South Africa restrict England at 311/8

South Africa restrict England at 311/8

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London, May 30 : Brilliant batting spell from Ben Stokes 89 and half centuries from Roy, Root and skipper Morgan helped England post 311/8 in the allotted 50 overs against South Africa in the opening match of the ICC World Cup at The Oval here on Thursday.
Earlier South Africa won the toss and opted to field inviting hosts England to open the innings.
It was sheer brilliance of Ben Stokes who kept fighting firm at the other end bringing 89 off 79 balls which included 9 fours.
The first wicket stand between opening pair Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow lasted for a short stint with partnership of just one runs after Imran Tahir gave a breakthrough by scalping wicket of opener Bairstow in the very second ball of the first over after being caught off behind by wicket keeper de Kock.
Bairstow went for duck after facing 1 ball.
After Bairstow's departure Roy and Root shaped the England innings taking score to 106 for the second wicket partnership.
Both the batsman smashed South Africa bowlers all through the ground. In the 17th over Roy completed fifty his fourth in a row in ODIs and then in the 18th over Root joined his partner on fifty.
After completing their fifty Roy and Root were further looking for a big score, but their innings were halted after Phehlukwayo scalped wicket of Roy first in the 19th over and then Rabada sent Root in the 20th over.
Roy's 54 came off in 53 balls striking 8 fours while Root 51 off 59 which included 5 fours.
After exit of Roy and Root, skipper Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes initially struggled with the bat for few overs after South Africa bowlers kept them quiet, But later they both batsman played an important innings and piled up 106 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
In the 33rd over Morgan hit Phehlukwayo for four bringing up his fifty after facing 53 balls. After Morgan Stokes too came with his half century in the 36th over.
But it was Imran Tahir who broke their partnership taking wicket of in-form skipper Morgan in the 37th over after being caught off by Makram.
Morgan chipped in 57 off 60 striking 4 fours and 3 sixes.
After Morgan Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes further added another 30 runs for the fifth wicket, but in the 42nd over it was Ngidi turn to dismantle partnership sending Buttler back to the pavillion.
Butler scored 18 off 16 balls without any boundaries.
In the 44th over Ngidi took his second wicket in form of Moeen Ali. Ali scored 3 off 9 balls.
Towards the end of the innings Chris Woakes was bowled by Rabada. Woakes useful 13 came off in 14 balls with one four.
However, Ben Stokes who stayed firm at one end scored brilliant 89 but fell 11 runs short of his century was sent back by Ngidi in the 49th over.
Stokes came with 89 off 79 balls which included 9 fours.
After Stokes departure Liam Plunkett 9 and Jofra Archer 7 remained not out till the end taking England's innings to 311/8 in 50 overs.
For South Africa Ngidi 3/66, Imran Tahir 2/61, Rabada 2/66 and Phehlukwayo 1/44 were the wicket takers. (UNI)