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England vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Highlights: England win by 104 runs

England vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Highlights: South Africa restricted England to 311 for eight in the World Cup opener at The Oval. In reply, South Africa could only manage 207 before being bowled out with more than 10 overs to spare.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 31, 2019 8:51:28 am
England vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Highlights: England have won the opening match of the World Cup.

England vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Highlights: England have defeated South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at the Oval in London. Jofra Archer broke through the Proteas batting order in his opening spell, dismissing Aiden Markram (11) and skipper Faf du Plessis (7) and forcing Hashim Amla (13) to retire to the pavilion for a long time after being hit by a bouncer. Quinton de Kock (68) was the only batsman who looked capable of taking the fight to the hosts, and when he was batting with Rassie van der Dussen (50), it looked for a while like we were set for a cracking finish. However, wickets fell in a heap after De Kock’s wicket, and when Archer picked up Van der Dussen’s wicket as well, the game was all but over. Ben Stokes, who took one sensational catch and played a part in two other dismissals, took two wickets in two consecutive balls to end the match.

Earlier, half-centuries from four batsmen guided England to a challenging 311/8. Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 followed by skipper Eoin Morgan (57), Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (51). For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi dismissed three England batsmen while Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir took two wickets each. England had a disastrous start after being invited to bat as Tahir sent back Jonny Bairstow in the first over for a golden duck. Roy and Root then lifted England innings. The duo added 106 runs for the second wicket. After England crossed 100 mark, Phehlukwayo got rid of Roy in the 19th over and then Rabada struck in the next over to dismiss Root (51). Captain Eoin Morgan then took England past 200. After Tahir got rid of Morgan, Stokes powered hosts to 311/8.

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England vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Highlights

22:09 (IST)30 May 2019
All over at the Oval

Stokes takes two wickets in two balls to end South Africa's misery. Rabada and Tahir are dismissed in the 40th over. England win by 104 runs. In World Cups, this is South Africa's second biggest defeat in terms of runs.

21:59 (IST)30 May 2019
Amla is out

Hashim Amla is caught behind. And with that, South Africa's remaining hopes of a miracle are washed down the drain. Slower bouncer from Plunkett proves to be Amla's undoing. Caught behind for 13. Ngidi and Rabada are batting for South Africa. They've lost their wickets in a heap after De Kock's departure.

129-3 (de Kock, 22.6)
142-4 (Duminy, 25.5)
144-5 (Pretorius, 26.2)
167-6 (van der Dussen, 31.5)
180-7 (Phehlukwayo, 34.1)
193-8 (Amla, 38.1)

21:45 (IST)30 May 2019
STUNNING CATCH!

One-handed catch by Stokes brings Phehlukwayo's stay to an end. Commentators fall over each other speculating if this can be called the best catch of all time. We have an early contender for the 'Catch of the World Cup' surely. Rabada comes in for South Africa, who are now looking down the barrel. Unless Amla has some other ideas. Still just on 8, has not hit any boundary since coming back on.
Ben Stokes, after having already accounted for three dismissals, is finally given the ball in the 36th over. Maybe a reward for that out-of-the-world catch? Amla facing him.

21:30 (IST)30 May 2019
Stat attack

Highest scores on WC debut (SA)
188* G Kirsten v UAE, 1996
138* D Miller v Zim, 2015
81* K Wessels v Aus, 1992
61 R Rossouw v WI, 2015
50 R van der Dussen v Eng 2019 *

21:28 (IST)30 May 2019
Third wicket for Archer

Whattaguy! Archer back into the attack and gets his third wicket of the day straightaway. Van der Dussen goes for 50. Aaaand Amla is back in the middle. Straight up, has to face up to Archer. It was an Archer bouncer which hit him on the helmet, forcing him to leave the field, earlier in the innings.

21:24 (IST)30 May 2019
Fifty for Van der Dussen

Fifty for Van der Dussen! Gets there in 56 balls. Still much to do for South Africa.

