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1st T20I (N), Southampton, Jun 21 2017, South Africa tour of England
(14.3/20 ov)143/1
England won by 9 wickets (with 33 balls remaining)
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• The Report by George Dobell

Bairstow, bowlers shine in nine-wicket canter

England produced something close to the perfect performance as they crushed South Africa by nine wickets in the opening game of the T20 series at the Ageas Bowl

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
South Africa142/3(20 overs)
England143/1(14.3 overs)

9.18pm So, that's it for now. AB de Villiers admits he and his batsmen found it difficult to get it off the square today, which is putting it mildly. A very strange performance all round. See you on Friday for match No. 2!

9.10pm Well, that was comprehensive. AB de Villiers and Farhaan Berhardien ground out a puzzling slow century stand that gave the impression of demons in the wicket. But England just put their feet down the track and battered the ball to all parts. But for an aberration from Jason Roy, who was looking in top form for his 28 from 14, England would surely have backed themselves to win this by ten wickets. Not a resounding omen for the coming couple of games.

Hypocaust: "What a strange match. England turned up but I think South Africa's performance bordered on unprofessional. Wonder what associate and affiliate nations think when they see a full member treat an official T20 International with such disinterest?"

Matt: "Well played Sam Billings" Quite so. A resounding winner of the #ThanksForComing Trophy. The other contender, Eoin Morgan, at least made the one big call of the night, getting Mason Crane into the attack at precisely the right moment to settle the nerves of a young legspinner who looked the part in four very tidy overs.

Anonymous: "Bairstow better than Root? I think so." Careful, you can get charged with sedition for such anti-establishment cricketing opinions these days...

14.3
1
Andile to Bairstow, 1 run

tip and run, into the off side, a quick glance at Hales, who is on his way, and there it is. England have utterly shellacked South Africa in the first of three T20s!

14.2
Andile to Bairstow, no run

short, and through to the keeper. That's called as one for the over, but it's not a wide. Good ball

14.1
4
Andile to Bairstow, FOUR runs

dinked over the wicketkeeper's head, that's stunning batting. A decent bouncer, angling into the batsman, who leans out of line and dabs it to the fence. Scores level!

end of over 149 runs
ENG: 138/1CRR: 9.85 • RRR: 0.83 • Need 5 from 36b
Jonny Bairstow55 (32)
Alex Hales47 (38)
Tabraiz Shamsi3-0-23-0
Imran Tahir3-0-37-0

Safferabroad: "I can't take it anymore. This SA team is hopeless, no spine, no guts, no point. De Villiers hasn't the foggiest idea of how to be a captain. I've been offered seats for one of the tests and am wondering if it's worth the bother. Please put a stop to this!!!" Don't despair, AB won't be captain for the Tests. (Or, actually, in the side at all ... ah... hold that thought...)

13.6
1
Shamsi to Bairstow, 1 run

skids through a touch this time. But the game is long gone

13.5
2
Shamsi to Bairstow, 2 runs

lofted drive, down to wide long off

13.4
Shamsi to Bairstow, no run

a huge wipe across the line and for once there's no connection. Even the keeper is startled as the ball burrows through his gloves

13.3
4
Shamsi to Bairstow, FOUR runs

loose, not very loose, but Bairstow banjaxes that one through the covers, to bring up a rocket-speed fifty!

13.2
Shamsi to Bairstow, no run

good delivery, tweaking from middle and off, and defended

Farrukh : "I can bet a million that this isn't a used pitch! " You're not wrong...

13.1
2
Shamsi to Bairstow, 2 runs

on the pads, whipped square, and Bairstow shows no ill-effects as he sprints back for two

Bairstow is taking a breather, he's down on one knee, and looking a bit glum. Has he tweaked something? It might be the heat... he's taking a glug of something isotonic. I think he'll live

end of over 1317 runs
ENG: 129/1CRR: 9.92 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 14 from 42b
Alex Hales47 (38)
Jonny Bairstow46 (26)
Imran Tahir3-0-37-0
Dwaine Pretorius2-0-20-0

Liam: "Bairstow's good at singles and boundaries. Literally suited to any format, any situation"

12.6
6
Tahir to Hales, SIX runs

no mistake this time from Hales! This one goes where the first was intended, 20 rows back over long-on!

12.5
4
Tahir to Hales, FOUR runs

high, too high, and dropped! Oh, that's terrible. Hales was right underneath the ball, and so too was the fielder at long on, but he buttered the ball straight through his fingers and over the rope

12.4
1
Tahir to Bairstow, 1 run

tidy wicket-to-wicket delivery. Blocked

12.3
1
Tahir to Hales, 1 run

drilled into the covers once more

12.2
1
Tahir to Bairstow, 1 run

ironic cheers as the ball is successfully gathered this time

12.1
4
Tahir to Bairstow, FOUR runs

crushed through the covers, and a valiant diving attempt to intercept the ball at deep extra. Got a hand to the ball, but could only parry it to the rope, ten yards further round

end of over 128 runs
ENG: 112/1CRR: 9.33 • RRR: 3.88 • Need 31 from 48b
Alex Hales36 (35)
Jonny Bairstow40 (23)
Dwaine Pretorius2-0-20-0
JJ Smuts3-0-20-0
11.6
Pretorius to Hales, no run

outside off, chopped hard to point where Parnell gathers with an energetic dive

11.5
Pretorius to Hales, no run

on the back foot, tapped back to the bowler

Debbie: "England has something to prove.....As hosts of the Champions Trophy they couldn't even make it to the final. #justsaying" #Valid

11.4
1
Pretorius to Bairstow, 1 run

tucked to leg

11.3
4
Pretorius to Bairstow, FOUR runs

shimmies across the crease, and slapped over backward square. Too short, and too slow. So much time to adjust and dispatch with a disdainful pull

11.2
1
Pretorius to Hales, 1 run

cut to third man

Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers
65 runs (58)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
sweep shot
13 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
11178107147
Farhaan Behardien portrait
F Behardien
64 runs (52)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
pull
15 runs
1 four
1 six
821031041314
Best performances - bowlers
Mark Wood portrait
MA Wood
O
4
M
0
R
36
W
2
ECO
9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Andile Phehlukwayo portrait
AL Phehlukwayo
O
1.3
M
0
R
11
W
1
ECO
7.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
Match details
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of England
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20 No. 614
Hours of play (local time)18.30 start, First Session 18.30-19.50 Interval 19.50-20.10, Second Session 20.10-21.30
Match days21 June 2017 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Dwaine Pretorius
Dwaine Pretorius
Mason Crane
Mason Crane
Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi
Umpires
England Image
Rob Bailey
England Image
Tim Robinson
TV Umpire
England Image
Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Peter Hartley
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft