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  1. England collapse from 125-1 to 171-6; lose by three runs
  2. Roy (67) given out for obstructing field at 133-2
  3. First ever dismissal of its kind in T20I history
  4. SA 174-8 - De Villiers 46 (20), T Curran 3-33
  5. Three-match series now level at 1-1

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's it from us. You can read Phil Dawkes' report from today's game on the website very shortly.

We'll be back on Sunday for the decider. Cheers for your company. Until then...

South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Roy's dismissal: "It's up to the umpires to make that call. It's never nice to get out like that.

On today's win: "Our game plans were better and we had better energy with the bat and ball. We showed the South Africa never say die attitude.

"We've had a tough month here so that win means a lot to us. We love sport, there's great love for the game of cricket back home, and to see us come out on top means a lot. It will be a great test of our skill."

Rules are rules

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South Africa's Chris Morris on TMS: "The boys fought hard today. At some point, we knew we could tie England up. The proof is in the pudding - you could see how pleased we were to win.

On Jason Roy's dismissal: "I said to Jason that it's not a nice way to get out but rules are rules and at that moment, we had to take what we could. It's unfortunate that you have to appeal to get a decision in this respect - it makes it look worse than it was."

Here is that Jason Roy dismissal. Eoin Morgan described it as a 50-50 call but one thing is for sure - England never recovered from it.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

I was really pleased for Tom Curran. There's something gutsy about him - he runs in hard and showed some good change-ups in pace today.

Natalie Germanos

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South Africa bowled and fielded well and their intensity at the end was excellent.

Here is the winning moment for South Africa - a lovely yorker to round off a three-run win.

Man of the match - Chris Morris

Unsurprisingly it's Chris Morris who takes the man of the match title.

He tells Sky Sports: "We showed a lot of fight. We've been going through a tough time as team recently but we pulled through today.

"We thought the wicket might have got better and, with the short boundaries, we knew we had to bowl really well. I did think we were a touch short.

"In this game of T20 it's quite easy to lie down and get beaten. You have to show a lot of fight and we did that today."

'There's more to come'

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England debutant Tom Curran, speaking on TMS: "It would have been sweeter with the win but I'm delighted with the way I bowled. I've been bowling well recently for the Lions and Surrey, my game's in a good place. I had nerves today and there's room for improvement but if I had been offered those figures (4-0-33-3) this morning, I'd have bitten your arm off."

'Tom Curran was outstanding'

More from Eoin Morgan: "I thought Tom was outstanding. His skill level was exceptional, he adapted to the wicket, he's put on a yard which makes his variations harder. We're very impressed with his performance so far.

On potential team changes: "We can fit at least one of the other lads in for the decider. We want to see as many of these guys play as we can. It's a difficult balance."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

England were cruising, playing inventive shots and there wasn't anything for them to worry about with the bowling.

England captain Eoin Morgan speaking on Sky Sports: "When Jason got out, no-one seemed to take the reins from then. That's disappointing. Given the position we were in, we should have won.

On Roy's dismissal: "It's a 50-50 call. You could see both sides. It's a difficult one. We've been in those circumstances before where it's more black and white."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

England will be pleased with Tom Curran's display - that two of his three wickets were clean-bowled shows he was bowling fast and straight. He was captained very well by Eoin Morgan too. He's not blessed with height or rapid pace but we've seen he's got the makings of a very good bowler.

Here's that moment of madness from Liam Livingstone - I'm still not quite sure what he was hoping for here. Liam Dawson never moved!

Charles Dagnall

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I thought South Africa were 20-30 runs short, Chris Morris and Morne Morkel had bowled out, and England should have had enough to overhaul that target.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

This game was England's... until the U-turn!

That was a superb finale. England were cruising that run chase but once Roy was dismissed, South Africa grabbed the opening they were given with both hands.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Well done to South Africa, they could have let this game drift to a conclusion. I'm looking forward to the decider on Sunday now.

