Not the closest contest you could ever wish to witness, but one packed with subplots, stand-out scenes and a crackling good atmosphere. Forget soggy street parties on The Mall. Cricket is always best when it's left to its own devices! From Andrew Miller, Alan Gardner, Liam Brickhill sadly benched for technical reasons, but gagging to get back in the fray and Thilak Rama, goodbye, and don't forget to tune back in tomorrow morning for West Indies v Pakistan at Trent Bridge! There's one particular highlight that everyone needs to see at the earliest opportunity
Boundaries were hard to get away, but psychologically getting over was a big thing. Unbelievable atmosphere, great turn-out for [my] first World Cup game," he added. England are off to a winning start! Archer takes three wickets, while Plunkett and Stokes get two each as the hosts beat South Africa by runs!
Imran Tahir c Root b Stokes 0 1 ball. South Africa all out Kagiso Rabada c Plunkett b Stokes 11 19 balls.
What a shot from the tail-ender, Plunkett would not like that at all. Slower delivery is smashed over the long on fence for a massive hit. Hashim Amla c Buttler b Plunkett 13 23 balls. It is outside off, Amla looks to pull but there is a top edge.
It goes to Buttler who takes it and appeals. Amla starts walking. Just over the diving Morgan's outstretched hands at mid-wicket.
Stokes bowls it short, Rabada plays the pull towards mid-wicket. Andile Phehlukwayo c Stokes b Rashid 24 25 balls.
That is probably the catch of the year so far!
Rashid tosses this up on middle, Phehlukwayo goes down and looks to play the slog sweep. He nails it towards deep mid-wicket. Ben Stokes there is standing a little too inside the ropes as it is the longer part of the ground.
He moves to his left and the leaps with a hand stretched upwards and the ball sticks. Last 5 overs - 24 runs, 1 wicket. Wrong line and gets punished for it. Bowled on the pads, Phehlukwayo just guides the ball away to the fine leg boundary.
He joins Andile Phehlukwayo in the middle as the asking rate has shot up. Can he do it all alone by himself? The express pace bowler gets his third wicket, this time removing well-set Rassie van der Dussen right after he got to his fifty.
Once again, Archer rushes a batsman with pace and Dussen top-edges it. Not good signs for South Africa as they are six down with not much on the board. His first World Cup fifty in his first World Cup match. He has been losing partners at the other end but the stylish right-hander is keeping South Africa's hopes alive here.
He brings up his 50 in almost a run-a-ball. Comes down the track and smashes the ball through the covers for a much-needed boundary. Dwaine Pretorius run out 1 1 ball. Rassie strokes this through covers. They take one and then go for the second.
Stokes does brilliantly as he runs to his right and then picks it up with one hand. Fires it to Morgan who is standing ahead of the stumps. He collects it and then whips the bails off. He could only manage one run. JP Duminy c Stokes b Moeen 8 11 balls. Complete misjudgement from Duminy leads to his downfall.
Duminy looks to go inside out over long off. He does not time it well and ends up hitting it straight to long off. Ben Stokes there who has had a very good game so far takes a simple catch.
Quinton de Kock c Root b Plunkeet 68 74 balls. Bowled full on the pads, de Kock looks to flick it over the fine leg fence. He does not get the desired elevation as the ball comes off the lower half of his bat.
It goes to the right of Joe Root stationed at fine leg. He moves there and takes a good catch in front of him. Due to the sensitive nature of head injuries, he will undergo another re-assessment during the course of the innings which will give an indication of his further participation in the match.
ProteaFire pic. Goes down on one knee and reverse sweeps it through short third man for a boundary. Comes down the track and hits the ball over long off for an metre maximum. Good use of the feet from Dussen, he was itching to play this shot for some time now against Moeen Ali.
Up and Over!
Shimmies down the track and dispatches the ball over the cover region for a maximum. Second six for Quinton de Kock as he carries South Africa's hopes in this match. Steering the Proteas chase! Nicely done! On the pads, de Kock looks to whip it but gets an inside edge which goes fine down the leg side.
The ball races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
Off spinner pitching outside off, Rassie looks to defend but gets a faint outside edge which is dropped by the wicketkeeper. First for the Proteas, comes from the bat of the in-form QDK. Slog-sweeps a flighted delivery from the off-spinner and deposits the ball into the stands at mid-wicket.
Some rebuilding needed.
Faf du Plessis c Rashid b Archer 5 7 balls. Dug in short by Archer at pace, Faf looks to pull but only manages a top-edge which carries to Adil Rashid at fine leg, who judges the catch to perfection. Aiden Markram c Root b Archer 11 12 balls. Back of a length on off, this may have been the effort ball as it bounces a little more.
Markram looks to punch it through the off side but fails to get on top of the bounce. It flies off the outside edge to Root at first slip who takes a neat catch.