English batsman, Johny Bairstow made 48 balls 86* assisted England to chase down 179 at Newlands on 27th November. They won the match in 19.2 overs, batted really well on a slow wicket.
After losing the toss South Africa came on the crease and posted a good target of 179 runs. For South Africa skipper Quinton De Kock notched up 30 off 23 balls, his innings consisted of two 4s and one 6.
Experienced top-order batsman Faf Du Plessis hammered English bowlers all around the park, made 58 off just 40 balls, hit four boundaries and two over boundaries. He especially became merciless to Tom Curran by smashing him for 24 runs in his 2nd over. In this match, Tom Curran registered his worst ever bowling figure ever in the T20s (1/55). But eventually, Tom’s brother Sam Curran retaliated for his brother by sending Du Plessis to the pavilion. Sam showed some good mixture of pace, bagged 3 wickets, and got his career-best figure in T20 International (3/28).
Van Der Dussen also contributed to his team with 37 runs off 28 balls, smacked 3 sixes in his innings.
Batting on second innings in the pursuit of 179 England lost two quick wickets in form of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler to George Linde & Lungi Ngidi respectively.
Johny Bairstow batted at no 4 where he bats barely and stood tall for his team. He smacked nine fours and four sixes in his innings on a slow wicket, where other batsmen were struggling to run. Only one word defined the knock “responsibility”
Ben Stokes played a valuable knock of 37 off 27 runs and with Bairstow rescued the team from a bad situation where England was 34-3.
England hit Beuran Hendricks for 28 runs in his last over which was the turning point of the match. Captain Eion Morgan was worried before the match about the team combination but after the 1st match, he must be pretty confident about his team and ready for 2nd T20 of the series on 29th November in Paari.
For Proteas, only George Linde bowled an economical spell taking 2/20 in his four overs. Apart from him all the bowlers remained expensive leaked above 8 runs per over.
Johny Bairstow has bestowed the Man of the Match award for his outstanding match-winning knock of unbeaten 86 runs.