Ben Stokes could not be kept out from the game during England's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament opener against South Africa at the Oval on Thursday. Stokes, who had made an immense contribution with the bat earlier with his 79-ball 89, showed his athleticism on the field that pushed South Africa on the backfoot during their run chase of 312.
It happened in the 35th over of the Proteas run chase which was bowled by Adil Rashid and Andile Phehlukwayo was on strike. On the very first delivery, Rashid tossed one in the middle while latter went for a slog sweep. However, he found Stokes on the boundary, who stretched his right hand up the ball and moved to his left to take an unbelievable catch. The catch left the Proteas batsman shell-shocked as South Africa found themselves in even deeper trouble at 180/7.
Watch Stokes' electrifying catch at the boundary here.
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South Africa's run chase was kept alive by keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (68) and Rassie van der Dussen (50) who added 85 runs for the third wicket stand. The Proteas kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 207 in the 40th over thereby handing England a comprehensive win of 104 runs.