England held to 311 by South Africa in World Cup opener

LONDON: England has made 311-Eight towards South Africa on the again of two century partnerships after dropping a wicket to the second ball of the opening match of the Cricket World Cup on the Oval.

No sooner had Prince Harry declared the occasion formally open on Thursday with, “You received’t wish to miss any of it,” than Jonny Bairstow was strolling again to hitch the royal within the pavilion as the primary opening batsman out for a golden duck within the opening innings of a World Cup.

It was a gap gambit brilliantly executed by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who received the toss and selected to bowl first — as England would have — and gave the ball to Imran Tahir, the primary spinner to bowl the primary ball of a males’s World Cup. He induced a faint edge behind from Bairstow and, arms out, went flying across the offside in celebration.

But when there was any extra wickedness within the green-tinged pitch, as South Africa had hoped, the bowlers couldn’t discover it.

Jason Roy and Joe Root scored simply, troubling solely umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who was hit on the elbow by a Roy drive that deflected off Root on the non-striker’s finish. The second-wicket pair appeared to do every part in sync. They reached their half-centuries in the identical over, the 18th, with singles, and so they have been out to self-inflicted errors inside 4 balls of one another.

After finishing their third century partnership in 5 ODIs, Roy miscued a pull shot and top-edged to du Plessis at mid off. He made 54 off 53 balls, together with eight fours.

Root was out for 51 off 59 deliveries, and spent the stroll again chastising himself for steering Kagiso Rabada straight to JP Duminy at backward level.

Eoin Morgan was off the mark with a canopy boundary, and enlivened the near-full crowd with England’s solely three sixes, together with consecutive sixes off quick bowler Lungi Ngidi, coming all the way down to hit the primary over lengthy off, and pulling the second over tremendous leg.

Morgan made 50 off 50, and Ben Stokes, sluggish to the occasion however motivated by his captain, reached his 50 off 45 hitting a full toss with a reverse scoop that flew over wickerkeeper Quinton de Kock to the third man boundary.

Tahir’s return to the assault paid dividends once more, although it took an incredible diving catch by Aiden Markram at long-on to take away Morgan on 57 at 217-4.

He and Stokes’ stand of 106 got here off 108 deliveries.

Then Stokes and his teammates instantly discovered scoring more durable, below darkish clouds. They hit solely six boundaries within the final 10 overs.

Jos Buttler chopped on to his stumps on 18, and Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have been out for 9 and 13 to catches on the boundary.

Stokes went on to 89 off 79 balls, out within the 49th over making an attempt to up the speed.

Stokes gave Ngidi his third wicket. Tahir and Kagiso Rabada earned two every.

Reaching 311 ended England’s ODI report run of 4 consecutive 340-plus scores this month.

Since 2000, chasing sides have received 27 out of 41 accomplished ODIs on the Oval.—AP

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