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Protea Batters set up Opening win against England in first One-Day International (ODI)

VAN DER DUSSEN TON SETS PROTEAS UP FOR OPENING ENGLAND WIN

DURHAM: A career-best century from Rassie van der Dussen helped the Proteas take a 1-0 lead in their three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England thanks to a convincing 62-run victory at the Riverside in Durham on Tuesday.

The right-hander stuck an excellent and measured 134 off 117 balls (10 fours) on a blisteringly hot day in the English northeast, where the home bowlers toiled in the face of outstanding South African batting, which delivered the highest ever total for the tourists in the country.

They scored a massive 333 for five with Van der Dussen’s performance – his third ODI century – backed up brilliantly with the bat by Aiden Markram (77 off 61 balls, 9 fours) and Janneman Malan (57 off 77 balls, 5 fours).

Then with the ball, Anrich Nortje shone brightest by claiming four for 53, with fine support coming through the spinners Markram (2/25), Tabraiz Shamsi (2/53) and stand-in captain Keshav Maharaj (1/42).

Lungi Ngidi also bagged one for 49 to leave the world champions all out for 271 in 46.5 overs.

But the victory was undoubtedly set up by the batsmen after the Proteas won the toss and batted first.

After Quinton de Kock fell early for 19, Malan and Van der Dussen strung together an impressive second-wicket partnership of 109 to lay down a strong foundation.

Once the former fell, the latter was joined by Markram and put on a record 151 for the next wicket to lift South Africa up to 295, before England restricted scoring at the back end of the innings. The Van der Dussen-Markram third-wicket stand was the highest for South Africa against their opponents.

Van der Dussen’s effort also saw him became only the third South African to score an ODI century against the hosts in England, following in the footsteps of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis.

England’s chase began well enough as they reached 102 for none in the 19th over. But once the spinners were introduced, they put the squeeze on to send the asking rate rocketing.

In the end, the hosts could not keep up and the South Africans closed out a strong win.

The second match of the series takes place at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

Proteas ODI squad against England 

Keshav Maharaj (captain, Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Marco Jansen (Gbets Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (GbetsRocks), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Anrich Nortje (Gbets Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Grill Western Province).

South Africa ODI Tour to England Itinerary 

Warm-up matches 

Tuesday, 12 July

England Lions beat South Africa by 6 wickets – Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Thursday, 14 July 

England Lions lost to South Africa by 107 runs – New Road, Worcester

ODIs 

Tuesday, 19 July 

England lost to South Africa by 62 runs – The Riverside, Durham

Friday, 22 July 

England vs South Africa – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday, 24 July 

England vs South Africa – Headingley Stadium, Leeds

ENDS

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