England vs South Africa 1st ODI: Morgan, Moeen make it 1-0 to England

Moeen was named Man of the Match for excelling with both the bat and ball

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Captain Eoin Morgan belted a brilliant 107 and all-rounder Moeen Ali smashed an unbeaten 77 and took two wickets as England crushed South Africa by 72 runs at Headingley.

Electing to bowl first, South Africa only needed to wait eight balls until they got their first wicket as England opener Jason Roy was caught behind off the bowling of Wayne Parnell for one run.

Alex Hales and Joe Root made up for the early loss of Roy with a 98-run partnership, during which Hales brought up his half-century.

However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught behind off the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo for 61 off 60 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six.

Hales scored his eighth ODI fifty

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Root went on to make 37 before he became Phehlukwayo’s second victim.

Despite getting rid of Hales and Root in quick succession, South Africa were kept at bay once again thanks to Morgan and Ben Stokes’ 68-run partnership, during which Morgan brought up his fifty.

Stokes ended up falling for 25, while Jos Buttler followed not long after for seven runs.

However, England regained their grip on the match through a 117-run stand put together by Morgan and Moeen, during which the former registered his hundred and the latter his half-century.

Morgan is all smiles upon bringing up his 11th ODI hundred

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Morgan was eventually dismissed by Chris Morris for 107 off 93 balls, which included seven boundaries and five sixes.

Moeen, on the other hand, proceeded to finish unbeaten on 77 off 51 deliveries, which included five boundaries and five sixes, as England concluded their innings on 339/6.

Morris and Phehlukwayo picked up two wickets apiece, while Parnell and Kagiso Rabada chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 340 to win, South Africa lost opener Quinton de Kock early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Woakes for five runs.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis steadied the ship with a 112-run partnership, during which both batsmen recorded their half-centuries, before Amla was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mark Wood for 73, which came off 76 balls and included eight boundaries.

Amla’s 32nd ODI fifty went in vain

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Du Plessis went on to score 67 off 61 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Du Plessis made his 27th half-century in ODI cricket

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Once Du Plessis departed, the rest of the Proteas’ batting line-up, with the exception of captain AB de Villiers, who made 45, completely collapsed and failed to have an impact with the bat.

As a result of the middle and lower order’s disappointing performance, the tourists were bowled out for 267.

Woakes inflicted the most damage with four wickets, while Moeen and Adil Rashid snapped up two wickets apiece. Wood and Plunkett, meanwhile, claimed one wicket each.

De Villiers was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “England played phenomenally well with the bat, credit to Morgs for the hundred. They dominated the bowling and manipulated us, probably 20-30 above par and we didn’t bat well enough. But congrats to them.

“[England 198-5?] I was very excited at that time, went for the attacking fields, but unfortunately things didn’t go our way. We lost our way in the early 40s, but other than that, [it] wasn’t a bad bowling performance. We didn’t get going with the bat. [Went with extra batting?] That was the feel we had for this ground, it was a big call not to try and get Morne Morkel in, but it’s easy to say that now. Couldn’t get a partnership going [with the bat] and at the end of the day we were outplayed.

“[Champs Trophy?] We all have a bit of pressure, all contenders to win. They played better tonight, hopefully we’ll be better in the next game.”

Morgan was thrilled to have taken a 1-0 lead, and said: “Very pleasing, pretty good day at the office for us, having lost the toss and batted first. The parthersnips we built gave us the best opportunity to get a par score and beyond. I didn’t necessarily play a lot of games at the IPL, which was disappointing, but to get a few runs in the Ireland game and to to continue that here was nice.

“[Moeen selection] If he didn’t get any runs or had a bad day, I’d pick him again. He’s made some huge contributions for us. That’s the trick in chasing, we thought it got harder as the balls got older, managed to break partnerships at the right time.

“[Stokes injury?] I don’t know, it’s in his knee, no significant swelling. He was able to bowl but I didn’t need him. A couple of days with ice on it will do him good. [Give squad games?] We want to win every game and if we can do that with all of our players fully fit, then we’ll put out our strongest team every time.”

Moeen edged out Morgan for the Man of the Match award, and said: “Yeah definitely, I wasn’t batting that well but yesterday I had a good hit with Paul Farbrace indoors. I’ve been in that situation in the past but I tried to get in and give myself a chance. The pitch had a bit of everything in it.

“When Stokesy plays, I have a better chance of playing, but shows how good the side is. Tried to bowl into the wicket, little bit shorter, and a few balls went straight up. [Competition for places good?] Yeah 100%, looking at the past, Australia have had the same situation, so with Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings and Jake Ball coming in, it shows how good we are.”

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