Quinton de Kock made a super begin to his full-time captaincy of South Africa’s one-day worldwide group on Tuesday when he hit a century as his facet beat England by seven wickets within the first ODI at Newlands.
De Kock made 107 and Temba Bavuma hit 98 as South Africa chased down an England complete of 258 for eight with 14 balls to spare.
De Kock and Bavuma shared a second wicket partnership of 173 off 170 balls, dominating an England group which included solely 5 of the facet that received the World Cup final yr.
De Kock made his 107 off 113 balls with 11 fours and a six, whereas Bavuma confronted 103 deliveries, hitting 5 fours and two sixes.
“It was a great night time. It feels good to get again to profitable methods,” mentioned De Kock.
“We had one or two chats about how we wish to take this ODI group ahead. Right this moment was a great begin –- however it’s just one recreation.”
South Africa’s group additionally had an experimental really feel, that includes solely six of the squad who had a dismal World Cup.
“We had been manner off the mark,” admitted England captain Eoin Morgan. “South Africa utterly outplayed us in each division.”
Bavuma made a robust case for a long-term place in South Africa’s one-day group. A veteran of 40 Exams, he had solely performed in two earlier ODIs, each comparatively low-key video games during which he made 113 in opposition to Eire in 2016/17 and 48 in opposition to Bangladesh the next season.
Batting at quantity three, Bavuma was largely untroubled, hitting the ball crisply, whereas he and De Kock appeared to have an nearly telepathic understanding of their speedy operating between wickets.
Bavuma appeared set for a century till he went again to Chris Jordan and was trapped in entrance of his stumps by a ball which saved low.
“We understood it was fairly tough to hit boundaries,” mentioned De Kock. “It was a matter of discovering a method to get momentum and we understood that operating arduous between the wickets was the best way to go about it.”
Joe Denly was largely chargeable for England reaching what gave the impression to be an inexpensive complete on a sluggish pitch. Denly made his highest one-day worldwide rating of 87 and helped rescue England from a precarious 131 for six. He and Chris Woakes, who made 40 in his 100th one-day worldwide, placed on 91 for the seventh wicket.
Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi did the key harm for South Africa, taking three for 38.
“Each batsman aside from Joe Denly and Chris Woakes struggled to get on,” mentioned Morgan. “South Africa bowled properly, they bowled precisely and used the circumstances with slower balls. (Then) the partnership between De Kock and Bavuma we could not penetrate.”