ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Hails Stokes, England After Massive Win Against Proteas | Sportzwiki

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Hails Stokes, England After Massive Win Against Proteas

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ICC World Cup 2019 opener has entertained the cricket fans across the world. The hosts England were at their rampant best against South Africa. The transition can be clearly seen in this edition after their horrible performances in 2015.

Having won the toss, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis decided to field first. Imran Tahir became the first spinner ever to bowl the first over in a World Cup event. And the veteran repaid the faith by picking out dangerous Jonny Bairstow in the very first over. But Jason Roy and Joe Root stitched a century stand for the second stand.

Although the duo were dismissed in quick succession, skipper Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes had come to the rescue. Both the left handed batsmen managed another century stand between them. They ensured there is no hiccups in their innings during the middle overs.

Stokes Shine With Bat

Even though there has not been much contribution from the lower middle order, Ben Stokes continued his knock very well. With no pressure, he made an impressive 89 runs from just 79 balls. England eventually managed 311/8 in their 50 overs.

Lungi Ngidi managed three wickets, while Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada managed a couple each. Asked to chase 312, South Africa had lost Hashim Amla as the batsman was injured. But wickets fell continuously and no batsmen were able to support Quinton de Kock. Rassie van der Dussen helped de Kock during their 87 run stand. But once the duo were dismissed, South Africa innings was completely shattered.

The Proteas batting lineup bundled out for just 207 in under 40 overs. Quinton de Kock remained their top scorer with an impressive 68 runs from 74 balls. On the other hand, Rassie van der Dussen also managed to get a half century. Ben Stokes had a wonderful day on the field. After his impressive batting display, the southpaw picked up a blinder of a catch with a single hand at deep mid wicket.

Also, he was quite successful with the ball picking up 2 wickets. Jofra Archer impressed with 3 wickets to his name. England managed to win by 104 runs made a statement.

Here is how Twitter reacted to England’s win

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