England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

At Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium, England pounced on the short boundaries and hammered 234 for six, their second-highest total in the 20-over format and enough for a 41-run victory. 

Jordan’s excellent death bowling allowed England to win as the tension rose late in the game. He just let up three off the 18th and five off the 20th thanks to some superb yorkers. 

Eoin Morgan Hails Top-scorer Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow Photo Credit: (AP)

Jonny Bairstow, who just scored another match-winning innings for England with a career-high score of 90, says he wants to maintain his stellar form. 

“It was hugely important and I think when guys like that come and produce, yes, it can be overlooked a lot of the time but in a high-scoring game like tonight you need that expertise, that skill, that calm nature in which he goes about his business,” Morgan told Sky Sports. 

“He’s England’s most experienced campaigner, he bowls all the tough overs that are unrewarding majority of the time. T20 is a game of cricket that attracts powerful batsmen, high-scoring games, and that is the glitzy, glamourous side of it. 

“If you have a side that can produce bowling like this when you need it it is absolutely priceless. 

“I thought he was extremely clear. He worked well with his skipper Jos Buttler and his plans worked to perfection no matter how simple they were and he obviously used his variation a little bit more today than we have probably seen him do in the past.” 

Shaun Pollock Hails Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan. (Photo: Twitter)

Shaun Pollock, a former South Africa great, called England’s Jordan’s death over “one of the best death overs” he had ever seen.

 “The game is on the line and you’re head of where South Africa needed to be so maybe things are in your favour, but you have to now land it in the right area. 

“You stick to the same game-plan, you don’t change up because often you get bowlers going for different variations because they feel as if they have to. 

“You’ve got left-hander and right-hander combinations which adds a little different dilemma to the issue and you go up and you nail it. Not only do you nail it in the first three of four, you back yourself to stay with that even when they change their options and those last three balls are dot deliveries. That sums up the game.” 

It’s About Keeping My Shape: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali of England. Photo- Twitter
Moeen Ali of England. Photo- Twitter

After reaching his half-century in the quickest time in England’s T20 history, Moeen was awarded player of the game. 

“It was a nice time to go in,” Moeen told Sky Sports after smashing 52 from 18 balls. 

“Jonny was going nicely, Mala (Malan) got out so I went in to keep the right and left-hander and it worked nicely. 

“I didn’t hit the spinners much today but I generally back myself against spinners in particular. But I just try to see it and hit it. 

“It’s a great wicket and a great-sized ground for myself. I’m not a massive hitter of the ball like some of the boys, so it’s about keeping my shape and if you get a good bat on it then it generally travels here.” 

Jos Buttler Delighted With England Win

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler PC- Twitter

Jos Buttler, the captain of England, praised his team for a full effort. 

He said: “It was a great performance, we’ve been looking for that complete performance and the guys stood up. 

“We posted a brilliant total and it looked under threat for a while, but I’m delighted with the win. Great to see the guys step up and take that responsibility, I thought they marshalled that innings really well. 

“There wasn’t that margin for error as Stubbs was going so well, and CJ (Jordan) bowled a brilliant 18th over. The margins are smaller in this day with the variety of shots that batsmen have. 

“This ground is a great example of that. If you execute you get away with it, if you don’t the margins are really small and the ball flies away for four or six.” 

Tristan Stubbs Got The Potential To Win Games On His Own: Shaun Pollock

Tristan Stubbs (Image Credits: Twitter)
Tristan Stubbs (Image Credits: Twitter)

Tristan Stubbs, 21, kept things intriguing with a daring 72 in his debut international innings. Pollock added:

 “From a South African perspective you look for people to show this kind of ability at the top level to tick the marker. When you see him do it in the way he did in this fashion, that’s the kind of guy you want to run with, isn’t it? That’s the kind of guy you think, he’s got the potential to win games on his own. 

“The more experience we get him, the more he’s going to be able to produce so this could be his launching pad for sure.” 

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