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That's all from this game! England take a 1-0 lead in the series after a solid performance. South Africa, on the other hand, would be a tad disappointed with the effort. The second game is on Sunday, the 29th of November 2020. The action will begin at 1430 local (1230 GMT). Until then cheers and take care.
Eoin Morgan, the England skipper, says that it is really pleasing and he feels that it was a very good win. Adds that Bairstow played really well on this wicket. States that Stokes and Jonny rebuilding in that manner was nice to see. Adds that they missed some areas with the ball as they bowled a little too full and with the bat, it was not ideal to lose three wickets early. Goes onto say that the more time they spend together, they get to know more about roles they have to play.
Quinton de Kock, the South African skipper, says that it was a good total on the board and they knew how to bowl on this wicket but it did not come off in this game. Adds that the way that Stokes and Bairstow played took the game away from them. Tells that Bairstow played really well and changed his game as per the pitch. Is happy with how Linde bowled on his debut. Goes onto say that he will just pinpoint the small things in the field and show a bit more match awareness.
Jonny Bairstow, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that it is pleasing to start the series with some runs and is pleased to get the win. Adds that he enjoyed batting at a different position and he got to learn to factor innings in a different way. States that he was happy with how he played in the Indian T20 League. Goes on say that this wicket was a little slow and the wicket in Paarl will be better to bat on. Tells that they were always in the game if they got a partnership and they have a strong batting line-up.
Earlier after being put into bat, South Africa lost Temba Bavuma in the first over but de Kock and du Plessis brought stability to the side with their 77 run stand. After the departure of de Kock Faf too joined him ito the pavillion after getting to his fifty. But contributions from Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen along with some final touches from George Linde ensured South Africa end on a score close to 180. England on the bowling front were just too good as Sam Curran picked up a 3-wicket haul whereas , Archer and Jordan ended up with a wicket each. Adil Rashid as usual was economicla though he did not pick any wickets. Tom Curran had an off day as he ended up conceding 55 in his 4 overs but had a wicket to so for as a compensation. All in all a good game of cricket. Stay tuned for presentations...
The bowling from South Africa, if it is to be talked about, then the one bowler which impressed one and all was the debutant George Linde. His maiden wicket off just his second ball in T20Is set the tone of South Africa's defense of the total. In his four overs, he went for 20 runs and bagged a couple of big wickets of that of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan. Rabada, Shamsi and Ngidi all were decent with the ball as Shamsi and Ngidi ended in the wickets column but Rabada failed to pick up any wickets. The disappointment for South Africa in bowling was Beuran Hendricks. Hendricks in his 4 overs was clobbered. In the end, poor bowling cost them the game.
Ben Stokes though departed after stitching an 85-run stand with Bairstow. Morgan though looked a bit rusty in his stay as he failed to get the ball of the middle of his bat. And just when England were in touching distance of a victory, Morgan holed out. Jonny Bairstow though played responsibily as he ensured that he stays till the end to see his side home along with Sam Curran. Bairstow's fiery knock of 86 runs from just 48 balls took the game away from South Africa as he deposited anything that was thrown to him.
What a victory for England. A brilliant display of batting from them. Chasing a total of 180 required them to get off to a rollicking start which they failed to get. Losing Jason Roy in the first over itself put them under unwanted pressure and then the departure of Buttler and Malan did not do good to their cause. But then emerged a Jonny Bairstow in a new role at number 4. He along with Ben Stokes ensured that the required run rate is kept in check as they went after the bowling.
SIX! What a way to end the match! What an innings! Full on off, Bairstow clears his front leg and then powers it over long on for a biggie. ENGLAND WIN BY 5 WICKETS.
FOUR! That helps England! Good length ball on off, Bairstow bludgeons it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
A single to end the over. Full on middle, Bairstow drives it to long on for a single. Can South Africa defend 7 in the final over? 173/5
Good length ball outside off, Curran hammers it to deep cover for a single.
SIX! That will ease the nerves! What a shot under pressure. Slower ball outside off, Curran waits for it and then heaves it over long on for a maximum. 9 needed in 8 now.
Slower short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls but finds deep mid-wicket. Only a single.
Short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it in front of square on the leg side for a couple.
Excellent ball to start! Wow! Yorker on the pads, Bairstow clears his front leg to heave but the ball goes in between his legs.
Kagiso Rabada to bowl the penultimate over. 3-0-21-0 are his figures so far.
