The 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup kicked off with the hosts England locking horns against South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval. South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Proteas captain decided to surprise the hosts by making veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowl the very first over of the innings. His move paid off as Tahir struck for South Africa in his second delivery, taking the wicket of the dangerous Jonny Bairstow. Tahir bowled a delivery which Bairstow tried to defend by striding forward. However, he ended up edging the ball and Quinton de Kock made no mistake behind the stumps as Imran Tahir carried off with his signature style celebrations.
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Here are some netizens' reactions to appreciate Tahir after dismissing Bairstow and breaking England's opening stand early. Harsha Bhogle had the best reaction, "What a start. Faf pulls a rabbit out of the hat and it's a Tahir!!"
After Bairstow's dismissal, Joe Root and Jason Roy rebuilt the English innings with a 106-run stand for the second wicket. Both the top-order batsmen got to their respective half-centuries. Roy scored a 53-ball 54 while Root scored a 59-ball 51. Nonetheless, they could not around for too long as both of them were dismissed after crossing their fifties which brought South Africa back in the contest.
At the time of publishing this story, captain Eoin Morgan (28) and Ben Stokes (13) were out in the middle and England were 152/3 after 26.4 overs.