ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

England vs South Africa - Match 1

Venue: The Oval, London

Date & Time: 30 May 2019

South Africa 207/10

RR: 5.19 | England beat South Africa by 104 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock c Joe Root & b Liam Plunkett c Joe Root & b Liam Plunkett 687462
Hashim Amla c Jos Buttler (W) & b Liam Plunkett c Jos Buttler (W) & b Liam Plunkett 132310
Aiden Markram c Joe Root & b Jofra Archer c Joe Root & b Jofra Archer 111220
Faf du Plessis c Moeen Ali & b Jofra Archer c Moeen Ali & b Jofra Archer 5710
Rassie van der Dussen c Moeen Ali & b Jofra Archer c Moeen Ali & b Jofra Archer 506141
JP Duminy c Ben Stokes & b Moeen Ali c Ben Stokes & b Moeen Ali 81110
Dwaine Pretorius run out run out 1100
Andile Phehlukwayo c Ben Stokes & b Adil Rashid c Ben Stokes & b Adil Rashid 242540
Kagiso Rabada c Liam Plunkett & b Ben Stokes c Liam Plunkett & b Ben Stokes 111920
Lungi Ngidi not out not out 6501
Imran Tahir c Joe Root & b Ben Stokes c Joe Root & b Ben Stokes 0100
Extras 10 (b 4, lb 5, w 1, nb 0)
Total 207 (10 Wkts, 39.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
36-1 (Aiden Markram,7.4), 44-2 (Faf du Plessis,9.3), 129-3 (Quinton de Kock,23), 142-4 (JP Duminy,25.5), 144-5 (Dwaine Pretorius,26.2), 167-6 (Rassie van der Dussen,31.5), 180-7 (Andile Phehlukwayo,34.1), 193-8 (Hashim Amla,38.1), 207-9 (Kagiso Rabada,39.4), 207-10 (Imran Tahir,39.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Chris Woakes5 0 24 0 4.80
Jofra Archer7 1 27 3 3.86
Adil Rashid8 0 35 1 4.38
Moeen Ali10 0 63 1 6.30
Liam Plunkett7 0 37 2 5.29
Ben Stokes2.5 0 12 2 4.80

So that is it from the first game! The tournament favorites are the ones who came out on top. Now we have two different teams playing on the 31st of May. It is a clash between Pakistan and West Indies in Nottingham at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says he is delighted to be up and running in the tournament and a performance like that is more satisfying. Mentions the wicket did not allow them to execute their plan A which is scoring a big total but they showed great maturity, played smart cricket and they got to a total which he felt was competitive and above par. Credits Stokes for the way he played in every department and says he is the difference maker. Tells the bowling unit got off to a great start, they understood what would work on this wicket and executed the plans perfectly. Appreciates the way Archer bowled and he feels he is improving everyday. Ends by saying he is extremely pleased with how they fielded and that is one area they are always working out on.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that England were better in all three departments today and they got good partnerships out in the middle. Further adds that England got off to a good start with the ball and credits Jofra Archer for the way they bowled. Faf says he thought 300 was a par score but the wicket was slower than it usually is. Further adds that he was at one time expecting to chase around 340 with the way England were batting but credits his bowlers for the way they came back. Stresses that they bowled well and tells England are a strong batting side. On Hashim Amla's injury, du Plessis says it broke their momentum as you want the openers to play the best bowlers at the start. He informs he is okay now. Admits that their bowling is the strength as they have Dale Steyn as well and admits that they do not bat till 7, 8 or 9 and informs that hence it is important for them to restrict sides under 300.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Ben Stokes, on that catch, says he was panicking as he was ahead than where he should have been. Says it would have been a regulation catch had he been in the position he had to be. On his batting performance, he says it was a sticky wicket and getting to 300 was the aim. Tells that boundaries were hard to come by while batting and they knew what their bowlers had to do. On the crowd, he says the atmosphere was fantastic and further adds it got loud out in the middle. Also tells that it was a good turnout for the game.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. The England batters were going great guns till the 37th over. However, once Morgan got out, they lost their way completely. Courtesy Stokes though, they got to a competitive total, their 5th successive 300-plus score in ODIs which in the end, proved to be enough by a long way.

Every bowler except for Woakes was amongst the wickets. Archer was probably the pick as he finished with the three-fer. Plunkett and Stokes too had two each. The two spinners had a wicket to their name. All-in-all, it was a good day at the office for all the bowlers.

England headed into the second innings with momentum not on their side but they did not make it feel that way. Their new-ball bowlers were exceptional with their lines and lengths. Woakes kept it nice and tight whereas, Archer bowled with pace. One of his deliveries hit Amla on the helmet due to which he had to retire hurt. He then got Faf and Markram and pushed South Africa on the back foot early on. De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen did get South Africa back into the game with both scoring half tons. But once the former was dismissed, the rest surrendered. From 129 for 2, they were bundled out for 207.

What a comprehensive win for the hosts! They have justified the tag of being favorites. It was a complete team performance from them today. Their bowlers were exceptional, their batting was decent and their fielding was at its best. A day where Morgan and co. can be very satisfied.

