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Newcomer Dawid Malan leads England to T20 series win vs South Africa

England have secured a Twenty20 series win over South Africa after beating the visitors by 19 runs on the final day in Cardiff.The 29-year-old left-hander Malan, who was born in London and brought up in South Africa, blasted 78 from 44 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes as England, whose captain Eoin Morgan was rested, made 181 for eight.In reply, England lost Sam Billings early, but Jason Roy and Johny Bairstow combined to add 110 runs for the second wicket before Morris removed the latter, after which the English collapse began.South Africa will take some comfort in the performance of right-armer Paterson, who was twice on a hat-trick in the final overs thanks to his mixture of yorkers and slower balls.Tom Curran struck in the second over to remove Reeza Hendricks for a duck, before legspinner Mason Crane claimed a first global wicket as he removed AB de Villiers for 35 to leave South Africa reeling at 82-4 after 11 overs.But Morgan, who drew criticism for pulling out of England’s tour of Bangladesh in October 2016 because of his fears over terrorism, said the South African series was an opportunity to blood youngsters.In the end, England could manage 171 runs for the loss of six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo and Paterson were dispatched to the rope and leg spinner Imran Tahir’s first ball to him was greeted with a straight four. Put into bat, South Africa rode on opener JT Smut and stand-in skipper De Villiers’ quickfire knocks and posted 174 on the board.”But if I had bought a ticket today I would go home thinking I have seen a fantastic game of cricket and you have seen England win a series so you would go home pretty happy”.Jos Buttler took over the captaincy but it was Malan who was to become the headline act. Even Morkel, sending down 90-miles-per-hour deliveries on a green-tinged pitch, was in the firing line with Malan striking him out of the ground and towards the River Taff.Roy became the first player in worldwide 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.”It’s not an easy thing to do, but he showed great composure on a wicket which he made look a lot easier than it was”.England debutant Dawid Malan’s hard-hitting 78. Leg-spinner Mason Crane, still just 20 years of age, showed bags of character, and a fair bit of skill.South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: “We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires. They have a bright five to 10 years ahead of them”. De Villiers hit a 20-ball-46 to get his side to 174 for 5 in the previous match, giving his bowlers a fighting chance.