Entering this series on the back of a run marathon in the test series, Temba Bavuma continued his rich vein of form with a fantastic 144 (118). With 11 fours and 7 sixes in the innings, Bavuma continued to answer his critics with his bat, and picked off from where he left in the two-match Test series against the same opposition.
"An innings like that deserves to be a victorious innings but it just so happened that we came out on top at the end. I must give him credit for the way he controlled the innings. He played the situation well and he really deserved to win the game but there can only be one winner", Shai Hope said on Bavuma's innings.
"I'm enjoying my cricket at this point in time. My mind is just a lot clearer as to what we're trying to do and how we're trying to do that; feeding off the confidence that I am getting from the players as well as the new coaches. It's just a confidence thing. Confidence is a big thing for any sportsman," he said.
"I am just trying to carry on the form and the momentum I got in the England series. I am hitting the ball quite nicely. I am managing to find gaps, which is a big thing for me as a stroke player. I can only hope that lasts ", Bavuma said at the post match presentation.
Talking about the positives, Bavuma said, "If we had restricted them to around 300 considering we had got early wickets. There is nowhere else to learn, this is valuable experience. This is all about learning. We kept believing, and taking it ball by ball".
Despite his best efforts, WI managed to bundle them out 48 runs short of the target. Having lost 80% of their ODIs in 2022, the Windies will be happy to get back to winning way more frequently in a World Cup year.
"It's something we speak about in the meetings. We are just trying to win more cricket games. We didn't have a successful 2022 and we are trying everything to turn it around", Shai Hope added.