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2019 Cricket World Cup Highlights: England overwhelm South Africa in World Cup opener

Updated : 2019-06-03 06:41:12

England made a confident start to their Cricket World Cup campaign as they crushed South Africa by 104 runs in the tournament opener at The Oval on Thursday. Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 as the hosts made a competitive total of 311 for eight after being sent into bat. Jofra Archer took two early wickets and South Africa never looked likely to reach their target, bowled out in the 40th over for 207 to give World Cup favourites England the perfect start. "I'm sure there was a few nerves kicking around - I've not felt like that in a long time when we arrived at the ground. To come away with a win is a fantastic start," Stokes said. "To perform as we did - I think that's the best we've fielded in about two or three years. The amount of runs we saved was absolutely brilliant." England lost Jonny Bairstow to the second ball of the match, caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off spinner Imran Tahir, but Jason Roy and Joe Root shared a 106-run partnership to steady the hosts. Roy never threatened to dismantle the bowling as he has done regularly in recent matches, accumulating 54 runs before he skied Andile Phehlukwayo to Faf du Plessis at mid-off.

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England players line up next to the trophy before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England players line up next to the trophy before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa players line up before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa players line up before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa's Imran Tahir celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa's Imran Tahir celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Jonny Bairstow looks dejected as he walks off after being dismissed Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Jonny Bairstow looks dejected as he walks off after being dismissed Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa's Imran Tahir in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 South Africa's Imran Tahir in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes looks dejected as he walks off after being dismissed Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes looks dejected as he walks off after being dismissed Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root catches out South Africa's Imran Tahir Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root catches out South Africa's Imran Tahir Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root celebrates winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Joe Root celebrates winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Kagiso Rabada with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Kagiso Rabada with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes with South Africa's Imran Tahir after winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes with South Africa's Imran Tahir after winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates catching out South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v South Africa - Kia Oval, London, Britain - May 30, 2019 England's Ben Stokes celebrates catching out South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
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