South Africa wins first T20I
South Africa wins first T20I

Venue : Buffalo Park, East London

Toss : England have won the toss and have opted to field

Playing XI

South Africa : Quinton de Kock(w/c), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi.

England : Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.

Head to Head Stats-T20Is

Match player : 15

England won : 06

South Africa won : 08

No result : 01

Steady start from SA

Bavuma and de Kock are at the crease, started the innings without any pressure. de Kock lose his wicket when he scored 31 from just 15 balls(4×3,6×2) to Moeen Ali. In prior to the de Kock wicket the openers scored 48 runs in 4.1 overs and provide a good base to the team. Rassie van der Dussen joins hands with the Bavuma and raise the team score with a partnership of 63 runs. South Africa crossed 100 runs within 10 overs, soon Dussen(31 off 26)  lose his wicket to Strokes.

de Kock departs for 31 from just 15 balls
de Kock departs for 31 from just 15 balls

Steyn’s hat-trick anticipation

In very next over Bavuma lost his wicket when he is 7 runs away from his half century. After Bavuma’s wicket South Africa starts losing wickets in a constant interval. In the last over, Jordan almost had a chance for a hat-trick after uprooting Pretorius(1)and B Hendricks(0). Where Steyn comes in after almost a year and strike the hat-trick wicket ball to the four line. With a run-out in the last ball while try to pick a singles South Africa ended up in 177 runs. Jordan took 3 wickets in the last over for 5 runs.

South Africa struggles in last over
Jordan took 3 wicket in the last over

Roy’s stunning performance

Steyn after a year off the ground gets in and open the bowling attack despite of the expectation Buttler smashed couple of 4’s and England scored 11 in the first over. Lungi Ngidi(right arm fast) controls the run flow in second over then Styen back into attack for the 3rd over and picks the Buttler’s wicket. Steyn move to the top of the leading wicket takers for South Africa in T20I’s after Imran Tahir. Roy partners with Bairstow and starts his aggressive strike in JJ Smuts over and scores 22 runs in that over. This duo sums up 72 runs when Bairstow got LBW by Phehlukwayo and returns to dressing room.

Roy and Bairstow
Roy and Bairstow partnership

Hendricks’s “too short and too slow” ball magic

Roy scored his fifty with a four and leads the England towards the winning but Ngidi released some special spell after Hendricks picks the Aggressive striker Roy’s wicket. Jason Roy scored 70 runs from 38 balls before he leaves a catch to the Ngidi in Hendricks’s “Too slow and Too short ” ball. All-rounder Strokes lose his wicket to the Ngidi without scoring as expected. The England captain Morgon is the only hope for them but it soon got scattered by Hendricks last ball.

Ngidi’s bowling spell 

With 7 needed from 6 balls, Ngidi bowled the last over with pressure but soon changed when he dismissed the Tom Curran in his second ball while try to hit a big shot. With a need of 5 from 5 Ngidi bowled out Ali and builds pressure over the England players. Last balls requires 3 to win where Steyn’s underarm calm throw grabs the winning for South Africa. England surrender to Ngidi’s spell and lost their 1st T20I with a difference of “single” run. Thus the thrilling last over match ends in favour for South Africa

Player of the match

Lungi Ngidi(South Africa)

Bowling : 3 wickets for 30 runs in four overs.

Ngidi’s under pressure last over change the game and claim South Africa to win their 1st T20I and lead the series in 1-0.

Lungi Ngidi player of the match
Lungi Ngidi player of the match