Although England were beaten by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy semi-finals, they regained their confidence after a nine-wicket victory against South Africa in the first of three T20 matches.
With 33 balls to spare, England acquired a 143/1 score whereas South Africa managed a mere 142/3. Between South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien (not out), only 110 runs were achieved. Choosing to bat, South Africa struggled to make up a solid total as England bowlers Liam Dawson and Mason Crane came on with full force.
Cited by BBC Sport, England captain Eoin Morgan said: "We were excellent. We took early wickets and they came back hard but we contained them.
"Our spinners were impressive and never let AB and Farhaan get away from us. They managed to tie down one of the best players of our generation and a very good international cricketer."
De Villiers responded to his team’s loss by saying: "It is difficult to sum up the performance. The result doesn't look good for us.
"I can't explain why it was so difficult to hit through the line - maybe they got the better of the conditions."
De Villiers remains confident that South Africa can redeem themselves despite an embarrassing first match but insists that he has nothing to prove. He said: “You want to score hundreds and win games for your country and I didn't do that in a while so I've got nothing to prove to anyone but I do want to go out there and perform well.” According to sport24, de Villiers has experiened a frustrating tour to England thus far, after not only leading his team to a 2-1 ODI series loss but also an early exit from the ICC event.
De Villiers concluded “like all South Africans we always fight our way back so I'm expecting a really good performance in the next one.”
Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (captain), Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, David Willey, Jonathan Bairstow, Mark Wood, Craig Overton
South Africa squad
AB de Villiers (captain, Titans), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), David Miller (Knights), Morne Morkel (Titans), Chris Morris (Titans), Mangaliso Mosehle (Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors)
England v South Africa T20s (SA time):
Wednesday, June 21, Southampton - 19:30
Friday, June 23, Taunton - 18:00
Sunday, June 25, Cardiff - 15:30