Brilliant Bairstow Sinks South Africa
Wow, wow, wow. What a game. A brilliant England bowling performance and an equally good England batting performance it was all England in the 9-wicket victory.
Let’s start at the beginning, first ball in fact, JJ Smuts plays Willy’s bowling on to his own stumps. Then soon after Mark Wood followed suit dismissing Henricks and Miller leaving the Proteas 32-3. After we move into the middle overs with AB in the driving seat but some brilliant bowling from the spinners. Crane, making his debut, finished with figures of 24-0 after tidy bowling and nearly claiming the wicket of AB in the process. At the opposite end Liam Dawson bowled out for 18-0 with combined figures of 42-0 this made it look like England had the upper hand. With some quick death bowling the Proteas raced the score up to 142-3 way under par on the good Ageas bowl wicket.
England accelerated with Jason Roy’s 28 off 14 then getting out after trying to reverse sweep and getting trapped in front. After that Jonny Bairstow came in and played some exquisite shots, him and Alex Hales led the team all the way through the innings expelling a frankly winded looking Proteas attack. They brought it home inside 15 overs with Bairstow finishing on 60 with Hales finishing on 47 shy of his 50.
With this a comprehensive victory from England we would be expecting more in the second t20.
From B to A, AB’s side bounces back
Going right down to the wire, the Proteas 3 run victory took the game to the last ball.
With England winning the toss and putting the Proteas into bat, South Africa would have wanted to improve on their last performance. Smuts got off to a flyer. He is a very powerful player and he managed to hit 4 4’s and 3 6’s until he top edged a full toss from Dawson and had to depart for 45. AB did a similar thing hitting 4 4’s and 3 6’s before departing 46. This very attacking batting took them to 174 setting England a hard total at the first international match at Taunton since 1999.
Jason Roy is back. A 67 off 45 hitting 9 4’s and a 6 was cruising with Jonny Bairstow at the other end making 47. England look to be in the driving seat at 125-1 but then the collapse came. Bairstow was caught off Morris and Roy was out obstructing the field. England then needed 8 off the last 2 balls, Dawson hit a four off the first but some good bowling denied him the second.
This brings up an exciting finish at the SWALEC with the short boundaries it will be a very exciting match.