In the first match of the World Cup 2019, hosts England defeated South Africa by a massive 104. The victory came on the back of Ben Stokes’ exceptional innings comprising of 89 runs coupled with the last and final catch of the match to dismiss the opponents.
Albeit that Jonny Bairstow’s return to pavilion on the second ball of the match seemed to shake the scoreboard, it was Stokes 89, and Eoin Morgan’s, Jason Roy and Joe Root’s half centuries that came into play as the team finished at a total of 311-8.
Jofra Archer’s tremendous spell for 3 wickets by conceding merely 27 runs also boosted the hosts victory spirit, and England proved themselves a force to be reckoned with.
For South African side Quinton De Kock’s 68 alongside Rassie van der Dussen’s 50 pushed the team towards a stability, however Liam Plunket took away Kock’s wicket and South Africa’s hope at 129-2. The last nail in the coffin was hit as Ben Stokes took a phenomenal one handed catch and send Andile Phehlukwayo to pavilion. The team finished at 207; a significant 104 runs behind the set target.