but the same result. He misses and it's another dot. 88/5

12.3 M Crane to F Behardien, Tossed up outside off, Behardien looks to cut it away but misses. 88/5

12.2 M Crane to F Behardien, Tossed up outside off, Farhaan looks to sweep but misses. 88/5

12.1 M Crane to F Behardien, Behardien turns it in front of square on the leg side. Hales comes running in from the deep but fumbles. This allows the batsmen to pick up a brace. 88/5

11.6 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Back of a length delivery, angling in, defended off the back foot. 86/5

11.5 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Shortish delivery outside off, Mosehle hangs his bat in the air. Gets a bottom edge to the keeper. 86/5

11.4 C Jordan to M Mosehle, Angling into the batsman, Mosehle fails to tuck it away and the ball lobs off the thigh pad on the leg side. 86/5

Mangaliso Mosehle strides out to the middle.

11.3 C Jordan to D Miller, OUT! Edged and gone! England are chipping in at the wicket at the right moment. Miller dances down the track. Seeing that Jordan angles it across from short of a length. Miller flashes at it, gets an outside edge and the English skipper behind the stumps collects the ball to complete the proceedings. South Africa in huge trouble now. 86/5

11.2 C Jordan to D Miller, Straying on the pads, tickled fine down the leg side. The fielder at fine leg does superbly well to keep the ball in play. He covers good ground to his left and dives to make a stop. The umpire still goes upstairs to check. The replays suggest that it's just a brace. 86/4

11.1 C Jordan to D Miller, Back of a length delivery, pulled through backward square leg for a couple. 84/4

Chris Jordan is back on.

Farhaan Behardien is the new man in.

10.6 M Crane to de Villiers, OUT! Against the run of play! Crane gets his reward for being brave. Tosses it up on middle and leg again. De Villiers once more sweeps it over square leg. Fails to have middled it and Alex Hales takes another well-composed catch at the ropes just like his previous one. Crane is delighted and why won't he be. AB de Villiers is his first international wicket. Huge wicket this. 82/4

10.5 M Crane to D Miller, Miller works it down the leg side for a single. 82/3

10.4 M Crane to de Villiers, Crane bowls it quicker this time in the blockhole. De Villiers squeezes it out through covers for a single. 81/3

10.3 M Crane to de Villiers, SIX! Another one! Crane not shy of tossing it up, serves it fuller on the stumps. It's in AB's arc and he goes down on one knee and sweeps it over square leg for half a dozen. 16 off the over already! 80/3

10.2 M Crane to de Villiers, SIX! Boom! Into the stands! Full on middle, de Villiers kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. That's huge hit and the ball sails a long way back in the stands. 74/3

10.1 M Crane to de Villiers, FOUR! In the gap! Crane tosses it up, de Villiers sweeps it on the full. Gets it through the gap in the mid-wicket region for a boundary. 68/3

9.6 L Plunkett to de Villiers, Fuller in the line of the stumps, AB de Villiers whips it through the backward square leg region for a single. 64/3

9.5 L Plunkett to D Miller, Fuller outside off, Miller shuffles across and clips it towards mid on for a single. 63/3

9.4 L Plunkett to de Villiers, Back of a length delivery outside off, Miller punches it through the cover region for a single. 62/3

9.3 L Plunkett to D Miller, Fuller around leg, Miller tucks it through the square leg region for a single. 61/3

9.2 L Plunkett to de Villiers, AB de Villiers clips it on the leg side for a single. 60/3

David Miller walks out to bat.

