London: England started their journey of ICC Cricket World Cup in a style by thrashing South Africa by 104-runs in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 played at Oval here on Thursday.
Chasing a 308-run target, South Africa were dealt an early blow when opener Hashim Amla had to retire hurt after copping a Jofra Archer bouncer.
Quinton de Kock (68) top-scored for the visitors and Rassie van der Dussen chipped in with a 50 but no other batsmen did enough for the Africans to pose a serious threat to the hosts.
Ben Stokes was named the man of the match for his two wickets with an 89-run knock in the first innings.
England lost early wicket when opener Bairstow became the prey of Imran Tahir without any score, however, later captain Morgan, 57, Root 51 and Roy 54 helped the team to move a big total.
Later, Ben Stokes with sensible batting helped the team to post 311 after losing nine wickets. Ben made 89 on 79 balls with seven fours.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first against England in the ICC Cricket World Cup opener at The Oval on Thursday.