South African coach Mickey Arthur was understandably delighted that his team managed to take their experience from the Standard Bank Pro20 Series into the international arena.
They hammered the West Indies by eight wickets in an impressive start to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers on Monday night.
"We set ourselves little targets along the way and I am very, very happy with the way it went. Herschelle [Gibbs] managed the run chase brilliantly," Arthur said.
But Arthur will be less delighted with the news that match winner Gibbs is considered 50-50 to start the match against Bangladesh at Newlands on Saturday after injuring himself in his brilliant knock of 90 not out off 55 balls.
"A first degree-plus strain of the hamstring of the right leg" is medical code for Gibbs will probably be rested for South Africa's second and last group game.
Gulam Bodi, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy are all waiting in the wings to take his place alongside Graeme Smith at the top of the order.
There was happier - more like ecstatic - news for Arthur on the Smith front, with the captain being given the all-clear for Saturday after copping a nasty blow to the hand from the first ball of the South African innings.
The number one-ranked twenty20 player was taken for x-rays and an MRI scan which showed that the hand suffered no fractures and the left-hander will just have to wait for the bruising to subside before batting again.
The South African coach was satisfied if not overjoyed by the bowling effort at the Wanderers. - Sapa