Bairstow blitz flattens South Africa despite Faf fifty

Jonny Bairstow

Watch the pick of the action as Jonny Bairstow's unbeaten 86 puts England on track for a five-wicket win over South Africa at Cape Town.

The match is the first worldwide cricket match played in South Africa since ovid-19 brought everything to a halt back in March.

And he was disappointed with the batting start, although he praised Bairstow and Stokes.

Sam Curran, on the other hand, had a great outing to overtake No. 1 all-rounder Berthe Moin Ali, sending a mix of cutters and short balls to give back a career-best figure of three for 28 runs.

England were in trouble at 34-3 in the sixth over, chasing 180 to win, before Bairstow bludgeoned nine fours and four sixes for an unbeaten 86 from 48 balls to take them to victory in a ideal audition for next year's T20 World Cup in India. England needed 51 runs from 24 balls before this over, but after this, 23 runs were needed from 18 balls. Being three down early poses challenges, Jonny and Ben set up the chase nicely.

Bairstow who was sent in at number four probably played one of his best innings.

"It's something you've got to enjoy", he said.

South Africa were originally going to be hampered by the absence of Faf du Plessis and David Miller, who had been expected to join the Lanka Premier League which began yesterday.

Bairstow hit nine fours and four sixes, finishing the match in style with his fourth six which sailed into a building sight on the northern end of the ground.

It was South Africa's first worldwide match since March but there were no spectators because of Covid restrictions.

South African captain Quinton de Kock refused to blame the Hendricks over. I think you have two choices: you can be dissatisfied or you can use the experience you had before. Ben Stokes played second fiddle to him and was later dismissed after scoring 37 runs. We didn't play badly. "They played really well".

Linde was then in the game again, though, pouching at long-on as Stokes failed to dispatch a long-hop from spinner Shamsi and England's requirement soon looked tricky with 51 required from four overs.



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