ICC World Cup 2019: England beat South Africa in opener
London : England began their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 104‑run win against South Africa at the Oval here on Thursday.
Chasing the victory target of 312, South Africa were bowled out at 207 in 39.5 overs. Wicket keeper Quinton de Kock (68) and HE van der Dussen (50) tried to pull the match but didn’t get support from other batsmen.
For England, Archer scalped three wickets while Stokes and Plunkett got two wickets each. Rashid and Ali took one wicket each.
Earlier, the Proteas had won the toss and asked England to bat first.
The host made 311 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs. Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 runs in the innings. Jason Roy, Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan pitched in with half-centuries.
South African pacer Lungisani Ngidi took three wickets. Imran Tahir and K Rabada claimed two wickets each while Phehlukwayo got one wicket.
Stokes, who starred in all departments, received the Player of the Match award.