21:19 (IST)30 May 2019
England smell victory

Andile Phehlukwayo and Van der Dussen are putting on a brave counter-attack but you get the feeling there's too much to be done. Will be interesting to see if Amla can make an impact on his return to the pitch. 

21:12 (IST)30 May 2019
Archer the bowling hero for England

Best figures of the day still belong to Archer.  2/20 in his 5 overs. Also the reason why Amla had to retire hurt.

21:08 (IST)30 May 2019
Run out

Disaster for South Africa. Pretorius is out for 1. Run out by Stokes, who has not bowled today but has still accounted for two wickets. Another very soft dismissal sends another SA batsman packing. Have to start wondering now if and when Amla will return to the pitch. Van der Dussen still out there, batting on 42.

21:04 (IST)30 May 2019
South Africa lose their fourth wicket

Duminy is out for 8. Maybe went for too much too soon. Caught at long off by Ben Stokes, who throws the ball high into the air after the catch. Moeen Ali gets his first scalp. England will know they are exhausting South Africa's batting resources with half of the innings still to go. Well on top of this now. Dwayne Pretorius is in the middle for South Africa.

20:54 (IST)30 May 2019
De Kock out for 68

De Kock is OUT! Huge wicket for England as the danger man is caught at fine leg by Root. Liam Plunkett turns out to be the man with the golden arm.

20:49 (IST)30 May 2019
Update on Amla

"He has been assessed and is doing fine. Due to the sensitive nature of head injuries, he will undergo another re-assessment during the course of the innings which will give an indication of his further participation in the match," says a CSA statement. Well, so when he will undergo the second scan might depend on how long these two can carry on their partnership.

20:45 (IST)30 May 2019
6,0,6,4

De Kock and Van der Dussen are starting to up the ante. Three sixes already in this innings. There were three sixes in the England innings, all hit by Eoin Morgan. 

20:40 (IST)30 May 2019
De Kock holds the key

He is on 55 now. South Africa do not have much batting to come after this. There's no update on Amla as of yet. Duminy and the all-rounders are slotted to come after this wicket. Van der Dussen dealing with Plunkett a little better than he was dealing with the spinners.

20:35 (IST)30 May 2019
Meanwhile

There's a special reunion happening in the commentary box.

20:31 (IST)30 May 2019
Fifty for De Kock

Fifty for Quinton de Kock. Gets there in 58 balls. South Africa need him to carry on for a big one today. This is the 22nd ODI fifty for Quinton de Kock, his second in World Cup games. 

20:24 (IST)30 May 2019
Unconventional Van der Dussen

We have seen a rather unconventional innings from Rassie van der Dussen so far. Has not looked very convincing with many of his strokes. Has looked most comfortable when playing the reverse sweep and reverse paddle shots. De Kock confidently striding closer and closer to his half-century on the other end.

20:17 (IST)30 May 2019
Catch dropped

Buttler misses a catch. Three balls later, the ball goes through his legs for four byes. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, operating from either end, are giving the South African batsmen some trouble. De Kock has doffed the helmet. He is into his 40s now.

20:08 (IST)30 May 2019
Time for some spin

Adil Rashid replaces Woakes. Woakes finishes his opening spell with figures of 0/24 in 5 overs. Rassie van der Dussen has come into the middle for South Africa. Some serious rebuilding needed here. De Kock not looking to change his approach one bit though, tries a few slog sweeps off Rashid's bowling. Ball even hit his off stump once, but bails were not knocked off. Bemused looks from the England players.

20:03 (IST)30 May 2019
Faf du Plessis is out

The South African captain skies a Jofra Archer delivery. Moeen Ali, at fine leg, has no trouble in getting around to it and gratefully accepting the catch. Archer, now into his fifth over, has given the South African batsmen serious trouble with his pace and bounce. That was a 149kph short ball. Both Amla and Du Plessis are currently in the pavilion having failed to deal with Archer's bouncers.

Squad:

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, James Vince, Liam Dawson

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris