The explosive opener of ICC World Cup 2019 at Kennington Stadium witnessed jaw-dropping moments between the match of hosting team England and South Africa. Electing to bat first, England squad set a target of 312 runs in 50 overs with the help of astonishing half-centuries by Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and star of the show Ben Stokes. Chasing the target on board, South Africa started quite well as they scored 129 runs after losing three wickets in 23 overs. De Kock’s 68 helped his side to reach closer to the target but after that the continuous fall of wickets ended their game on the losing side. As a result, Eoin Morgan’s squad sealed the opening match with a massive margin of 104 runs.
England cricketers showed their brilliance in all the three-departments of fielding, bowling and batting which lead them the great victory. Moreover, all-rounder player Ben Stokes contributed fabulously in the game as he scored 89 runs off 79 balls as well as took two wickets by giving just 12 runs when the match came to its end.
The skipper of South African squad Faf du Plessis expressed about his side’s disappointing defeat against England, “we were outplayed in all three departments – Jofra got two wickets upfront, and then with Hash as well it was like being 3 down. Some real good batting performances from England”. Winning team captain Eoin Morgan said on his side’s brilliant victory in the opening match, delighted with that performance, the maturity and smart cricket that we played shows our improvement in the last two years”.
Stokes’ exceptional performance in the opening game created the buzz among all the cricket fans on social media. Within a few minutes after his great innings, Twitter was flooded with enthusiastic reactions about England’s clinical win.
Here are some fans reactions on Twitter after the exciting opener of ICC World Cup 2019 between England and South Africa:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 30, 2019
England are off to a winning start!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 30, 2019
The only reaction Madamji and all of us had after THAT catch from Ben Stokes!
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) May 30, 2019
Bloody love watching this England One day team play ….. !!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 30, 2019
It's coming home!
— Ben Murray (@rubym83) May 30, 2019
— Krunal Koshti (@KrunalKoshti3) May 30, 2019
England will next take on Pakistan squad on June 3, 2019 at Trent Bridge Stadium while South Africa will face Bangladesh on June 2 at The Oval stadium.
Brief Scores (England vs South Africa): England 311/8 (Ben Stokes 89, Eoin Morgan 57, Jason Roy 54, Joe Root 51, Lungi Ngidi 3-66). South Africa 207 all-out (Quinton De Kock 68, Van der Dussen 50, Jofra Archer 3-27).