England wins first T20 against South Africa

 . Last updated on June 22, 2017, 2:13 PM
England wins first T20 against South Africa
Johnny Bairstows comeback to T20 after almost a year was a blast.


In the opening T20 match at Ageas Bowl, England slogged South Africa by 9 wickets with 33 balls remaining. The visitors scored 142 runs bolstered with the partnership of AB de Villiers and Farhan Behardien. The team lost three early wickets down the fifth over Opener JJ Smuts ducked out at the first ball of the inning followed by Reeza Hendricks exactly six balls apart. By the fifth over, South Africa’s inning plummeted to 3 off 32 with the wicket of David Miller. It was the partnership between de Villiers and Behardien that strengthened the score hauling it to the decent mark. The players brought 110 runs together, but the stretch was 16 overs long. The inning was slow.

AB de Villiers scored 65 off 58 balls while Behardien scored 64 off 52 balls. In the inning, England bowlers were dominant even if they could not contain the batsmen. Mark Wood removed two of early wickets with David Wiley taking out the opener. Liam Dawson delivered stiff overs with an economy of 4.25. The spinners had a better stance in the match conceding only 41 runs between them. Mason Crane gave out a couple of boundaries, but finally restored into a considerable rate. Per Eoin Morgan, “the bowlers did an unbelievable job.” In fact, it was in the first inning, England forged the foundation of victory.

The chase was not too difficult for England as all they had to do was hauling it to 143. The openers set off the inning headstrong brining 45 runs in the first four overs until Jason Roy was trapped by Phehlukwayo in the first delivery of the fifth over. A winning strike was from Jonny Bairstow, who is on his first T20 campaign since last August. The batsmen scored an unbeaten 60 off 35 balls. The partnership of Alex Hales and Johnny Bairstow brought 98 runs in 10.2 overs. The stretch was enough to nick the victory for England 14.3 overs.

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