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  • 2:01 AM IST

    Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow (England)

  • 1:42 AM IST

    ENGLAND WIN!!!! That’s it, a commendable performance by the English batsmen, as the openers, along with Bairstow make sure England ease to a comfortable nine-wicket win over the South Africans. With England drawing first blood, they would be looking to seal the series in Taunton, while South Africa would be fighting to stay alive on Friday.

  • 1:31 AM IST

  • 1:24 AM IST

    And the same story continues as both Hales and Bairstow have the England innings under their control. England just 39 away off 54 deliveries.

  • 1:10 AM IST

    No harm done post the fall of Roy’s wicket, as Ha;es along with Bairstow continue the fair start by England with the bat. England need 79 off 78 deliveries now. Should be an easy chase for England.

  • 1:06 AM IST

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  • 12:59 AM IST

    GONE!!!! The first wicket is down for England as they lose Roy for 28, who had a terrific go at Wayne Parnell in the third over, while he is trapped leg-before off Phehlukwayo in the very first ball of his over in an attempt of being ambitious.

    OUT! Jason Roy lbw b Andile Phehlukwayo 28 (14)

  • 12:52 AM IST

    Steady start by the English openers as both Hales and Roy tend to chase the moderate total down with ease, while the South African bowlers are yet to make an impact. After three over, England need 121 more to win.

  • 12:23 AM IST

    THAT’S IT!!!! South Africa have recovered from the shaky start, and have recovered well, as Behardien and de Villiers did take good control of the innings following the three cheap opening dismissals, as they made sure that they don’t lose further wickets. Both the batsmen went well past their half-centuries, but failed to put up a challenging total, as England need 143 to win in the 20 overs. Can South Africa put up an impressive show with the ball. Imran Tahir would certainly be the man to watch out for.

  • 12:17 AM IST

    Behardien is well past his maiden half-century as he looks to goes big. Can South Africa go past 150?

  • 12:08 AM IST

    AB de Villiers has brought up his 10th T20I half-century, as Behardien too nears his, Excellent gameplay from the skipper under pressure circumstances, and with just three overs to go, he would be looking to finish on a high.

  • 12:04 AM IST

    Both the batsmen seem to have perfectly settled down as they near their respective half-centuries, while Behardien is in the forties, which is his career best, with his previous best being 36.

  • 11:53 PM IST

    The same story continue as both the batsmen are trying to play a steady innings and help South Africa recover from the shaky start. However, the ball seems to be turning as the bowlers are not allowing the pair of de Villiers and Behardien to settle down.

  • 11:39 PM IST

    In case you don’t know, David Miller is playing his 50th T20I for South Africa today.

  • 11:38 PM IST

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  • 11:37 PM IST

    Eight overs have gone by, as South Africa continue to recover from the shaky start, after having lost three of their crucial opening wickets. Nevertheless, de Villiers and Behardien seem to be going good as of now.

  • 11:27 PM IST

  • 11:24 PM IST

    GONE!!!! And the shaky start from the Proteas continue, as Miller goes for mere nine to Wood after being caught behind by Buttler. Meanwhile, Behardien is the new man in. South Africa really need to stabilise their innings now.

    OUT! David Miller c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 9 (7)

  • 11:11 PM IST

  • 11:09 PM IST
    GONE!!!! And very soon South Africa lose their second as well in the opening ball of the second over from Wood, as Hendricks hands a catch to Willey at mid-on. South Africa are certainly shaky right now, as Miller makes his way in.

    OUT! Reeza Hendricks c David Willey b Mark Wood 3 (2)
  • 11:04 PM IST

  • 11:03 PM IST
    GONE!!!! What a start by England. The opening delivery of the match by Willey, as Smuts plays it on to his stumps. Certainly not a start which South Africa expected. Skipper de Villiers makes his way in.

    OUT! JJ Smuts b David Willey 0 (1)
  • 10:45 PM IST

    South Africa: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, AB de Villiers (c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir.

  • 10:38 PM IST

    England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Mason Crane, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.

  • 10:37 PM IST

    Toss: South Africa (Bat)

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After the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where England’s journey ended in semi-final with a loss against Pakistan, Eoin Morgan-led side are ready to move forward with the first of 3-match T20I series against South Africa at Southampton. I am Ayush Gupta, and will be bringing to you the live scores, interesting bits and pieces from the world of social media in CricketCountry’s live updates blog for today. The English side has included some new faces in the shorter format of the game for this series. A total of 5 players from the squad are uncapped cricketers, which include David Malan, Liam Livingstone, Mason Crane, Craig Overton and Tom Curran. On the other hand, the South African side is full-fledged, with no inexperienced player. Full Cricket Scorecard: ENG vs SA, 1st T20I

Going by recent performances, England’s captain Morgan is in absolute form, and will look to continue and inspire his side banking on his hard-hitting batting. Opener Jason Roy, who has been going through a lean patch in his career, will look to revive his form through this T20I series. Moreover, this will be the 2nd T20I match for Mark Wood, who was the ‘go-to man’ for England in Champions Trophy. This will also be a kind of comeback for Wood in this format of the game as he last played a T20I in 2015 against New Zealand.

Going by numbers, a total of 12 T20Is have been played between these two teams. South Africa hold the upper hand with 7 wins, while England have won only 4. Moreover, when it comes to record in England, South Africa have done better here too by winning 2 out of 4 clashes. England have won only once over South Africa at home.