Slower one on off, Bairstow works it to square leg and will keep the strike for the next over. A single taken. 18 needed in 2 overs. 162/5
Very close! Short ball around off, Curran looks to pull but hits him on the helmet and goes back to the keeper. Bairstow calls Sam for the single. De Kock has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Would have been close.
Th physio is out now. He checks on Sam Curran after he wears a blow on his helmet. Mandatory concussion tests done. Curran is ready to resume.
Slower ball on off, Bairstow defends it to the side of the pitch on the off side for a single.
Is there a twist in the tale? Who will come out now to bat? Sam Curran it will be.
OUT! CAUGHT! Is there still life in this game? Ngidi has been the best bowler on show for South Africa and he has given another lifeline to South Africa. Morgan is disappointed as he walks back. Short ball on middle, Morgan looks to pull but has got it nowhere off the middle of the bat. It goes towards Bavuma at deep mid-wicket who takes a good catch. 21 needed in 15 balls.
Slower ball outside off, Bairstow guides it to short third man for a single.
Good length ball outside off, Morgan plays it to the off side and collects a run.
Who will bowl the 18th over? Rabada, Ngidi or Shamsi. It will be Lungi Ngidi with the ball. 2-0-17-1 are his figures so far.
FOUR! 28 from the over! Horror stuff from Hendricks! Quinton de Kock will not be happy. Good length ball on the pads, Bairstow flicks it to the fine leg region for another boundary. 23 needed in 18 balls. 157/4
WIDE! Ohh dear! Another wide! This over has changed the tide completely in England's favour. Low full down the leg side, Bairstow looks to flick but misses. Wided.
Looks like the ball has lost shape after taking a beating in this over. Yes, the fourth umpire brings the box of balls as the umpires select one. We are ready to resume.
FOUR! Brilliant! Big over for England so far. Low full toss outside off, Bairstow bludgeons it towards the deep point region for a boundary.
TWO WIDES! Slower ball way outside off, Morgan looks to cut but misses. De Kock fumbles and it allows an extra run to be taken.
SIX! BANG! 34 needed in 20. Full on the pads, Morgan hammers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
FIVE WIDES! What happened there? This is a crime at this stage and it is going England's way at the moment. Very full down the leg side, Morgan lets it go. No chance for de Kock to collect and it races to the fine leg fence.
Just short! Full ball on middle, Bairstow heaves it towards deep mid-wicket where it falls just short of the fielder. A single taken.
FOUR! Wow! That is some shot from Bairstow. Low full toss outside off, Jonny lifts it over extra cover for a boundary.
Low full toss on the pads, Eoin flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
Beauran Hendricks to bowl out. 3-0-28-0 so far from him.
FOUR! Almost a six! Good end to the over for England. Good length ball on off, Bairstow powers it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 51 needed in 24 balls. 129/4
PLAY AND A MISS! Slower bouncer outside off, Bairstow looks to play the upper cut but misses. One bouncer for the over signalled by the umpire.
Full on the pads, Morgan heaves it to fine leg for a run.
PLAY AND A MISS! Good length ball outside off, Morgan looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it.
An appeal for LBW turned down. Full ball on the pads, Bairstow looks to heave it away but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal is made but nothing from the umpire. A leg bye taken.
Short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls but finds mid-wicket.
Kagiso Rabada comes back on. 2-0-16-0 are his figures so far. Can he give South Africa a breathrough here?
Short on middle, Bairstow pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 57 needed in 30 balls. 123/4
Flatter outside off, Morgan cuts it through cover-point for a single.
Tossed up on off, Morgan blocks it out off the front foot towards cover.
Loopy ball on middle, Morgan defends it to the leg side.
Shortish outside off, Morgan pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple.
Now comes England's skipper, Eoin Morgan with the bat.
OUT! CAUGHT! Stokes can barely believe what he has done. It was a hit me delivery from Shamsi but Stokes has hit it straight to the fielder. Short ball on off, Stokes looks to pull but does not time it well and it goes straight into the hands of Linde at long on. 61 needed in 35 balls.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back on. 2-0-23-0 from him so far.
FOUR! Nicely played and a poor end to the over. Good length ball on middle, Bairstow heaves it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. Fifty for Jonny Bairstow. What an innings! 119/3
Very full outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but misses.
Top edge and safe! Short ball on middle, Bairstow looks to pull but it takes the top edge. Luckily for him, it lands safely and a couple is taken.
WIDE! Short ball around off, Bairstow leaves it alone. Wide signalled.
