Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hope shines in WI win

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East London – Shai Hope launched his captaincy tenure with a 14th One-Day International hundred but West Indies were forced to withstand a remarkable century from South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma before easing to a 48-run win in the second ODI yesterday.

The 29-year-old Hope punched a glittering, unbeaten 128 in his side’s impressive 335 for eight of their 50 overs – their highest ODI total in four years and highest ever against South Africa.

In reply, the hosts coasted to 184 for two at the half-way mark, behind Bavuma’s 144 from 118 deliveries with 11 fours and seven sixes, but then suffered collapse at the back end losing their last eight wickets for 103 runs, to be all out for 287 in the 42nd over.

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph bounced back from a poor opening spell to finish with three for 53 – including the key wicket of Bavuma – while left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein snatched three for 59 from his ten overs. (CMC)

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