WATCH – Joe Root Entertained The Crowd At Oval
By CricShots - May 30, 2019 11:36 pm
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England allrounder Ben Stokes might’ve taken the best catch of the ICC World Cup 2019 in the tournament opener itself and proved the famous adage of ‘catches win matches’ when he amused his fans at The Oval in London after taking a stunning one-handed catch that dismissed South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo on Thursday.

Joe Root Searching the ball

The incident took place out in the 35th over of South Africa’s run-chase when Phehlukwayo tried to slog sweep Adil Rashid over mid-wicket, but Stokes timed his jump to perfection throwing himself backward around the deep mid-wicket boundary to pull off one of the greatest catches you will ever see.

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Phehlukwayo’s dismissal left South Africa reeling at 180/7 in 34.1 overs. England finally crushed the Proteas by 104 runs to kickstart their campaign in a dominating fashion.

Here is the video of the dismissal:

Also in the game, there was an incident in the 22nd over a funny incident took place involving Joe Root. Moeen Ali was bowling the over and on the very first ball, Rassie van der Dussen smashed a six over long-off and the ball got lost in the side-screen. However, Root went for searching the ball around amid the black material forming the sight screen like a boy being asked to sort through the laundry and finally he got the ball. 

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Here is the video of the incident:

Earlier, after putting into bat, the hosts amassed 311/8 with the help of Stokes’ 89. Jason Roy, Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan also scored half-centuries. South Africa were bundled out for 207 in 39.5 overs with pacer Jofra Arche remerging as the pick of the bowlers with three for 27 in seven overs.

England will now be locking horns with Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 3, while South Africa who has a lot to ponder will square off with Bangladesh a day earlier on June 2.