South Africa win by three runs

Eng 171-6

Yorker! Brillaint from Andile Phehlukwayo and South Africa win! That's a cracking comeback from South Africa's bowlers to secure a victory and take this game to a decider.

Eng 171-6

Here's Liam Plunkett - and that's four! Magnificent strike, and England need four from the final ball to win!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Liam Livingstone had a mad moment - there was no communication. He just went for it.


Livingstone run out 16 (Eng 166-6)

What on earth was that?! Liam Livingstone's had a moment of real horror there. A comfortable single, Dawson never signalled for the second run but Livingstone had committed. He was stranded at the wrong end as the bails came off.

Eng 166-5

Another good, full delivery from Andile Phehlukwayo and again, Liam Dawson can only crack it in the direction of a fielder.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Everything is moving back into South Africa's favour now. It's exciting stuff.

Eng 165-5

Liam Livingstone is on strike. AB De Villiers has brought his field up and Livingstone can't beat it, smashing a slower ball up to cover.

Eng 164-5

Target 175

Andile Phehlukwayo will bowl the final over, and he twirls down a yorker that Liam Dawson cracks away for a single.

Charles Dagnall

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Liam Livingstone... what have you got?

Eng 163-5

Liam Dawson is the new man and he clubs away a single to get off strike. England need 12 from the final over to win!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

This is what we wanted to see - the youngsters are being tested now. They are having to handle the pressure. There's a contest on. Who will hold their nerve?


Morgan c De Villiers b Paterson 6 (Eng 162-5)

Gone! AB de Villiers has caught a ball that he didn't see coming! Morgan slapped a full delivery, trying to go over the field, and AB lost it as it came flying towards him. He stuck his hands out almost on instinct and ended up catching it snugly. I didn't see this coming a few overs ago.

Eng 162-4

There's four of them! It's just a touch wide from Dane Paterson and Morgan clatters it through the covers for four.

Eng 158-4

That's an ouch for the bat, rather than a player - Dane Paterson has just destroyed Liam Livingstone's bat with a fine yorker. The ball came fizzing down and it's snapped the bottom of the bat off! England manage to snaffle a single though as the fresh bats come out. 17 from 9 balls needed.

Eng 157-4

Liam Livingstone lines up a good length delivery from Dane Paterson, has a big ol' slog at it, and misses completely. That's a wide though from the bowler, trying to keep Livingstone under pressure. And he's been wided again by Michael Gough! Paterson looks thrilled while AB De Villiers has a massive grin on his face. That's not a wide.

England need 21 runs from the final 12 deliveries. It's Eoin Morgan and Liam Livingstone at the crease. You'd still have England as the favourites but South Africa have stepped it up here...

Charles Dagnall

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The game has become a lot closer than when Roy and Bairstow were at the crease and England were cruising.

Eng 154-4

Target 175

Eoin Morgan is at the crease, but he has to stand at the other end and watch as Liam Livingstone misses an attempted scoop shot. That is an awful looking thing when it goes wrong, and he wasn't far off edging that to the keeper.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa have hustled Liam Livingstone with some good pace and fielding. We might be set for an exciting finish.


Buttler b Phehlukwayo 10 (Eng 153-4)

That is a brilliant yorker from Andile Phehlukwayo! There's an audible groan as Buttler departs, the bails dislodged by a superb bit of bowling from the South Africa seamer. What a delivery.

Eng 153-3

Andile Phehlukwayo is back, and his first delivery gets swatted away by Liam Livingstone for four! The same man then clobbers a straight drive beyond Phehlukwayo and Farhaan Behardien tidies up.

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Daniel Potter‏: Sadly it's out - Roy has moved across the wicket to cover the stumps, obstructing the route for a run-out. Ball doesn't need to hit.

Sam Taylor: That's an absolute shocker of a decision. Like with Stokes v Australia. in slow motion looks intentional. No way at full speed.