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  1. England win with 4.3 overs to spare
  2. England seal 2-1 series victory
  3. Taylor 60 off 40 balls; Ismail 3-27
  4. SA 131-4: Lee 69* (61)
  5. SA v England men play at 12:30 GMT

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By Jamie Lillywhite and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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'England can do better'

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"England have now got two weeks to hit the gym, hit the nets and will want to turn things around. If you drop Meg Lanning and the other Australian women, you'll be punished. However, today was the best all round we've seen England in this series."

Captain's view

England captain Charlotte Edwards: "I'm really pleased - firstly to win the series, and the way we batted.

"Full credit to to South Africa - they really pushed us. We've got some areas to work on - as a collective we haven't bowled or fielded well enough. But overall I'm really happy . 

"Sarah Taylor was fantastic - she always has been. Hopefully she's saved some runs for the World Twenty20 in India."

Captain's view

South Africa captain Mignon du Preez: "Unfortunately we were on the back foot early on today. We did well to recover but we couldn't get over the line. England played brilliantly. We're in a good space - it's been a very good, competitive series."

Player of the series

Player of the series Sarah Taylor: "In the last two one-dayers I wasn't happy with how I performed, so today it's good to be able to contribute. We've had fantastic pitches, and South Africa have made it difficult for us."

Sarah Taylor
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Player's view

England's Anya Shrubsole, who took 2-28, on Sky Sports: "We didn't field as well as we would have liked. But it was a beautiful batting track - we kept them below par with the bat. Ultimately we've won the game and that's the most important thing.

"Taylor is an unbelievable player. She's hit a purple patch and we hope she hasn't used up all her runs before we go to India."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa should be proud of what they've achieved - they've outplayed England at times and are building a really exciting future for the squad.

"Lizelle Lee is powerful - when she hits that ball it stays hit. South Africa should feel there is excitement from her."

Match summary

England win by four wickets

So, England get over the line pretty comfortably in the end, despite some rather odd jitters towards the end of the innings.

In the end, South Africa never really recovered from being reduced to 6-3 by Anya Shrubsole and Tash Farrant. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez did really well to get the hosts up to 131-4, but that total was still a little below-par and so England made it look.

Amy Jones got England off to a rollicking start before the brilliant Sarah Taylor took over with 60 off 40 balls to guide England to the brink of victory.

'England are starting to get it right'

England win by 4 wickets

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Sarah Taylor, with the form she has been in, has been at her best today. England are starting to get it right and will be looking particularly at their batting thinking that they have solved the issues. Clinical with plenty of time to spare."

Final scorecard

England won by four wickets - win series 2-1

South Africa131-4 (20 overs): Lee 69* (61), Du Preez 39 (39); Shrubsole 2-28

England 133-6 (15.3 overs): Taylor 60 (40); Ismail 3-27

Full scorecard

England win by 4 wickets and win the series 2-1

Eng 133-6

Gunn whacks Van Niekerk over the ropes and England have done it.

Eng 124-6 (target 132)

Jenny Gunn relieves some of the pressure with a cut for four behind point. Required runs down to single figures now.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"I'm loving the celebrations - full-on screams. She has bowled with real pace and aggression."


Wyatt b Ismail 0 (Eng 120-6)

Hmm. I'm not sure about Ian Salisbury's aggressive brand. Wyatt aims a big hoick at Ismail and once again the stumps are clattered. Ismail gives her another comical send-off. I'm enjoying them now. She's won me over.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a good delivery - it was tailing in and Nat Sciver gave herself room. Ismail must be in danger with another send-off."


Sciver b Ismail 1 (Eng 120-5)

Well well. Sciver charges at a straight one from Ismail, misses it, and the off stump is pinged back. Ismail celebrates with a little wave to the departing batter. The stadium DJ plays 'Rude' by Magic. Make of that what you will.

Eng 119-4 (Beaumont 16, Sciver 1)

Natalie Sciver is the new batter. Beaumont sweeps fine and picks up three.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"That was a superb piece of fielding. I'm sure Taylor thought she was going to get a single down to long-off but Van Niekerk anticipated brilliantly. It shouldn't affect the outcome but you never know..."


Taylor c & b Van Niekerk 60 (Eng 115-4)

Whoa, that's a blinder from Van Niekerk! Taylor down the track, popping the ball in the air, and Van Niekerk leaps full length to her left to take an excellent one-handed catch. Right in the fingertips. Brilliant.

Eng 113-3

Dane van Niekerk returns, and is immediately swept for four by the supreme Taylor. That brings up 2,000 runs for her in T20 international cricket - only the second woman to do so, after her team-mate Charlotte Edwards.

Eng 109-3 (target 132)

Luus has a nice, loopy action, but it can go wrong - a full toss sits up juicily for Tammy Beaumont and she spanks it over the top for six.

'We want to be brave'

England women's assistant coach Ian Salisbury on Sky Sports: "We want to play brave and positive cricket and we want to knock these off as quickly as possible."

Eng 101-3 (Taylor 53, Beaumont 6)

Beaumont collects her first boundary with a slash through point. England are cruising here...

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"The game is completely under control, the field is spread and you can just pick off those single. But I suppose this is Twenty20..."

Eng 95-3

Tammy Beaumont, hoping to make up for some horrible gaffes in the field, comes to the crease. Luus completes an excellent over - just four from it.


Knight c Chetty b Luus 25 (Eng 92-3)

However, South Africa strike with the next ball as new bowler Sune Luus gets Knight to slice one straight up in the air and wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty takes a comfortable catch.

50 for Taylor

Eng 92-2

What a stunning knock from Sarah Taylor. She knocks a single down the ground to bring up a fifty from just 33 balls and she's barely played a shot in anger.

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Eng 91-2 (target 132)

Daniels returns as Mignon du Preez aims to keep England guessing. Bit of a hairy moment for England as Knight saunters out of her crease and keeper Chetty misses with a throw that would have run her out comfortably. A poor full toss provides a good end to the over for England when Knight cracks a four through the covers, and at the halfway stage, the tourists are cruising.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"That was a full, straight ball, but she stood tall and it was a reverse tickle. She has played a few gorgeous shots - she's in prime form."

Eng 84-2

Ismail, who took a wicket in her first over and hasn't bowled since, is finally invited back to the party. Taylor brings up an excellent 50 partnership with a deliciously impudent reverse dabble for four.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"All is under control providing they don't lose wickets. They can be quite discreet about the way they pick up these runs now but I am not sure England like to play that way these days."

Eng 75-2 (Taylor 40, Knight 18)

Dinesha Devnarain into the attack - just one wicket in 13 T20 matches for her. Is she really the right choice with South Africa desperately needing to break this partnership? Not with deliveries like that - rank full toss, splattered over the ropes for six by Knight.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

"Jos Buttler plays that reverse-sweep - and another brilliant shot from Sarah Taylor. They watch it come right on to the bat."

Eng 63-2 (target 132)

Dane van Niekerk, who has impressed with the bat in the series, to bowl some slow, wristy leg-spin. Taylor plays a lovely improvised reverse paddle which runs away to the third man boundary. She had to time that perfectly as there was no pace on the ball. South Africa need wickets.

Eng 54-2

That's clever from Taylor - getting well outside her off stump to paddle Tryon behind square leg for four. And another! This time she lofts the bowler straight down the ground. Tryon recovers well with a delivery that just scoots past the outside edge on its way into the keeper's gloves. Then there are shouts of 'catch!' as Taylor plays an aerial cover drive, but it just eludes Luus at cover and runs away for the third boundary of the over. England on the charge.