Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan each hit half-centuries which proved inadequate as England misplaced the primary Twenty20 by one run in a nail-biting conclusion at a blustery East London.
Roy lit the touchpaper to a chase of 178 with a blistering 70 off 38 balls, whereas Morgan (52 off 34) was at his belligerent finest within the penultimate over to depart England needing seven from the final six deliveries.
Nonetheless, Tom Curran holed out earlier than Moeen Ali was bowled by Lungi Ngidi, which left England needing two from the final ball, and Adil Rashid was run out coming again for the second as South Africa drew first blood within the three-match sequence.
Roy had seemingly left England in a promising place following an innings containing seven fours and three sixes however they, like South Africa earlier than them, discovered scoring more and more tough because the innings progressed.
Having been 105 for one on the midway stage of their innings, South Africa settled for 177 for eight in a complete the place Moeen collected one for 22 and Rashid took one for 23, with Chris Jordan taking two wickets within the final over.
England skipper Morgan stated on the post-match presentation: “Excellent sport of cricket. Experiences like this are so beneficial as a group, you study extra about each side underneath stress.
“Each side left the whole lot on the sphere, however we will make up greater than that. We have been in a commanding place however Ngidi modified the sport in overs 18 and 20.
“With all of the video games I’ve performed I’d have favored to see it by way of, however I’ll proceed with my technique, I’ve loved my cricket due to the fellows I’m taking part in with. It’s been totally pleasant.”
On Roy’s innings of 70, Morgan added: “Roy is a game-changer, the highest three (Roy, Buttler and Bairstow) is three of the best white-ball batsmen we’ve ever produced.”