Proteas played well in patches, can improve further, says De Villiers

Johannesburg, Aug.20 : South Africa skipper AB de Villiers expressed his happiness over his side’s 20-run win against New Zealand in the first ODI at Centurion, saying that his side played well in patches, but there was room for improvement.

The 31-year-old also said that it would have been great if South Africa had won by bigger margin, adding that they still need to show their full potential in their next match.

De Villiers praised Hashim Amla for his brilliant 124 runs, Sport24 reported.

Amla’s 21st ODI century had earlier helped his side to set up a huge total of 304-7 against New Zealand.

The visitors were nevertheless in with a chance of winning all through their chase until they lost two wickets in an over of South African quickie Vernon Philander.

For the Black caps, Tom Latham (60) and Kane Williamson (47) gave them the platform they needed but apart from sixth wicket stand of 71 runs between Jimmy Neesham and Colin Munro, they were unable to build on that effort.

The two teams will now lock horns in the second ODI on Sunday at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom.(ANI)