South Africa hosted England in the first game of the three-match T20I series at Buffalo Park, East London on Wednesday (February 12).
The hosts, after losing the toss and being put in bat, posted a very strong total of 177/8 in the allotted 20 overs; Temba Bavuma top-scored with a quality knock of 43 from 27 balls, including five boundaries, and was ably supported by skipper Quinton de Kock (31) and No.3 Rassie van der Russen (31), who made identical thirties.
Moeen Ali (1/22), Adil Rashid (1/23) delivered economical spells in the early part of the innings before Chris Jordan (2/28) finished off with a couple of breakthroughs for the visitors.
In the run-chase, opener Jason Roy (70) and captain Eoin Morgan (52) played oustanding knocks and looked like running away with the game until a disappointing middle-order collapse held the English team back.
However, the team should still have won chasing 7 runs off the last over but couldn't because of some excellent bowling from Lungi Ngidi (3/30), who saved the day by the lowest possible margin for the Proteas, conceding just five runs and taking three wickets off his over.
Apart from Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo (2/32) and Beuran Hendricks (2/33) also got a couple of breakthroughs in the innings for the hosts, enabling 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
South Africa 177/8 in 20 overs (Temba Bavuma 43; Chris Jordan 2/28) beat England 176/9 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 70; Lungi Ngidi 3/30) by 1 run