Watch: Ben stokes’s unbelievable catch against South Africa

Hosts England make entry to the first win of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 beating hot favorite South Africa by 104 runs in the opening contest at the Kennington Oval in London on Thursday.

Chasing 311 runs, the Proteas played down 39.5 overs scoring a paltry 207 runs losing all their wickets.

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Jofra Archer produced major breakthroughs putting South Africa at the edge from the beginning of their innings.

The 24-year old Barbadian born English pacer curved back Markram, du Plessis and van der Dussen on the slot hampering the chase of the opponent.

Quinton de Kock fought alone in the opening, having no other partners to cash back on his innings in the middle. He scored highest 68.

Although Rassie van de Dussen orchestrated a well done fifty, it proved not enough for the team to go after a 300 plus total.

South African batsmen looked fragile against vibrant English bowling and fielding losing regular wickets made them fall behind the count and number of overs. They were bundled out at 39.5 overs at the end.

In the opening morning of the showpiece event, hosts England’s innings was boosted by a number of half centuries after they were sent into bat first.

Ben Stokes score highest 89
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Jason Roy posted 54 followed by Joe Root’s 51 and Eoin Morgan’s 57 nourished the build-up of the innings incremented by Ben Stokes making the highest 89 guided England to 311 for 8 at the end of fifty over although they were supposed to put even a bigger total on the board as the home team was 213 for 3 at one stage.

Elation was all around for South Africa when Faf du Plessis made the ground breaking decision to let Imran Tahir bowl the very first over and the spinner booked the wicket of Jonny Bairstow straight away as the English opener edged behind off in the second ball of the game.

That did not affect England in anyway; the remaining opener Jason Roy and Joe Root in the one down shuffled a fine 100-run partnership with both batsman reaching their respective fifties.

However, South Africa struck back having Roy and Root dismissed in quick succession.

Andile Phehlukwayo had Roy for 54 with a mistimed pull and then Kagiso Rabada scalped Root’s wicket, credit to a sharp catch from JP Duminy.

That put England to construct their second 100-run partnership.

Skipper Eoin Morgan playing his 200th ODI for England and Ben Stokes added 106 runs together in the fourth wicket with Morgan hit most of the shots in the partnership.

England’s hopes of managing an even greater score was curtailed by Lungi Ngidi; the pacer detached Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and lastly Ben Stokes restricting the English side to 311.

Ben Stokes, for his all around exhibition, has been adjudged man of the match.

Brief Score:

England 311/8 (50 overs)

Ben Stokes 89, Eoin Morgan 57, Jason Roy 54

Lungi Ngidi 3/66, Imran Tahir 2/61, Kagiso Rabada 2/66

Watch Ben Stoke’s catch here-

South Africa 207 all out (39.5 overs)

Quinton de Kock 68, Rassie Van der Dussen 50, Andile Phehlukwayo 24

Jofra Archer 3/27, Ben Stokes 2/12, Liam Plunkett 2/37

Watch the video here-

Result: England won by 104 runs. 

Toss: South Africa

Man of the Match: Ben Stokes. 

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