Shamsi bowls SA to T20 series victory

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South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took five wickets to help his team bowl out England for 101 to win their decisive Twenty20 international by 90 runs and take the three-match series 2-1.

South Africa were put into bat at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Sunday and scored 5-191 off their 20 overs to set England an imposing target and then skittled out the home team for a one-sided victory.

Shamsi's wrist spin accounted for Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran and David Willey, who was bowled first ball to set up a hat-trick chance that Chris Jordan denied him.

But Shamsi had Jordan trapped leg before wicket in his last over, and then Adil Rashid caught out on the boundary, to finish with 5-24 off four overs.

Jonny Bairstow finished England's top-scorer with 27 runs after coming in at number four, and he was the last man out after watching a procession of batsmen fall around him.

"With the bat we never imposed ourselves, never managed to wrestle the initiative and put pressure on the opposition," England skipper Jos Buttler reflected.

"I think that little bit of timidness is probably the thing we are frustrated with the most. We want to be known as a team that wants to be brave and take risks.

"I can be honest enough to say we haven't performed how we would have liked the whole summer, so maybe the confidence has taken a bit of a dent."

Willey bowled South Africa's opener Quinton de Kock in a wicket maiden opening over at the start of the contest but the tourists went onto set a substantial target as Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram both scored half centuries.

Their 87-run partnership also proved decisive after Rilee Rossouw was out for 31 off 18 balls.

Hendricks scored 70 before skying the ball to wicketkeeper Buttler off Jordan while Markram was 51 not out.

England won the opening match of the T20 series by 41 runs before South Africa bounced back with a 58-run victory to take the series into the decider.

"For us as a group we now go away from being a team for a bit and a lot of players will go into The Hundred, which is going to be a great tournament for everyone involved," Buttler added.

"With the World Cup not far away, performances in The Hundred and trying to stick your hand up and showcase your best in a high pressure environment and in a big competition is probably the best thing for everyone in the group."

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