<pre><pre>England opens World Cup with sub-par display as they place the target of South Africa 312 to win

England opens World Cup with sub-par display while placing South Africa target 312 to win, despite Ben Stokes getting 89 points at The Kia Oval

  • England had a non-inspiring start in their World Cup opener with South Africa
  • Jonny Bairstow stayed behind for nothing in a terrible start for the hosts
  • Jason Roy and Joe Root put the business back on track when the couple lasted half a century
  • Captain Eoin Morgan then contributed 57 runs from 60 balls on Thursday
  • Ben Stokes was the striking artist after hitting 89 to set a target of 312


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