1st T20I (N), Cape Town, Nov 27 2020, England tour of South Africa
(19.2/20 ov, target 180)183/5
England won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match

10.05pm An interesting take from Morgan, very similar to his lack of satisfaction in the lead-up to the 50-over World Cup. He has high standards, because he knows what this team can achieve. Let's see what awaits in Paarl on Sunday! But for now, from Miller, Alan, Venkat, and the rest of the ESPNcricinfo team, thanks for joining us, and good night!

Jonny Bairstow is man of the match "Really pleasing to start the series with some runs, everyone's happy in the camp. Change of role is something you have to enjoy, you learn to craft your innings, and if it continues, great. Different surfaces will change the order but we're very flexilble. I was happy with how I played [in the IPL], Disappointing not to finish. Newlands can be slow, but Paarl can be a cracker of a wicket. Got to adapt to those conditions. The ball into the pitch was tricky, so maintaining your weight forward [for the slower balls] was important. Tricky with some bowlers bowling 140 clicks.

"The length of our batting, with Adil and Jofra at 10 and 11, you are always in the game."

Quinton de Kock "We thought it was a good total, didn't come off tonight. I don't think it was that one over, Jonny and Ben built a partnership, Jonny batted really well, changed his gameplan to the pitch. George [Linde] has bowled really well in the nets, happy for him, a good day for him."

"Small things in the field we could have done differently, match awareness. We didn't play badly, they played really well."

Eoin Morgan "Pleasing because we were average apart from two or three guys. Chasing was difficult, especially three-down, but Jonny and Ben set it up nicely, to win when you don't play your best is nice. With the ball, we missed areas, a tad too full, and three-down early without support and partnerships...

"Collectively, regardless of the team and the time around each other, the more we play the more we will gel. Not doom and gloom, nice to start with a win, but we need to be doing the right things. We had a lot to make up."

9.58pm Chief Selector: "Dhoni style finishing by Barstow. Incredible innings and a much needed partnership with Stokes who did his crucial part. Great win by the WorldCup Champions again courtesy all round power who can bat and bowl when needed." Dhoni 2011, rather than the more recent IPL vintage, of course... time for some presentations

9.46pm High fives from the England balcony, that was a proper challenge of a run-chase, on a sticky deck that didn't encourage easy timing, and with two early wickets leaving their Powerplay tactics in a bit of strife. But Bairstow and Stokes steadied the ship, then kicked through the middle overs with ever-mounting authority. South Africa were valiant for the most part, not least the new boy George Linde. But Beuran Hendricks' short-circuit of an over cost them dear...

James : "YJB: "I don't want to bat 4, I want to open." Management: "Try it and see how you go." YJB: "I'll score 86 off 48. That'll show them." Management: "You're staying at 4."" So true, his internal monologue must be exhausting. Still, it's all's well that ends well

Moose: "Right we just need to keep slighting Bairstow until the WC. Think we've partly got SRH to thank for this one." Break up my bromance with Warner would you...? Grrr!

Ngidi to Bairstow, SIX runs

that's the way to finish it! In the slot, monstered over wide long-on to seal it with four balls to spare! Jonny Bairstow has quite possibly solved one of the key puzzles for England ... who can fill the void in the middle-order in their opener-heavy line-up? That's quite the audition.

Ngidi to Bairstow, FOUR runs

a roundhouse slog, picking up the width outside off, and hauled through midwicket! This is nearly done now ...

end of over 1911 runs
ENG: 173/5CRR: 9.10 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 runs from 6b
Jonny Bairstow76 (46)
Sam Curran7 (3)
Kagiso Rabada4-0-32-0
Lungi Ngidi3-0-21-2

Imtiyaz: "Brain: Don't say it... don't say it Me: ARE WE IN FOR A SUPER OVER?!" I suspect not ... but here's Ngidi ...

Rabada to Bairstow, 1 run

crunched with a straight bat, clean to long-on, "one, one," is Jonny's call. No need to make things happen. Seven to win in the final over iit is...

Rabada to Sam Curran, 1 run

up on the toes to cut to the covers, and it's nearly a run a ball now

Rabada to Sam Curran, SIX runs

width outside off, and Curran nails his launch down the ground! My God, he's got some ticker... had to wait and wait as the pace was off, but he cleared du Plessis by a distance at long-on!

Rabada to Bairstow, 1 run

slower bouncer, dug into the pitch once more, and out comes a tennis-smash of a pull as Bairstow reaches high to flog it to the leg side. A good finish to this over will keep it very interesting...

Rabada to Bairstow, 2 runs

cracked hard across the line as Rabada fires into the legs again. Deep square leg tidies up

Rabada to Bairstow, no run

nutmegged! Very full, and beats Bairstow's dancing feet for pace as he attempts a leg glance