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

NEW DELHI: Captain Shai Hope led from the front with a century unbeaten as the West Indies defeated their hosts South Africa by 48 points in the second one-day international game at Buffalo Park in east London on Saturday.
Batting first, Hope hit five fours and seven sixes in his 115-ball innings in his stunning 128* to anchor the West Indies 335/8 in their 50 overs.
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma hit a career-high 144 of 118 balls in the home side’s response, but they were knocked out for 287 in 41.4 overs in their attempt to match the required running pace.

The first game at the same venue was washed out without a ball being played on Thursday. The final game of the three-game series will be played at Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
“I thought (the pitch) was tough to start,” Hope said during the post-match presentation. “Once you get in, you have to go big. You have to play the situation. The credit has to go to the batting partners to make it easy for me.”
West Indies started their innings fast on a good batting trail and managed to keep the momentum going as Hope found willing partners in Nicholas Poran (39) and Rovman Powell (46).

South Africa handed ODI debuts to four players and batsmen Ryan Rickelton, Tony from Zorzi And Tristan Stubbsand crimper Gerald Coetzeeand the latter proved the choice of bowlers with numbers of 3-57.
The home side attacked the target early on as Quinton de Kock (48 from 26 balls) and Bavuma grazed the bowling, but when the former was taken out, none of the follow-up hitters could match his quality.
Bavuma was the ninth man out and with him South Africa’s chances.
โ€œIf we had limited them to around 300, given that we got early wickets (they might have won),โ€ Bavuma said. “There’s nowhere else to learn, it’s a valuable experience.”
(With contributions from agencies)


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