The Match 1 of Cricket World Cup (CWC 2019), began with the hosts England winning their first game.
It was Ben Stokes who starred in all departments as England beat South Africa by 104 runs, literally thrashing Proteas in the tournament opener at the Oval on Thursday.
Stokes who is an all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England’s 311 for eight, held a brilliant catch in the outfield and later took two for 12, which including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left.
Fast bowler, Jofra Archer did the early damage for England with the ball, he claimed three wickets for 27 in seven overs.
Archer, who only qualified for England in March, made his presence felt even before he had taken a wicket with a bouncer that beat Hashim Amla for pace and crashed into the grille of the helmet, forcing the veteran opener retiring hurt on five. Archer then reduced the Proteas to 44 for two.
England – 311/8 (50 overs)
South Africa – 207 (39.5 overs)
England win by 104 runs