ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 30 May 2019
RR: 5.19 | England beat South Africa by 104 runs
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.
Imran Tahir is the last man in!
Lungi Ngidi is the new man in.
Liam Plunkett is back!
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?
Kagiso Rabada walks out to bat next.
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.
Hashim Amla walks out to bat.
Jofra Archer is back!
Review time! England's appeal for an LBW has been turned down. They take the review. Looks close.
Adil Rashid is back!
Andile Phehlukwayo walks out next.
Have England got another? They are celebrating. They have gone upstairs to check if Dwaine Pretorius is short.
Dwaine Pretorius is the new man in.
Stumping appeal taken upstairs. Quinton de Kock is the man in question. He looks confident. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Liam Plunkett is on now!
DRINKS! England on top at the moment! They have Markram and Faf back in the hut. No news yet about Amla whether he is going to bat or not. Couple of more wickets for them and they will be into the bowling all-rounders. For South Africa, a lot depends on the two batters batting out there. They are amidst a 42-run stand but they need to keep going.
Moeen Ali into the attack now.
Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Also, first bowling change of the innings. Spinner into the attack now. Adil Rashid to bowl his first over of the game.
Rassie van der Dussen replaces his skipper out in the middle.
Woakes once again pulls out. He may have missed his run-up there.
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
Woakes comes running in but stops midway as Aiden Markram at the non striker's end drops his bat.
Aiden Markram walks out to bat now.
The physio is out straightaway to have a mandatory check on Amla. You cannot take such chances in this day and age. Also, Morris comes out with a few helmets for Amla to have a look at. Amla is going back as he holds his head. Let's hope it is nothing serious.
Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end with the second new ball. Two slips in place for Archer.
We are back for the chase. The umpires are out in the middle. The England players are out on the field. Out strides the opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla for South Africa. Unlike the Proteas, England spring no surprise as Chris Woakes takes the first new ball. Quinton de Kock will take the strike.