World Cup 2019: I’ve only seen de Villiers take a catch like Stokes did, says Morgan

first_img Scorecard England Bowling ENG Bowling 72.72 South Africa batting SA batting B advertisement 91.89 covers Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 25 covers c Joe Root b Liam Plunkett Mid off Mid on covers Super Over Square Leg Chris Woakes C. Woakes South Africa Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 2 96 Point Point – 8 Andile Phehlukwayo A. Phehlukwayo c Ben Stokes b Adil Rashid 4 Quinton de Kock (SA) de Kock (SA) England ENG 0 Mid on 3/27 (7) graphs 3/66 (10) All batsmen are considered right handed nb 0 England ENG 0 0 o Mid on All batsmen are considered right handed r Mid Wicket Lungi Ngidi L. Ngidi not out (50.0) South Africa SA 11 4 1 Mid off Dwaine Pretorius D. Pretorius run out (Ben Stokes) 0 1 fine Leg 0 Square Leg 0 1 Square Leg Mid Wicket JP Duminy JP Duminy c Ben Stokes b Moeen Ali third Man 1 0 Point 129/3 ( de Kock 23 Overs) , view full scorecard 1 6.3 fine Leg Square Leg Mid off (39.5) Mid off Moeen Ali M. Ali covers Aiden Markram A. Markram c Joe Root b Jofra Archer Liam Plunkett L. Plunkett All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 2 100 third Man 1 311/8 All batsmen are considered right handed 27 1 Mid on Mid off 6s c Moeen Ali b Jofra Archer England beat South Africa by 104 runs c Jos Buttler b Liam Plunkett 81.96 fine Leg fine Leg Mid on 0 Press Trust of India LondonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 15:15 IST Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes celebrate the fall of a South African wicket (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan praised Ben Stokes after the all-rounder helped England win their 1st match of World Cup 2019The skipper felt even the 300-plus score was not enoughMorgan thinks that the pitch against South Africa was quite slow for battingSkipper Eoin Morgan rued that a sluggish track did not allow them to post the desired total but hailed the adaptability skills of his side, which thumped South Africa by a massive 104-run margin in the World Cup opener.Half-centuries by Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51), Morgan (57) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (89) helped the hosts post 311 for eight before they bundled South Africa for a paltry 207.”I think given the nature of the pitch and the way South Africa bowled, we were struggling with our plan A game with the bat for some time and that emphasized how slow the pitch was,” said Morgan.”You could not get away and we could not strike the ball like we would do for our plan A. One of the ways we have improved in the last two years is understanding conditions and we adapted really well here.”The skipper felt even the 300-plus score was not enough.”We did not think we had enough runs but we thought we were on par. It is extremely pleasing. I would back us to lose four early wickets and still go at five an over.”We have been at 20-5 before and put a reasonable score on the board, fought to the end and believed we can still win. If we lose wickets then we will adapt.”South Africa began on a shaky note when veteran opener Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the head. An excellent bowling spell by rookie Jofra Archer (3/27) and loss of wickets at regular intervals added to their woes.Morgan heaped praise on Stokes for starring in all three departments. Stokes returned with the figure of 2-12 before hitting 89 runs off 79 balls.advertisementHowever, it was a sensational one-handed catch by Stokes near the boundary off Adil Rashid, to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo that drew admiration.”He has had a full day out and when he does, it is entertaining. We see him do stuff like that in training all the time and you shake your head at it,” Morgan said.”He was at his best today. He misjudged it at the start. He ran in, stopped and I thought it was way over his head and then the leap. I have only seen a catch like that from AB de Villiers before for Bangalore (IPL side RCB).”I don’t know to describe it, it was unbelievable,” Morgan said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: The more you see, the more you like it – Ben Stokes catch leaves cricket world in aweAlso Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Eoin MorganFollow Ben StokesFollow World Cup 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 167/6 ( van der Dussen 31.5 Overs) , Mid off 0 Toss: SA elected to field 7 England 1 0 8 No data available! third Man 24 run out (Ben Stokes) 5 covers All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg Square Leg 68 (74) 74 4.37 0 207 Ben Stokes B. Stokes 2.5 11 207 1 Mid on 2 11 covers 0 0 89 (79) Mid Wicket 44/2 ( du Plessis 9.3 Overs) , covers Point 193/8 ( H. Amla 38.1 Overs) , 68center_img Fall of Wickets All batsmen are considered right handed 35 fine Leg 0 Point 180/7 ( A. Phehlukwayo 34.1 Overs) , third Man Jofra Archer (ENG) J. Archer (ENG) Match Ended 50 Square Leg covers Point Ben Stokes (ENG) B. Stokes (ENG) c Ben Stokes b Adil Rashid 24 4s South Africa SA Point fine Leg 0 Adil Rashid A. Rashid Mid Wicket commentary (50.0) Mid Wicket 19 0 0 c Joe Root b Jofra Archer c Liam Plunkett b Ben Stokes 10 Mid on Quinton de Kock (wk) de Kock (wk) c Joe Root b Liam Plunkett Match Ended 5.28 207 covers 5 vs 91.66 4.8 wd All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket 0 not out All batsmen are considered right handed 5 0 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Ben Stokes ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 0 1 R Square Leg Mid Wicket Square Leg Lungi Ngidi (SA) L. Ngidi (SA) 36/1 ( A. Markram 7.4 Overs) , 57.89 0 Mid on 6 (39.5) 0 Mid Wicket ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 1 Extras: 10 runs (B: 4, LB: 5, WD: 1, NB: 0, P: 0) 7 (39.5) 61 207/9 ( K. Rabada 39.4 Overs) , Faf du Plessis (c) du Plessis (c) c Moeen Ali b Jofra Archer Rassie van der Dussen van der Dussen c Moeen Ali b Jofra Archer 142/4 ( JP Duminy 25.5 Overs) , Point third Man Point Kagiso Rabada K. Rabada c Liam Plunkett b Ben Stokes 12 Imran Tahir I. Tahir c Joe Root b Ben Stokes e/r Mid Wicket 7 120 w 6 311/8 Mid off Mid off World Cup 2019: I’ve only seen de Villiers take a catch like Stokes did, says MorganEngland captain Eoin Morgan couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw teammate Ben Stokes pluck a one-handed catch out of thin air to lift the team’s spirits in the opening game of the 2019 World Cup on May 30 Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg 0 Mid Wicket 0 Hashim Amla H. Amla c Jos Buttler b Liam Plunkett 71.42 1 13 c Ben Stokes b Moeen Ali Square Leg Jofra Archer J. Archer 0 Referee: David Boon (AUS) Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Paul Reiffel (AUS) third Man Point 3 1 0 covers 0 Mid off 12 Mid on c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 23 fine Leg S/R Mid on 144/5 ( D. Pretorius 26.2 Overs) , 56.52 0 37 0 fine Leg 3.85 c Moeen Ali b Jofra Archer 63 third Man 207/10 ( I. Tahir 39.5 Overs) , third Man 2 third Man 4.23 m 2 view more view less Mid off All batsmen are considered right handedlast_img read more