England v South Africa: Alex Hales & Jonny Bairstow seal crushing T20 win

England v South Africa: Alex Hales & Jonny Bairstow seal crushing T20 win
England v South Africa: Alex Hales & Jonny Bairstow seal crushing T20 win
Willey bowls Smuts for a golden duck
First Twenty20 international, Southampton:
South Africa 142-3 (20 overs): De Villiers 65*, Behardien 64*
England 143-1 (14.3 overs): Bairstow 60*, Hales 47*
England won by nine wickets
Scorecard

England responded to their Champions Trophy disappointment with a nine-wicket win against South Africa in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.

England were excellent with the ball in Southampton, restricting the Proteas to 142-3 despite a stand of 110 between AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien.

Jonny Bairstow made 60 not out and Alex Hales and unbeaten 47 to complete the chase with 33 deliveries to spare.

The second match of the series is in Taunton on Friday.

Victory would give England a series victory to follow a 2-1 success in the one-day internationals that came before the Champions Trophy, where they were beaten in the semi-finals by Pakistan.

A four-Test series against South Africa follows the T20s.

Full report to follow.

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