By Peter Moore
- Ben Stokes hits 89 for hosts to complete comfortable victory over Proteas
- Captain Eoin Morgan among four half centurions for England
- Jofra Archer doesn’t disappoint on World Cup debut
LONDON, ENGLAND – England see off South Africa by 104 runs in World Cup opener
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Jonny Bairstow – 4/10 – Suffered a rare failure at the top of the order. Lasted just two deliveries but was deceived by the leg spin of Imran Tahir and bowled for a golden duck.
Jason Roy – 8/10 – Continued his outstanding form for England this summer- Has hit 502 runs in seven knocks. Made 54 at a run a ball, before top edging to mid-off. So consistent with his batting, you feel a century is just around the corner.
Joe Root – 8/10 – Joined Roy in the middle after only three balls. Shared in a century partnership with the Surrey man that gave England a platform to build on, after the early setback of losing Bairstow. Managed to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely in his knock of 51.
Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – Captain’s innings of 57, including 34 in boundaries saw the skipper in his usual confident fluent batting style that frustrated the South African’s attack.
Ben Stokes – 10/10 – Deserved to pick up the MOM award. After England suffered the loss of three quick wickets it was down to Stokes with a superb 89 off 79 balls to push England to a total of over 300. Outstanding all round performance which included a run out and a truly sensational one-handed catch, which must surely rate as the finest catch ever seen on this ground. Was thrown the ball at the end of the innings and bagged two wickets in two balls.
Jos Buttler – 5/10 – Fair to say not the best day Buttler has had in an England shirt. Made 18 before dragging a delivery on to his stumps. His wicketkeeping was untidy, also dropped Rassie Van der Dussen when on six.
Moeen Ali – 3/10 – Still struggling with his batting at the moment. Got out with a big slog towards cow corner for just three runs. Didn’t look to threatening with the ball today and finished with 1-63 from his ten overs.
Chris Woakes – 7/10 – Opened the bowling but lacked line and length. Only sent down five overs at a cost of 24 runs. Useful 13 runs at the end of the innings.
Liam Plunkett – 8/10 – Morgan likes to use him in the middle of the innings and the experienced campaigner delivered again picking up 2-37 off seven overs including the key wickets of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.
Jofra Archer – 9/10 – First real test for the Sussex pace bowler and he delivered in a big way. Claimed two wickets in his first spell and picked up another scalp after being bought back for a second. The South African’s didn’t know how to handle his extra pace and couldn’t take the ball banged in short to them. Was only needed to bowl seven overs, finishing with very commendable figures of 3-27.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Steady from Rashid. Came on first change and was unlucky to only pick up a single wicket for his troubles.
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Quinton de Kock – 8/10 – South Africa’s best batsman on the day. Made a useful 68 before perishing in the deep off Plunkett. Looks a very assured opener for the Proteas.
Hashim Amla – 6/10 – The experienced Hamla was hit in the grille from a bouncer from Archer early on in his innings when he had made five. Was led from the field but came back later in the innings. Added just eight further runs before edging to Buttler.
Aiden Markram – 6/10 – Beaten by the extra pace of Archer after making 11. Will have the advantage in the tournament of acclimatising to English conditions after an early season stint with Hampshire.
Faf du Plessis – 5/10 – Not a good day for the Skipper. Fell for the three-card trick off Archer and was snapped up at fine leg for just five. Lost out to Morgan in the best Captain of the day stakes.
Rassie Van der Dussen – 8/10 – Had a life when on six after he should have been back in the pavilion, but Buttler missed an easy chance. Capitalised on his let off and looked comfortable out in the middle until reaching his half century before miscuing to mid-on.
JP Duminy – 4/10 – Poor shot from the experienced 37-year-old, hitting the ball straight to long-off. Almost certain to be his last World Cup and looking very vulnerable.
Dwaine Pretorius – 3/10 – Only faced a single ball before getting himself run out going for a risky second run.
Andile Phehlukwayo – 7/10 – Enjoyed himself with some late hitting in the latter part of the innings with 24. Also picked up a wicket from his eight overs.
Kagiso Rabada – 7/10 – Claimed the wickets of Root and Woakes in his ten overs. A little expensive from the seamer, going at almost seven an over.
Lungi Ngidi – 8/10 – Came into the tournament with a growing reputation. That was enhanced today with a solid bowling performance. The pick of the attack, finishing up with 3-66, including the key wicket of Stokes.
Imran Tahir – 8/10 – The sight of the evergreen 40-year-old celebrating the scalp of Bairstow was a sight to be seen at the Oval. Given the opening over for South Africa and striking with his second delivery he continued to pose problems for England and was rewarded by claiming the wicket of the England skipper.
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