Ben Stokes was the top performer of the day for England with bat and in field.By the end of the game – which England won by 104 runs – the mood at The Oval was well beyond festive. They’d found a match-winner. Across formats. For years to come.
South Africa, by then, were 180 for 7. They’d given the pursuit of 312 an appropriate go, with Quinton de Kock declaring his case to be a piece of the cutting edge’s Fab Four with 50 years that was featured by his development in regarding the bowling when it was troublesome and rebuffing it when it gave him the smallest shot. A flung spread drive for six off Liam Plunkett was an especially ringing support of his beast ability.
But even he had to be shoved into the background as Archer burst onto the stage and demanded everyone’s attention. Especially the other eight oppositions’.Archer finished with 3 for 27 in seven overs, including a maiden