Faf: We were handed a Get out of Jail card


South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was a relieved man after his side's final ball win over England in the first T20 in Cape Town, saying they cashed in a 'Get out of Jail' card.

The Proteas needed just 135 runs to win after their bowlers did a sterling job earlier in the evening, but England's bowlers made sure it went down to the wire as the Proteas lost regular wickets. 

The last ball saw the hosts needing two to win thanks only to a Chris Morris cameo, and only a fielding mistake from Reece Topley saw them complete the second run for the win.

Du Plessis: "That's a massive get out of jail card for us, like in Monopoly. Both teams played well but there's a smile on my face as we won. 

"We didn't start well, T20 is about executing as well as you can, they got off to a flier but we came back well and then tried to learn from their mistakes. We messed it up a little bit towards the end but Morris' little cameo won it. 

"I think on this wicket that was probably a par score, so it was important to have a base and our hitters coming in at the back end. We lost our way a little bit but will try and do better in the next game."

England skipper Eoin Morgan agreed that the Proteas were lucky to win, but conceded that his side's batting was not up to par and they did not get enough runs on the board.

Morgan said: "After a poor batting display, our bowlers nearly bailed us out, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes. Getting that close is a huge positive for us. 

"It got slower, hard to bat on but not as badly as we did. We probably should have won tonight, deserved to win. Hopefully we can do so with the bat in future."

Meanwhile, SA spinner Imran Tahir was man of the match for his four wickets that broke the England line up, and he was delighted to deliver after questions were raised about his place in the side.

Tahir said: "I wanted to bowl like I did in the last series and I'm just really happy for team that I delivered. I'm really glad as long as I'm doing well for the team. 

"I work hard in the nets, I know I'm going to come on in the middle overs, can bowl in the Powerplay as well. I stick to my plans and variations. 

"We can go to the World T20 with our ambitions and our skills and do fine."