Ben Stokes Dazzling all round performance shows why England is the favorites for the World Cup
- by Sourav
- Jun 01, 2019 10:33
Ben Stokes display a top overall performance in all 3 departments of cricket, top scorer with 89 runs in England’s 311/8 wins over Protease, caught an outstanding catch in the field and completed his bowling spell by taking 2 for 12.
On Thursday, England began their quest for this World Cup beating one of the favorites South Africa emphatically in a 104 run win at the tournaments opener at Oval. The all-rounder is the top scorer for their mighty win over Protease as they bowled out the whole South African squad with 61 balls left. Archer did the early damage with him taking 3/27 in 7 overs.
Archer was not even in the picture for the England World Cup team, he only qualified in March making his selection a worthy one by immediately putting South Africa into the backstage retiring Hashim Amla with a cruel bouncer right off to the top of Hashim helmet.
Afterward, Aiden Markram edged to Joe Root on slip and Protease skipper Faf du Plessis falling just after reducing South Africa to only 6 batsmen.
Although Quinton de Knock kept the Proteases in the hunt for a while with his 68 runs on 58 balls.
Then Rassie van der Dussen keeps the South Africa innings going on with his 50 but falls down to the bowling of Archer trying to hit Archer on the mid-on.
Dussen exist sees the arrival of resurgent Amla with SA struggling at 176/6 in the 32nd over.
The game was England to win and it occurs accordingly with Stokes holding an outstanding one-handed catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo leaving South Africa to an ashtray.
Amla’s resilient effort sees an end when he caught off behind on the Plunkett's slow ball bouncer and Stokes finishing the match by edging out Imran Tahir to Root.
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