Get ready, Pommy! The Proteas kicked off their England tour with an impressive all-around as they beat the world champions by 62 points in the first ODI at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday. some artful, impressive fast bowling.
South Africa won the toss and decided to strike first in the heat when the ground authorities took spectator precautions and gave the players extra drink breaks.
A sensible start by Jannemann Malan and Quinton de Cock (19) saw the Proteas reach 35 in the first six and a half overs, followed by Rassi van der Dussen and one of his best serves.
The 33-year-old was active right from the start of his innings, but didn’t seem to expand his reach too much as he’d only driven 45 balls by his half-century.
Malan had a quiet half century but then struggled a little with his pace in the middle of the over, finishing with 57 balls out of 77.
Aiden Markram backed himself up and attacked from the start but struggled to get the right pace for his serves as he may have hit the ball too hard early on. But once he returned to his natural classy game, he blossomed, breaking 77 of 61 balls as he and Van der Dussen added 151 for the third wicket from just 123 balls.
Van der Dussen went to the quietest century ever, it only took him 90 balls to do so as he tried his best in the sweltering heat, placing the ball brilliantly and running with all his might because he only made nine fours, his best ever career. 134 out of 117 goals.
Both he and Markram fell in the 46th.th Liam Livingston lost, causing new batsmen in David Miller (24*of 14) and Heinrich Klaasen (12) to play the last four overs and they took South Africa to 333/5 when 350 was probably on the cards .
The Proteus might have been a little worried about the break, but their attack worked out great.
Although England openers Jason Roy (43) and Johnny Bairstow (63) added 102 to the first wicket, they were limited to just 47 on most plays as Lungi Ngidi and captain Keshav Maharaj were great up front.
South Africa suffered when seamstress Andile Fehlukvayo collided with Maharaj on the field and left the field due to stitches after only scoring three overs. This meant that Markram had to go on the attack, but this not only did not weaken the attack, but only strengthened the position of Proteus. Markram (4-0-25-2) took key wickets from Bairstow (63) and Ben Stokes (5). in his latest ODIboth pounds since they missed the swings.
Fellow spinners Maharaj (10-1-42-1) and Tabraiz Shamsi (9-0-53-2) then choked out the middle order, but Joe Root kept England’s hopes alive with 86 of 76.
But fast bowler Henrich Nortier (8.5-0-53-4) beat Root for two more wickets in the 45th round.th to seal off an impressive victory as England lost 271 in 47th above.