South Africa v England: Jonny Bairstow guides tourists to win in series opener

Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock in the first T20 between South Africa and England
Jonny Bairstow’s previous high score in Twenty20 international cricket was 68 against West Indies in March 2019
First Twenty20, Newlands, Cape Town
South Africa 179-6 (20 overs): Du Plessis 58 (40), S Curran 3-28
England 183-5 (19.2 overs): Bairstow 86 (48), Linde 2-20
England won by five wickets
Scorecard

Jonny Bairstow made his highest score in international Twenty20 cricket as England beat South Africa by five wickets in the series opener at Newlands, Cape Town.

After coming to the crease at 27-2, chasing 180 to win, Bairstow hit nine fours and four sixes in a magnificent 48-ball 86.

The 31-year-old was ably supported in an 85-run partnership with all-rounder by Ben Stokes, who made 37 off 27 balls.

Earlier Sam Curran, chosen over spinner Moeen Ali, recorded his best Twenty20 international bowling figures as he took 3-28 from his four overs, including the key wicket of former South Africa…

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