England 181-8 against South Africa in 3rd T20

South Africa levelled the T20 series with England at 1-1 at Taunton after an exciting finish to the game saw the Proteas win by three runs and set up a decider on Sunday.

Malan's innings was the highest score by an England batsman on Twenty20 worldwide debut, topping the 46 made by Paul Collingwood in England's very first match at this level - a 100-run win over Australia at Southampton in 2005.

Jason Roy led the team from the front scoring a whirlwind 67 but got out in a freakish manner becoming the first batsman to get out for obstructing the field.

Taunton had waited 34 years to host an England game - the famous son of Somerset, Sir Ian Botham, in his pomp when Sri Lanka paid a visit during the 1983 World Cup.

While Crane erupted in the manner his opposite number, Imran Tahir, has made a trademark, and Jordan and Curran closed out proceedings thereafter, there was little doubt where the man of the match award was going at the end of the match. South Africa will need to address their batting in the death overs, even though Farhaan Behardien looks in good nick.

That saw Malan stride to the wicket in the third over, and there was no sign of nerves as he hoisted Morris over mid-wicket for six from only his second ball in global cricket.

Plunkett then removed David Miller cheaply soon after for eight but with De Villiers still at the crease the Proteas still had real hope of a big score. "I think it was a hard one".

"You'll see everybody play at least one game - this is an opportunity to give people a chance and see what they can do on the global stage".

AB de Villiers played a quintessential innings today, entertaining the crowd with some breath-taking shots.

England hunted down the modest target of 143 for the loss of just Jason Roy, who put his lean recent form behind him to smack 28 off just 14 deliveries.

"It wasn't easy in that light", said Morgan, who added he would have changed his decision to field first had he known how bad it would get.

"I know what he's (Morgan) saying, it's maybe a bit of both".

"It is disappointing to lose given the position we were in but South Africa bowled well at the end", said Morgan.

He made 105 out of South Africa A's first innings of 283 against the England Lions in Canterbury on Thursday.

On the other hand, England, who return to Cardiff after their Champions Trophy semi-final defeat, will be without in-form Bairstow, who has left the team to play pink ball Championship games.

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