BLOEMFONTEIN: Jean-Paul Duminy hit 90 and took three wickets with his off-spin as South Africa scored a comfortable 159-run win against Kenya in the first one-day international at Springbok Park Friday.
South Africa made 336 for seven and bowled Kenya out for 177.
The left-handed Duminy, 24, confirmed his reputation as one of South Africa's most talented young players with an elegant innings.
He made his career-highest score off 88 balls with eight fours before he holed out to long-off with three overs remaining in the innings.
Duminy followed up his batting effort by taking three for 31, also a career-best, making his first strike with his fourth delivery when he ended an attacking innings by Alex Obanda, who top-scored for Kenya with 38.
Fellow off-spinner Johan Botha, captaining South Africa in the absence of the injured Graeme Smith, also claimed the best figures of his career, taking four for 19 as the slow bowlers worked their way through Kenya's batting.
Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher joined Duminy in hitting half-centuries for South Africa after they won the toss and batted on a true but slow pitch.
Kallis, in his first international appearance since a disappointing tour of England, made a confident 71 while Boucher hammered an unbeaten 57 off 30 balls to give the innings late impetus.
Kallis was content to play a measured innings as he sought to recapture his best form after working with former Western Province and England coach Duncan Fletcher to eliminate flaws in his technique which were exposed in England. He faced 86 balls and hit five fours and a six.
Kenya were hampered by a muscle injury which forced the experienced Thomas Odoyo off the field four balls into his fourth over.
It was Kenya's first match against a major cricket nation since the 2007 World Cup and captain Steve Tikolo admitted: "We were outplayed. You need to play these bigger teams more often to compete at this level."
South Africa's pace bowlers were unimpressive with Obanda, 20, hitting some powerful strokes off Monde Zondeki and Albie Morkel. But the Kenyan innings went into decline when Duminy and Botha bowled in tandem.
Both spinners took two wickets in their first spells as four wickets fell for 31 runs.
The second and final match in the series is in Kimberley Sunday.
KIMBERLEY, South Africa: Teenage opening batsman Seren Waters hit a solid half-century to lead Kenya to a respectable total in the second and final one-day international at the Diamond Oval Sunday.
Waters, 18, made 74 as Kenya reached 222 for nine after winning the toss and making first use of a good batting pitch.
Playing in his fourth one-day international after making his debut against Ireland in Nairobi last month, Waters advanced cautiously to a maiden half-century off 105 balls.
He then unleashed some impressive attacking strokes, including a six over long-off against South African debutant Johann Louw.
Waters, who was educated at Cranleigh school in England and has played for Surrey second XI, hit nine fours and a six in a 116-ball innings which was ended when he missed a drive against Albie Morkel and was bowled.
Waters and Thomas Odoyo provided substance to the Kenyan innings with a fourth wicket stand of 88 after the tourists had been reduced to 63 for three when the hard-hitting Alex Obanda and star batsman and captain Steve Tikolo were dismissed in the space of nine balls.
Odoyo made 32 off 60 balls before he was run out in a mix-up with David Obuya.
South Africa, who won by 159 runs in the first match in Bloemfontein on Friday, handed a first international cap to seam bowler Johann Louw, 29, at the expense of fast bowler Morne Morkel. Louw opened the bowling and took a wicket with his tenth delivery when he had Morris Ouma caught behind by Mark Boucher.
Albie Morkel was South Africa's most successful bowler with three for 47.
South Africa v Kenya, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein
Duminy stars as South Africa hammer Kenya
South Africa 336 for 7 (Duminy 90, Kallis 71, Boucher 57*) beat Kenya 177 (Obanda 38, Obuya 35, Botha 4-19, Duminy 3-31) by 159 runs
South Africa v Kenya, 2nd ODI, Kimberley
Kallis and Amla too much for Kenya
South Africa 224 for 3 (Kallis 92*, Amla 78) beat Kenya 222 for 9 (Waters 74, Morkel 3-47) by seven wickets