Fans Welcome Ben Stokes as England lose 1 more Big Game
It’s too early to say, but England losing this match as they’re 68/6 off 11.3 overs by now. Jos Buttler still as English captain won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ben Stokes finds a way to comeback in the team to play a BIG match, which is against South Africa. Earlier, England lost a BIG game to New Zealand, one of the favorites of this BIG tournament of cricket. However, cricket fans welcome Ben Stokes, and they showed their love to the most popular cricketer.
Ben Stokes have fans all around the cricket Globe. He is in, and he would play all the games from here on. But this one, a crucial game for England, which South Africa won with as much a terrific victory to go THREE up by losing just ONE against the minnow of cricket Netherlands. A last minute qualifying for Netherlands brough joy to their fans, once they won a BIG match in the 2023 World Cup in India. They defeated a mighty South Africa.
South Africa scored quick runs of the faster bowlers, and Mark Wood was one of them. Wood struck 50 runs within his early 5 overs, which put a dent in English bowling attack. Reece Topley and Adil Rashid tried their best and picked wickets, but that was not enough. Heinrich Klaasen scored a quick-fire century, and that was too much, a worry for England to chase a mammoth score. The scoreboard pressure built over by over, once the powerplay was also not good enough for England.
Fans Welcome Ben Stokes in Place of Liam Livingstone
The social media fans and the fans in the Wankhede stadium created a buzz as Ben Stokes replaces Liam Livingstone.
An anticipation of an England win, to be in the chase for the semi-finals, to be in the top FOUR turned out as an anti-climax. The chase was on and on, and then South Africa played cleverly to defend their massive score. Temba Bavuma was not fit to play or captain the side, but it was a good opportunity for Reeza Hendricks/(85, 75b).
Hendricks played a superb knock. In the last 20 overs, the game was up and down, with Ben Stokes taking a good catch, diving in front. But that was not enough as Marco Jansen joined Klaasen and it was all South Africa on top. David Miller scored just 5 runs off 6 balls, looking good, but was caught by Stokes off Reece Topley. Topley was injured in the game itself and made a comeback in the game with 2 quick wickets.
No matter what, a game to remember for South African fans and a game to forget for Ben Stokes’ fans. Some fans also showed their interest to watch a good game of cricket, whoever wins. However, slowly and surely England looked weak-side again and so by playing 4 matches, they lost 3. Two BIG games and an upset against Afghanistan.
The Good Bottom Lines
Earlier, Marco Jansen played an innings of his life along with Klaasen(109 off 67). Jansen made an unbeaten 75 off 42 balls as South Africa scored staggering 399. A 400 runs target to England, posted with required rate of 8 runs per over. All English batters know, was just to throw their bats at every ball.
Mark Wood was fast and furious and yet he was hit in his 7 overs, which he bowled to concede 76 runs. He went for almost 11 runs per over, which was unimaginable because he also didn’t pick a single wicket.