Cricket

Biggest Party in Cricket kicked off with hosts registering an enthralling win!

The World Cup kicks off with two top-tier teams, who will be carrying a lot of expectations on their shoulders, as hosts England, led by Eoin Morgan take on the Faf du Plessis’ South Africa at the Kennington Oval, London. South Africa opted to bowl first after winning the toss, with the mindset of restricting England to a reasonable score and chasing down the target.

Bairstow and Root begun the innings for England, as Imran Tahir was given the new ball, he struck in his first over to dismiss Bairstow for a duck. Root joined Roy, and both provided a solid platform by scoring half centuries. Roy’s half-century came off 51 balls, while Root’s half-century came off 53 balls. Phehlukwayo ended a century stand, as he dismissed Roy for 54, Root followed him in the next over, as he was dismissed for 51, off Rabada, with England in trouble at 111/3 in the 20th over. Stokes and Morgan joined for the 4th wicket stand, Morgan completed a well-established half-century off 50 balls, as the pair put on 106 runs, as Morgan was undone by Tahir for 57. Butler made a quick fire 18, as Ngidi got the better of him, Moeen couldn’t get going as he too, was undone by Ngidi for 3. Woakes made 13, before being dismissed by Rabada, with England at 285/7, but STOKES remained firm as he went to on make 89 as England finished at 311/8. Ngidi picked up 66/3


Chasing a modest total of 312, de Kock and Amla begun the proceedings for South Africa, as Amla was retired hurt early in the innings, with Markram and de Kock steering the ship for the visitors. Archer struck for England as he dismissed Markram for 11, and captain du Plessis for 5, with South Africa struggling at 44/2. Dussen and De kock put on the decent 95 for the third wicket stand. De Kock’s half century came off 56 balls, as he was undone by Plunkett for 68, with Africa at 129/3 in 23 overs. Duminy could’t get going too, as he was caught for 8. Dussen’s half century came off 67 balls, but he could’t make the most of it, as he was caught for 50. Protorius was runout for 1, while Phehluakweyo made a solid 24 before being caught by Stokes, as South-Africa sensed a massive lose with Amla’s dismissal for 13. Ngidi and Rabada managed to take SouthAfrica at 207 only, as England thrashed South Africa by 104 runs to clinch the first game. Archer picked up 27/3

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