Cape Town: South Africa have registered a last-ball win in a thrilling encounter against England in the first twenty20 international here at the Newlands on Friday.
Chasing a mere 135-run target, the hosts had lost wickets in regular intervals despite small contributions from the batsmen. The longest partnership was made between skipper FaF Du Plessis and J P Duminy as they added 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Du Plessis was the highest scorer with 25 runs to his name.
However, it was Chris Morris who turned the game in favour of the Proteas by scoring 14 runs off last five deliveries of their innings. These crucial innings led his side to a thrilling win against the visitors.
Previously, South Africa had won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first in the bowling-friendly wicket.
England Managed to score 134 in their 20 overs. Jos Butler was the highest scorer with 32 runs to his name while in-form Alex Hales had got off to a good start but couldn’t able to capitalize. He scored 27 valuable runs for his side.
South African leggie Imran Tahir was the hero for the hosts in bowling department as he bagged four wickets by conceding only 21 runs from his four overs. The exceptional performance helped him to bag the Player of the Match award.
With this nail-biting win, the hosts have led the two -match T20I series 1-0. The next game will be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.