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ENG vs SA | Keshav Maharaj hails South Africa's clinical performance at Durham

South Africa's stand-in ODI skipper Keshav Maharaj hailed the team's clinical performance after registering a comfortable 62-run win over England on Tuesday (July 19).

The Proteas won the first of the three-match ODI series against England at Chester-le-StreetDurham.

Centurion Rassie sets the tone for the win

After the win, an elated South African captain referred to his team's performance as 'clinical'. Maharaj said the centurion Rassie van der Dussen (134 of 117) set the tone up front with the bat in the first innings and the rest followed suit.

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"The boys were clinical. Rassie (van der Dussen) set the tone with the bat and the rest followed," said Keshav Maharaj in the post-match presentation on Tuesday.

Maharaj confident of Phehlukwayo's recovery 

All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was ruled out of the game mid-way with a concussion. After colliding with Maharaj on the field, Phehlukwayo was forced to sit out for the rest of the game. Updating on Phehlukwayo's medical status, Maharaj said:

"He (Phehlukwayo) is doing much better, bit of concussion and a cut, I am sure he will recover," he said.

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Markam and Rassie maintain the tempo

Maharaj remarked that Rassie and Aiden Markram set the tempo of the innings to set up South Africa's highest ODI score in England.

"Rassie set up the tempo of the innings and Aiden (Markram) came in and continued that."

Anrich Nortje was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas. His spell of 4/53 ensured England failed to hunt down the monumental target of 334. Speaking about his performance, Maharaj said that Nortje's discipline got him the rewards. 

"He (Anrich Nortje) stuck to his discipline and it was a matter of time before he got his reward," Maharaj concluded.