England won the first T20 match against hosts South Africa by 5 wickets at Cape Town. (SA vs ENG ) The hero of this victory of the English team was wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow…who wrote the script of his biggest inning in T20 International with a strike rate of around 180 and with it also decided the defeat of the hosts. By the bat of Bairstow, England won the first T20 and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
South Africa scored 179 runs
England also won the toss and the match in Cape Town. England captain Ayn Morgan brought South Africa to bat first. The hosts did not have a good start, the first wicket fell at just 6 runs. But then Dickock and Duplecy froze. Both added 77 runs for the second wicket. Du Plessis scored 58 and Dickock scored 30 runs. The impact of these two bats was that South Africa managed to reach 179 for 6 wickets in 20 overs.
Bairstow explosion, South Africa suffers ‘injury’
It seemed that the host team would defend this score by raising its standing. But what made him think of this was the explosive batting of Bairstow, who won England by playing the biggest inning of his T20 International career. Bairstow scored an unbeaten 86 off 48 balls at a strike rate of 179.16, including 9 fours and 4 sixes. With this, Bairstow has scored 734 runs in T20 International since the beginning of 2017, with 5 fifties and a strike rate of 152.92.
Bairstow gives credit to IPL
Bairstow was chosen Man of the Match for his outstanding performance and for playing a key role in England’s victory. (SA vs ENG ) After winning the award, Bairstow credited his devastating inning played in Cape Town to the IPL. He said that how I played in the IPL, I am happy that it is helping me to play such an inning.