Fullish outside off, Stokes drives it to deep cover for a single.
Full outside off, Bairstow drives it to long off for a single.
Short ball outside off, Bairstow looks to pull but misses.
SIX! What a way to end the over! A top one for the visitors as they get 14 off it. Poor ball though. Down the leg side on the fullish length. Stokes swings through the line and sends it sailing over the deep backward square leg fence for another maximum. 110/3
Flat and just around off, Bairstow punches it wide of the cover fielder for one.
Full and on middle, flicked down to long on for one.
Looks to pull this hard but puts in so much effort that he falls and fails to connect.
SIX! POWERED! That's gone way back in the stand. Massive biggie. Klaasen gives the ball a lot of air and lands it right under the eyes of Stokes. He gets under the ball and slogs it way over the wide long on fence for a huge six.
Tossed up and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
Heirich Klaasen to roll his arm now.
Short ball outside off, Bairstow looks to pull but misses. 84 needed in 48 balls. 96/3
FOUR! This is brilliant. Clever stuff from Bairstow. Full and outside off, Bairstow was targetting the leg side but seeing the ball way outside off, Jonny opens the face of the bat and then guides it over short third man for a boundary.
FOUR! Smashed! Great effort in the deep but in vain. Short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Klaasen covers a lot of ground, dives and gets a hand to it but it rolls to the fence.
Full ball on middle, Stokes drives it to deep cover for a single.
LEG BYE! Short ball on middle, Bairstow looks to pull but gets hit on the body. A leg bye taken as the ball rolls to the off side.
Good length ball outside off, Stokes punches it to deep cover for a single.
Beauran Hendricks comes back on. 1-0-9-0 so far from him. Quinton de Kock exploring all wicket taking options he has at his disposal.
Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 85/3
Slower one on middle, Stokes works it back to the bowler.
Full outside off, Bairstow drives it to deep cover for a single. 50-run stand comes up between the two. They need to continue though.
SIX! Powered! Short on middle, Bairstow rocks on his back foot and then pulls it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
Back of a length ball outside off, Stokes cuts it to deep point for a single.
On middle, flicked to the deep square leg region for a single.
Lungi Ngidi is back on. 1-0-7-1 from him so far. Can he provide the breakthrough the South Africans are after?
Floated on middle, Bairstow tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 105 needed in the last 10 overs. 75/3
Floated on middle, Bairstow reverse sweeps but finds point.
Flatter ball on off, Stokes dances down the track and then pushes it to the off side for a single.
SIX! This is Stokes' go to shot against the spinners and he has timed it beautifully. Loopy ball on off, Stokes dispatches it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
Flighted on off, Bairstow pushes it towards the point region for a single.
Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
On middle, worked to deep mid-wicket for a single. 65/3
DROPPED! But what an effort from Faf du Plessis! He certainly saved a six there. Magnificent effort. Loopy ball on middle, Bairstow looks to go over long on. Du Plessis stationed there misjudges it for a moment but then jumps and tries to catch it with one hand but fails to hold on. A single taken. Faf apologizes to the bowler but this was a terrific effort.
Flatter on middle, Stokes tucks it down to long on for a single.
Flatter on middle, Jonny flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
SIX! Back-to-back maximums from Bairstow! He is on the move. Floated on off, Bairstow powers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
SIX! Up and over. Brilliant from Jonny Bairstow. Loopy ball on middle, Jonny lifts it over long on for a maximum.
WIDE! Outside off, Bairstow leaves it alone. Wide signalled.
Flatter ball on middle, Stokes tucks it to deep mid-wicket and picks up a couple to end the over. 48/3
Flighted ball on the pads, Jonny flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Flighted ball on off, Stokes lifts it towards long on for a single.
FOUR! That's a good hit from Ben Stokes! Loopy ball outside off, Stokes comes down the track and then lifts it over extra cover for a boundary.
Quicker and outside off, punched to cover.
EDGY! Flatter outside off, Stokes looks to cut but gets a bottom edge back to the keeper.
Dot to end the first over from Shamsi. Floated and on leg, Bairstow looks to flick it to the leg side but fails to do so and the ball rolls back to the bowler off his pads. 40/3
Flighted around off, Stokes pushes it through covers off the back foot for a single.
Good running! Tossed up on leg, Jonny paddles it over short fine leg and gets three runs as the fielder does the moping up act.
Fired in on off, driven to long on for a single.
Floated on leg, turned towards short fine leg once again but gets a single this time.
