“Pretty happy with the performance as a whole, says Markram. “A couple of overs here and there we need to tidy up. I think you always feel you need more runs. But the wicket definitely changes and gets a bit slower, and they were a lot less sloppy. A couple of lessons to take, but nice for the batters to be in the middle and get some runs, especially for Quinny to really get his flow.”

“Hard to take a defeat after coming so close,” says Aaron Jones. “But we did lack discipline in the bowling at times. Once we play good cricket we can beat any team in the world. But we need to be a lot more disciplined.”

Quinton de Kock is player of the match. “We’ve had some tricky wickets so it was nice to spend sometime in the middle today. The USA put us under pressure towards the end. It was a great game.

“We’ve still got a couple more games to win. Different venue, different surfaces. Never know what you’re going to get out there.”

Snake Eyes: “As lucky as the Springboks at the last World Cup!!” Rather be lucky than good, I’d imagine

taj: “Ice cold over from Rabada, that. Wow. Surely PoTM given the context? ” Think de Kock’s runs were quite useful too! – ESPN