Tom Curran determined to build on confident start in England decider

Paola Ditto
Giugno 25, 2017

Roy, with his first 50 in 11 global innings, appeared to have put England on course for a series-clinching victory as he added 110 in 70 balls with Jonny Bairstow for England's second wicket.

England opener Jason Roy became the first cricketer to be given out obstructing the field in T20 worldwide history on Friday.

Roy had a slice of luck on 45 when he nearly played on to Tabraiz Shamsi, but he soon brought up his 50 and England's 100 with a towering six off the spinner and Bairstow was in sparkling form again.

All-rounder Chris Morris was in inspired form, only conceding 18 runs from his four overs and taking two scalps.

Phehlukwayo's throw hit Roy on his boot and the tourists, led by Morris started appealing for obstructing the field and umpire Michael Gough immediately signalled a dead ball and went upstairs with a soft signal not out. The decision was sent to the third umpire, who adjudged that he had made a move to prevent the ball hitting the stumps and Roy had to go.

"I think it was a 50-50 call". Interestingly, Stokes had become the eighth cricketer overall to have been given out obstructing the field during England's ODI versus Australia at Lord's in mid-2015, said Cricket Australia's website.

Elsewhere in the England side, former Somerset star Jos Buttler will keep wicket as he returns to play at the County Ground for only the second time since leaving for Lancashire in 2013.

Despite their attacking intent, South Africa kept getting pegged back in the second half of the innings as England took wickets at regular intervals - five dismissals came in the last seven overs - on a pitch where 200 was probably a par score.

South Africa were grateful to a far more convincing batting performance from AB de Villiers, in particular, and JJ Smuts.

Curran, the son of the late former Zimbabwe global Kevin, struck with just his second ball in worldwide cricket when Reeza Hendricks bottom-edged a pull into his stumps.

England openers Jason Roy and Hales plundered 45 off the first four overs before Roy, playing a risky reverse sweep, was trapped lbw by Andile Phehlukwayo for 28.

Just as De Villiers started to really get into overdrive, David Willey removed him after the Proteas skipper made 46 from 20 balls.

South Africa came back from a poor position to pull off a stunning last-ball win in Taunton as they levelled the Twenty20 series and set up an exciting decider in Cardiff on Sunday.

But the highlight of his innings was a six he stuck which sailed over the boundary and into the river. The 69mph slower ball that fooled the unsafe Chris Morris was every bit as impressive as the 87mph yorker to bowl Phehlukwayo.

Fall: 1-15, 2-125, 3-133, 4-153, 5-162, 6-167.

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