It was Eoin Morgan, the English skipper how added his crucial hundred bolstering his team’s score to a massive 339. It was enough for his bowlers to defend against South Africa. England won the first ODI against South Africa by 74 runs. It is a three-match series between the team before Champion Trophy kick starts by first June. Morgan knocked his 11th ODI century batting first in the match. He scored 107 off 93 batting to the almost the pre-ultimate over of the inning. The captain also achieved the feat of becoming the most ODI run scorer for England.
South Africa, the top team in ODI charts, was obviously not an easy team. However, English players did not surrender. After Morgan, Moeen Ali came up with a strong strike scoring 77 off 51 balls. It was this addition that hauled England’s figures to something un-scalable for South Africa, the highest score at Headingley stadium. However, South Africa was headstrong in the chase. By half the inning, England could topple only a single wicket. Quinton de Kock was removed in the seventh over, while the next wicket came in the 25th, as the scored bolstered to 145. After de Kock was caught behind the wicket, Hashim Amla and Faf de Plessis forged a partnership of 112 runs.
Still, it was the last stand of the team. After JP Duminy’s wicket in the 31st over, there was a slog in the chase. Captain AB de Villiers scored 45 to keep the chase alive, but there was no support from rest down the line. Chris Woakes removed 4 wickets. The match ended five overs before as South Africa batting line up was exhausted before it could do anything to win.
Earlier, in England inning, the openers did not play aggressive. Although they did not lose much wicket, before Morgan came to bat, the run rate was slow. Alex Hales, Joe Root and Ben Stokes played slow innings, even if the first two contributed substantially. Jason Roy, the opener was down in the second over. Roots inning was disarrayed being flashy at first and slow by the end.
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