Bavuma leads South Africa to collection win over England

Published: February 02, 2023


Captain Temba Bavuma struck an outstanding 109 from 102 balls as South Africa chased down a report goal in Bloemfontein to beat England by 5 wickets on Sunday and take an unassailable 2-0 lead of their one-day worldwide collection.

Hosts South Africa received the toss and elected to bowl first, however after a gradual begin England accelerated beautifully to put up a formidable 342 for seven of their 50 overs.

The residence facet reached their goal with 5 balls remaining for a report chase on the Mangaung Oval, smashing the earlier greatest mark of 274 by South Africa in opposition to Australia in 2020.

They completed on 347-5. Only India have chased extra runs to beat England in ODI cricket after they reached 356-7 in Pune in 2016.

The result’s a lift for South Africa, who want a clear sweep of the collection to remain heading in the right direction for assured qualification for the World Cup in India this yr.

“Playing England is always tough, your disciplines are always being tested,” Bavuma stated on the post-match presentation.

“Chasing 340 like that will give us a lot of confidence. The wicket in Bloemfontein is nice and suits the way we want to play. I was glad to remind myself how to count to 100!”

The guests’ whole on Sunday was boosted by an impressive unbeaten 94 in 82 balls from captain Jos Buttler and a very good 80 from 75 deliveries from Harry Brook, who made a duck on his ODI debut within the opening match of the collection.

Moeen Ali chipped in with a fluent 51 from 45 balls as England smashed 181 from the final 20 overs of their innings.

South Africa had been at all times up with the speed of their reply, which was anchored by Bavuma, who scored a well timed third ODI century having are available for current criticism following poor white ball kind.

David Miller took the workforce residence with a masterful 58 from 37 balls and Aiden Markram chipped in with a 49 at higher than a run a ball.

“To post 342 was a fantastic effort from the guys, but it was a great chase,” Buttler stated. “Credit to South Africa, Temba led from the entrance.

“We have come to win games of cricket, but there is also a bigger picture as well in terms of building towards the World Cup.”

The last match of the collection is in Kimberley on Wednesday.

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