In Pictures: England begins World Cup campaign in style, thrashes South Africa

Ben Stokes' all-round show paved the way for the host's 104-run drubbing of the Proteas.

After much hype and anticipation, the World Cup kicked off at The Oval after an opening ceremony. Here, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (right) speaks as Colin Graves, Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, looks on. Photo: AFP
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Balloons featuring the colours of the competing nations were displayed. Photo: AFP
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Imran Tahir became the first spinner to open the bowling in the first match of a World Cup. He took 2 for 61 in his 10 overs. Photo: AFP
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Jason Roy got England off to a rapid start and steadied the innings with Joe Root after fellow opener Jonny Bairstow fell for a duck. He scored a half-century.
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Ben Stokes put on 106 runs with captain Eoin Morgan to lay the foundation for a strong total. He shepherded the lower order and eventually fell in the penultimate over for 89. Photo: AFP
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Morgan scored 57 off 60 deliveries. Photo: AP
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Hashim Amla, South Africa's prolific opener, retired hurt after being hit on his helmet by a bouncer from Jofra Archer. He returned later but couldn't make much impact and was dismissed was 13. Amla is 77 runs away from reaching the landmark of 8000 runs. Photo: AP
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Jofra Archer made crucial breakthroughs, dismissing Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen. Photo: AFP
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Quinton de Kock scored 68 and after he was dismissed, in the 26th over, South Africa kept losing wickets consistently. Photo: AFP
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Ben Stokes gave onlookers their moment to remember as pulled off an incredible catch, leaping in the air and pouching the ball on his reverse-cupped left hand. Photo: AP
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