England Wins First Match in Style and registers 1st Win in Cricket World Cup 2019. The final result was that England won by 104 runs with 10.1 overs to spare. Nonetheless, a resounding victory for the hosts.
The experts weren’t sure whether 311 was a good score – Graeme Smith said 310 would be par – but it turned out to be ample. That was a fanciful act by England in the field, in particular Jason Roy at backward point who must have stopped four or five boundaries with fascinating dives on the grassy field.
The preliminary impairment was done by Jofra Archer, most factually to Hashim Amla’s cranium. He took the wickets of Markram and du Plessis economically, before coming back to sack Rassie van der Dussen when he was set on 50, and he merited his figures of 3/27 from seven overs. For a period of about ten seconds, South Africa were darlings for that match, edging ahead on the win predictor the ball before Quinton de Kock gave his wicket away trying to lift Plunkett over cow corner for six but finding Joe Root. With de Kock joining du Plessis back inside, South Africa never really endangered, and England bashed off the remaining wickets comfortably; one apiece for Rashid and Ali, two for Plunkett and Stokes.
There were two outstanding moments from Ben Stokes in the field, the former surpassed by the latter. First, his run out of Dwaine Pretorius, rapidly picking up and revolving to throw in from the boundary and get him by inches. Second, one of the all-time great catches to sack Phehlukwayo.
South Africa will have the chance to correct their performance against Bangladesh here on Sunday, and England will play Pakistan at Trent Bridge the following day.
It was brilliant watching the inventors of the game on the top in their first appearance of this cricket World Cup 2019.