Result
2nd T20I (D/N), Taunton, Jun 23 2017, South Africa tour of England
174/8
(20 ov, target 175)
171/6
South Africa won by 3 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Match centre 
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
South Africa174/8(20 overs)
JJ Smuts45 (35)
England171/6(20 overs)
end of over 208 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 171/6CRR: 8.55 
Liam Dawson7 (5)
Liam Plunkett0 (0)
Andile Phehlukwayo4-0-34-1
Dane Paterson4-0-32-1

8.45pm: That's it from myself and Miller tonight... Thanks for your comments, folks. George's report is in, and we'll see you again for the decider on Sunday.

8.35pm: No time to digest, let's get on with the presentations... England captain Eoin Morgan: "Disappointing, given the position we were in but SA bowled well at the end. [Roy dismissal?] I think it's a 50-50 call, you can see both sides. I think it's a difficult one. [Buttler in above Morgan] Tactical change, right-hander over a left-hander, didn't work out. [Livingstone] A lot of people are tucked away on debut but we want to see how guys perform, and react in the middle. Tom [Curran] was outstanding, skill level was outstanding, he's put on a yard, makes his variations harder. He bowled exceptionally. We want to see these guys play, but we also want to win at the same time."

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: [You've been out obstructing the field] Benoni, I'll never forget, but to be fair I was a little bit guilty. We were in the right to ask the question and it was up to the umpire, never nice to get out like that. I asked the boys to take it one ball at a time. We had better intent, better energy, good plans. [Huddle before innings?] We discussed the wicket, what we felt was a difficult length, change-ups, the bouncer. Then it was about the energy and showing the South African never-say-die attitude. We love the game back home and to see us come out on top means a lot - and now we have a decider on Sunday. [Morgan catch] I saw the church not the ball, so it was quite interesting. [Phehlukwayo final over] I told them to expect big moments, I'm going to throw them in and they delivered."

Chris Morris is named Man of the Match for his 2 for 18: "Very happy with today's performance, we showed fight, been in tough times recently. It's an honour to play for SA, so very happy. We thought so, we had to bowl well, but saw how England tied us down at the end, thought we had a chance. In T20 it's quite easy to lay down and get beaten, so you have to show fight. I enjoyed the wicket, not just me, our bowlers bowled well at the death - Dane Paterson in his third game. All-round a great performance. [Cardiff on Sunday] It's going to be exciting, someone has to lose, try not to be us."

8.30pm: Well, that blew up out of nowhere... England were 125 for 1, needing 50 off 39 balls when Bairstow fell for 47; Roy was then given out obstructing the field (rightly enough) in Chris Morris' next over and it all began to unravel. In all, England lost 5 for 46 from the last 6.3 overs as South Africa - all of the bowlers playing their part but inspired by Morris - fought back tremendously to level the series at 1-1 with a decider to play on Sunday.

"So SA 30 runs light." Touche, Ceddars

19.6
Phehlukwayo to Dawson, no run
Dawson swings and misses... SA have done it! Huge celebrations from Phehlukwayo, who is engulfed by his team-mates after closing out a fantastic match, South Africe winning by three runs off the final ball!

Four needed, three for a Super Over...

19.5
4
Phehlukwayo to Dawson, FOUR runs
there's one, slugged over mid-off! Just lands short of the rope, too... Phehlukwayo misses the yorker and Dawson gets under it to keep England in the running!

Liam Plunkett heads out... England need boundaries, two balls left to bowl

19.4
w
Phehlukwayo to Livingstone, 1 run, OUT
full toss, Livingstone scoops without making a proper connection... and then runs himself out by charging back to the striker's end looking for a second that his partner wasn't even beginning to consider - Dawson had his back to Livingstone and hadn't moved! A strange ending to a strange innings on debut from Livingstone
LS Livingstone run out (Morkel/†Mosehle/Phehlukwayo) 16 (39m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88
19.3
1
Phehlukwayo to Dawson, 1 run
dances down, sliced over backward point, lands short of third man and again it will only be one
19.2
1
Phehlukwayo to Livingstone, 1 run
pitched up again and Livo cloths a shot through cover for one more

