Rassie van der Dussen's magnificent century and all-round effort by Aiden Markram helped South Africa to win the first ODI against England by 62 runs. Rassie van der Dussen scored his third ODI century which helped South Africa to post a good total on the scoreboard. South Africa posted a total of 333 runs with the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. England started well in the chase but their middle order didn't contribute well with the bat and as a result, they lost the match by 62 runs. England has recently lost a 3-match ODI series against India by 2-1.
As it happened:-
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in Ben Stokes's last ODI match. South Africa started well and scored 35 runs in 6 overs. Sam Curran got the first breakthrough for England as he dismissed Quinton de Kock on 19 runs. Jaaneman Malan and Rassie van der Dussen scored their half centuries and put up a century partnership for the second wicket. Moeen Ali broke their partnership as Malan tried to clear deep mid-wicket but got caught by Livingstone.
Markram got off to a flying start as he scored three boundaries in Livingstone over. Rassie van der Dussen scored his third century in 90 balls while Markram reached his half-century in the very next over. Livingstone dismissed both Markram and Van der Dussen in the same over. Miller's cameo helped South Africa to cross the 330-run mark.
Chasing the target Roy and Bairstow gave England a good start as they put up a century partnership for the second wicket. Skipper Maharaj got the first wicket for his team as he dismissed Jason Roy on 43 runs. Aiden Markram dismissed Jonny Bairstow on 63 runs and Ben Stokes on 5 runs who got a standing ovation from his home crowd in his final ODI for England. Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi dismissed skipper Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone early in their innings.
Joe Root reached his half-century but the wickets kept falling from the other end. Root got out on 86 runs in Anrich Nortje's over, he got 4 wickets in 8.5 overs. England got all out on 271 runs in 46.5 overs and South Africa won the match by 62 runs. Both the teams struggled in the middle as it was the hottest day in the country but the match was completed without any major incidents on and off the field.
"The boys were clinical. Rassie set the tone with the bat and the rest followed. We didn't expect the heat wave in England at the this time but we felt at home. Rassie set up the tempo of the innings and Aiden came in and continued that. Markram's bowling is underrated and happy he got his reward today. Nortje stuck to his discipline and it was a matter of time before he got his reward".- Keshav Maharaj, South Africa Captain.
"It was a fantastic partnership between Rassie and Markram and we were not able to break that. We have to pick wickets in the middle part of the game and they batted well, used the pockets of space in the field perfectly and ran hard. From myself and the rest of the England supporters we want to say thank you to Ben Stokes. Every day he turns up he puts in a 100 percent and has been a great ambassador of the game". - Jos Buttler England Captain.