Jason Holder did not have the greatest of debuts as the captain of the West Indies one-day international side, with South Africa romping home to a comprehensive victory, and the tall fast bowler will now hope it is second time lucky when the two teams resume battle with the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers on Sunday.
West Indies put in a tame batting performance in the first match, getting bowled out for a mere 164 overs in 28.2 overs. Windies had been given a revised but makeable 226-run target in 32 overs after South Africa made 279 for eight in 48.2 overs in a match which saw plenty of rain, but the batsmen, despite possessing all the ability to chase down that target, fell in a heap to surrender rather tamely.
"I was disappointed," said Holder after seeing his side suffer a big defeat in his first match as captain of the West Indies team. "We lost wickets in clusters which didn't help the cause.
"We were in pretty decent positions but every time we got ourselves a little bit of momentum we just fell away with the wicket.
"So I think it is a serious area we need to address. Once we address that we would be in a much better position for the second one-dayer."
Chris Gayle, who has been in tremendous form in South Africa, was the only batsman to really trouble the South Africa bowlers, with a 24-ball 41, and Holder is aware that the rest of the batsmen will need to step up if they are to stop the Proteas from taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
"We have quite capable batsmen," added Holder. "Marlon Samuels has done well for us over the past two years. We have got Dwayne Smith who has been in rich form coming off the last tour of India.
"So we have got guys who are capable of scoring runs but at this present time Chris seems to be in a very good form so Chris has to be depended on in terms of taking up the mantle."
South Africa will be thinking more of the same for the second ODI, after their two main men with the willow -- Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers – played outstanding knocks to help them to that good score, while David Miller also came to the fore.
The bowlers did their jobs pretty well as well, with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and leg-spinner Imran Tahir picking up three wickets a piece. If the all-round trend continues in the second ODI, then the home team could be looking at a nice little lead in the series.
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The 2nd ODI match is scheduled for a 10 am local time (1.30 pm IST, 8 am GMT) start with live coverage in India on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. The game can also be watched in India via live streaming on Ten Sports Live.
Watch the match in South Africa on SuperSport, while viewers can live stream the action on SuperSport Online. Audience in the Caribbean can catch the match live on SportsMax.
Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the second one-day international live in the UK, while viewers can also watch the match via live streaming online on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports. Audience in the US can catch the game live on Willow TV or Willow TV Online.
Confirmed lineups: South Africa: Amla, Rossouw, Du Plessis, De Villiers, Miller, Duminy, Behardien, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir.
West Indies: Smith, Gayle, Johnson, Samuels, Ramdin, Carter, Sammy, Russell, Holder, Taylor, Benn.