Shai Hope’s brilliant unbeaten century helped the West Indies beat South Africa and score 335 runs, which was their highest score in an ODI. Saturday, March 18, was the second ODI of the three-match ODI series. It took place at Buffalo Park in East London.
The Windies got off to a good start in the match because the first two batters, Brandon King and Kyle Mayers, put up 67 runs together. Then, it was up to the captain, Shai Hope, to get the important runs. He did this by hitting seven sixes and five fours on his way to an unbeaten century (128 runs) off 115 balls.
In the middle of the order, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell, who is a powerful batter, scored 39 and 46 runs, respectively, to help the team reach the huge score of 335 runs.
West Indies take lead in ODI series
After the first contest was abandoned without a ball being bowled, the Windies took a 1-0 lead in the second ODI. However, South Africa did not make life easier for the Caribbean side to earn their win as skipper Temba Bavuma slammed a career-best 144 runs during the chase.
Quinton de Kock batted first with the captain and got a quick 48 in 26 balls. However, his stay on the pitch was cut short by Kyle Mayers, who trapped the southpaw for an LBW. Bavuma fought hard on his own, hit 11 fours and seven sixes, and got to his hundred in 92 balls.
But since the rest of the team didn’t help much, Bavuma gave up under pressure and was out after 144 runs off 118 balls. Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph each took three wickets, and Mayers, Yannic Cariah, and Odean Smith each took one wicket to end the game with 287 runs.
The two sides will lock horns for the third and final ODI on Tuesday, March 21, at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. In the last ODI, the Windies will try to win again and win the series. The Proteas, on the other hand, will try to get back on even terms.
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