South Africa and England: Johnny Barstow’s 86 not out wins by five wickets
|Top Twenty 20, Newlands, Cape Town|
|South Africa 179-6 (20 overs): Du Plessis 58 (40), S. Curran 3-28|
|England 183-5 (19.2 overs): Burstow 86 * (48), Stokes 37 (27), Linde 2-20|
|England won by five wickets|
Johnny Barstow scored his highest Twenty20 international score as England beat South Africa by five wickets in the opening match of the series in Cape Town.
Winning the fold 27-2, Burstow hit nine fours and four sixes in 86 balls off 86 balls.
He hit 37 off 27 balls in an 85-run partnership with all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Earlier, Sam Curran, who was selected over spinner Moin Ali, recorded his best T20 international bowling figures, including 3-28, including Fuff du Plessis’ 58-wicket lead.
South Africa’s total of 179-6 is 21 more than the average first – innings T20 total at Newlands, England struggled 34-3, but Barstow’s brutality led to a superb victory with four balls remaining.
The second game of the three-match series takes place on Sunday at 12:30 GMT in Polish Park, Barlin.
Byrstow shines in the new role
Prior to the game England captain Eoin Morgan talked about the use of the series characters and a batting line-up, the players happy at the World Cup in India 11 months away.
Burstow may have been four years old.
Often referred to as a combative opener, he was immediately visible when Jason Roy fell in the first over and then Jose Butler recovered England moments later, and his ability to seal anything short and punish too many overs.
Byrstoe, who was bowled out for 24 in Du Plessis’ long game, scored his 49 through mid-wicket and mid-on as he and Stokes played the game in support of England.
Once Stokes fell, Burstow – showed maturity, and Morgan was quiet when he struggled at the start of his inning.
It was 28 in the 17th over by Buren Hendricks, and Byrstow – on the field First Test century In 2016 – Lundy finished work for NGD with four and a six.
Selection of Sam Curran bowlers
Morgan also talked about ensuring seven or eight World Cup positions, but seven places is one that needs to be snatched away.
Despite the fact that the competition was on the subcontinent and in favor of Moin’s will, Sam Curran should reduce this situation.
Temba Bauma and Du Plessis are the top-order batsmen he has shown in dismissals and the left-handed batsman is a master at taking wickets at crucial moments of the game.
The ability to read conditions, knowing when to go for a variation, is constantly improving whether to bowl round or over.
During the UK tour of South Africa in February, Du Plessis, its location was in doubt.
He, like Byrstow, came to the crease after the opening wicket and played better on both sides of the wicket.
When Tom Curran took 24 runs in the fifth over, his innings speed increased, including his massive sixes.
By 2020 England had managed only eight Power Play wickets in nine games, and this would pose more challenges for Morgan.
‘Johnny came out an incredible day’ – they said
Man of the Match Johnny Burstow: “Cape Town seems to be one of my favorite stadiums. It’s a wonderful place to play cricket. It’s unfortunate that we do not have a special crowd to watch a game like this.
“I love playing cricket for England – it’s primary. I’m contributing to winning matches, whether it’s a start, whether it’s batting at four or six, stay that way.
“We will see progress in the next game. There are people all over our side who can take the game from other teams.”
England captain Aeon Morgan at Sky Sports: “It’s very gratifying. It’s a good win.
“We were pretty average except for two or three guys. Johnny had an incredible day out. Johnny and Stokes set it up well, and it’s nice to win when you’re not at your best.”
South Africa Captain Quinton de Kok: “We thought it was a good total, but unfortunately it didn’t come tonight.
“Johnny batted well – he changed his game plan to pitch and conditions.”