South Africa warmed up for the ICC Champions Trophy in some style by scoring a comprehensive 84-run win over the Netherlands in a one-off one-day international in Amstelveen on Friday.
Chasing a massive target of 342 at the VRA Ground, the home side were restricted to 257 for 9 in their 50 overs. Opener Eric Szwarczynski hit a career-best 98 and captain Peter Borren chipped in with 48 against a South African attack devoid of spearheads Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Robin Petersen, with four for 67, was the pick of the South African bowlers.
Earlier, Back from injury Jean Paul Duminy marked a dashing return to top flight cricket by scoring an enterprising 150 not out from just 119 balls to help the Proteas register a huge score of 341 for 3. Duminy was first supported by Colin Ingram (82 off 106 balls) in a 151-run stand and then Faf du Plessis came up with a swashbuckling 43-ball 62-run unbeaten knock.
Duminy and Du Plessis shared an unbeaten 152-run stand in just 79 balls for the fourth wicket, with the former hitting eight sixes and the latter smashing five out of the park. The two went berserk in the final five overs, scoring a whopping 98 runs. Openers Hashim Amla (20) and Alviro Petersen (6) could not make the best use of the outing.
Right-arm medium pacer Muddasar Bukhari was the top wicket-taker for Netherlands, scalping 2 for 79.