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South Africa Take a Surprise Lead over England in first ODI

South Africa Take a Surprise Lead over England in first ODI Photo: TT
Quinton de Kock helped South Africa beat England

South Africa beat England by 7 wickets in their first ODI

The hosts won the toss in Cape Town and opted to field first, but Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave England a solid start with an opening stand of 51, until both fell in the space of six balls. First to go was Roy, caught by Reeza Hendricks off JJ Smuts for 32, and then Bairstow was caught by Lutho Sipelma off a ball by Andile Phehlukwayo for 18.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan added 30, but then each was out in the 16th over, Root run out for 17 by Rassie van der Dussen, and Morgan caught by Temba Bavuma off the spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

Joe Denly and Tom Banton then put on 25 and, when Banton was lbw to Shamsi for 18, added a further 22 with Sam Curran, until the latter was bowled by Shamsi for 7. However, Denly then found a willing partner in Chris Woakes, and the paid put on 91 for the seventh wicket until Woakes was dismissed in the 45th over, caught by David Miller off Sipelma for 40.

Then Denly added 32 with Tom Curran until, having reached 87, including 2 sixes and 8 fours, he was caught by Reeza Hendricks off his namesake Beuran. Curran and Chris Jordan added four more, as England closed on 258 8, with Curran 15 not out at the end.

Shamsi was the most successful of the South African bowlers, taking 3 for 38.

In reply the newly appointed South African ODI captain Quentin de Kock and Reeza Hendricks put on 25 for the first wicket, until Hendricks was caught behind off Bairstow off the bowling of Woakes. However, de Kock and Bavuma came together and took the match by the scruff of the neck, as South Africa cruised towards victory. De Kock reached his century, his 15th in ODIs, as the pair put on 173 for the second wicket. Their stand was finally broken when de Kock was bowled by Root for 107, having struck one six and 11 fours.

Bavuma and van der Dussen then continued the march towards victory until, when he had reached 98, two short of his own century, Bavuma was lbw to Jordan. His innings contained 2 sixes and 5 fours. Van der Dussen and Smuts scored the 25 runs needed as South Africa reached the winning post with more than 2 overs to spare.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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