Twitter Reactions: Skipper Shai Hope’s masterclass seals the deal for West Indies against South Africa

West Indies defeated South Africa by 48 runs in the second ODI to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

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Shai Hope celebration after his century
Shai Hope celebration after his century. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After suffering defeats in both the Test matches, West Indies started the ODI series with a thumping win over host South Africa. Skipper Shai Hope led by example with the bat while Alzarri Joseph and Akeal Hossain were really impressive with the ball. Notably, for the Proteas, their poor form in the 50-over format continues. Even though the side recently managed to defeat the current world champions England (2-1) in their home series but over the last year, they haven't been up to the mark courtesy of which, they are currently placed ninth in the ODI Super League points table.

Coming to the match, skipper Shai Hope stole the show with his brilliant 128* runs off 115 deliveries. He paced his innings well after Brandon King and Kyle Mayers managed to give West Indies a steady start. In the middle order, Nicholas Pooran (39) and Rovman Powell (46) played their part well as West Indies posted a healthy total of 335 runs in the first innings.

Meanwhile, in the absence of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Wayne Parnell, Proteas' bowling attack looked pale. Young sensation Gerald Coetzee picked up three wickets while Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin picked up two each. Although it was a great opportunity for the side to test their bench strength, South Africa dearly missed the prevalence of experience in the middle.

Coming to the chase, stumper-batter Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma gave South Africa a perfect start, adding 76 runs for the first wicket. Bavuma played one of the finest innings of his career, scoring 144 runs off 118 deliveries. Despite his valiant efforts, South Africa suffered a 48-run defeat as their middle order failed to put up a show. Spinner Akeal Hossain ran havoc in the middle overs courtesy of which, South Africa were restricted from establishing their authority in the middle overs.

Notably, the third match of the series will be played on March 21 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Here's how Twitter reacted -

Lawrence Bailey ⚪ 🇿🇦@LawrenceBailey0
Shai Hope is some player 👌 Easy on the eye,hits it crisp and always finding the gaps. Reminds me of Rassie, not explosive players but they keep the scoreboard ticking over. #CricketTwitter #SAvsWI
06:53 PM · Mar 18, 2023
Random Cricket Stats@randomcricstat
Highest Score by a Men's ODI Captain in an unsuccessful run-chase: ▫️ Temba Bavuma 144 vs WI, Mar 2023 ▫️ Graeme Smith 141 vs Eng, Sep 2009 ▫️ Virat Kohli 123 vs Aus, March 2019
01:08 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Rakibul Islam @raakibul_
From 198/3 at the end of the 27th to 238/8 at the end of the 34th. Absolutely braindead batting in between those overs. SA could’ve made it, Bavuma & de Kock gave South Africa the perfect platform for a successful chase but they threw the game away. #SAvsWI
01:29 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Abhijeet Andansare@ImAbhijeet01
South Africa should have won 2nd ODI comfortably only if they would have played smart cricket. West Indies chipping in with wicket regularly makes them winner. Both captains were outstanding today. #SAvsWI
12:39 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Take a bow, Temba Bavuma #SAvsWI
12:35 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Rahul Shinde@RahulSh58199232
Alone man fighting @TembaBavuma . Well played skipper! 👏 Not our day @ProteasMenCSA 🥲 #SAvsWI
12:33 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Lawrence Bailey ⚪ 🇿🇦@LawrenceBailey0
Credit to West Indies, they where the better team on the night. Not the best of performance by the Proteas today. There's a way to rotate a side, you don't leave your best players completely out, a blend of youth & experience should've been factored in. But We move. #SAvsWI
12:33 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Herman Smith@hoerie79
We've tried Stubbs....Can Brevis have a go now? #SAvsWI
12:31 AM · Mar 19, 2023
T.N. Gadd@tngadd
What an incredible innings by #TembaBavuma. I stand in awe of a Captain's innings of considerable note. 👏👏👏👏👏 #Ngidi's 49 run 9th wicket partnership with #Bavuma was also an epic performance. 👏👏👏👏👏 Pity there wasn't a lot more where that came from? #SAvsWI
12:30 AM · Mar 19, 2023
It is high time that the Proteas get all rounders. Some bowlers disappoints when it comes to batting. #SAvsWI
12:29 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Tweet Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 🖤@YoungRoot99
In Shai Hope I trust
02:57 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Nkosinathi Maphumulo@NkosieMaps22
Great game of cricket. #SAvsWI
12:29 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Matthew Hirsch@MattHirsch08
Well done West Indies. Was a great game of cricket. Temba was fantastic but too many soft dismissals cost us. #SAvsWI
12:26 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Rakibul Islam @raakibul_
Oh no man show is overrr.....whatta fantastic innings from the skipper Famous win loading for Windies..... #SAvsWI
12:24 AM · Mar 19, 2023
nana aka nkuli@nAnABYgucci447
Can the praises 👏 be as loud as the disrespect. Quota player they said #Bavuma #temba #SAvsWI
12:19 AM · Mar 19, 2023
3 Hundreds in India 2 Hundreds in Bangladesh 2 Hundreds in Ireland 2 Hundreds in West Indies 1 Hundred in South Africa 1 Hundred in Zimbabwe 1 Hundred in Pakistan 1 Hundred in Sri Lanka 1 Hundred in Netherlands Average over 50 in ODI with 12 away hundreds - This is Shai Hope.
08:21 PM · Mar 18, 2023
Random Cricket Stats@randomcricstat
Most away ODI centuries by a West Indian: 1. Chris Gayle (18) 2. Brian Lara (13) 3. Shai Hope (12)…
Nikhil Uttamchandani@NikUttam
Only one word to describe Shai Hope. Unstoppable. 14 ODI hundreds and 12 of them have come away from home which is often a rarity. Only his 11th time batting at 4 but it didn’t matter. Superb knock 🙌. #SAvWI
Random Cricket Stats@randomcricstat
Highest ODI average away from home (min 2000 runs): Shai Hope 63.41 Virat Kohli 56.87 Babar Azam 55.67
02:43 AM · Mar 19, 2023
Most centuries for West Indies in ODI #Cricket: 25 - Chris Gayle 19 - Brian Lara 17 - Desmond Haynes 14 - #ShaiHope* 11 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards #SAvWI #WIvSA
02:20 AM · Mar 19, 2023

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