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Summary

  1. Rain brought early end to second T20
  2. SA won by 17 runs (Duckworth-Lewis)
  3. Van Niekerk top-scored with 63 for SA
  4. Taylor out for 66 in England's last over
  5. Three-match series tied at 1-1

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time to get serious

    26 days. Two matches. That is all England have left to nail down a side, hone their skills and get their larruping heads on before their World T20 campaign gets under way against the West Indies in Mumbai.

  2. Break time

    If you tune in to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now you can have a listen to the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show from Monday night. That will fill in before they return for the men's first Twenty20 between South Africa and England.

    We are taking a short break now but will be back at 15:30 GMT for the aforementioned game. See you soon.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are missing Katherine Brunt and struggling when Anya Shrubsole doesn't take wickets. If she doesn't fire, how are they going to take wickets? That is the challenge."

  4. Final scorecard

    South Africa win by 17 runs (Duckworth-Lewis)

    South Africa 145-3 from 20 overs

    Batsmen: Du Preez 47, Lee 0

    Fall of wickets: 30-1 (Chetty 8), 98-2 (Van Niekerk ), 144-3 (Kapp 21)

    Bowling figures: Knight 3-0-18-0, Shrubsole 3-0-28-0, Hazell 3.2-0-30-0, Gunn 3-0-29-0, Grundy 3-0-24-1, Elwiss 2-0-15-1

    England 156-6: Taylor 66, Edwards 34

    Full scorecard

    Series tied at 1-1

  5. SA win

    The umpires have called it. Game over. South Africa beat England in a T20 for the first time to level the series at 1-1. 

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The worry for England is that the standout performances are again coming from the established players - Taylor, Edwards and Shrubsole."

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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bleak scene. There are umbreallas up all around the ground. The rain is as heavy as it's been all day."

  8. Bad day at the office

    It has been a bad day at the office for England today. They've not been terrible, but they should have set a bigger target for South Africa after getting off to a good start and only Heather Knight has emerged with any credit from the bowlers. Three of the six members of the England attack have gone for over nine an over.

    The rain means it is likely to be a D/L defeat, but it is no less emphatic for that.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've not been surprised by how well South Africa have done. They have learnt quickly and have just got on with it today."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "They have been ahead of the rate from ball one. We said that England had to bat South Africa out of the game, because they can be dangerous. You almost sense that could be the end of it."

  12. Rain stops play

    SA 145-3 (12 to win off 16 balls)

    You are kidding. The rain steps up its game and prompts the groundsmen to bring the covers back on. Off go the players. As before, South Africa are well ahead of Duckworth Lewis.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That will give England a sniff of a hope. It slows things down just a little bit. Kapp likes to get across her stumps and Elwiss got the ball full and straight."

  14. WICKET

    Kapp lbw Elwiss 21 (SA 144-3)

    Too little, too late? It looks like it. Elwiss traps Kapp in front to claim a third wicket for England. But with SA needing just 13 to win off 18 balls it is going to need something remarkable to prevent the home side levelling this series.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "One or two boundaries from South Africa can kill this game. England are desperate for something."

  16. SA 132-2 (23 to win off 24 balls)

    South Africa's aggression continues and Du Preez is lucky that a whip to leg off Shrubsole drops just short of a fielder. It is the only half-chance England get in an over that goes for 14 and includes a pull to cow corner for four off the last ball by Du Preez. The home side are cruising.

  17. How's Stat?!

    If South Africa win this match, they will have completed the second-highest successful run-chase in Women's T20 international history. England made 165-2 to beat Australia at The Oval way back in 2009.  

  18. SA 120-2

    There is still rain in the air. But the play continues, to South Africa's benefit as Du Preez opens her bat and drives for four through backward point. Wickets are what England need and they come close to getting one as Amy Jones spills a difficult catch as she dives forward to try and claim a chip from Kapp to mid-on. It sums England up today. They have been close but simply not good enough today.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "All South Africa have to do is tick off the singles and put the bad ball away."

  20. SA 113-2 (44 runs to win off 36 balls)

    England call Georgia Elwiss into their attack and some tidy bowling, along with a loss of momentum caused by the rain delay, keeps the home side to just five runs from the over. South Africa still in charge, though.