Newcomer Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa


Despite the fact the hosts have picked an experimental squad, regulars including Morgan, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett are likely to feature as well as Sam Billings, who Somerset supporters may recall scored 135 from just 58 balls in Taunton three years ago.

South Africa reached the score of 174 for eight thanks to blistering knocks from JJ Smuts and skipper AB de Villiers striking 45 and 46 runs respectively.

South Africa's AB de Villiers.

But‚ unlike them‚ Kuhn‚ at 33‚ older than them and the owner of seven T20 worldwide caps‚ has not played test cricket.

Surrey seamer Tom Curran took three wickets on his England debut, but South Africa's Chris Morris was named man of the match for his decisive four-over spell of two for 18. Nevertheless, an impressive debut by the young lad, as he would surely be a choice in the playing XI for the decider on Sunday.

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However, following in-form batsman Roy's departure England innings was derailed.

Jason Roy, who has been out of form for a while led the run chase with a fine 67 before he was given out for obstructing the field when going back to his crease as he was sent back by partner Liam Livingstone. Phehlukwayo had a shy at the non striker's end and the ball hit Roy on his boot. Roy had his back towards the fielder when the ball hit his toes, however, he was looking at the fielder when he was throwing the ball. To this incident, the third umpire had a close look at the replay which took some time.

Jonny Bairstow's emphatic knock of 47: In an otherwise boring innings from the South African batsmen, Wednesday's Man of the Match Jonny Bairstow continued his emphatic form in this tie as well, as he score a healthy 47 off 37 deliveries, including eight fours and a six, along with a strike rate of 127.

Dane Paterson made his debut for South Africa as England chose to field first on winning the toss.

Domingo returned to Port Elizabeth today and will miss the remainder of South Africa's Twenty20 series with England, which continues at Taunton on Friday and concludes in Cardiff on Sunday. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac.