- Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts, England, got off to a dream start as they beat South Africa by 104 runs
- Ben Stokes was a key man for England as he top-scored with the bat, took a blinding catch and took wickets as well
- Jofra Archer also shone for England as his bouncer forced Amla to retire early and claimed 3 wickets
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South Africa’s World Cup campaign got off to a dismal start as they were completely outplayed by hosts, England.
The 104-run victory for England showed the gulf in quality and temperament between the two sides.
Ben Stokes was in brilliant form as he starred with the bat and in the field for England.
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It’s hard to believe that South Africa actually won the toss based on the comprehensive victory for England.
Although the day started off promising so much for the Proteas.
Briefly.co.za noted that Imran Tahir became the first spin bowler to open the bowling at a World Cup.
It seemed to be an inspired decision by Faf du Plessis as he immediately bowled out Jonny Bairstow for a golden duck.
However, England quickly steadied the ship with a century stand between Jason Roy and Joe Root.
However, Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Roy with a short ball and Kagiso Rabada accounted for Root.
Enter Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan, who combined for another 100-run partnership.
Stokes finished as top-scorer with 89 runs – his highest score in two years.
After the 50 overs, England had amassed 311 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
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While England’s batsmen looked comfortable against South Africa’s quicks, that wasn’t the case for the Proteas batsmen, who struggled against the pace of Jofra Archer.
The youngster enjoyed a stunning debut IPL campaign and carried that form into the World Cup.
His blistering short ball proved too much for Hashim Amla, who was forced to exit gingerly for a concussion test.
Amla’s early departure seemed to unsettle the Proteas as Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis succumbed to Archer.
Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen gave South Africans a glimmer of hope with a quick-fire 85 run stand.
South Africa lost 3 wickets in quick succession though, as De Kock, Duminy and Pretorius fell quickly.
One of the highlights of the South African innings actually belonged to Stokes.
The all-rounder pulled off one of the greatest ever catches in a World Cup when he hung onto Phehlukwayo’s lofted sweep shot.
Amla returned for another brief cameo, but it was a little too late as the Proteas were skittled out for 207.
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