Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph Overpower Temba Bavuma's Ton To Take West Indies Home
Shai Hope scored a century (Source: Twitter/@windiescricket)
After winning the second ODI of the ongoing series versus South Africa by 48 runs, the West Indies took a 1-0 lead.
Hope extirpates South Africa
After choosing to bat first, the West Indies flew like an eagle as their openers Brandon King and Kyle Mayers laid off a solid partnership, courtesy a 67-run first-wicket stand.
However, as the duo got dismissed in their 30s, falling prey to left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin and Gerald Coetzee also contributing in the form of Shamarh Brooks' wicket, South Africa blew the wind out of the Windies' sails, bringing them down to 71/3.
While it looked as if the Men in Maroon would lose their way, skipper Shai Hope emerged as a saviour, forging vital partnerships with Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell to perform the resurrection act for the visitors.
Not only did Hope score his 14th ODI ton, he also ensured that his unbeaten 115-ball 128 took the West Indies to a more than fighting total as the side finished at 335/8 in 50 overs.
Bavuma's hundred not enough
After the West Indies captain flexed his muscles, it was the turn for the Proteas leader to show his mettle as he also recorded the fourth hundred of his ODI career.
Although Temba Bavuma scored his personal-best ODI score of 144 runs, he was always chasing a rainbow. Barring the partnership with opener Quinton de Kock, Bavuma most of the time had to search for runs from the other end as it came down to him to do the bulk of the scoring.
While after being reduced to 238-8, the game appeared to be over for South Africa, Yannic Cariah's three-six over allowed the hosts a comeback.
However, after Alzarri Joseph ended the one-man show as Bavuma perished after 144 runs, only the formalities remained.
South Africa, eventually, got bowled out for 287, losing the match by 48 runs.
West Indies: 335/8 (50)
Shai Hope 128* (115), Rovman Powell 46 (49);
Gerald Coetzee 3-57 (10), Bjorn Fortuin 2-57 (10)
South Africa: 287/10 (41.4)
Temba Bavuma 144 (118), Quinton de Kock 48 (26);
Alzarri Joseph 3-53 (8.4), Akeal Hosein 3-59 (10)
West Indies won by 48 runs