ICC World Cup 2019: We Have Been Outplayed In All Three Departments- Faf du Plessis
South Africa were left shocked after England’s ruthless performance in 2019 World Cup opener. The hosts England dominated the game and won comfortably with a margin of 104 runs.
On the other hand, South Africa who were considered tournament favorites had lost their way completely in this game. Their skipper Faf du Plessis admitted that they were completely outplayed across all the three departments. Needless to say, England made a statement with their win against South Africa
“I think we have been outplayed in all three departments. Basically we were 3 down in 12 overs and I think we were looking for 330-340 but when we took the pace off we thought 300 was par.”
Faf du Plessis won the toss and asked England to bat first. He experimented by giving veteran spinner Imran Tahir the new ball. And the in-form Tahir did not disappoint his skipper as he picked out Jonny Bairstow in the very first over.
Tahir Creates Record
On the other hand, with this, Imran Tahir became the first spinner to open bowling in a World Cup event. Meanwhile, England hit full stride with their top order batsmen clicking. Eventually, four of the top five batsmen made half centuries as England coast past 300.
Ben Stokes was the most impressive amongst the batsmen as he held his nerve. His composure ensured that England managed a winnable score. Faf du Plessis admitted opening bowling with Tahir was in their plans.
“It was a plan (to start with Tahir). We wanted to target those two openers with leg spin, especially Roy. It worked today. Their batting was really good. They are a top-quality team and they showed that with the bat today. You need a bit of momentum in the first two games.”
South Africa Lost Their Way With The Bat
Asked to chase a massive 312, South Africa were dealt a blow when Amla was injured. It meant South Africa middle order was exposed to new ball pretty early. They had lost three wickets in quick succession.
van der Dussen along with de Kock tried to stabilize South Africa’s innings. But once they were gone, the innings was over very quickly. Ben Stokes was brilliant on the field. He picked up one of the best catches in cricket catches. Also, Stokes inflicted a impressive run out and took two wickets with the ball. Speaking after the game, du Plessis gave an update on Amla’s injury.
“He (Amla) is okay now and when he came back to the dressing room, he looked fine and hopefully that’s a good sign for the next game. When we have Dale and all our resources, we back our bowling to restrict teams under 300.”
Although, they lost their first game, the team needs to quickly overcome disappointment. South Africa will next take on Bangladesh on Sunday in their second game of the tournament.
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