Stirs stars as England whip South Africa in World Cup opener
Stirs top-scored with 89 in England’s 311 for eight, held a splendid catch and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left
Jofra Archer did the early harm with the ball, the quick bowler taking three for 27 of every seven overs
LONDON: Ben Stokes created a fine all-round showcase as England started their mission to win the World Cup with a 104-run whipping of South Africa in the competition opener at the Oval on Thursday.
The all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England’s 311 for eight, held a splendid catch and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left.
Jofra Archer did the early harm with the ball, the quick bowler taking three for 27 out of seven overs.
“We were excellent today — we were great as a batting unit despite the fact that we couldn’t score an extensive all out which was our Plan A,” said England skipper Eoin Morgan.
“Ben Stokes has had an entire day, his catch was completely exceptional. He is a match-victor and lifts everyone.”
“Jofra Archer bowled quick and exact on a moderate pitch, it was exceptional from a youthful person,” Morgan included.
Barbados-brought into the world Archer, who qualified for England in March, made his essence felt even before he had taken a wicket with a bouncer that beat Hashim Amla for pace and collided with the grille of the protective cap, with the veteran opener resigning hurt on five.
Toxophilite then diminished the Proteas to 44 for two.
Aiden Markram edged to Joe Root at slip and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis fell for only five when he top-edged a snare to long leg.
Quinton de Kock kept the Proteas in the chase yet holed out off quick bowler Liam Plunkett for 68 and Rassie van der Dussen then make precisely 50 when he miscued Archer to mid-on.
His leave saw Amla come back with South Africa battling at 167 for six in the 32nd over.
The game was everything except up for South Africa when a retreating and jumping Stokes held a splendid one-gave get in the profound to expel Andile Phehlukwayo.
“To be straightforward I was in the wrong position,” Stokes told the BBC. “That feeling for around five seconds when I was confronting the group and everybody was cheering, it was wonderful.”
Amla’s bold exertion to protect the innings finished on 13 when he was gotten behind off Plunkett’s slower-ball bouncer and Stokes completed the match when Imran Tahir edged to Root.
Feeds was one of four England batsmen who got to 50 on a dubious surface, with commander Eoin Morgan (57), Jason Roy (54) and Root (51) full scale not long after in the wake of achieving the milestone.
Britain lost a wicket second ball before Roy and Root shared a remain of 106 that was equalled by Morgan and Stokes.
Du Plessi selected to field regardless of being without harmed initiate Dale Steyn and took the strange choice to give leg-spinner Tahir the first finished.
The 40-year-old, the most seasoned player in the competition, struck very quickly when Jonny Bairstow was gotten behind by De Kock for a brilliant duck.
Root and Roy fixed the harm and Morgan, whose forceful methodology has been emblematic of England’s ascent to the highest point of the one-day universal rankings after their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup, lit up the portable fire stick’s initial two sixes off progressive balls from Lungi Ngidi before he also was gotten in the profound.
Left-hander Stokes saw his 79-ball thump end in the penultimate over when gotten at third man following a switch hit off paceman Ngidi (three for 66).
South Africa commander Faf du Plessis stated: “We were outflanked in every one of the three departments…. I thought 300 was standard, we were bowling cutters, yet there were some great batting exhibitions from England.”