"Looks Livingstone ahead of Morgan costs match for England," muses Simha

19.1
1
Phehlukwayo to Dawson, 1 run
lands the wide yorker, Dawson can't do much more than bludgeon through the covers

Phehlukwayo to bowl the last...

end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 163/5CRR: 8.57 • RRR: 12.00
Liam Dawson1 (1)
Liam Livingstone14 (16)
Dane Paterson4-0-32-1
Andile Phehlukwayo3-0-26-1

SA are edging ahead in the equation, 12 off the last six needed... and it's beginning to get dark in Taunton. No floodlights to call on, England are going to have to grope through to the end

18.6
1
Paterson to Dawson, 1 run
full, 87mph and dug out down to long-on for just a single

Liam Dawson heads out, the game still in the balance... Can Paterson finish off a decent over?

18.5
w
Paterson to Morgan, OUT
got him, chips a full toss to mid-on this time! De Villiers gestures to say he didn't pick it up until the last moment... but he held the catch and Paterson has his maiden international wicket at a crucial moment in the game!
EJG Morgan c de Villiers b Paterson 6 (10m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Down to 13 off eight...

18.4
4
Paterson to Morgan, FOUR runs
misses his mark and Morgan blooters it back past mid-on for four! Full but not quite full enough and Morgan hammered a half-volley past the diving de Villiers for four
18.3
1
Paterson to Livingstone, 1 run
another good yorker, right up on the crease as Livingstone chops down on it... and breaks his bat! Bits of wood go flying as they scuttle through and Paterson unsuccessfully tries to run out Morgan in his follow through. It's all happening!
18.3
1w
Paterson to Livingstone, 1 wide
ooh, he's a tad unlucky this time, Livo skips down and then can't reach the ball as Paterson appears to hit the tramline... but again called wide
18.3
1w
Paterson to Livingstone, 1 wide
banged in short, this gets up very high as Livingstone flails at it - this time gets the decision
18.2
Paterson to Livingstone, no run
well bowled, full and very wide, Livingstone is trying to smash every delivery and fails to get any bat on it
18.1
1
Paterson to Morgan, 1 run
shortish on the body and Morgan is happy to just nudge one more to leg

Two overs to go, England need 21... Paterson to bowl

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 154/4CRR: 8.55 • RRR: 10.50
Liam Livingstone13 (14)
Eoin Morgan1 (1)
Andile Phehlukwayo3-0-26-1
Dane Paterson3-0-23-0

Anns: "Alan any history between Morris and Livingstone? Pleas do reply." Not that I know of... but it was certainly a catalyst

17.6
Phehlukwayo to Livingstone, no run
full toss from Phehlukwayo, the batsman had gone across for the scoop... but he misses! Livingstone was hoping to get a no-ball on height there, it was a tight one but the umpires aren't giving it. He had crouched into the shot, so even though it appeared to pass above waist height, that was probably a good call
17.5
1
Phehlukwayo to Morgan, 1 run
length ball, squirted away off the hips for one through midwicket

This has been a superb squeeze from SA... In comes England's ice man, Eoin Morgan, with the pressure on

17.4
w
Phehlukwayo to Buttler, OUT
bowled him, nails the yorker! Superb from Phehlukwayo, caught Buttler in two minds, trying to anticipate what was coming and done by a stump-detonator
JC Buttler b Phehlukwayo 10 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

"Here is the link." Excellent work, Benny. Roy's in rare company

17.3
2
Phehlukwayo to Buttler, 2 runs
slower ball from Lucky, sits up outside off and Buttler slaps it mercilessly back down the ground, long-on cuts it off
Best performances - batsmen
JJ Roy
67 runs (45)
9 fours
1 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
pull
29 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
41094151123
JM Bairstow
47 runs (37)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
pull
15 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
1010079137
Best performances - bowlers
TK Curran
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
3
Eco
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CH Morris
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
2
Eco
4.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Match details
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of England
Player Of The Match
Chris Morris
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 615
Season2017
Hours of play (local time)17.00 start, First Session 17.00-18.20 Interval 18.20-18.40, Second Session 18.40-20.00
Match days23 June 2017 - day/night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Liam Livingstone
Tom Curran
Umpires
Michael Gough
Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
Tim Robinson
Reserve Umpire
Jeremy Lloyds
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft