Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes star as England beat South Africa in World Cup opener

Host England produced a dominant display with the bat and ball to beat South Africa by 104 runs in the opening game of ICC Cricket World Cup played at Kennington Oval in London. Ben Stokes produced a splendid innings to help the home side post 311 for 8 in their 50 overs.

Pace bowler Jofra Archer picked up three wickets to see South Africa get bundled out for 207 runs in 39.5 overs.

Chasing 312 runs to win, South Africa got off to a shaky start as Hashim Amla was retired hurt after getting a vicious bouncer on the helmet off the bowling of Jofra Archer. Aiden Markram came to the crease and edged a relatively innocuous delivery to Joe Root to see South Africa lose their first wicket with 36 runs on the board.

Captain Faf du Plessis could not last longer at the crease and played a reckless pull to see Adil Rashid take a clean catch at fine-leg. Quinton de Kock played well and added 85 runs with Rassie van der Dussen to lead the recovery for South Africa in the innings. De Kock notched up half-century and looked set for big score.

England Captain Morgan decided to bring Liam Plunkett into the attack and he immediately got rid of de Kock to see South Africa lose their third wicket in the 23rd over. Wicket-keeper batsman scored 68 off 74 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.

Liam Plunkett started the mini collapse for South Africa as he dismissed de Kock for 68 after the Proteas opener failed to go big and Joe Root took a sharp catch at the fine-leg. England then scalped two quick wickets as JP Duminy played a poor shot off Moeen Ali’s bowling to be holed out in the deep and Dwaine Pretorius was run-out while going for the second run.

Middle-order batsman JP Duminy played a reckless shot and perished for a low score to see South Africa lose the momentum in their innings. Dwaine Pretorius was run-out after a terrible mix-up with Rassie van Der Dussen to see South Africa slump to 144 for 5 after 26.2 overs.

Van der Dussen scored yet another century despite losing wickets at the other end. He scored 50 off 61 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Pace bowler Jofra Archer came into the attack for his second spell and got rid of van der Dussen to see South Africa reeling at 167 for 6 after 32 overs.

All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo played his shots and scored 25 runs before Stokes took a stunning catch at deep to get rid of him. Hashim Amla came to the crease after leaving the field after big hit a sharp bouncer from Jofra Archer. Ben Stokes came into the attack and picked up two wickets to see England register an emphatic victory in their opening game in the World Cup.

All-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Jofra Archer delivered splendid performances to help England beat South Africa by 104 runs in a game played at The Oval.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first on freshly prepared wicket. Imran Tahir bowled the first over of the innings and dismissed Jonny Bairstow on the first ball to see South Africa get off to a perfect start.

Jason Roy and Joe Root decided to attack the bowlers and picked up boundaries at regular intervals to lead the recovery for England. The duo produced crucial half-centuries to see England scoring a good rate in their innings. Roy scored 54 off 53 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo to see England lose their second wicket.

Root could not last any longer as Kagiso Rabada dismissed him to see England placed in a precarious situation at 111 for 3 after 19.1 overs. He scored 51 off 59 balls with the help of five fours.

England Captain Eoin Morgan formed a nice partnership with Ben Stokes and did not South African bowlers to put in tidy overs.

Morgan decided to take the attack to the South African bowlers and added 106 runs with Stokes to see England placed in a strong position to post a mammoth score in their innings.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir came into the attack and dismissed Eoin Morgan to see England lose their fourth wicket in the 37th over. He scored 57 off 60 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Ben Stokes continued to play positively and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking for England.

Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali perished while trying to up the ante in the final overs of the innings. Stokes scored 89 off 79 balls with the help of nine boundaries. All-rounder fell 11 runs short of a century.  Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer chipped in with runs to see England post a competitive total on the board.


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