South Africa tour of England three-match T20I series moves to Sophia Gardens in Cardiff for series decider. South Africa clawed back at England in second game to level the series after England comprehensively clinched first game.
England got off to flying start despite early departure of Sam Billings afer scoring just 3 runs. Partnership of 110 runs between Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow made the chase look easy but South Africa pulled things with wicket of Bairstow.
Unluckily, Jason Roy was adjudged out due to obstructing field. English wicket kept tumbling regularly as a result they fell three runs short of the target in the end. Debutante, Liam Livingstone looked good but unfortunately he was caught short of the crease leaving England in trouble.
Earlier, Tom Curran, all-rounder had great debut who bagged three wickets in his spell of four overs. Liam Plunkett picked up two wickets while rest bowlers had the luxury of one wicket each. Craig Overton is in line for debut in this match so who will be left out remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, South Africa will be keen to clinch this series after humiliating loss in first game. AB de Villiers and co. did well in second game especially bowlers who were fantastic to restrict host before the target.
JJ Smut out without scoring in first game looked formidable and quick with his stroke making to give visitors decent start. Reeza Hendricks with his score of 3 and 7 runs in first and second game respectively needs to buck up and deliver if he gets another chance.
AB de Villers played fantastic inning of 46 runs of just 20 balls to provide much needed boost. Once he got out, visitors looked in trouble but Farhaan Behardien quick-fire 32 runs helped them post 174 runs.
Chris Morris was most successful bowler with two wickets for just 18 runs in four overs. Morne Morkel was expensive of all who conceded 43 runs without any wickets to his name. Tabraiz Shamsi has been given chance in two match didn’t looked effective at all so Imran Tahir is expected to be drafted in at his cost.
An entertaining battle is due on Sunday at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
England Squad: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Mason Crane
South Africa Squad: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Morne Morkel, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius