India Today Web Desk LondonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 08:43 IST Ben Stokes reacts after England won their opening match at the 2019 World Cup (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat South Africa by 104 runs in the World Cup opener on ThursdayBen Stokes starred for England with 89 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catchesAravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka is the only other cricketer to have produced similar returns in a World CupEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes produced a performance for the ages as he hit 89 runs before coming back to pick up a sensational catch and 2 lower-order wickets against South Africa in the World Cup opener. The impressive showing meant that England started their campaign with a comfortable victory margin of 104 runs.Incidentally, this was just the 2nd time that a player had scored at least 80 runs, taken 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup match. Before Stokes, Sri Lankan legend Aravinda de Silva was the only man to have achieved this feat.During the 1996 World Cup final against Australia, de Silva had picked up 3 crucial Aussie wickets and 2 catches before scoring a scintillating 107* to guide his team to their only World Cup trophy, till date.Players with at least 80 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup matchAravinda de Silva in WC 1996 FinalBen Stokes today vs South Africa #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Unsurprisingly, both the players were adjudged the Man of the Match for the respective games.Earlier, Stokes launched himself high into the air near the mid-wicket boundary, reaching up and back to snatch an amazing one-handed catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Adil Rashid.The Oval crowd roared its approval at what was a truly memorable moment, but Stokes – and captain Eoin Morgan – tried not to get too carried away when bombarded with questions about it by reporters.”I was actually in the wrong position – it would have been a regular catch if I was in the right place but, yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn’t,” Stokes said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | Ben Stokes, Jofra Archers: 2 World Cup debutants make it a day to remember for EnglandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow England vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordAll-rounder Ben Stokes guided England to a comfortable victory over South Africa with impressive performances with both bat and ball thereby etching his name in the World Cup history booksadvertisement
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