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Summary

  1. Rain brought early end to second T20
  2. SA won by 17 runs (Duckworth-Lewis)
  3. Van Niekerk top-scored with 63 for SA
  4. Taylor out for 66 in England's last over
  5. Three-match series tied at 1-1

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Time to get serious

26 days. Two matches. That is all England have left to nail down a side, hone their skills and get their larruping heads on before their World T20 campaign gets under way against the West Indies in Mumbai.

Break time

If you tune in to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now you can have a listen to the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show from Monday night. That will fill in before they return for the men's first Twenty20 between South Africa and England.

We are taking a short break now but will be back at 15:30 GMT for the aforementioned game. See you soon.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"England are missing Katherine Brunt and struggling when Anya Shrubsole doesn't take wickets. If she doesn't fire, how are they going to take wickets? That is the challenge."

Final scorecard

South Africa win by 17 runs (Duckworth-Lewis)

South Africa 145-3 from 20 overs

Batsmen: Du Preez 47, Lee 0

Fall of wickets: 30-1 (Chetty 8), 98-2 (Van Niekerk ), 144-3 (Kapp 21)

Bowling figures: Knight 3-0-18-0, Shrubsole 3-0-28-0, Hazell 3.2-0-30-0, Gunn 3-0-29-0, Grundy 3-0-24-1, Elwiss 2-0-15-1

England 156-6: Taylor 66, Edwards 34

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Series tied at 1-1

SA win

The umpires have called it. Game over. South Africa beat England in a T20 for the first time to level the series at 1-1. 

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"The worry for England is that the standout performances are again coming from the established players - Taylor, Edwards and Shrubsole."

Henry Moeran

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"It's a bleak scene. There are umbreallas up all around the ground. The rain is as heavy as it's been all day."

Bad day at the office

It has been a bad day at the office for England today. They've not been terrible, but they should have set a bigger target for South Africa after getting off to a good start and only Heather Knight has emerged with any credit from the bowlers. Three of the six members of the England attack have gone for over nine an over.

The rain means it is likely to be a D/L defeat, but it is no less emphatic for that.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"I've not been surprised by how well South Africa have done. They have learnt quickly and have just got on with it today."

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Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"They have been ahead of the rate from ball one. We said that England had to bat South Africa out of the game, because they can be dangerous. You almost sense that could be the end of it."

Rain stops play

SA 145-3 (12 to win off 16 balls)

You are kidding. The rain steps up its game and prompts the groundsmen to bring the covers back on. Off go the players. As before, South Africa are well ahead of Duckworth Lewis.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"That will give England a sniff of a hope. It slows things down just a little bit. Kapp likes to get across her stumps and Elwiss got the ball full and straight."

WICKET

Kapp lbw Elwiss 21 (SA 144-3)

Too little, too late? It looks like it. Elwiss traps Kapp in front to claim a third wicket for England. But with SA needing just 13 to win off 18 balls it is going to need something remarkable to prevent the home side levelling this series.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"One or two boundaries from South Africa can kill this game. England are desperate for something."

SA 132-2 (23 to win off 24 balls)

South Africa's aggression continues and Du Preez is lucky that a whip to leg off Shrubsole drops just short of a fielder. It is the only half-chance England get in an over that goes for 14 and includes a pull to cow corner for four off the last ball by Du Preez. The home side are cruising.

How's Stat?!

If South Africa win this match, they will have completed the second-highest successful run-chase in Women's T20 international history. England made 165-2 to beat Australia at The Oval way back in 2009.  

SA 120-2

There is still rain in the air. But the play continues, to South Africa's benefit as Du Preez opens her bat and drives for four through backward point. Wickets are what England need and they come close to getting one as Amy Jones spills a difficult catch as she dives forward to try and claim a chip from Kapp to mid-on. It sums England up today. They have been close but simply not good enough today.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"All South Africa have to do is tick off the singles and put the bad ball away."

SA 113-2 (44 runs to win off 36 balls)

England call Georgia Elwiss into their attack and some tidy bowling, along with a loss of momentum caused by the rain delay, keeps the home side to just five runs from the over. South Africa still in charge, though.

