Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

CWC 2019: Proteas look to put heavy defeat to bed

cwc 2019Proteas captain Faf du Plessis conceded that his side were outclassed in all aspects of the game by England in the Cricket World Cup opener.

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With a short turnaround time between fixtures, the Proteas will have to get over the disappointment of the heavy defeat suffered to host nation England on the opening day of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

In pursuit of 311 runs for victory, South Africa fell well short of the target as they were bowled out for 207, losing by 104 runs.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis conceded that his side were up against a better side, and would need to pick themselves up ahead of their next fixture.

“You are going to play games and come up against opposition that are better than you. England beat us in all three facets of the game,” Du Plessis said after the defeat.

“As much as we are disappointed, we will want to learn from it quickly and put it to bed. We want to move on from it quickly.”

Faf du Plessis

All-rounder Ben Stokes was the match on the match after top scoring with 89 before contributing with two wickets and as many catches, including a stunner to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo.

South Africa’s chase was hampered by an early setback after Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt with fears of a concussion after being struck on the helmet by a Jofra Archer bouncer.

Du Plessis said the veteran opener’s withdrawal affected the flow of the innings.

“When you are chasing a big score like 312, you need a good start to settle the dressing room,” Du Plessis said.

“A good start is really important. With him coming off, a few overs later Aiden (Markram) got out and then I got out. When you go three down, it becomes tough and the score looks big, it looks too far.

“The pitch was good enough.”

Faf du Plessis

The Proteas return to The Oval for their next fixture on Sunday, where they square off against Bangladesh, before facing one of the pre-tournament favourites India on Wednesday.

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