Updated: Aug 1
Ali set an England record for the fastest 50 in the format with his 52 runs in 18 balls. The all-rounder broke Liam Livingstone's previous record by one delivery by reaching his fifty in just 16 balls.
During the first Twenty20 between England and South Africa, a fan in the audience makes a spectacular catch (Twitter)
In the opening Twenty20 international of the three-match series, England defeated South Africa by 41 runs thanks to brilliant innings from Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. In international cricket, Bairstow maintained his impressive form, smashing 90 off 53 deliveries, while Ali scored 52 runs in 18 balls, setting an English record for the fastest 50 in the format. The all-rounder broke Liam Livingstone's previous record by one delivery by reaching his fifty in just 16 balls.
A fan made a stunning grab during the game in Bristol, sending the home crowd into a frenzy as Ali plundered six innings in his whirlwind innings. At the deep square, Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a short ball at Ali's hips that ended up in the stands.
Following their 241-3 score versus New Zealand at Napier in 2019, England's 234-6 total was their second-highest score at this level. During England's innings, up to 20 sixes were hit, and Proteas fast Lungi Ngidi amassed an outstanding 5-39, which is his greatest Twenty20 international performance to date.
South Africa, which was attempting to chase a difficult 235, fell to 7-2 after two overs and, despite Tristan Stubbs' 72 off 28 deliveries, could only make 193-8 in response.
England captain Jos Buttler said to Sky Sports, "It was a wonderful performance, what we've been hoping for, a brilliant total, we were under threat for a while but thrilled with the result.
Player of the Match Ali added: "In general, I hit it, try to see it, and back myself into it. I try to remind Jonny of the good things he does because he is so strong."
Richard Gleeson's remarkable 72-ball innings came to an end when Stubbs blasted him to long-off, giving South Africa a final score of 193-8. South Africa's captain David Miller said, "They destroyed us in the last 10 (overs), but we lost four or five catches which cost us dearly in the field.
Even though the outcome was disappointing, Stubbsy had a tremendous performance. There are still two games left to turn things around.
The third Twenty20 game is on Sunday, and the second Twenty20 game is on Thursday.