2nd ODI: Ton-up Shai Hope steers West Indies to victory against South Africa Cricket News

New Delhi: Capt. Shai Hope Led from the front with an unbeaten century as West Indies defeated the hosts South Africa Lost by 48 runs on Saturday in the second ODI played at Buffalo Park in East London.
Hope, batting first, hit five fours and seven sixes in a 115-ball knock of 128* as West Indies were bundled out for 335/8 in the allotted 50 overs.
south africa captain temba bavuma The home team responded with a career-best 144 from 118 balls, but were bowled out for 287 in 41.4 overs in an attempt to maintain the required run rate.

On Thursday, the first match at the same ground was washed out without a single ball being bowled. The last match of the three-match series will be played in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
“I thought it (the pitch) was difficult to start on,” Hope said at the post-match presentation. “Once you are in, you have to go big. You have to play from position. The credit goes to the batting partners for making it easy for me.”
West Indies made a brisk start to their innings on a good batting track and managed to keep the momentum going as Hope found willing partners Nicholas Pooran (39) and rovman powell (46).

South Africa handed ODI debuts to four players, batsmen Ryan Rickelton, Tony D’Zorzi And Tristan Stubbsand seamer gerald coetzeeand later proved to be the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-57.
Quinton de Kock (48 off 26 balls) and Bavuma blasted the bowling as the home team toiled hard from the outset, but when the former was dismissed, none of the batsmen could match their quality.
Bavuma was the ninth player and accompanied him to South Africa’s spot.
“Had we restricted them to around 300, given that we had got the early wickets (they could have won),” Bavuma said. “There’s nowhere else to learn, it’s valuable experience.”
(with inputs from agencies)


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