England have been defeated by South Africa in their first ODI since the World Cup 2019.
South Africa have thrashed England in the first One Day game at Cape Town by 7 wickets. The hosts have chased the target of 259 runs with ease. The Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock’s superb century and Temba Bavuma’s well constructed innings of 98 runs helped the hosts to take the lead in a three-match One Day International series.
England were asked to bat first in the absence of Jos Butler and Ben Stokes. They got off to a strong start with their opening batsmen built a stand of 51. But it was Jason Roy’s wicket that opened gate for de Kock’s team to unsettle visitors. They could never gathered things back once openers lost their wickets.
Eoin Morgan’s team experinced familiar collapse and found themselves on 108 for 5. Joe Denly tried to put pressure back on South Africa with his courageous innings of 87. Denly was helped by Chris Woakes who scored 40 runs. They were restricted by the hosts to 258 in the first game.
Tabraiz Shamsi led the bowling unit with excellent figures – 3 for 38. Lutho Sipamla, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts and Beuran Hendricks shared one wicket apiece for their team.
The South African captain de Kock was named Player of the Match for his match-winning 107. The next match of the ODI series will be played on Friday.