It had all started so well for the Proteas against England in the opening match of the World Cup at The Oval on Thursday.

Imran Tahir opened the bowling, and struck with his second ball, when he had Jonny Bairstow caught behind.

Then the South Africans did well to restrict the tournament hosts to 311/8 in their 50 overs.

The Proteas batting, though, let them down. Quinton de Kock was the mainstay with his 68, but the likes of captain Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram and JP Duminy all played rash shots.

IOL Sport editor Ashfak Mohamed feels that this performance may be just what the Proteas needed – get that ‘choke’ game out of their system right upfront!

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The next match for the Proteas is against Bangladesh at The Oval on Sunday (11.30am SA time start).

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