9.1 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, OUT! Plunkett strikes! Short delivery into the batsman, Smuts was throwing his bat at everything. Does that again here and gets a top edge on it. The ball flies towards the fine leg region. Malan settles underneath it and takes a safe catch. Smuts was not able to get going and he departs. 59/3

8.6 M Crane to de Villiers, Short in the line of the stumps, AB de Villiers goes for the slog sweep but cannot time it well. Gets it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple. 59/2

8.5 M Crane to de Villiers, Fuller outside off, AB tries to go for the biggie but he misses it completely. 57/2

8.4 M Crane to de Villiers, FOUR! Beautiful! Fuller outside off, AB de Villiers carves that over the extra cover region for a boundary. 57/2

8.3 M Crane to JJ Smuts, Smuts sweeps but straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a single. 53/2

8.2 M Crane to de Villiers, Driven through the extra cover region for a single. 52/2

8.1 M Crane to JJ Smuts, Tossed up outside off, Smuts goes for the sweep. Gets an inside edge past the keeper and AB is quick to call him for the single. Buttler has a shy at the striker's end but he misses. 51/2

7.6 L Plunkett to de Villiers, AB de Villiers goes leg side and Plunkett sees that and follows him with a very full ball. AB cannot put that away. 50/2

7.5 L Plunkett to de Villiers, Back of a length delivery into the pads, AB de Villiers fails to flick it through and gets rapped high on the thigh pads. 50/2

7.4 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, Clipped through mid-wicket for a single. 50/2

7.3 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, Short delivery outside off, Smuts goes for the pull but he fails to make contact. 49/2

7.2 L Plunkett to de Villiers, On a good length, the ball stops a bit on the pitch. AB de Villiers is a bit early into the shot and he manages to just push it past the bowler for a single. 49/2

7.1 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, Angling into the batsman, AB de Villiers clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single. 48/2

6.6 M Crane to JJ Smuts, Short delivery into the batsman, Smuts pulls it towards long on for a single. 47/2

6.5 M Crane to de Villiers, Driven through mid off for a single. 46/2

6.4 M Crane to de Villiers, Bowls this down the leg side, de Villiers adjusts and works it through the mid-wicket region for a couple. 45/2

6.3 M Crane to JJ Smuts, Smuts cuts it through covers for a single. 43/2

6.2 M Crane to JJ Smuts, Smuts stays in his crease and cuts it straight to the fielder at point. 42/2

6.1 M Crane to JJ Smuts, FOUR! Freebie! Full toss on the stumps, Smuts does not miss out on those as he sweeps it through the square leg region for a boundary. 42/2

Mason Crane is into the attack.

5.6 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total. 38/2

5.5 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Smuts goes a bit leg side and smashes it over the cover region for a boundary. 37/2

5.4 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, SIX! That's into orbit! Fuller length delivery around leg, Smuts makes room on the leg side and whacks it over the long on region for half a dozen. 33/2

5.3 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, Smuts is lucky to survive! Short delivery around off, Smuts throws the kitchen sink at it. Gets a thin edge and the ball goes straight to the keeper. The players appeal but the umpire does not feel that there was an edge. However, the replays show that there was one. 27/2

5.2 L Plunkett to JJ Smuts, A cross seam back of a length delivery, bounces a bit more off the deck. Takes Smuts by surprise as he tries to defend it. 27/2

5.1 L Plunkett to de Villiers, Back of a length delivery, Smuts defends it on the leg side for a single. 27/2

Liam Plunkett to bowl the next over.

4.6 C Jordan to de Villiers, Short delivery outside off, AB de Villiers stays in his crease, sways back a bit and cuts it through the point region. Livingstone gives it a chase and dives to save a run for his team. The umpire checks and Liam has done very well there. 26/2

4.5 C Jordan to JJ Smuts, Another short delivery, this time JJ Smuts pulls but straight towards Hales who makes a good stop. A single is taken. 23/2

4.4 C Jordan to JJ Smuts, Back of a length delivery outside off, Smuts goes for the pull. Gets it towards short fine leg off the bottom edge. 22/2

4.3 C Jordan to JJ Smuts, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 22/2

AB de Villiers is the next man in.

4.2 C Jordan to C Morris, OUT! The experiment of promoting Morris has failed! Short delivery into the batsman, Morris goes for the pull. Does not middle it and the ball flies towards the deep square leg boundary. Alex Hales the man there takes it on the boundary line by making a really tough catch look really easy. The umpire checks if Jordan has overstepped but he is fine. A struggling innings from CM comes to an end. 22/2

4.1 C Jordan to JJ Smuts, Almost dragged on! Length delivery outside off, Smuts tries to push it on the off side. Gets an inside edge and the ball goes just past the stumps towards the backward square leg region for a single. 22/1

Chris Jordan has been handed the ball.

