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  • 10:51 PM IST

  • 10:41 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Dawid Malan (England)

  • 10:27 PM IST

    ENG WIN!!!! That’s it, England have done it with a deserving 19-run win over South Africa, while the aggressive approach and late fireworls from the middle and lower order batsmen were not eenough to save South Africa from the jawas of defeat. Nevertheless, England will take it and move on to the Test series from hereon.

  • 10:21 PM IST
    GON!!!! Mosehle does n ot see his team out, as he falls for 36 in the 19th over off Curran, after being caught by Billings, while he did play an healthy innings. Morne Morkel is the new man in, but the required runs is far too more in the final over. England have it.

    OUT! Mosehle c Sam Billings b Tom Curran 36 (22)
  • 10:09 PM IST
    No harm done, as Mosehle and Phehlukwayo look to take it to the English bowlers and possible steer South Africa home. However, there’s a lot of work to be done. Nevertheless, can they be South Africa’s guardian angels?
  • 10:03 PM IST

  • 9:54 PM IST
    GONE!!!! And South Africa just keep tumbling, with Behardien being the latest man to depart for mere thre to Jordan, after being caught Billings, while Phehlukwayo is the new man in. South Africa are in some real trouble now. Can the remaing batsmen pull off a sensational win from here?

    OUT! Farhaan Behardien c Sam Billings b Chris Jordan 3 (8)
  • 9:51 PM IST

  • 9:47 PM IST

  • 9:46 PM IST
    GONE!!!! South Africa seem to be falling apart here, as they have lost de Villiers and Miller for 35 and seven, respectively. Behardien and Mosehle are the new man in. can they take up the heavy job of seeing South Africa from here?

    OUT! AB de Villiers c Alex Hales b Mason Crane 35 (19), David Miller c Jos Buttler b Chris Jordan 7 (6)
  • 9:35 PM IST

  • 9:35 PM IST
    GONE!!!! And its Smuts, who aggressive approach costs his wicket, as he is dismissed for 29 by Plunkett after being caught off Malan, while Miller is the new man in. South Africa are shaky, but they can still win it form here. De Villiers and Miller really need to get the innings going from hereon.

    OUT! JJ Smuts c Dawid Malan b Liam Plunkett 29 (30)
  • 9:28 PM IST

  • 9:27 PM IST

    No harm done following the fall of Morris’sw wicket, while Smuts and de Villiers look to take charge for the rest of the innings and see South Africa home. Smuts seems to be taking anaggressive approach as well.

  • 9:18 PM IST

  • 9:18 PM IST
    GONE!!!! And the second breakthough is here as well, as Morris departs for mere eight to Jordan after being caught by Hales, while skipper de Villiers is the new man in. He has a tremendous task in his hand. Can he steer South Africa to a title win here?

    OUT! Chris Morris c Alex Hales b Chris Jordan 8 (9)
  • 9:05 PM IST

  • 9:04 PM IST
    GONE!!!! The opening breakthough for England comes in the second over as Hendricks falls for an unfortunate duck to Curran after being caught off Plunkett, while Morris is the new man in. Curran therefore continues his impressive form from his debut in the 2nd T20I. Nothing to panic yet for South Africa.

    OUT! Reeza Hendricks c Liam Plunkett b Tom Curran 0 (5)
  • 8:45 PM IST
    THAT’S IT!!!! South Africa have been set a target of 182 to win this final tie and clinch the series, while the final opver saw a couple of more dismissals, with Paterson being on a hat-trick for the second time in the match, but being denied. Buttler and Williey were the men to be dismissed for 31 and one, respectively.
    Now the question is can South Africa chase the total down, or shall the English bowlers become a nightmare for them? Who’s your money on?

    OUT! Jos Buttler c JJ Smuts b Dane Paterson 31 (22), David Willey b Dane Paterson 1 (2)
  • 8:38 PM IST
    GONE!!!! Plunkett is the latest to depart as he too falls for an unfortunate duck to Phehlukwayo after being caught by Miller, while Willey is the new man in, with the finbal over being underway. Can England score 190?

    OUT! Liam Plunkett c David Miller b Andile Phehlukwayo 0 (2)
  • 8:33 PM IST

  • 8:32 PM IST
    GONE!!!! Twin successive wickets for Paterson as he dismisses Billings for 12 and Livingstone for an unfortunate duck in successive deliveries. However, Paterson is denied a hat-trick by Plunkett. South Africa trying to bounce back, as England aiming for a challenging total.

    OUT! Sam Billings c AB de Villiers b Dane Paterson 12 (11), Liam Livingstone b Dane Paterson 0 (1)
  • 8:26 PM IST

    No harm done following the dismissal of Malan, as Buttler along with Billings has taken the cahrge for the rest of the innings, as they look to post a challenging total.

  • 8:14 PM IST

  • 8:14 PM IST
    GONE!!!! Just what they needed, and South Africa have the all-important wicket of Malan, who falls for 78 off Tahir after being caught off Paterson, while Billings is the new man in. England will now look for something around 190, while South Africa will aim to get rest of the wickets. Still a tough battle on the cards.

    OUT! Dawid Malan c Dane Paterson b Imran Tahir 78 (44)
  • 8:06 PM IST

  • 8:06 PM IST
    GONE!!!! Finally, the second breakthough for South Africa, as Hales goes off after scoring a moderate 36, as Phehlukwayo makes him caught off Miller, while skipper Buttler makes his way in. South Africa still need more wickets, especially of Malan’s. Meanwhile, England must be targetting something around 200. What’s in store?

    OUT! Alex Hales c David Miller b Andile Phehlukwayo 36 (28)
  • 7:55 PM IST

  • 7:53 PM IST

    And Malan scores his maiden T20I half-century in his debut match. It is also the highest score by an English player on debut in T20I. South Africa really need to come up with something special with the ball and get rid of him, as if he keeps going like this, it would be a monstrous target to be chased down by the Proteas.

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South Africa held their nerves tight as they bounced back to win the second T20I by just three runs to level terms © Getty Images

Good Evening/Afternoon, Goeie Middag! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) between hosts England and visitors South Africa, at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Sunday. I am Ayush Gupta, and I will be bringing to you the live updates from this tie. England had a glorious day out in the opening T20I when they drubbes South Africa comfortably by nine wickets. However, the Proteas held their nerves tight as they bounced back to win the second T20I by just three runs to level terms, therefore setting up today’s decider, which promises to be a thriller. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff

Considering the result of the second T20I, fielding first, England bowlers did a fair job with the ball in the initial over. However, the South African batsmen were strong enough to bounce back and post a match-winning total of 174, courtesy opener JJ Smut’s 45 and skipper AB de Villiers’ 46, while debutant Tom Curran for England was the start of the bowling attack claiming 3 for 33. In reply, opener Jason Roy was involved in a stellar knock of 67. However, his dismissal for obstructing the field did a major damage, while Man of the Match from 1st T20I, Jonny Bairstow, too played an stunning knock of 47. However, none of them were enough as Chris Morris’s healthy spell of 2 for 18 did the damage.

With the game being held at Cardiff, the pitch is likely to remain on the batting side. With the three T20Is being held at this venue, teams chasing have managed to win two matches, while the other match saw a bowling side winning it. All the three winners have been England nevertheless, South Africa could script history as they could well become the first overseas team to register a T20I win at this venue. ENG vs SA 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff, preview and likely XI


England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, JJ Smuts, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, JJ Smuts.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 3rd T20I at Cardiff