South Africa were yet again done in by the Duckworth-Lewis method, this time it was a 1-run loss at the Wanderers in the hands of England. South Africa chasing a target of 203 on a perfect batting strip were at 127/3 in 13 overs when rain ensured that no further play took place in the first T20I.
England’s high total was powered by a scintillating knock of 85 from 45 balls (with 7 fours and 5 sixes) from left handed Eoin Morgan. Skipper Paul Collingwood chipped in with 57 from 32 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
The Proteas chased the target superbly through an exciting opening stand between Loots Bosman (58 from 31 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes) and Graeme Smith (41 from 23 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes). England somehow managed to get these two batsmen just on time and the new men in didn’t accelerate that easily as the opening pair.