3.6 Tom Curran to C Morris, Slower delivery at a shorter length, Morris goes for the pull but he only manages to find the fielder at short fine leg. 21/1

3.5 Tom Curran to C Morris, Good length delivery outside off, Morris punches this one straight to the fielder at covers. 21/1

Mid on goes back and third man comes in.

3.4 Tom Curran to C Morris, FOUR! Smart batting Morris! Short delivery into the body, Chris first thinks of the ramp shot but later adjusts and slaps it over the point region for a boundary. 21/1

3.3 Tom Curran to JJ Smuts, Leg bye! Angling into the batsman, Smuts tries to flick it through but fails to make contact. Gets rapped on the pads and the ball goes towards the point region. The batsman scamper across. 17/1

3.2 Tom Curran to C Morris, Short delivery angling into the batsman, Morris backs away a bit and hits it over the cover region for a triple. 16/1

3.1 Tom Curran to C Morris, Angling into the batsman, Smuts pushes it back to the bowler. 13/1

2.6 D Willey to C Morris, Back of a length delivery around off, Morris tries to punch it on the off side bu gets it towards backward square leg off the inner half. 13/1

2.5 D Willey to C Morris, Length delivery outside off, Morris swings his bat across but cannot make contact. 12/1

2.4 D Willey to C Morris, Back of a length delivery outside off, Morris stays deep in his crease and punches it towards the fielder at mid-wicket. 12/1

2.3 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Length delivery outside off, JJ guides it towards third man for a single. 12/1

2.2 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Good length delivery outside off, Smuts drives it towards the fielder at mid off. 11/1

2.1 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Smuts gets squared up and the ball goes off the outer half back to the bowler. 11/1

Chris Morris walks out next. That's some surprise.

1.6 Tom Curran to R Hendricks, OUT! Curran strikes in his very first over! Soft dismissal! Good length delivery outside off, Hendricks tries to loft it over the mid off fielder. Gets it off the toe end and the ball goes straight to Plunkett on the edge of the ring, who obliges with holding onto it. Curran has drawn first blood and he is enjoying his outing in this series. 11/1

1.5 Tom Curran to JJ Smuts, Short delivery into the batsman, Smuts mistimes his pull through square leg for a single. 11/0

1.4 Tom Curran to JJ Smuts, Good length delivery into the batsman, Smuts clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket. 10/0

1.3 Tom Curran to JJ Smuts, Smuts stays in his crease and defends it really well. 10/0

1.2 Tom Curran to R Hendricks, Leg bye! Back of a length delivery outside off, Hendricks goes for the pull. Fails to make any contact and the ball goes on to hit him on his body. The ball flies over the point region and the batsmen shuffle across. 10/0

1.1 Tom Curran to JJ Smuts, Angling in from a fuller length around off, Smuts clips it towards mid-wicket for a single. 9/0

Tom Curran will share the new ball from the other end.

0.6 D Willey to R Hendricks, Length delivery outside off, Smuts tries to play it on the off side. Gets it towards mid-wicket off the inner half. 8/0

0.5 D Willey to R Hendricks, Fuller outside off, Hendricks drives it towards the fielder at covers. 8/0

0.4 D Willey to R Hendricks, Yorker outside off, Hendricks defends it well. 8/0

0.3 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Back of a length delivery outside off, Smuts punches it through covers. Sam Billings gives it a chase and saves a run for his team. 8/0

0.2 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Smuts stays in his crease and punches it towards the fielder at mid on. 5/0

0.1 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Four Leg Byes! Again sprayed down the leg side and the ball swings in. The batsman tries to clip it but fails to hit it. Brushes the pads and the ball races away past the keeper for a boundary. 5/0

0.1 D Willey to JJ Smuts, Wide! That's some movement to start with. Swinging down the leg side, Smuts still goes after it but fails to make contact. The umpire signals it as a wide. 1/0

First Published: June 25, 2017, 6:56 PM IST

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