/England vs South Africa Highlights, Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer Star As England Thrash South Africa In Opener

England vs South Africa Highlights, Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer Star As England Thrash South Africa In Opener

England vs South Africa Highlights, Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer Star As England Thrash South Africa In Opener




2019 World Cup, ENG vs SA, Highlights: Jofra Archer’s pace troubled South Africa batsmen throughout. © AFP


World Cup 2019 hosts England defeated South Africa in the tournament opener by 104 runs. South Africa’s chase took a hit when Hashim Amla had to retire hurt after being hit by a quick Jofra Archer’s bouncer. His partner Quintin de Kock continued playing his shots amidst tumbling wickets from the other end. Aiden Markram and skipper Faf du Plesis both departed cheaply. Rassie van der Dussen, in at No. 5, held the innings from the other end and supported de Kock well. They both batted sensibly and kept South Africa in the hunt. De Kock got out for 68 which derailed South Africa chase. The team didn’t recover from there as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Andile Phehlukwayo played a little cameo that didn’t make much difference and they were bowled out for 207. Earlier in the day, South Africa skipper Faf du Plesis won the toss and elected to bat against England in the first match of World Cup 2019. To everybody’s surprise, Du Plesis opened the bowling with leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who repaid his skipper’s faith by dismissing Jonny Bairstow on the second ball of the innings. Jason Roy and Joe Root started to play their natural game and kept hitting boundaries. They went on to complete their respective half-centuries and notched up a 100-run partnership. South Africa bowlers dismissed both batsmen in quick succession to bring their side back in the contest. England skipper Eoin Morgan, who was playing his 200th ODI match, and Ben Stokes started slow but picked up the pace later in their innings. They also completed their fifties and looked on course for a big total. Eoin Morgan trying to accelerate departed after scoring 57 runs. From there, South Africa bowlers picked up wickets in regular intervals and didn’t allow the English batsmen to score runs freely. Ben Stokes’ innings of 89 helped England a challenging total of  311/8.

World Cup 2019 Match Highlights Between England vs South Africa, straight from Kennington Oval, London 

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  • That’s it. South Africa lose the match by 104 runs. Imran Tahir is the last man to depart for a golden duck.
  • Ben Stokes goes short at Kagiso Rabada who pulls that firmly but straight to deep midwicket fielder Liam Plunkett who dives forward and completes the catch.
  • Ben Stokes bowls down the leg and Rabada glances it to the fine leg area for a four. Poor delivery from Ben Stokes was asking for treatment.
  • What a shot by Lungi Ngidi. Slower ball from Liam Plunkett lofted delicately by Ngidi over his head for a six straight down the ground.
  • Slower bouncer from Liam Plunkett kisses Hashim Amla’s bat to the wicketkeeper Jos Buttler who makes no mistake.
  • Banged in short from Ben Stokes and Kagiso Rabada pulls that away. The ball was in the air but away from diving Eoin Morgan and raced away to the fence.
  • It looks out of reach of South Africa and they should look to get as close to the target as possible because it’s a long tournament and the net run rate will be crucial and might come into play in the later stage of the tournament.
  • England has been remarkable in the field from ball one and Ben Stokes has pulled off a stunner to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo. Stokes also can’t believe he has caught that. This is one of the best we have seen in a long time. The ball was traveling and Stokes timed his horizontal jump to perfection. The more you see it, the more you love it.

  • Andile Phehlukwayo is doing for South Africa what more capable batsmen couldn’t do for them — hitting boundaries. He looks determinant even against Jofra Archer who has threatened the most. Archer missed his line and Phehlukwayo flicked it nicely off his pads to fine leg fence for a four.
  • Another good hit from Andile Phehlukwayo. He went across to slog sweep and makes good contact. The ball goes away from mid-wicket for a four.
  • Jofra Archer strikes once again for England. This time Rassie van der Dussen gets beaten by Archer’s pace as he late for the pull and the mid-on fielder completes a simple catch.
  • Adil Rashid’s ball hit Andile Phehlukwayo on his front pad but umpire Kumar Dhramasena has turned his appeal down. England review umpire’s decision. The replay shows it was pitched outside leg. Hence umpire was right. England loses their review.
  • Rassie van der Dussen gets to his 5th ODI fifty. He has looked positive right from the start of his innings deserves every bit of praise for that. 
  • Rassie van der Dussen hits against the spin to Moeen Ali on the off side for a four. He timed that ball to perfection and his placement was even more immaculate.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo is going after the bowlers. This time Moeen Ali is under his radar and he hit him over mid-on for a four.

