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England took the anger out of Indias recent T20 series defeat on South Africa and beat the visiting team by 41 runs in the first T20, making the second highest score in their T20 history. Batting first in this match held in Bristol, England scored 234 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. In response, the South African team could only score 193 runs for 8 wickets. Tristan Stubbs scored 72 runs for South Africa. But, he too could not avoid the defeat of his team. The heroes of Englands victory were Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali.
Jonny Bairstow has been in tremendous form this year. Bairstow, who has scored 4 centuries in 3 Tests, is also batting amazingly in ODIs and T20s. He proved it in the first T20 against D.Africa. In this match, England lost the wickets of Jason Roy and Jos Buttler early. After this, Bairstow first shared a 45-ball 71 for the third wicket with David Malan. After this, for the fourth wicket with Moeen Ali, 101 runs in just 35 balls were added. This is the second fastest century partnership in T20.
From one end, where Bairstow broke down as a call on the South African bowlers, Moeen Ali was also not behind from the other end. He completed his 50 runs by hitting a six off Lungi Ngidi. He played only 16 balls for this. This is the fastest fifty for England in T20. Moeen and Bairstow scored 33 runs in the 17th over of Englands innings. In this over of Andil Phehlukwayo, both the England batsmen hit five sixes in total.
England definitely lost 2 wickets in the last over. For this reason, the English team could not go beyond its biggest score of 241 runs in T20. Bairstow scored 90 runs in 53 balls at a strike rate of 169. He hit 8 sixes in his innings. Moeen Ali scored 52 runs in 18 balls with the help of 6 sixes. Englands batsmen hit 18 sixes. This is the record for most sixes for England in a T20.
South Africa got the target of 235 runs in 20 overs. The African team remained in the race to chase down their biggest target in the 18th over thanks to the fiery innings of Tristan Stubbs. Stubbs batted brilliantly in his first international innings. He scored 72 runs in just 28 balls. Stubbs hit 8 sixes in this innings. He shared a 65-run partnership with Heinrich Klaasen and 50 with David Miller. However, this partnership also proved insufficient for South Africa to win.
Stubbs was dismissed in the 19th over by Richard Gleason. In the same over, South Africa lost two more wickets and the visiting team could only manage 193 runs for 8 wickets. Richard Gleason took 3 wickets for 51 runs in 4 overs for England.
The second T20 will be played in Cardiff. The pitch here is a bit speed. It is not one of the high-scoring grounds like other places in England. This pitch is beneficial for both the batsman and the bowler, although initially the fast bowlers get a lot of help on this pitch but still winning the toss and batting first is the right decision on this pitch.
Whenever there is a match in England at this point of the year, there is always the threat of rain on the matches. The ODI series also ended in a draw as the last match of the series was interrupted by rain. After the thrilling first T20 match in Bristol, all eyes are on Cardiffs Sophia Gardens.
Much to the delight of cricket fans, the weather is expected to remain clear during the second T20 match between England and South Africa. The chance of rain in the match is just 7%, and we should get the full overs without any hiccups. The temperature will remain in the range of 22-23 degree Celsius and the humidity will increase to 50%.