England have started their Cricket World Cup campaign with a convincing win over the Proteas. South Africa won the toss and selected to field first. The hosts then put up a defendable total of 311 while South Africa were bowled out for 207. The Proteas batting was worrying as the middle order failed to turn up on the day. Quinton de Kock scoring 68 off 74 balls and Rassie van der Dussen (50 off 61 balls) were the only standouts in a dismal batting display.
All-rounder Ben Stokes was named Player of the Match after putting in a stellar performance with the bat scoring 89 runs. He was also handy with the ball taking 2 wickets and took two catches in the field. Stokes pulled off one of the greatest one handed catches we’ve seen in a long time when he dismissed of Andile Phehlukwayo for 24 runs.
The Proteas will look to bounce back strongly on Sunday when they play Bangladesh. South Africa’s saving grace is that most analysts reckon five wins in nine matches will be enough to reach the semi-finals given the tournament’s format.