A very good crowd of 28,033 was in attendance at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss against Netherlands to thrash defending champions England by 229 runs.
The Proteas had a late change, with regular skipper Temba Bavuma withdrawing due to illness and Reeza Hendricks taking his place. England made 3 changes, with Gus Atkinson, Ben Stokes and David Willey coming in for Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Liam Livingstone.
Hendricks’ 85 gave South Africa a strong platform after a slow initial start and Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen scored 143 off the final 10 overs as the Proteas scored 399 in their allotted 50 overs.
The asking rate was too high for England’s batsmen, who had already fielded for four hours in hot and humid conditions, and they lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Jos Buttler later said that his decision to field first was a mistake in hindsight. A last wicket stand between Atkinson and Wood reduced the margin of defeat a bit, but the eventual one- 229 runs, was still England’s heaviest in ODI cricket.