On Thursday the cricket World Cup began, and it was kicked off with two cracking games. Both fixtures weren’t as tightly contested as one would would’ve expected but they had a lot to offer.
The hosts England and West Indies proved too strong for the likes of South Africa and Pakistan. Both sides had some players who put on outstanding performances that we should all keep an eye on for the rest of the tournament.
England Triumph Over Proteas
England had been preparing for this tournament for the last four years after their disastrous first round exit at the last World Cup. Since they have improved immensely and are now the World Number One. Their opening game of this year’s tournament would be against the Proteas which should’ve been a tough game, but it was the complete opposite. England proved too much for a Proteas side who put on a mediocre performance. A compelling opening spell from Jofra Archer complimented by magical fielding and a world class batting performance from Ben Stokes.
Archer who was bowling at a regular speed of 90mph caused a lot of discomfort amongst the Proteas batting line-up. This was only his fourth one day international and he was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-27. His deadly speed even forced the likes of Hashim Amla to retire hurt after hitting him on the helmet. The most memorable moment of the game s most likely to be the magnificent catch by Stokes. It was the best catch you’ve probably seen in a long time or even one of the best ever. He never just starred in the field but also with the bat. He began his innings slowly, only scoring 31 from 36 balls but that’s where he kicked into gear. Smashing the ball to all parts of the ground he ended on 89 from 79 balls. He helped England to a tough to chase 311/8 while South Africa could only manage 207 all out.
Windies Begin World Cup In Style
The West Indies took on Pakistan in their World Cup opener and won their opener emphatically. They beat Pakistan by seven wickets after they chased down a low 106 run target. The loss definitely did even more damage to the Pakistani players confidence, this was their 11th consecutive ODI loss. The Windies run chase was led by Chris Gayle who put on a dominant batting performance, scoring 50 off just 34 balls. He was also helped by Nicholas Pooran who scored 34 from 19 balls.
The only positive to take from this game for Pakistan was the bowling of Mohammad Amir who took 3 for 26 and was the only player to get wickets. The Windies ended on 108 for 3 and chased down the low total in just 13.4 overs. West Indies looked great from the very start of the game and have now gained a lot of confidence going forward in the tournament.
More To Come
Both England and the West Indies look strong and are most likely going to prove very difficult to beat. For Pakistan and the Proteas its back to the drawing boards to try and work on improving their performances.