ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Match Highlights

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World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Match Highlights – In what turned out to be a one-sided affair, which literally no one had expected, England beat South Africa by a whopping margin of 104 runs. But guess where South Africa lost the match- the opening burst of Jofra Archer, someone who was fast-tracked into the England side post his stunning performance for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.

world cup 2019 england vs south africa match highlights

World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Match Highlights

Tahir draws first blood

South Africa won the toss in the morning and opted to field, a move which saw precedence over the years when the teams have always wanted to chase. But the spectators were witness to a captaincy masterclass when Faf Du Plessis introduced spin in the very first over by going over to his most trusted aide Imran Tahir and guess what, he didn’t disappoint. Bowling from the Vauxhall End, Tahir bowled a good length delivery which turned slightly to kiss the outer edge of Bairstow who had been in excellent form since IPL into the gloves of QDK leaving Tahir to a victory lap.

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The show expected to go on till Jason Roy and Joe Root decided to consolidate. Root took a special liking to Ngidi hitting his last delivery on first over and fourth delivery of the second over to four through covers and square leg while Tahir was hit for a few boundaries by Jason Roy who was looking dangerous. The quick Rabada was introduced in the seventh over but he could not also stop the run play while Ngidi was being played aggressively by the duo on the other side. The batsmen were looking set and started to change gears. Meanwhile, they brought their half-centuries as well in the same over.

Roy and Root Perish looking to up the ante

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Seeking an opportunity to up the ante, Roy perished from a bouncer from Phehlukwayo when he mistimed a bouncer straight to mid-on where Faf reverse cupped the catch easily. Joe Root too followed Roy into the pavilion in the very next over when a Rabada delivery which Root tried slice to the backward point where Duminy did not miss a chance.

World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Match Highlights

The second phase of Rebuilding by Morgan and Stokes

The pressure seemed to have not taken any form since Morgan stayed positively starting off with a boundary to the extra cover. On the other hand, Stokes was stroking the balls for a single but his partner Morgan had something else in mind. Ngidi was hit for two straight sixes off two balls and a boundary in a way to show how positive the English cricket has become over the years. The duos started to rebuild the innings again and in a meanwhile were looking threatening to take the score past 320. Morgan hit his Fifty by hitting Phehlukwayo to a boundary between deep square leg and a fine leg to announce his team’s arrival on the big stage.


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Stokes too became aggressive in the 36th over by hitting three fours off Pretorius thereby also getting to a fifty. This was the first time when four batsmen of the English team had scored a fifty each in a world cup match.

Morgan dismissal crashes the Middle order to restrict England for 311


Following the dismissal of Morgan by Tahir, the middle order saw a sleuth of wickets falling while one side held off by Stokes. Danger man Buttler was bowled by Ngidi before coming back again to pick Moeen Ali in the next over. Woakes looked to hit some balls but was caught on a superb delivery from Rabada. Stokes too fell in the penultimate over only to see his team getting restricted on 311.

Given how the English pitches had behaved over the years since the Champions Trophy, a score of 311 was not at all convincing but South Africa are the makers of their own fortune and this is exactly what happened today.

World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Match Highlights

Archer punctures the top order
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South Africa looked confident with QDK and Amla on the field but the surface beneath them started to shake once Amla had to walk off following a deadly beamer from Archer smashed into his grills. A 145kph bouncer could have done much damage and he was rushed out. QDK and Markram looked positive and played some shots. Woakes was the prime target who was hit twice for fours in his third over by QDK. Markram hit Archer for a four through the cover only to see his edge getting behind to Root. Archer did not stop until he got the better off the South African Captain Faf Du Plessis in his next over who top-edged a bouncer to Moeen Ali with a safe pair of hands.

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Van Der Dussan and QDK look to consolidate

Following two back to back blows coupled with a retire hurt Amla, South Africa was finding it hard to take the game to the bowlers. QDK and VDD looked to consolidate the innings with some lovely cover drives and lofty hits from the former. Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan could not stop the run play while the duo completed their hundred run partnership. QDK went on to score a fifty while VDD too tried to play some shots.

Increasing Run Rate hurries QDK and Duminy
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While the duo was consolidating the innings, the Required Run Rate kept on increasing. QDK could not control himself and mistimed a Plunkett delivery straight to the Root who was having a great time in the field. Duminy too followed QDK trying to hoick Ali straight into the safe hands of Ben Stokes. A blunder was seen in the next over when Pretorius was run out trying to take a quick single. The South African team had lost the match by now.

Despite some good hitting by Dussen on the other hand, South Africa could never really recuperate from the earlier spell of Archer and succumbed to a 104-run defeat against the tournament favourites.

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