Quinton de Kock, bowlers star as South Africa rout England

Bowlers put in an excellent performance followed Quinton de Kock’s splendid unbeaten century was enough to see South Africa register a comfortable win over England in the 1st ODI played at Newlands Cricket Ground.

Skipper Quinton de Kock won the toss for South Africa and opted to field first. England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got the side off to a good start. The duo added 51-run partnership in the first nine overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner JJ Smuts came into the attack and dismissed Jason Roy to see England lose their first wicket. Roy failed to capitalize on his good start and run-a-ball 32 with the help of five boundaries.

Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow also perished for double-digit scores to see England reduced to 83 for 4 after 16 overs. Left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi bowled well and dismissed Tom Banton and Sam Curran to see England in deep trouble at 131 for 6 after 28 overs.

Middle-order batsman Joe Denly was the standout player for the side with the bat. He led fightback for England and 123-run partnership with Chris Woakes to see England post a decent total on the board. Denly played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 87 runs off 103 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. He was well supported by all-rounder Chris Woakes, who chipped in with 40 off 42 balls with the help of two boundaries.

For South Africa, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers and claimed three wickets. JJ Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lutho Sipamla claimed one wicket each.

In reply,Reeza Hendricks failed to make an impression with the bat as Chris Woakes provided early breakthrough for England. Captain Quinton de Kock and Debutant Temba Bavuma played exceedingly well and put South Africa in a strong position to win the game. The duo put on a 173-run partnership to see South Africa scoring close to 6 runs an over.

Quinton de Kock was the standout performer with the bat in this game. Left-hander remained unbeaten till the end and smashed 107 not out off 113 balls with the help of eleven fours and one six. Bavuma was not far behind as he fell two runs of short of his maiden ton. He scored 98 runs off 103 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

Rassie van der Dussen also chipped in with decent performance for South Africa. He scored 38 runs off 45 balls with the help of three boundaries.

South Africa completed the chase in the 47th over of the innings to register seven-wicket win over England.

For England, pacer Chris Woakes bowled well and finished with figures of 1 for 36 in his nine overs. For his splendid century, Quinton de Kock was named player of the match.

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