So the opening match was not a thriller but it was everything the host nation would have wanted. A thumping win over South Africa in the opening match to move ahead of the others was ensured by an English side with good performers in almost every field of play, be it batting or fielding or bowling. With bat, Jason Roy gave a good start with a half century followed by middle order boost by Morgan with a half century of his own and then Stokes took it past 300 with 89 of 79 balls. It was not dominating batting performance by an English side that claims to breach 500 mark over this tournament but it was more the enough for pitch that had something for the bowlers as well.
South Africa bowled well in patches but were punished for not keeping the things tight for long. Ngidi and Rabada shared a five wicket haul between them to ensure the score was within reach of their batsmen.
However South Africa never gained any momentum with the bat starting with the retired hurt Amla in the fourth over caused by the hurrying pace of Archer who finished the match with 3 for 27 in 7 overs. It was a great start for Archer in the World Cup who was a last minute inclusion due to his accuracy and pace. It has given the batting heavy England side an edge with the bowl as well.
De Kock and Dussen did score half centuries for South Africa but it was not enough to make the match close. And in the end, SA got bowled out for 207 in 40th over with England winning the match by 104 runs. It was a comprehensive win for a side that seems to now have everything to go all the way.