ENG vs SA, Match 1, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 30 May 2019
ENG won by 104 runs
BALL BY BALL
Q D Kock
R V D Dussen
England completes a comprehensive drubbing and consequently give off a warning for all other teams competing in the marquee tournament. Ben Stokes, who was always known as a big match player, has delivered on the biggest stage and inarguably stolen the show tonight! Composed with the bat, impressive with the bowl and staggering in the field, Stokes has helped the home-side draw first blood in the tournament opener. That's all from the commentary team (Momin and Rvel) and we hope to catch up with you tomorrow afternoon as Pakistan look to bring their miserable run in ODI Cricket to an eventual halt against the mercurial Windies. Good night!
39.5 - B Stokes to I Tahir
Caught! Stokes wrap up things with two-in-two. Pitched on off stump and nips away, takes a thick outside from a flaying Imran Tahir bat and carries all the way to Joe Root at first slip. Elated Stokes has pulled off a stellar individual performance tonight. Gunplayer for the Poms, without any doubt.
39.4 - B Stokes to K Rabada
OUT! Banged in short, Kagiso rocks back and miscued a pull that goes straight to Plunkett at midwicket who lunged forward to complete a clean catch. What a nosedive by South Africa in the opener!
39.3 - B Stokes to K Rabada
Stokes errs to the legside again, clips Rabada's pads and dribbles away to fine-leg boundary for another four.
39.2 - B Stokes to K Rabada
Over the wicket, back of a length on leg stump, Rabada pulls hard but it lands just in front of midwicket, living dangerously but he is not going to die wondering!
39.1 - B Stokes to K Rabada
Floated on off-stump and Rabada helps it on his way and gets a boundary down to third-man region.
Ov 39: W 0 0 6 0 0 ( 6 Runs, 1 Wkt )
38.6 - L Plunkett to L Ngidi
Short of a length just outside off, Ngidi steers it to point fielder.
38.5 - L Plunkett to L Ngidi
How has that missed the stumps?! Fired into middle and leg from Plunkett and Ngidi misses it altogether, thuds his thigh pad and flies just a shade over the bails.
38.4 - L Plunkett to L Ngidi
SIX! Where did that come from? A great riposte from batsman! This was slower juicy half volley, Lungi had a wild swing over the bowler's head!
38.3 - L Plunkett to L Ngidi
Quicker and bit of width offered, Ngidi flays his arms but cannot get any sort of connection on that.
38.2 - L Plunkett to L Ngidi
Yorker length digs it out to point for no run. Only a matter of time before England quicks get through the tail. 311 proving too much for South Africa
38.1 - L Plunkett to H Amla
GONE! Banged in short but he runs his fingers across it. Half-hearted appeal but Amla knows he's gone. Plunkett seals his second scalp and South Africa are falling like a house of cards now.
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