Eoin Morgan’s blazing ton helps England ease past South Africa by 72 runs.

England put in a pitch-perfect display with bat and ball to overcome by South Africa by 72 runs in the first game of the one day series played at Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds. The hosts made their intentions of producing their best cricket against number one side in the world at the moment. Eoin Morgan produced a composed hundred under pressure as Moeen Ali and Alex Hales scored half-centuries to see England pile on 339 runs on the board.

England bowled well as South Africa faltered in the chase after being comfortably placed at 145 for 1 with Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis notching up half centuries. Mark Wood came on to the attack and dismissed Amla to turn the game in favor of England. Du Plessis also followed Amla back dismissed by Plunkett to see South Africa lose two big wickets in a space of two overs. The likes of Jean Paul Duminy and David Miller failed to produce anything as AB de Villiers fell short of partners to see South Africa get dismissed for 267 runs.

Earlier, Jason Roy was dismissed by Wayne Parnell in the second over of the innings after AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to field first. Joe Root started well as England quickly raced to 50 runs in space of seven overs. Alex Hales also played well at the other hand. Hales completed his half-century before playing a loose stroke to be dismissed for 61 runs by medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo. Ben Stokes played a nice little innings but could not stay for long as Chris Morris dismissed key players to see England placed at 198 for 5. Moeen Ali played well as he kept the scoreboard while Eoin Morgan played sensibly at the other end. England gain momentum as he scored over 100 runs in the last ten overs to see hosts put up a daunting total on the board.

England have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match series as the two sides will meet at Southampton on 27th May on Saturday.


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