Ben Stokes produced a fine all-round display as England began their quest to win the World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval on Thursday.
The all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England´s 311 for eight, held a brilliant catch and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left.
Jofra Archer did the early damage with the ball, the fast bowler taking three for 27 in seven overs.
The game was all but up for South Africa when a back-pedalling and diving Stokes held a brilliant one-handed catch in the deep to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo.
“To be honest I was in the wrong position,” Stokes told the BBC. “That feeling for about five seconds when I was facing the crowd and everyone was cheering, it was phenomenal.”
The Twitter world searched for adjectives to describe England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ brilliant catch off Andile Phehlukwayo at deep mid-wicket during the World Cup opener at the Oval on Thursday.
England, defending 311, were in the driver’s seat with the wicket and are marching towards their first win of the tournament. Phehlukwayo’s sweep was travelling at a rapid pace when Stokes moved quickly to his left and plucked the catch out of thin air. Watch how the spectators react when Stokes completes the catch. It sums up his brilliance on the field.
Stokes was England’s architect with the bat as well, scoring a scratchy but steady 89 to take his team past the 300-run mark. However, Jofra Archer stole the show with a brilliant first spell to leave the Proteas reeling.
Here’s the video:
Here’s how twitterati reacts on it:
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) May 30, 2019
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) May 30, 2019
— Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) May 30, 2019
Nah Ben Stokes, that ain’t normal.
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) May 30, 2019
— FB (@FB4Troll) May 30, 2019
How am I meant to tell my grandkids that Ben Stokes caught this? 😲
— 888sport (@888sport) May 30, 2019
Ben Stokes could catch Cliff Richard with a woman…
— The Tears of a Clown (@Modmuffin) May 30, 2019