• Kanika Chauhan

England set a maiden victory against South Africa, 8 more to Win : ICC World Cup 2019

World Cup has started officially and the first match was held between South Africa and host England yesterday. England beat South Africa by 104 in tournament openers. They can even start to enjoy this tournament after making such an authoritative opening statement.

This is 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup and the first match was held between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval in London. Both the teams have never won the tournament and would look forward to make a positive start at the quadrennial event. South Africa won the toss and chose to field in the first innings. England scored the total of 311 runs at the loss of 8 wickets in the first innings. South Africa yet to reach the total, they end up their inings by the score of 207 runs by all wickets down in 39.5 overs.


  1. Defending 312-run target, Jofra Archer (3/27), Ben Stokes (2/12) and Liam Plunkett (2/37) helped England bowl out South Africa for 207 in 39.5 overs

  2. Ben Stokes (89 off 79 balls) top-scored for England as the hosts posted 311/8 against South Africa

  3. Lungi Ngidi claimed three wickets, conceding 66 runs in his 10 overs

England record a resounding victory [104 runs] against South Africa in the tournament opener.

For scoring 89 runs with the bat, taking a stunning catch and picking 2 wickets England’s Ben Stokes is the Man of the Match. The top scorers from the South Africa side were Quinton De Kock (68) and Rassie Van Der Dussen (50) where Lungi Ngidi got 3 wickets and Imran Tahir Kagiso Rabada got 2 wickets each in the bowling side. On the wining side, 4 half centuries were knock by Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51), skipper Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes (89). Englang bowl all out South Africa in just 207 runs where Jofra Archer got 3 leading wickets, Liam Plunkett 2, Ben stokes 2, Adil Rasheed and Moeen Ali got 1-1 each.

Eoin Morgan England captain: 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. 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. 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. It’s an area we were always trying to improve on and certainly we are looking for match winning contributions in the field.

Faf du Plessis South Africa captain: I think we have been outplayed in all three departments. Basically we were 3 down in 12 overs and I think we were looking for 330-340 but when we took the pace off we thought 300 was par. It was a plan. We wanted to target those two openers with legspin, especially Roy. It worked today. The batting was really good. They are a top-quality team and they showed that with the bat today. You need a bit of momentum in the first two games. He is okay now and when he came back to the dressing room, he looked fine and hopefully that’s a good sign for the next game. When we have Dale and all our resources, we back our bowling to restrict teams under 300.

Ben Stokes, Man of The Match : “To be honest I had a little bit of a panic on. I was a bit further in than I should have been. I’ve got the nickname ‘Claw’, and luckily it stuck! I didn’t really know I’d react because I shouldn’t have been there, and if I’d been in the right position it would have been a regulation catch.

“The atmosphere was unbelievable; it was really loud. It was a fantastic turnout for the first World Cup game, so thanks to everybody. We hope it continues.”


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