Good news! The rain has abated, the covers are off and the players are out. Looks like South Africa are going to have to win this game in the traditional way.

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Rain, rain, go away...

With the men's game to come from 16:00 GMT, we have a very limited window (of about 30 minutes) to get the women's game back on. With the weather as it is, it does not look likely.

South Africa's Sune Luus has just been on Sky saying they would rather not win by Duckworth Lewis. I am sure they'll gladly take it, though. It would be a reward for their positive approach to the chase and Van Niekerk's superb 63 (from 41 balls)

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"England have let standards slip, especially in their fielding. You would expect more from them."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"It looks set in. You can hardly see the mountains. South Africa have done a brilliant job."

Rain stops play

SA 108-2

Oh dear, here come the groundsmen with the covers. The heavens have suddenly opened and the game is halted. As it stands, the home side are ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par. So, in short, if we get no more play the series is level.

SA 108-2

Marizanne Kapp is the new player at the crease. She wastes no time getting in on the action with a heave that takes the ball to the fine leg boundary, which she follows with a better connection to swipe Grundy through backward square for four. Those were gifts that England could have done without handing to the hosts.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"She got down to the ball, but didn't open her body. That means a lot to England. It's a good innings, potentially match-winning. Can South Africa keep it going?"

WICKET

Van Niekerk st Taylor b Grundy 63 (SA 98-2)

A big wicket for England and also something of a gift. Did Van Niekerk really need to dance down the track to Grundy and risk that? Now the pressure shifts slightly. The home side are still well-placed but have lost their best weapon.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Van Niekerk has played some big shots, she's really taken the game away from England. It's good batting. England are nervous."

SA 98-1 (Du Preez 24, Van Niekerk 63)

It continues to drizzle, but not to an extent that poses a threat to play. South Africa are well ahead of Duckworth Lewis anyway so it won't phase them. Danielle Hazel delivers a good over but the SA pair rotate the strike superbly. Six singles off it. They look very comfortable.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"That was the shot of the day. She kept her base, gave herself room and nailed it with good handspeed."

SA 92-1 (65 to win off 54 balls)

Shot of the day from Van Niekerk. She takes a step back and lofts Jenny Gunn over extra cover for six. Brilliant. Gunn almost gets her revenge, though, with a yorker that beats the bat and just misses the leg stump. Gunn tries to repeat the trick but is unlucky to see the ball beat everyone and head down to the fine-leg boundary for four. This is the home side's game to lose.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa are well placed, as they were yesterday. The difference today is that they are up with the rate, they haven't left themselves as much to do."

Latest scorecard

Target 157

South Africa 80-1 from 10 overs

Batsmen: Van Niekerk 50, Du Preez 20

Fall of wickets: 30-1 (Chetty 8)

Bowling figures: Knight 2-0-13-0, Shrubsole 2-0-14-0, Hazell 2-0-24-0, Gunn 1-0-10-0, Grundy 2-0-14-0

England 156-6: Taylor 66, Edwards 34 

SA 80-1 (77 to win off 60 balls)

Halfway there. These two have now put on 50 in 40 balls. A superb partnership that is currently steering the game away from England. The tourists need wickets.

50 for Van Niekerk

SA 78-1

This is a fine innings from Van Niekerk, who brings up her 50 with a pull for a single to leg. Only minimal celebrations, though, from the player. She still has a lot of work to do.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Wyatt didn't get herself into a good position. It was firmly hit, but she should have stopped it. England used to be the best fielding side in the world, but other teams have caught them up."

SA 75-1 (Van Niekerk 48, Du Preez 17)

I can confirm it is spitting. Not quite enough for the dinner ladies to call everyone in from the playground. 

Meanwhile, England are getting sloppy in the field. A Grundy full toss is slapped to leg by Du Preez and allowed to reach the boundary by a shocking Danielle Wyatt mis-field.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Have England dropped their standards, or have South Africa improved? I can't decide. England haven't really kicked on in the last few years."