England beat South Africa in first T20I by

By dev - November 29, 2020

Cape Town: Jonny Bairstow is relishing the new role of batting in the middle-order for England as he led his team to a stunning comeback win over South Africa in the 1st T20I of a 3-match series in Cape Town on Friday. Bairstow was asked to bat at No. 4 as England opened with Jos Buttler and Jason Roy in their chase of 180.

Openers Roy and Buttler failed to get going and No. 3 batsman Dawid Malan was dismissed for 19. However, Bairstow kept his composure and delivered a chasing master-class.

Stitching a 83-run stand with No. 5 batsman Ben Stokes, Bairstow put the pressure back on South Africa. The England wicketkeeper-batsman struck 86 from 48 balls, hitting 9 boundaries and 4 sixes to take his side past the finish line and hand them a 1-0 lead.

The hosts scored 179/6 in 20 overs, with senior batsman Faf du Plessis leading the way with a sublime fifty.

In reply, England lost early wickets, before Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes rallied back.

The Three Lions won by five wickets (183/5).

South Africa lost Temba Bavuma (5) early on, before Quinton de Kock (30) and Faf du Plessis (58) added 77 runs for the second wicket.

SA were reduced to 109/3 as Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen helped the hosts to get to a challenging total.

In reply, England were reduced to 34/3, before Bairstow and Stokes fought back to help the visitors.

Faf smashed his ninth career T20I fifty and a maiden one versus England. Faf now has 1,403 runs in just 45 matches. He is now the third-highest run-scorer for South Africa in T20Is.

Meanwhile, Faf went past the likes of Shane Watson (1,462) and KL Rahul (1,461) in terms of career T20I runs. Faf hit two sixes and has equaled Shikhar Dhawan’s tally (47).

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