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Proteas show fight to level series

It was the first time in the history of global T20 cricket that a batsman had been given out obstructing the field.England, who awarded debuts to Liam Livingstone and Tom Curran but opted against handing Craig Overton a senior bow on his home ground, won the toss and chose to field in front of a sell-out 12,500 crowd making the most of the national side’s first appearance in Taunton since 1983.By the time Morgan was dismissed by Dane Paterson England were left needing 11 to win from Phehlukwayo’s final over and, after Livingstone was run out, four from the final ball.While England look to seal the T20 series with another win over the Proteas on Friday, Stuart Broad is likely to find out if injury will rule him out of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s on July 6. Roy was the top-scorer for England while Jonny Bairstow made 47 but the duo failed to get their team over the line.He struck nine fours and went to 50 with a six against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa’s Chris Morris was named man of the match for his decisive four-over spell of two for 18.And Bairstow was equally impressive, maintaining his red-hot form before being dismissed in what turned out to be a significant turning point.While the decision to give Roy out – made after consultation with the TV umpire – was booed by a partisan, passionate crowd, it wasn’t especially controversial. “I thought it was a 50-50 call”, Morgan said. You could see both sides of it.It was Morris, who once again provided the breakthrough when he had Bairstow caught in the 14th over and Roy, who crossed a well compiled fifty was out obstructing the field two overs later.England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was not playing in the game, took to Twitter to say: “Can’t believe that @JasonRoy20 was given out in that manner today….embarrassment is the only word that can be associated with the decision”.South Africa captain AB de Villiers, insisted, however: “We were in the right to ask the question of the umpires”.Can South Africa overcome England firepower?But Somerset “old boy” Jos Buttler, now at Lancashire, was yorked by Phehlukwayo for 10 and Morgan (six) was well caught in the gloom by de Villiers.JJ Smuts (45) started the innings with a lot of positivity scoring two boundaries and a six in the first two overs but the Proteas lost Reeza Hendricks (7) in the fourth over when Curran (3-33) got his maiden wicket by castling him.South Africa skipper AB de Villiers defended his team’s reaction.It happened off the second ball of 15th over.De Villiers made a quick 46 runs from only 20 balls, despite not timing the ball particularly well, and after he holed out off David Willey (1-29), the innings lost momentum.