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

With a superb performance of aggressive batting, England all-rounder Moeen Ali once again demonstrated why the T20 format is becoming more and more well-liked among the overall population.

In the first T20I match against South Africa, the seasoned cricketer destroyed the opposition, smashing a half-century off just 16 balls.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

Moeen made history by scoring a fifty in the fewest balls needed for an Englishman in a T20 international match with the help of two fours and six massive sixes.
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler were both dismissed early in England’s opening innings of batting, but the team still batted like crazy. The top three hitters as the hosts scored 234 runs in 20 overs were Dawid Malan (43 off 23), Jonny Bairstow (90 off 53), and Moeen (52 off 18).

Jonny Bairstow, ODIs
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)

Reeza Hendricks (57 off 33) and Tristan Stubbs (72 off 28) both contributed to South Africa’s reply, but ultimately they were only able to score 193 runs in 20 overs.

‘It was a nice time to go in’: Moeen Ali

Because of his quick-fire half-century and the crucial wicket he took of Reeza Hendricks, Moeen Ali was named the Player of the Match.
Lungi Ngidi, who finished with a 5-wicket haul, was the Proteas’ preferred bowler. The only other South African bowler with a wicket was Andile Phehlukwayo, who nevertheless let up 63 runs in his four allotted overs. Phehlukwayo allowed an enormous 33 runs to be scored in one of his overs.

Moeen Ali, ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Moeen Ali (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It was a nice time to join. I entered the game as a left-hander to maintain the right-left combo. On this pitch, scoring is difficult. In opposition to the spinners, I lean back. Jonny is incredibly capable and strong. As a team, we bat well. This wicket is excellent. I try to maintain my form and hit it “Moeen said after the game.
England has started the T20I assignment against the Proteas on the greatest possible note after witnessing the ODI series come to a deadlock.

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