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#SAvENG: Duckworth-Lewis has the final say

Much needed rain for Bloemfontein cut the opening match of the 5-match series short.

AB de Villiers from South Africa during the 1st One Day international Cricket match between South Africa and England at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein on 3 February 2016. Picture: Gerhard Steenkamp/Backpage Media.

CAPE TOWN - England won by 39 runs thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis method which set up a heroic batting effort.

England won the toss at the Manguang Oval and elected to bat.

Eoin Morgan's decision seemed justified from the outset as openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales put the Protea bowlers to the sword.

The bowling attack was sporadic with line and lengths and England cashed in as their run rate was consistently above seven an over.

England went on to post a colossal total of 399/9, their second highest ever ODI score.

The star of the show was undoubtedly Joss Buttler who scored a 73-ball century, interestingly this was Buttler's fourth century and his slowest for England.

The aggressive right hander was never short of support in his innings with Joe Root, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes all notching up 50's in the process.

The Protea bowlers did not cope with the aggressiveness and creativity of the English batting.

The bowlers never seemed to execute their plans and runs were very easy to come by against the leaky home side attack.

South Africa got their reply underway by losing Hashim Amla early on, however Quinton De Kock and Faf Du Plessis set up a great platform sharing a 110 run stand off 83 balls.

After du Plessis was dismissed, de Kock never quite had the same assistance.

However, the young left hander took the fight back to the English and looked like he could win the match almost single handedly.

He brought up his century off 67 balls, peppering the mid-wicket boundary scoring 58 runs there.

Unfortunately, the rain came down bringing de Kock's wonderful innings to a premature end on 138* with South Africa on 250/5 after 33.3 overs.

The par score at 34 overs according to Duckworth-Lewis was 290, so the Proteas needed the rain to subside in order to have any chance of winning.

The rain did not stop and it was England who took a 1-0 series lead, with the next match on Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

The Proteas could feel slightly let down, but they will rue their poor execution in the bowling department which set up England's challenging total and gave them a big advantage if Duckworth-Lewis became a factor.

A consolation for the de Kock's vibrant innings was that he walked away with the man of the match award and in the process became the youngest South African to reach 2000 ODI runs.

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