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Bairstow`s 86 seals five-wicket win for England

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:20 PM, 28 November 2020  

Bairstow`s 86 seals five-wicket win for England

Bairstow`s 86 seals five-wicket win for England

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

Coming to the crease at 27-2, chasing 180 to win, Bairstow hit nine fours and four sixes in a magnificent unbeaten 86 off 48 balls.

He was ably supported in a 85-run partnership with all-rounder Ben Stokes, who made a 27-ball 37.

Earlier, Sam Curran - chosen over spinner Moeen Ali - recorded his best T20 international bowling figures as he took 3-28, including the key wicket of Faf du Plessis for 58.

South Africa's total of 179-6 was 21 more than the average first-innings T20 total at Newlands, and England were struggling at 34-3, but Bairstow's brutality guided them to an excellent win with four balls to spare.

The second game of the three-match series takes place at Boland Park, Paarl on Sunday at 12:30 GMT.

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