Morgan’s knock of 107 coupled with Alex Hales’ 67 and Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 77 did contribute to the hosts score of 339, while during the Proteas innings, only Amla and Faf du Plessis really stood out after both scored over fifty and shared a 112-run partnership for the second wicket.
Amla says: “We had our targets and unfortunately we could not reach them on the day.
“We were unable to put together decent partnerships after some good starts and at the end of the day, we could not reach the target.
“Any time somebody scores a century in an ODI it always helps the teams and especially one like Eoin’s because it came in the middle order which always helps.
“If a player can score a century at four or five, it’s always great for the team and unfortunately none of our players scored a century.”
Amla may have put the loss down to Morgan’s century and the Proteas’ failure with the bat, however, coach Russell Domingo must take a look at his bowling force.
After winning the toss, AB de Villiers chose to bowl first, even though everything pointed to the wicket being a good batting track, and the bowlers got off to a very good start with Wayne Parnell and Kagiso Rabada both finding movement in the opening spell.
Parney even picked up a wicket with his second ball but after KG’s second over, the attack just fell flat.
Rabada, Parnell, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir were unable to stem the runs and instead of putting the Pommies under pressure, they offered attractive deliveries that Morgan and Hales sent packing.
Phehlukwayo chipped in with a couple of smart wickets and Morris also finished with two scalps, but his paaltjies were down to bad timing and David Miller’s brilliance in the field.
For the second match tomorrow, Domingo has to get his bowlers to step up, otherwise the Proteas must just rely on their superstar batsmen to chase down whatever score is needed for victory.