[caption id="attachment_618947" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-618947" alt=" Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ab-de-villiers.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Getty Images[/caption] <p></p><p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Following a nine-wicket loss in the opening tie, visitors <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> proved why they are one of the most formidable cricketing sides in the shortest format, as they bounced back with a thrilling three-run win over hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/" target="_blank">England</a>. South Africa managed to post a decent total of 142 in the second match of the three-T20I series, at the County Ground in Taunton on Friday. In reply, England did manage to come close to the target, but just missed out by three runs, therefore failing to win the series, making the third and final match a decider. Meanwhile, let us have a look at the highlights this match produced. <strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/south-africa-in-england-3-t20i-series-2017-200407/live-scores/england-vs-south-africa-2nd-t20i-match-181612-summary.html" target="_blank">FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton</a></strong></p> <p></p><b>JJ Smuts prolific innings of 45:</b> South African opener JJ Smuts, who was bowled for an unfortunate duck in the opening ball of the opening T20I, managed to bounce back, as he produced a brilliant display of his batsmanship, managing 45 off 35 including four fours and three sixes, with a strike rate of 129. Although he fell short of his half-century by just five runs, his knock was enough for the incoming batsmen to set up the platform for a decent total. <p></p> <p></p><b>JJ Smuts, AB de Villiers s steady stand of 39:</b> Although there were hardly any big partnerships in the South African innings, opener Smuts, along with skipper AB de Villiers, did manage to put up the maximum runs on the board, as they together contributed to a 39-run stand for the third wicket. As Smuts contributed 13, de Villiers contributed 25 to the stand, therefore allowing South Africa to propel towards a match-winning total. <p></p> <p></p><b>AB de Villiers s impressive knock of 46:</b> The second South African batsman to come up with a stellar knock was the skipper himself. Batting at No. 4, he blasted 46 off 20 including four fours and three sixes, with a strike rate of 230. Although he too fell short of his half-century by just four runs, his knock was enough to do considerate damage to the English bowling attack as they reached a match-winning total. <p></p> <p></p><b>Tom Curran s impressive debut:</b> Surrey s fast bowler Tom Curran, who was making his international debut in this T20I, was an instant hit, as he managed to claim three crucial wickets, including the big wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Chris Morris, as he threatened the South African batsmen. However, it was Smuts and de Villliers, who took the game away from the English bowlers. Nevertheless, an impressive debut by the young lad, as he would surely be a choice in the playing XI for the decider on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p><b>Jason Roy s imposing knock of 67 and an unusual dismissal: </b>Among the English batsmen, opener Jason Roy was one of them who managed to play an imposing knock. He played a knock of 67 off 45 including nine fours and a six, with a strike rate of 149. However, what was more interesting was his dismissal. Roy set off for a run, but Liam Livingstone sent him back. Phehlukwayo had a shy at the non-striker's end and the ball hit Roy. The South Africans appealed for obstructing the field as the umpire initially called it a dead ball and then went to the square-leg umpire. They both decided to go to the third umpire, where replays showed that Roy did change his path and came in way of the throw. After taking his time, the third umpire ruled it out, which was a fairly right call according to the laws of cricket. <p></p> <p></p><b>Jonny Bairstow s emphatic knock of 47:</b> In an otherwise dull innings from the South African batsmen, Wednesday s Man of the Match Jonny Bairstow continued his emphatic form in this tie as well, as he score a healthy 47 off 37 deliveries, including eight fours and a six, along with a strike rate of 127. However, he too fell short of his half-century by just three runs, as it was today s Man of the Match Chris Morris, who made his day unfulfilled. <p></p> <p></p><b>Chris Morris s Man of the Match performance:</b> It was South Africa s bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who was the start of the team today, as it was his bowling attack, which led to South Africa s slender victory over England. Morris finished with figures of 2 for 18, including the wickets of opener Sam Billings and Bairstow, which certainly sealed South Africa s fate, while they head on to the decider at Cardiff on Sunday, and he could well be the man to watch out for, again.