But when he chipped a full, inswinging delivery from the excellent Chris Morris to mid-on, it initiated a collapse that saw England lose five wickets for 42 runs in the next six overs.
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Chris Morris - Failed to find a place in the first game but bounced back hard in the second with terrific spell of bowling while accounting for Billings and Bairstow.
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South Africa appealed and, after on-field umpires Rob Bailey and Michael Gough referred the decision, Roy was given out by TV umpire Tim Robinson.
More importantly, Roy's departure gave the Proteas a window of opportunity, which they took to claim a thrilling win by three runs.
England had a glorious day out in the opening T20I when they drubbes South Africa comfortably by nine wickets.
South Africa, who were dumped out of the recent Champions Trophy in the group stages, have also rested some big guns but are led by one of the most destructive limited overs players in the world in AB de Villiers, who scored an unbeaten half-century in Southampton on Wednesday.
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"Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way, so it's not massively controversial", Morgan told reporters.
There was also another fine performance from Tom Curran in only his second match - his variations really are mesmerising - while leg spinner Mason Crane marked his second match by taking a first worldwide wicket, and it was that of none other than the great AB de Villiers. You can see both sides to the call. South Africa will need to address their batting in the death overs, even though Farhaan Behardien looks in good nick.
Before this, Malan began his global career with a six over square-leg off the second ball he faced.
Still, dangerman de Villiers remained at the crease and he'd clearly made a decision to go after leg spinner Crane, playing in only in his second England match.
Hales, who was also badly dropped on 10 by Andile Phehlukwayo, was eventually dismissed by the guilty party in the 13th over for a 28-ball 36.
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Plunkett then removed David Miller cheaply soon after for eight but with De Villiers still at the crease the Proteas still had real hope of a big score.
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