Hope scores 128 in the first match as captain, WI outruns South…

Hope scores 128 in the first match as captain, and WI edge out South Africa

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) – Shay Hope cleared 128 in his first game as West Indies one-day captain to seal a 48-run victory over South Africa on Saturday.

The Proteas captain Temba Bavuma replied with a century of his own in the second ODI at Buffalo Park, but 144 off 118 balls was not enough as the other South African players failed around him.

Hope’s century inspired the West Indies to 335-8 and South Africa were all out for 287 in 41.4 overs despite Bafuma’s best efforts.

South Africa looked set to challenge the grand total at 184-2 in the twenty-fifth set. Then left-arm bowler Akil Hussain turned the game around for the West Indies.

He removed Tony De Zorzi for 27 to start South Africa slipping, taking two more wickets and creating a run out, as the West Indies took a 1–0 lead in the three match series.

The first ODI was abandoned due to rain.

Hussain finished the match with 3-59, while the West Indies took eight wickets for just 103 runs to finish off South Africa after their bright start. The West Indies fast bowler Zari Joseph took 3-53.

Hope hit five overs and seven sixes in a 115-ball stroke after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. He served as his captaincy’s starter with his fourteenth ODI.

He was supported by Nicholas Pooran (39) in a long stand of 86 and Roffman Powell (46) in a wing of 80. Hope’s unbroken partnership of 42 with Joseph eventually took the West Indies to their highest total in an ODI against South Africa .

Bafuma and Quinton De Kock (48 off 26 balls) put South Africa on the right track immediately with their opening 76-run over.

But there was little support for Bafuma after de Kock fell to Kyle Myers and lost his career best ODI score.

Bafuma and No. 10 Lungi Ngidi gave South Africa a glimpse of hope as they scrambled for a 49-run runway near the end. South Africa’s chances were gone with Bafuma when he tried to hook a shot from Joseph and wicket-keeper Hope’s glove.

Joseph removed the last Tabriz Shamsi man for a two-ball duck later to seal the victory.


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