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Stokes stars as England thrash South Africa in World Cup opener

CWC19 | England vs South Africa

England v South Africa

Ben Stokes starred in all departments as England began their quest to win the World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval on Thursday.

The all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England’s 311 for eight, held a brilliant catch in the outfield and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left.

Jofra Archer did the early damage with the ball, the fast bowler taking three for 27 in seven overs.  

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Barbados-born Archer, who only qualified for England in March, made his presence felt even before he had taken a wicket with a bouncer that beat Hashim Amla for pace and crashed into the grille of the helmet, with the veteran opener retiring hurt on five.

Archer then reduced the Proteas to 44 for two.

Aiden Markram edged to Joe Root at slip and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis fell for just five when he top-edged a hook to long leg.

But Quinton de Kock kept the Proteas in the hunt, although the opener was lucky when on 25 he played  ball from leg-spinner Adil Rashid onto his stumps only for the bails to stay put. 

The dashing left-hander went on to complete a 58-ball fifty but holed out off fast bowler Liam Plunkett for 68.

Rassie van der Dussen then make exactly 50 without pressing on when he miscued Archer to mid-on.

His exit saw Amla return with South Africa struggling at 167 for six in the 32nd over.

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– Stokes brilliance –

The game was all but up for South Africa when a back-pedalling and diving Stokes held a brilliant one-handed catch in the deep to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo.

Amla’s brave effort to rescue the innings ended on 13 when he was caught behind off Plunkett’s slower-ball bouncer and Stokes finished the match when Imran Tahir edged him to Root.

Stokes was one of four England batsmen who got to 50 on a tricky surface, with captain Eoin Morgan (57), Jason Roy (54) and Root (51) all out soon after reaching the landmark.

England lost a wicket second ball before Roy and Root shared a stand of 106 that was equalled by Morgan and Stokes.

Du Plessi opted to field despite being without injured spearhead Dale Steyn and took the unorthodox decision to give leg-spinner Tahir the first over. 

The 40-year-old, the oldest player in the tournament, struck second ball when Jonny Bairstow was caught behind by De Kock for a golden duck.

Roy and Root repaired the damage but were dismissed when well set as England lost two wickets for four runs in four balls to be 111 for three.

Morgan, whose aggressive approach has been symbolic of England’s rise to the top of the one-day international rankings after their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup, struck the match’s first two sixes off successive balls from Lungi Ngidi before he too was caught in the deep.

Left-hander Stokes saw his 79-ball knock end in the penultimate over when caught at third man following a reverse hit off paceman Ngidi (three for 66).

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311/8 (50)
South Africa
207/10 (39.5)
Jason Roy c Faf du Plessis b Andile Phehlukwayo545380101.89
Jonny Bairstow c Quinton de Kock b Imran Tahir01000.00
Joe Root c JP Duminy b Kagiso Rabada51595086.44
Eoin Morgan c Aiden Markram b Imran Tahir57604395.00
Ben Stokes c Hashim Amla b Lungi Ngidi897990112.66
Jos Buttler b Lungi Ngidi181600112.50
Moeen Ali c Faf du Plessis b Lungi Ngidi390033.33
Chris Woakes c Faf du Plessis b Kagiso Rabada13141092.86
Liam Plunkett not out9610150.00
Jofra Archer not out7310233.33
Extras10 (b 0 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 8)
Total311/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.22)
Fall of Wickets 1-1 (0.2) Jonny Bairstow, 2-107 (18.4) Jason Roy, 3-111 (19.1) Joe Root, 4-217 (36.5) Eoin Morgan, 5-247 (41.2) Jos Buttler, 6-260 (43.6) Moeen Ali, 7-285 (47.3) Chris Woakes, 8-300 (48.6) Ben Stokes,
Imran Tahir1006126.10
Lungi Ngidi1006636.60
Kagiso Rabada1006626.60
Dwaine Pretorius704206.00
Andile Phehlukwayo804415.50
JP Duminy201407.00
Aiden Markram301605.33

Quinton de Kock c Joe Root b Liam Plunkett68746291.89
Hashim Amla c Jos Buttler b Liam Plunkett13231056.52
Aiden Markram c Joe Root b Jofra Archer11122091.67
Faf du Plessis c Joe Root b Jofra Archer571071.43
Rassie van der Dussen c Moeen Ali b Jofra Archer50614181.97
JP Duminy c Ben Stokes b Moeen Ali8111072.73
Dwaine Pretorius run out (Ben Stokes)1100100.00
Andile Phehlukwayo c Ben Stokes b Adil Rashid24254096.00
Kagiso Rabada c Liam Plunkett b Ben Stokes11190057.89
Lungi Ngidi not out6501120.00
Imran Tahir c Joe Root b Ben Stokes01000.00
Extras10 (b 4 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 1)
Total207/10 (39.5 Overs, RR: 5.2)
Fall of Wickets 1-36 (7.4) Aiden Markram, 2-44 (9.3) Faf du Plessis, 3-129 (22.6) Quinton de Kock, 4-142 (25.5) JP Duminy, 5-144 (26.2) Dwaine Pretorius, 6-167 (31.5) Rassie van der Dussen, 7-180 (34.1) Andile Phehlukwayo, 8-193 (38.1) Hashim Amla, 9-207 (39.4) Kagiso Rabada, 10-207 (39.5) Imran Tahir,
Chris Woakes502404.80
Jofra Archer712733.86
Adil Rashid803514.38
Moeen Ali1006316.30
Liam Plunkett703725.29
Ben Stokes2.501224.80