Eoin Morgan is hoping the return of three key players from the Indian Premier League will help England defeat top-ranked South Africa in their upcoming one-day worldwide series.
It was a target that always looked to much for AB De Villiers' team, even if half-centuries from Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis threatened to make the chase interesting. However, England bounced back strong, dismissing both the set batsmen in successive overs.
He was fulsome in his praise for Morgan and Moeen Ali, who had slammed an unbeaten 77 off 51 balls to lead England surge in the slog overs.
"We were 2-0 up against them in South Africa (in 2015/16) and we lost 3-2".
Morgan and Ali provided them, clearing the rope ten times between them as they shared 117 inside 14 overs, Ali striking Tahir for three sixes in an over en route to a 35-ball fifty.
After being inserted by De Villiers, Englans saw Jason Roy last just six balls before he went for one, caught by Quinton de Kock after flashing hard at a wide Wayne Parnell delivery.
Although the risky Quinton de Kock failed, Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis made half-centuries and AB de Villiers was just start to launch when he holed out to deep mid-wicket for 45.
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JP Duminy, David Miller and Chris Miller failed to fire, while the wicket of skipper AB de Villiers, caught by Plunkett off the bowling of Moeen, all but ended South Africa's chances.
"We couldn't get a partnership going and at the end of the day we were outplayed".
"That allowed England to get 20 or 30 more than what we expected".
Phehlukwayo soon picked his second wicket when he surprised Root with a bouncer that he top edged and at halfway mark, South Africa reached 133 for three.
"England are Champions Trophy favourites and that comes with a bit of pressure but we all have a bit of pressure - we're all contenders to win".
Proteas skipper AB de Villiers called the toss correctly and made a decision to bowl first in the first ODI against England in Leeds.
Du Plessis followed for 67 in the next over, feathering Liam Plunkett behind, whereafter the self-implosion began. 'But I'm trying to be good at it and get better at it.
Morgan brought up his hundred in the next, the 47, swivelling to pull Kagiso Rabada for six.