England Defeat South Africa In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines

England Defeat South Africa In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines
England defeated South Africa in the 1st T20I of the series as Jonny Bairstow thrashed the South African bowlers.

Just two months ago, cricket returned to us in the form of IPL 2020. After the COVID-19 pandemic had hit us, many activities including all sporting activities came to a standstill. As a result, many series and tours had to be canceled. However, now finally the sport we love is back along with our favorite players. Recently, the England cricket team traveled all the way to South Africa for a limited-overs tour. The series began on 27th November 2020 with the first T20. It was going to be an amazing match since both the teams had some really good in-form players. So, let us see what happened during the match.

England Defeat South Africa In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines
A still of Eoin Morgan (left) and Quinton de Kock (right) during the toss.

Match Summary: England vs South Africa:

First Half:

The match began as England won the toss and opted to bowl first. They wanted to restrict South Africa to a low total so they could chase an easy target. Things turned out to be really good for them as in the 1st over itself, Sam Curran dismissed Bavuma (5 in 5). However, then came Du Plessis who played a well-settled partnership with Quinton de Kock. They managed to get 57 runs from the powerplay itself at a loss of only one wicket. They continued their knocks until the 10th over when De Kock (30 in 23) lost his wicket to Chris Jordan. Just 4 overs later, Sam Curran also struck to dismiss Du Plessis (58 in 40). As a result, now Van Der Dussen and Klaasen were on the crease.

Eng Defeat RSA In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines
A still of Chris Jordan celebrating with his teammates after dismissing Quinton de Kock.

The duo played well and managed to get their team’s innings some stability once again. However, in the 17th over, Klaasen (20 in 12) got out. Then came Pite van Biljon to support Dussen from the other end of the crease. But, in the 19th over, Van der Dussen (37 in 28) lost his wicket to Jofra Archer. After that came George Linde but he still managed to score 12 runs in just 6 balls before getting out on the last ball of the innings. On the other hand, Biljon also chipped in 7* runs from 6 balls to put a total of 179-6 for South Africa on the scoreboard. As a result, now England needed to chase 180 runs from 20 overs.

Eng Defeat RSA In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines
A still of Sam Curran celebrating with his teammates after he dismissed Klaasen.

Second Innings:

The second innings began and Jason Roy and Jos Buttler opened the innings for England. However, in the first over itself, Roy (0 in 2) got out. Just 4 overs later, Jos Buttler (7 in 6) also got out. As a result, now Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were on the crease. However, in the 6th over, Malan also got out and Ben Stokes came in at 5. Consequently, South Africa had completely dominated England in the powerplay. The latter could only get 34 runs from the powerplay after losing 3 wickets. So, all the hopes of the England fans were now on Bairstow and Stokes. So, the pair smashed the South African bowlers to get a good amount of runs from the middle overs.

Eng Defeat RSA In 1st T20I As Jonny Bairstow Shines
Jonny Bairstow (left) and Ben Stokes (right) played an excellent partnership to provide the England innings stability.

However, in the 15th over, Stokes (37 in 27) lost his wicket to Shamsi to pave the way for the England skipper Eoin Morgan now. However, in the 18th over, Morgan (12 in 10) also got out and Sam Curran came in at 7 to support Bairstow now. But, Bairstow was completely unaffected by Stokes and Morgan’s dismissal. He continued thrashing the South African bowlers as he (Bairstow- 86* in 48) finished off the chase along with Curran (7* in 3) in the last over. England scored 183 runs in 19.2 overs to win the match by 5 wickets. Jonny Bairstow was also declared the Man of the Match for his match-winning unbeaten knock of 86 runs in just 48 balls. Anyhow, nows South Africa will be looking forward to seal a victory in the second T20I that will be played on 29th November at the Boland Park.