What a start to the IT20 series!

England may have tasted defeat in the opening game of the series at Buffalo Park but we were treated to a showcase of what this format is all about.

Big-hitting, smart bowling, athletic fielding, and late dramatics–this one had it all.

South Africa are one up in the series after a dramatic one-run victory yesterday, setting up an enthralling final two clashes later this week.

Quinton De Kock and Tempa Bavuma started where they left off in the one-day series, taking the hosts to 48 from the opening four overs before the captain was caught by Joe Denly off the bowling of Moeen Ali.

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Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen pressed on at a high tempo and took the score past 100 before the duo were removed within four balls of each other.

With the hosts 111-3 after 11.3 overs, Eoin Morgan’s men were in danger of leaving themselves a huge total to chase but they fought back in the second half of the innings.

Chris Jordan was particularly impressive. The death bowling specialist removed Dwaine Pretorius and Beuran Hendricks with the first two balls of the final over, knocking over stumps on both occasions.

That over went for just five, meaning South Africa finished on 177-8.

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In his first game for South Africa in almost a year, legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn proved his worth early on for the Proteas–removing dangerman Jos Buttler for just 15.

Things may not have worked out for Jason Roy in Test cricket last summer but one thing is for sure, he is a frightening prospect in the limited-overs game.

The Surrey opener was in the mood and put on a clinic of T20 batting, making 70 from just 38 balls–including hitting JJ Smuts for 22 off one over.

He was joined in the act by the England skipper, who made 52 from 34 balls, to put his side in what seemed a strong position to claim victory.

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The tourists were 171-6 when Morgan was dismissed by Hendricks, meaning they needed just seven runs to win from the final over.

Lungi Ngidi had other ideas, however, taking two wickets in his final over to leave England one run short.

Chris Silverwood’s side have now lost the first game of all three series on their tour of South Africa but they bounced back impressively in the Tests and the ODIs, so will be confident of doing the same again.

Bring on Friday!

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