Bairstow blasts England to comfortable victory
Opener Jonny Bairstow’s blistering half-century helped England to thrash South Africa by nine wickets in the first match of the three-match T20I series at Southampton on Wednesday.
Having been asked to bowl first, England restricted South Africa to 3-142. English fast bowler Mark Wood took the bowling honours with 2-36.
AB de Villiers made 65 from 58 balls and Farhaan Behardien scored a maiden T20 international half-century in an unbroken stand of 110.
Defending the total, South Africa were poor in the field as Bairstow played shots all around the ground, hitting two sixes and six fours, and the clean-hitting Hales, who was dropped by Behardien, finished just shy of a half-century as England eased to victory.
Andile Phehlukwayo captured the only wicket for the Proteas as he had Jason Roy trapped in front, trying to play a reverse- sweep shot.
The series continues at the Taunton headquarters of southwest county Somerset on Friday before concluding in Cardiff on Sunday.
Scores Summary :
South Africa : 142/3 in 20 overs
(de Villiers 65, Behardien 64; Mark Wood 2/36, Willey 1/34)
England : 143/1 in 14.3 overs. (Bairstow 60, Hales 47; Phehlukwayo 1/11 Smuts 0/20)
Result : England won by 9 wkts
Man of the Match : Jonny Bairstow
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com