England beat South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of ICC World Cup
England have defeated South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at the Oval in London.
Jofra Archer broke through the Proteas batting order in his opening spell, dismissing Aiden Markram (11) and skipper Faf du Plessis (7) and forcing Hashim Amla (13) to retire to the pavilion for a long time after being hit by a bouncer.
Quinton de Kock (68) was the only batsman who looked capable of taking the fight to the hosts, and when he was batting with Rassie van der Dussen (50), it looked for a while like we were set for a cracking finish.
However, wickets fell in a heap after De Kock’s wicket, and when Archer picked up Van der Dussen’s wicket as well, the game was all but over.
Ben Stokes, who took one sensational catch and played a part in two other dismissals, took two wickets in two consecutive balls to end the match.