Mistimed! Short ball on the pads, Bairstow looks to pull but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. Bairstow wants the single but is sent back by Stokes.
Tabraiz Shamsi is into the attack.
Flatter on off, Stokes defends it out. End of the Powerplay. England are 34 for 3. They need 136 in 84 balls. 34/3
Quicker outside off, Stokes leaves it alone.
Flatter on off, Stokes plays it back to the bowler.
Ben Stokes comes on to bat with his side in all sorts of trouble.
OUT! CAUGHT! George Linde strikes again and it is Dawid Malan who has to walk back now. England in all sorts of bother now. They need a partnership but they are just throwing their wickets away. Flighted ball on middle, Malan goes on his knees and then looks to sweep but it lobs towards square leg where Ngidi dives forward to take a very good catch. 146 needed in 87 balls.
Quicker on the pads, Jonny tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Flatter outside off, punched to the cover fielder.
George Linde is back on.
Short ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 33/2
Fullish ball on off, Bairstow defends it to point.
FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark! Good length ball outside off, Bairstow guides it past the short third man fielder for a boundary.
Length ball on off, Malan defends it to point and takes off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
PLAY AND A MISS! Length ball outside off, Malan looks to guide it to third man but fails to get any bat on it.
Jonny Bairstow comes out to bat now.
OUT! CAUGHT! Buttler now departs! Two big wickets now back in the hut. First Roy and now Buttler. Jos knew that he was a goner the moment he hit that. Ngidi strikes in his first over. Good length ball outside off, Buttler looks to go big on the off side but the ball takes the top edge and goes towards cover. Heinrich Klaasen settles himself under it and takes the catch. 153 needed in 95 balls.
WIDE! Poor start! Very full down the leg side, Buttler leaves it alone. Wided.
Lungi Ngidi into the attack now.
Length ball on middle, Buttler works it to mid-wicket for a single. 14 from the over. A big one for England. 26/1
FOUR! This is poor stuff from Rabada! This over has changed the momentum. Full toss on the pads, Buttler just helps it on its way to the fine leg region for a boundary.
Full outside off, Malan drives it to deep cover for a single.
Back of a length ball outside off, pushed to point.
FOUR! Lovely! Beautiful! Full outside off, Malan strides forward and drives it through extra cover for a boundary.
FOUR! Hammered! Back of a length ball outside off, Malan punches it through extra cover for a boundary. No chance for the fielder in the deep.
A single to end the over. Full on off, Dawid pushes it wide of mid off for a single. 12/1
Short ball on middle, Malan pulls it to deep square leg and picks up a couple.
That's better from Hendricks! Good length ball around off, Malan looks to cut but misses.
FOUR! Beautifully played from Malan! This will release some pressure. Fullish on the pads, Malan says thank you as he flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
WIDE! Short ball outside off, Malan is surprised and then lets it go to the keeper. Wided.
Good length ball outside off, Malan pushes it to point for a dot.
Good length ball outside off, Buttler punches it to deep cover for a single.
Beauran Hendricks into the attack now.
Nice shot but for nothing! Fullish ball outside off, Malan drives but finds cover. 3/1
Length ball on off, Buttler pushes it to deep cover to get off the mark with a single.
Good length ball outside off, Malan drives it to cover where the fielder fumbles and the batter picks up a single.
On a length outside off, Malan punches but finds the cover fielder.
Length ball on middle and leg, Malan looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
Good length ball outside off, Malan looks to defend but gets beaten. Good start from Rabada.
Who will partner George Linde from the other end? Kagiso Rabada with the ball now.
Dot to end! What an opening over from Linde. Shortish and just around off, pushed towards the cover fielder. A single and a wicket from the over. 1/1
In the air but just wide! Malan's heart would've been in his mouth. Flat and on middle and leg, Malan looks to work it on the leg side but the ball sits in the surface a touch. It goes uppishly towards square leg but it is just wide. A single.
Flatter and just outside off, pushed towards point for nothing.
Flatter and on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
Dawid Malan it will be with the bat now.
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Linde gets the wicket on the second ball. Little short and around off, turns away and bounces extra as Roy looks to cut. He ends up getting a tickle behind and de Kock gobbles it nicely. Perfect start for South Africa. Just the 2 balls needed for the debutant to strike.
We are all set to begin the run chase! The South African players make their way out to the middle, followed by Jos Buttler and Jason Roy. George Linde will start with the ball.
Almost a caught and bowled on the very first ball. Floated on off, Roy looks to work it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge back the bowler.