39.5
0
Ben Stokes to I Tahir, OUT! Catching practice! Two in two for Stokes. He did it with the bat, he was brilliant in the field and now finishes it with the ball. Length delivery on off, Tahir opens the face of the bat and guides it to widish first slip where Root takes a neat catch diving to his right. All smiles in the England camp AS THEY HAVE WON BY 104 RUNS!

Imran Tahir is the last man in!

39.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, OUT! Caught. There goes wicket number 9 and Jofra Archer is denied a fifer. A short ball, around middle and off, Rabada pulls it firmly again but this time it is in the hands of Liam Plunkett at deep square leg.
39.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR LEG BYES. Down the leg side, Rabada misses his flick but the ball goes off his pads. Buttler dives to his right but in vain.
39.2
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, A short ball, around off, Rabada pulls it firmly and almost holes out. The ball lands in front of short mid-wicket.
39.1
4
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR! STREAKY! Not sure though why there isn't a slip in place! Length and outside off, Rabada hangs his bat out. The ball flies off the outside edge and to the third man fence.
38.6
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, The batsman defends it from within the crease. So a wicket and a maximum from the over.
38.5
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, Squares him up! Length and on middle, the ball straightens. Ngidi is opened up in his defense and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
38.4
6
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, SIX! Full and on middle, Ngidi lofts it with ease over the long on fence.
38.3
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, Short and outside off, the batter looks to cut but misses.
38.2
0
L Plunkett to L Ngidi, On the fuller side on off, Ngidi drives it square on the off side to point.

Lungi Ngidi is the new man in.

38.1
0
L Plunkett to H Amla, OUT! There goes the last recognized batsman. Once again we see the short ball doing the trick. It is outside off, Amla looks to pull but there is a top edge. It goes to Buttler who takes it and appeals. Amla starts walking.
37.6
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it to fine leg and keeps the strike.
37.5
1
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Back of a length ball on off, KG pushes it wide of cover and gets a single.
37.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Bowls this slower one on the leg side, Rabada looks to flick but misses. It flicks his pad on the way.
37.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, this time Rabada blocks it.
37.2
4
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, FOUR! Just over! Stokes bowls it short, Rabada plays the pull towards mid-wicket. Eoin Morgan stretches his right hand up but it still goes over him for a boundary.
37.1
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla nudges it to cover and gets a single.
36.6
0
L Plunkett to K Rabada, Almost plays it on! Length and outside off, Rabada looks to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
36.5
1
L Plunkett to H Amla, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
36.4
1
L Plunkett to K Rabada, This time Rabada pulls it and does so nicely towards fine leg for just a single.
36.3
0
L Plunkett to K Rabada, Good short ball on middle, the batter ducks under it.
36.2
1
L Plunkett to H Amla, This is angled into the batsman, he works it to mid-wicket for one.
36.1
0
L Plunkett to H Amla, Short and outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets an inside edge to the keeper.

Liam Plunkett is back!

35.6
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Excellent over from Stokes. He just cannot do anything wrong today. Just a single off his first over. The last ball is on off, Rabada taps it to point.
35.5
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, Rabada defends it onto the ground.
35.4
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Stokes bends his back and bowls it short, Rabada pulls it off the lower half of his bat to mid on.
35.3
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Length ball on off, Kagiso defends it off the front foot.
35.2
0
Ben Stokes to K Rabada, Good length ball on off, Rabada taps it to the man at point.
35.1
1
Ben Stokes to H Amla, Starts with a length ball on middle, Amla tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

Ben Stokes is into the attack now. He was brilliant with the bat and has been excellent in the field. Can he top it up with a wicket here?

34.6
1
A Rashid to H Amla, Amla keeps strike as he pushes it through covers.
34.5
0
A Rashid to H Amla, Shortish and on off, it is slapped to covers.
34.4
1
A Rashid to K Rabada, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
34.3
0
A Rashid to K Rabada, The googly on off, Rabada guides it to point.
34.2
0
A Rashid to K Rabada, Tossed up on off, it is kept out.

Kagiso Rabada walks out to bat next.

34.1
0
A Rashid to A Phehlukwayo, OUT! Ho, Ho, Ho! That is some catch! My word! Ben Stokes, take a bow. Still can't believe he has taken it. For a second not even he could. Andile Phehlukwayo too trudges off in disbelief. Magnificent. Rashid tosses this up on middle, Phehlukwayo goes down and looks to play the slog sweep. He nails it towards deep mid-wicket. Ben Stokes there is standing a little too inside the ropes as it is the longer part of the ground. He moves to his left and then leaps with his right hand stretched upwards and the ball sticks! England 3 wickets away from winning the first game of the 2019 World Cup.

Drinks Break! England are way in front at the moment and a wicket here will all but seal the game here. Andile Phehlukwayo and Hashim Amla hold the key here for South Africa. Even if they don't win this they will look to get close to the total.

33.6
1
J Archer to A Phehlukwayo, A single to end the over! Good length and on off, it is guided towards cover for a run.