CWC19: England gave South Africa a reality check in the opener itself
A short preview of what happened
The tournament favourites are the ones who came out on top at the end of the day.
South Africa won the hurl and chose to bowl. The England players were going extraordinary weapons till the 37th over. Just in case, when Morgan got out, they lost their direction totally. Thankful to Stokes they got to an aggressive total, their fifth progressive 300 or more score in ODIs which at last, demonstrated to be sufficient by far.
England headed into the second innings with energy, not on their side but rather they didn’t make it feel that way. Their new-ball bowlers were outstanding with their lines and lengths. Woakes kept it pleasant and tight while, Archer bowled with pace. And the victory was not far away.
DKODING | Ben Stokes | CWC19
When Ben Stokes gets going, he can bat, he can bowl and he can fly as well.
There was no aspect today in which Stokes did not play his ‘masterstroke’. The man first scored 89 runs with 9 boundaries helping England to reach a competitive total. Later, he outshined his bowling ability by grabbing two wickets in just 17 balls he bowled.
How can we forget the catch of the day? It was extraordinary to even be termed as catch. Stokes flew in air with the ball in one hand.
DKODING | Jofra Archer | CWC19
Jofra Archer was the emerge entertainer with the ball for England as he sacked the significant wickets of Markram, Faf, and Dussen breaking the foundation of the South African batting line-up to complete with figures of 3/27 in his seven overs.
DKODING | Quinton de Kock | CWC19
The African opener who is known for his superior batting ability failed to perform in the very first match of the CWC19. Though he made 68 runs, but they costed expensive to the team as it came in 74 balls. A game where T20 spirit was required Quinton acted in Test mode.
The Remarkable Moments
- The Claw Catch by Stokes
Stokes has set a different level of all-round performance in a single day. The brilliant catch near the boundary by Stokes has set the bar high for the season. We bet this catch will be talked through many World Cups.
Game Changing Moment
Makaram’s wicket by Jofra Archer was the game changer for England. Jofra’s 3 wickets spell with an economy of just 3.75 he has set a difficult benchmark in the opener itself.
South Africa – The chokers need to get a hold on things which went wrong for them and act fast upon it. The tournament has begun already and the results should be an eye-opener for the squad.
England – Other than individual performances, the players played in great sync and positivity even in pressured situations. As we said earlier too the hosts are the favourites or we can say the favourites are the hosts.
To sum up in less words:
Ben Stokes was exceptional.
Jofra Archer was magnificent.
England were superlative.