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England's Jos Buttler (left) with South Africa's AB de Villiers during toss of 3rd T20I at Cardiff on Sunday © Getty Images

Following a hard-fought opening two ties and the series being levelled at 1-1, it all came down to the final tie, but it was the hosts England, who had the final laugh, when they beat visitors South Africa by 19 runs in the third Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Sunday. With this win, England clinched the series 2-1. England managed to post a challenging total of 181 for the loss of eight wickets, courtesy Dawid Malan’s 78, while South Africa could only manage 162 for the loss of seven wickets, as Chris Jordan’s 3 for 31 did not allow the Proteas to cruise past them. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff

Dawid Malan became England’s top-scoring Twenty20 international debutant as they beat South Africa by 19 runs at Cardiff on Sunday to seal a 2-1 series win despite resting regular captain Eoin Morgan. Malan, playing in place of fellow Middlesex left-hander Morgan, made 78 in a total of 181 of eight after England were sent into bat by South Africa captain AB de Villiers.  South Africa then collapsed to 86 for five, with leg-spinner Mason Crane taking the prize scalp of De Villiers (35) for his first wicket at this level. They rarely threatened England’s total, despite some big-hitting late on from Mangaliso Mosehle (36) and Andile Phehlukwayo (27 not out). FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff

The Proteas’ fate was effectively sealed when Tom Curran, in just his second match at this level, conceded just seven runs off the penultimate over on his way to two for 22. Man-of-the-match Malan’s impressive 44-ball innings featuring 12 fours and two sixes surpassed 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.

(With inputs from AFP)