  • Beautiful use of feet from Andile Phehlukwayo. He charged down to Adil Rashid and found the gap between mid-off and extra cover and the ball traveled for a four.
  • Dwaine Pretorius despite making a full-length dive falls short of his crease and South Africa’s woes continue. There was no clear intent from the two batsmen on whether they wanted one or two and they stopped for a while before coming back for the second run and that is what probably led to Pretorius’ dismissal.

  • A wonderful shot followed by a poor shot. JP Duminy departs after scoring just 8 off 11 balls. He was trying to hit it over extra cover but ends up mishitting it.  He is caught by Ben Stokes at long off. South Africa is in deep deep trouble here.
  • JP Duminy shows his intent with a wonderful lofted shot on the leg side for a four.
  • Quinton de Kock is caught by Joe Root on the leg side. It was a nothing delivery from Plunkett and deserved punishment, but not this time as de Kock finds Root on the biggest part of the ground. His innings ends at 68.

  • This is turning out to be a big over for South Africa. Rassie van der Dussen guides the ball wide of the keeper to the third man for a four. Chris Woakes’ dive goes in vain.
  • Rassie van der Dussen this time tries reverse sweep and to perfection. He hit that one fine to the third man boundary for a beautiful shot.
  • Now, Rassie van der Dussen shows his class as he got to the pitch of the ball nicely and dispatched it right over the bowler’s head for a six. Joe Root who went to fetch the ball got stuck in the sightscreen cover and somehow manages to come out going around it.
  • Chris Woakes pitches it up, ends up a half volley for Quinton de Kock who goes inside out over extra cover for a six.
  • Chris Woakes starts his new spell with a short of a length ball, Quinton de Kock takes a couple of strides and dispatches that to the backward square leg for a four. Good shot from him.
  • Chris Woakes starts his new spell with a short of a length ball, Quinton de Kock takes a couple of strides and dispatches that to the backward square leg for a four. Good shot from him.
  • Replay shows Quinton de Kock’s foot was grounded all the while. de Kock to continue batting. 
  • Quinton de Kock competes for his 22nd ODI fifty with a gentle push on the off side. He has shown great character in this innings so far.
  • Rashid Ali bowls a wayward googly, down the leg, de Kock flicks it nicely towards the fine leg boundary for a four. 
  • Rassie van der Dussen has pulled off a wonderful shot to get the first boundary of his innings.
  • Jos Buttler fails to catch the outside edge from Rassie van der Dussen.
  • First real confident shot from Quinton de Kock. It was bowled right in his slot and he got down on his knees and dispatched it over mid-wicket ropes for a six.
  • Quinton de Kock goes for a sweep, misses the ball which hits the stump but the bails remain intact. Instead after hitting the stumps, ball has travelled to the fence. Issue with zinger bails continues. We saw this happen on multiple occasion during IPL 2019. 
  • Jofra Archer bangs another ball short, it bounces awkwardly, keeper fails to collect it despite his jump, it is collected by the slip fielder instead.
  • Jofra Archer picks another wicket. It was a quick bouncer, angling into du Plessis who loses his shape trying to pull it. Archer’s extra pace and bounce again do the work for him. Moeen Ali completes the catch at fine leg.

  • Faf du Plesis gets off the mark with a first-ball-four. There was no feet movement from du Plesis, he just got his bat to the ball and found the gap. 
  • Jofra Archer takes his maiden World Cup wicket. Aiden Markram was looking good but the extra pace and bounce from Archer led to his dismissal. He departs for 11.
  • Immaculate timing from Aiden Markram sends the ball in the gap through cover for a four.
  • A wonderful shot from Aiden Markram. It was nicely timed by him wide of England skipper Eoin Morgan. The ball quickly sailed to the boundary.


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