South Africa and England locked horns in the 20th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, October 21. The England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and asked the Proteas to bat first. England got an early success as Reece Topley got better of the in-form wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock on the second ball of the first over.
But then came an outstanding 121-run partnership for the second wicket between Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen. Hendricks scored 85 runs, with 9 fours and 3 sixes, alongside Van der Dussen’s 60-run knock. Stand-in Proteas skipper Aiden Markram scored 42 runs with four fours.
Apart from all this, the star and in-form middle-order batter Heinrich Klassen smashed a blistering century, scoring 109 runs off just 67 balls, hitting 12 fours and 4 sixes, with a swashbuckling strike rate of 162.68. Other than him, the star all-rounder Marco Jansen also smashed 75 runs off just 42 balls with 3 fours and 6 sixes with the willow.
South African bowlers outmuscle England's might batting attack
On the back of these combined batting heroics, South Africa posted a massive total of 399 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Reece Topley scalped three wickets for England, alongside two wickets each picked by Gus Atkinson and Adil Rashid.
While chasing the target, the entire England batting surrendered against the Proteas bowling attack except for a blistering and quick cameo from the lower order batter and star pacer, Mark Wood. He scored 43 runs off just 17 balls with 2 fours and 5 sixes. The defending champions got bundled out on the score of 170 runs and lost the match by a massive margin of 229 runs.
It was also the third win for South Africa in the fourth match of their ongoing ODI World Cup campaign; on the other hand, the Three Lions have faced the third defeat in their fourth match of the tournament.
Gerald Coetzee claimed three wickets for South Africa, alongside two wickets each by Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen. Apart from these, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj also bagged one scalp each.
Here’s how fans reacted to South Africa’s massive win over England:
We could have batted twice and still lost #ENGvRSA— STEWART MADDISON ⚒ (@stumaddi) October 21, 2023
South africa won by 229 runs#CWC23 #ENGvsSA #PAKvsAUS #ENGvRSA #SaraTendulkar #BabarAzam #ShadabKhan #ShubmanGill #INDvsNZ #ShaheenAfridi #Dunki #GazaHospitalBombing #INDvsBAN #Abhiya #ElvishYadav𓃵 #Abhisha #Elvisha #BiggBossTamil7 #biggbosstelugu7 #ViratKohli𓃵 #Buttler… pic.twitter.com/uywLyZPLze— 𝐆𝐲𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐡 (@Gyan84s) October 21, 2023
These England players aren't bad cricketers. Some look like they've played too much cricket, others not enough. Conditions tough.— Cricket tweets (@_ShaneCricket) October 21, 2023
As a team, they just lack any identity or real purpose/strategy.
That sits with management, coaches, and captain. #ENGvsSA