ICC Cricket World Cup has officially begun on Thursday and it is already entertaining fans from the very first match. From brilliant bowling and batting displays to stellar catches, we have seen them all. And it is only one match old and will have one and half more months of action.
Ben Stokes has become the talking point with his incredible catch during the second innings of the tournament opener. The agile all rounder made good strides and plucked a world class catch to dismiss Phehlukwayo during South Africa’s chase.
After losing their way in the run chase, Phehlukwayo tried his best to turn the tide against England bowlers. But such was the brilliance of Ben Stokes on the day, he can consider him very unlucky.
Phehlukwayo took on Adil Rashid and went for a slop sweep over leg side. Ben Stokes who was fielding at deep mid wicket need to cover some good few yards and eventually picked up an incredible catch. It is already a contender for catch of the tournament and is definitely one of the best catches in world cricket.
He took the catch with one hand while being on a jump in mid air. What is more impressive is the fact that he landed on the ground so well and made it look so easy. No matter, who ever is on the field in this World Cup, they need to absolutely take a blinder to beat this catch.
Needless to say, this catch will be cherished by cricket fans for a very long time. Ben Stokes will definitely remember this moment for the rest of his career.
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South Africa had struggled in their chase against England. Having batted first, England made good use of the wicket after four of the top five batsmen managed to score fifties. The mere exception was Jonny Bairstow who was out in the very first over, courtesy of some brilliance from Imran Tahir. Considered as tournament favorites, England are looking like a engine well oiled and it will be tough for other sides if they continue this form.