The 1st match of the T20 International series between South Africa and England was played on February 12, Wednesday at East London, in South Africa. Quinton De Kock was the captain of South African team, and Eoin Morgan was the captain of England team. England captain won the toss and decided to field first.
South African openers gave a solid, speedy start to the team and made 48 runs for the 1st wicket in just 4 overs. T Bavuma scored the most 43 runs for South Africa. Captain De Kock and Van Der Dussen both scored 31 runs each and helped the team to get a total of 177 runs in 20 over. CJ Jordan for England took the most 2 wickets for England.
Chasing 178 against South African quality bowling was not easy, but England opener Jason Roy showed his batting class and scored 70 runs in just 38 balls. Captain Morgan also scored a brilliant half-century and made 52 runs in 34 balls. South African bowlers bowled in good areas and controlled the match. But England’s batsmen were in form, and it was happening to be a nail-biting match. 7 runs were needed in last 6 balls of the match, and pace bowler Ngidi was bowling for South African team while lower-order batsman T Curran and Ali were batting for England. Ngidi bowled exceptionally well and gave only 5 runs in last over and won the match for South Africa by only 1 run.
Ngidi took most 3 wickets for South Africa. He was also awarded as man of the match for his unbelievable match-winning last over. South Africa took an early lead in the series by 1-0. Captain De Kock appreciated the game of cricket showed by both the teams and praised the bowlers of South African team.