“We were very good today” – Morgan after the win in the opener of WC
Host England prove their “favorites” tag in the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup beating South Africa by a huge margin of 104 runs at the Kennington Oval in London on May 30, Thursday.
Winning the match, England captain Eoin Morgan said: “Delighted to be off and running in this tournament. It’s more satisfying than normal. We were very good today, the wicket didn’t allow us to execute our plan which is to try and score quite a considerable total, but I thought the maturity and smart cricket we played shows the effort we put in the last two years and the experience as well. Extremely impressed.”
English all-rounder Ben Stokes produced an “one-man army” show by scoring 89 runs off 79 balls and taking 2 wickets. He also took 2 catches and helped to run-out Dwaine Pretorius at the important moment of the match. Among two catches, one catch was a stunner and it had been already considered as one of the best catch in World Cup history.
Speaking about Stokes, the captain said: “He (Stokes) had a field day and especially that catch he took was absolutely outstanding. To have a match-winner like that in the side, he is someone who lifts absolutely everybody and I thought the bowling unit really did get off to a great start and continued to learn from the first innings and then put into place in second innings.”
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 and later managed a big total of 311 runs. And then 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, also helped his team to grab a big 104-run win.
“Slowish pitch, he (Archer) bowled fast and accurate and it’s outstanding. He is taking everything in his stride at the moment and he is improving everyday and that’s very exciting. Huge amount of pleasure”, asking about Archer, Morgan said.
England will play their second match of this year’s World Cup against Pakistan on June 3 in Nottingham.