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England skipper Eoin Morgan along with South Africa skipper AB de Villiers with the series trophy before the start of the 1st T20I at Southampton on Wednesday © Getty Images

Following a tough outing in the just concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017, hosts England turned their attention towards the shortest format of the game and came up with a commendable performance as they tamed visitors South Africa by nine wickets, in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. South Africa, batting first managed to put up an average total of 142 for the loss of three wickets, courtesy AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 65 and Farhaan Behardien’s unbeaten 64, while England chased the total down comfortable courtesy Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 60, as they drew first blood in the series. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 1st T20I at Southampton

Jonny Bairstow made a dashing 60 not out as England thrashed South Africa by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 international at Southampton on Wednesday. England, set just 143 to win, reached their target for the loss of only one wicket with 33 balls left. Opener Alex Hales was 47 not out, his unbroken second-wicket stand with Bairstow worth 98 runs. But the foundations for a victory which put England 1-0 up in this three-match series were laid by their bowlers. They restricted South Africa to 142 for three after Proteas skipper AB de Villiers won the toss. De Villiers made 65 not out and Farhaan Behardien an unbeaten 64 in an innings where fast bowler Mark Wood took two for 36. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs South Africa 2017, 1st T20I at Southampton

The fourth-wicket pair’s unbroken partnership was worth 110 runs after they came together with South Africa 32 for three — which represented a recovery after they had slumped to seven for two. But South Africa’s total still looked short of a competitive score on what is usually a good batting pitch.