South Africa beat the West Indies by 61 runs in rain-affected first one-day international in Durban.
AB de Villiers starred as South Africa beat the West Indies by 61 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in their first one-day international on Friday.
Captain De Villiers was in superb touch in Durban, hitting a typically assured 81 from 94 deliveries to lead South Africa to 279-8 from 48.2 overs before then taking four catches and stumping Jonathan Carter after heavy rain brought about a lengthy delay at Kingsmead.
The tourists were set a revised target of 224 from 33 overs to win but - despite the best efforts of Chris Gayle - Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir took three wickets apiece to guide the Proteas to victory.
Windies opener Gayle was handed a reprieve in the very first over when he was not given out after appearing to nick a Philander (3-44) delivery through to De Villiers.
In his inimitably destructive style, Gayle went on to post 41 from 26 deliveries, but no other Windies batsman passed 31 after his dismissal at the hands of Steyn (3-27) in the sixth over.
Steyn, Philander and Tahir (3-30) were the pick of the bowlers - with Farhaan Behardien's excellent run-out of Marlon Samuels (12) accounting for the other Windies wicket - as the Proteas took a 1-0 lead in their five-ODI series, which acts as both teams' final preparation for the Cricket World Cup.
The West Indies got off to a superb start as Jerome Taylor (2-50) dismissed both Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis for ducks inside the first five overs.
But South Africa's Test skipper Hashim Amla posted a classy 66 - becoming the fastest batsman to 5,000 ODI runs in the process - alongside De Villiers, before David Miller's 68-ball 70 put the hosts in control.
Following the rain delay, Gayle set about chasing the Windies' revised target with customary gusto - even if he appeared somewhat fortunate to survive his first-over scare.
But the tourists' hopes drained away when their talisman fell, nicking Steyn to De Villiers while attempting to lash the Proteas paceman to the boundary once more.
Only Denesh Ramdin (31) and Dwayne Smith (29) offered any real resistance thereafter, as South Africa eased to victory.
The sides meet again in Johannesburg on Sunday.