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After years of build-up, it's time for England to see how good they really are .. when a World Cup trophy stares them in the face.

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Fifty for Morgan!

Gets there off exactly 50 balls. South Africa have just lost the plot a little in Markram's third over. He'd bowled his two overs for 5 runs, when Morgan decided that enough is enough. 11 runs off the over. And trust you me, I saw a lot of non-England supporters celebrate that Morgan assault. I mean Markram bowling in a World Cup opener can be a difficult thing to take, even for the staunchest of supporters.

Current scenes in the newsroom

Bharath Ramaraj walking through the aisle, both hands in pocket and his giggles filling through the middle-overs boredom of ODIs. "Ngidi is well down on pace," he says.

I ask why.

"Because he's not Rabada....". *laughter*

... maybe, just maybe, he's having a laugh at how Markram is bowling the 28th over in London. Also, Morgan & Stokes bring up their tenth fifty-run stand in last 14 instances of batting together.

Amber Garg: Pratyush, you were so right. We did jinx it. But unlike you (who has to be neutral), I'm pretty happy. ----- Hey Amber, please email my bosses about how unbiased I'm!

About plans for Morgan

So what they are trying is to bowl back of a length and angle it across the left-handed Morgan from over the wicket. And he's played and missed quite a bit. Ngidi does get it a bit wrong in the 26th over. Bowls it fuller and is smashed by Morgan for a six over covers. Next ball is a short. Pulled. Six. England being England again.

Morgan, with those two sixes, also gets to 7000 ODI runs. And does so in his 200th ODI too. A day for the statisticians, isn't it. And Morgan -- totally forgot him!

Rattan Kumar: Two quick wickets and England are back again in trouble. Now these two batsmen need to be calm and set the platform for others to finish the innings, especially for Buttler who can play a destructive role at the end

... and Roy and Root fall

Great. I have jinxed two batsmen with one blog update (and I'll take our user Amber down with me on this). Someone's getting better at this, clearly. Jason Roy was looking good -- like when does he not, tell me -- but falls to Phehlukwayo. If life was all about middle-overs, I'd want to be him. Fast forward four balls later and Root falls too. Rabada strikes first-ball in his new spell. And now England have to rebuild again. Will they still be quick? Will they play safe? Oh there's so much to wait and watch.

Amber Garg: SA just waiting England to make some mistake instead of forcing one! This is all too easy for England!

Roy, Root bring up century stand

So that wicket in the first over feels like a long time ago. It's not a whirlwind partnership between Root and Roy. It's come at just around run-a-ball, but gee these two have looked good. A flat pitch, sunny skies and a crowd backing them with all their will: perfect.

Both Roy and Root have a fifty now. And Roy must be so relieved. Not just because it's the first game of the World Cup but also because how his last few scores against South Africa read: 6, 8, 1, 8 and 4

England are 60/1 after 10 overs

Fifteen minutes back, I mentioned to my Prakash G and Akash Sarkar how England will invariably be 80-for-something at the end of 10 overs. Because that's what they do. They are persistent and stubborn. But that hasn't been the case. They have reined in a bit of that aggression, as Bharath Ramaraj observed, and have looked to build with singles. It's a huge square at the Oval.

Pratham Kumar: Love the fact that Roy and Root are still playing positive cricket. Why change something that has got you this far!

Rattan Kumar: A magnificent start by Proteas, removing inform Bairstow in first over is a ideal start to world cup 2019, and mighty England looking under pressure...

Kagiso Rabada comes on to bowl in the sixth over

Tahir magic starting to fade

First over: 1 run Second over: 4 runs Third over: 13 runs

That's where MS Dhoni is very good. Probably wouldn't have given Tahir such an extended run, had he been his captain today. Left-field calls have a shelf-life. And Tahir's overs are coming at the cost of Rabada, who's known to do some damage to England. They were 20 for 6 just last year!

Sagar Mehta: It's full of excitement as it is the biggest cricketing tournament, but it's heartbreaking on the other side as some legends are playing their final world cup...

Gojay Helekar: Good English conditions. Experts saying it will swing and seam early and ..... a wrist spinner getting it to grip and turn in the very first over to get a wicket. Wow!!

A wicket in the first over, really!

And how have South Africa picked it, you ask? Through leg spin. Imran Tahir. Jonny Bairstow with a nervous 'oh I am playing a World Cup' poke, as my colleague Prakash G put it... and Bairstow edges behind. "Tahir is rolling away on this massive square at the Oval," Sagar Chawla writes on our commentary page.

What a wonderful decision to start with leg spin. Imran Tahir also became the first spinner to deliver the first ball of a World Cup. I had yelled when I saw Tahir on the top of his mark, mostly in delight, and here he picks a wicket. What a start to this World Cup, what a start.

TOSS: South Africa opt to bowl

Who's surprised. But more interestingly, England are batting. "Early start at the Oval, if there's anything in the wicket, it's now," is how Faf sees it. Could be a fun start to the tournament, and I mean it either way. Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada bowling to England's openers on a fresh pitch... we'll see what happens. England's challenge has been the lack of a contingency plans when they have lost wickets at the top.

Shamsi, Miller, Morris, Steyn miss out for South Africa. "Steyn is at 80%," du Plessis said at the toss. Morgan, on the other hand, has picked Jofra Archer over Mark Wood. "Archer's a guy who's come in and impressed. He's very calm when he plays. He's a very exciting prospect," he said at the toss.

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

Hello, World Cup

If you've aged in World Cup years in front of the television, scarred by the losses and buoyed by wins while your bum digs up a crater on the couch , welcome to my hell. It's going to be quite a ride. It's that time again.

First and foremost, you must check out this match preview by Rob Johnston, where he talks about how this is the first of many acid-tests England have to go through. And it's ironical, because England are favourites, but that's the thing: every time they take the field, they will be out to prove that they aren't a fluke. There's also this head-to-head timeline we have compiled for you. If the match between these two teams at Chepauk in 2011 is one of your favourites, look no further.

... here's what's brewing in England

If you missed out the opening ceremony in England, and somehow didn't come across how our cricket captains made Queen Elizabeth II laugh, check out the Pulse - our round the clock blog for everything that's World Cup, cricket and also not.

But jokes aside, it's a difficult time in the UK with Theresa May's exit. Kaushik Rangarajan has felt the chaos in Cardiff, and writes about how this World Cup is bridging difference of opinions in the land. Vithushan Ehantharajah, too, has some wonderful features lined for you. He writes about the England camaraderie and about cricket's return to its spiritual home. Our very own Bharath Ramaraj traces back the origins of the World Cup.

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