South Africa beat England by three runs to level T20 series

Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb final over to help his side South Africa beat England by three runs in a thrilling second Twenty20 worldwide at Taunton on Friday, keeping the series level pegging with one match to go.England had appeared to be cruising to another comprehensive win, with Roy and Jonny Bairstow putting on a century stand for the second wicket – but, from needing 50 off 39 balls, they instead stuttered down a dead end as South Africa silenced a boisterous crowd enjoying their first sight of an England men’s worldwide since 1983.Roy became the first player in global T20 cricket history to be given out for obstructing the field after Andile Phehlukwayo’s throw hit him when he was short of his ground.Liam Dawson hit the penultimate ball of the match for four after Livingstone had run himself out, but the former could not repeat the feat to secure victory as Phehlukwayo delivered a superb yorker.And so while not by design, Friday’s collapse in Taunton has at least given them a winner-takes-all Twenty20 finale against South Africa on Sunday and on the ground where it all went wrong less than a fortnight ago.Roy was clearly aghast but Morgan insisted it had been a “50-50 call”.To say a dressing room would be better off without him would have looked stupid not long ago.For England all-rounder, Liam Livingstone, and the South African-born seamer with a strong Zimbabwe cricket heritage, Tom Curran, were awarded caps.”Can’t believe that @JasonRoy20 was given out in that manner today”, Stokes, rested from this match, tweeted before continuing “embarrassment is the only word that can be associated with the decision”. Bairstow provided the thrust by hammering six fours and two sixes in his 35-ball 60 as England coasted home with a massive 33 deliveries to spare. Roy ran back to the non-striker’s end and in the process, changed his path as the throw from the fielder hit his boot.South Africa skipper AB de Villiers defended his team’s reaction.”De Villiers was relieved to have avoided a series defeat, and said: “[You’ve been out obstructing the field] Benoni, I’ll never forget, but to be fair I was a little bit guilty.Plunkett then removed David Miller cheaply soon after for eight but with De Villiers still at the crease the Proteas still had real hope of a big score.They included an extraordinary sweep off one knee against left-arm paceman David Willey that flew into the River Tone before he was dismissed next ball.Liam Livingstone, 7. Liam Dawson, 8.BOWLING: M Morkel 4-0-43-0, CH Morris 4-0-18-2, D Paterson 4-0-32-1, AL Phehlukwayo 4-0-34-1, JT Smuts 1-0-11-0, T Shamsi 3-0-24-0.