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England beat South Africa in the 1st T20I

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England chased down 179 to win the first T20I against South Africa, thanks to an unbeaten 86 from Jonny Bairstow.

England won the toss in Cape Town and invited South Africa to bat first. 

The tourists enjoyed early success with the ball when Sam Curran had Temba Bavuma caught behind in the first over, but Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis then put on 77 for the second wicket. That partnership was broken when Chris Jordan had de Kock caught by the England captain Eoin Morgan for 30, having hit one six. But du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen then shared a stand of 27, until du Plessis, who top scored for his side with 58, including 2 sixes, was caught by Jordan, Curran again with the delivery.

That brought Heinrich Klaasen to the crease to join van der Dussen and the pair added 37 more before van Klaasen gave Sam Curran a third wicket, caught behind for 20.

Van der Dussen then combined with Pite van Biljon, the pair adding 14, before Jofra Archer had van der Dussen caught by Dawid Malan. He had made 37 off 28 balls including 3 sixes. 

There was still time for van Biljon and George Linde to add 18 more until Linde fell off the last ball of the innings, bowled by Tom Curran.

South Africa closed on 179/6, with Sam Curran taking 3/26.

England made a disastrous start to their reply, losing Jason Roy to the second ball, caught behind off Linde.

Jos Buttler and Malan added 27 but both fell in successive overs. The first to go was Buttler, caught by Klaasen off Lungi Ngidi for 7. And he was followed by Malan for 21, another victim of Linde, Kagiso Rabada supplying the catch this time. He had made 19.  

It was left to the duo of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes to try and get the innings back on track, and they made a good job of it adding 85 for the fourth wicket until Stokes, who had struck 3 sixes, was caught by Linde off Tabraiz Shamsi for 37. Bairstow and his captain Morgan then put on 40 before Morgan was the next wicket to fall, caught by Bavuma off Ngidi for 12. 

Sam Curran came to the crease and he hit a six, but England reached their target with four balls to spare thanks largely to Bairstow’s efforts. His unbeaten 86 came from 48 balls and featured 4 sixes and 9 fours.

Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of CricketNews.com: Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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