Captain Quinton de Kock smashed a glowing century as South Africa eased to a seven-wicket victory against world champions England within the opening One-Day International at Newlands on Tuesday.
After being put into bat, England overcome a prime-order wobble to publish 258 for eight of their 50 overs, helped by a effectively-constructed 87 from Joe Denley within the facet’s first ODI outing since lifting the World Cup at Lord’s final July.
But De Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) placed on 173 for the second wicket as South Africa reached 259 for 3 to safe victory with 14 balls to spare.
The second ODI will likely be performed in Durban on Friday, with the three-match collection ending in Johannesburg on Sunday.
England fielded simply 5 gamers who featured in final yr’s World Cup closing having rested Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler for this collection, with seamer Chris Woakes the one survivor from the bowling assault.
South Africa misplaced Reeza Hendricks for six early of their chase, caught by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off Woakes.
But De Kock and Bavuma performed danger-free cricket, rotating the strike fantastically, whereas hitting boundaries when introduced with the chance to accomplish that.
De Kock reached his 15th ODI century in 106 balls earlier than he was bowled by the half-time spin of Joe Root.
Bavuma, enjoying in solely his third ODI, was trapped leg earlier than wicket by Chris Jordan simply two runs wanting what would have been a deserved maiden ton, however performed a vital function in sealing the win.
England began their innings brightly, reaching 51 with out loss within the 10th over, however misplaced 5 wickets for the addition of one other 57 runs as their prime-order crumbled.
Jason Roy (32) regarded in good contact earlier than he picked out to Hendricks at lengthy-off from the bowling of spinner Jon-Jon Smuts, and Jonny Bairstow (19) fell to Andile Phehlukwayo.
Root (17) was brilliantly run-out by sharp work from Rassie van der Dussen at backward sq.-leg, and when captain Eoin Morgan (11) was caught by Bavuma at slip from leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (3-38), the house facet have been on prime.
Shamzi additionally picked up the wickets of debutant Tom Banton (18) and Sam Curran (7) to go away England reeling, however Denley and Woakes (40) placed on 91 for the seventh wicket to assist the guests publish a sizeable complete for the house facet to chase.