England VS South Africa: Ruthless England crush South Africans in the World Cup opener

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer led to imposing win by 104 runs against South Africa.

CWC 2019 | Match 1 | England V/S South Africa | Post-Match Analysis

10 teams, 1 world champion. This is it. The World Cup 2019 started with the high Roar, two big Giants and most favorable England and South Africa were battling for their first taste of this tournament. But England starts their way with the easy win.

At the Oval Stadium, London on May 30, 03:00 PM IST, England have defeated the South Africa in the tournament opener today at the oval stadium by 104 runs. It was one of the easiest wins for the Host.

South Africa won the toss and chose to field, choosing to chase has been always the choice of Faf as they have been a power pack in their batting as well as bowling unit. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow opens for the hosts. Faf Du Plessis surprises everyone as he introduces Imran Tahir to open the bowling and Imran Tahir also becomes the first spinner to deliver the very first ball in the World Cup game. In the meantime he also picks up the first wicket of Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck. After the first blow, Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (51) steadied the ship for England as they stretched the century stand before falling in quick session to Phehlukwayo and Rabada respectively. Later twin fifties from the skipper Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes (89) helped England reach to 311/8. For the SA, Lungi Ngidi scalp 3, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada got two wickets each and Phehlukwayo got the dangerman Jason Roy as well.

In the return, South Africa chasing the target of 312 on a slow and turning pitch, Quinten De Kock and Hasim Amla walks out to open. But Amla gets hit on the helmet by the new England sensation Jofra Archer, and gets retired hurt. This wasn’t enough hurting for the SA as Jofra Archer picks Aiden Markram and the skipper Faf Du Plessis for 11 and 5 respectively. De Kock (68) alongwith the new man in – Van Der Dussen (50) rocks SA in the chase as they both comes up with the half century. De Kock falls after fifty that led to a sudden collapse from 129/3 to 207 all-out. For the hosts, Barbados lad Jofra Archer led the team from the front as he picked 3 wickets while Plunkett-Stokes got 2 wickets each and Rashid picked one as well.

Turning Point

A bit of a shocking shot from JP Duminy in the 22.6th over, who takes Moeen Ali on and finds long-off, the only fielder he had to clear. Pretorius, in the over after that, was run out by Stokes and Morgan. Can’t take Stokes on, can you. And with that, South Africa continue their World Cup fetish for run outs. Remember MCG, India and 2015? It was also a chase. A sudden collapse and SA never came on track.

Star Player of the match

The Englishmen, Ben Stokes starred with an all-round performance to clinch the game for the hosts.
It was a performance that was both dominant and all-round, enabling them to hit the ground running. The batting was buoyed by Ben Stokes’s fine 89 and fifties from Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root. Meanwhile Ben Stokes chipped-in with 2 wickets as well.

Where team stands

Faf Du Plessis’s side must look into their team combination because, despite having the big name, they are not performing good enough. Although, it was the first game of the tournament and will definitely force the SA think tank to mug their head. Their second match is against Bangladesh on 2nd of June 2019 on Kennington, Oval.

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