ICC CWC 2019 England vs South Africa 1st ODI Match Preview

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ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa 1st ODI match preview highlights:

  • The opening match of the cricket world cup 2019 will be played on 30th May between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval, London.
  • The match which will be played at 3 pm IST will see the toss occur at 2:30 pm along with the arrival of the team news.

england vs south africa 1st odi match preview

‘Will be a tough game against South Africa, Belting opener if you’re a cricket fan’ – one can feel the level of pressure from these words of England Captain Eoin Morgan. The English side has been playing cricket of a different style and timeline from the past year due to which they replaced India as the table toppers in the ICC ODI Team List.

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England vs South Africa 1st ODI match Preview

England Team Preview

icc cwc 2019 england team

Much of the English team’s success over the year can be attributed to the fancied batting line up the team possesses. Though the team has received the set back in the form of Alex Hales, it was quick to line Jonny Bairstow up the order to provide impetus in the opening with the experience Jason Roy. Roy himself looks to be in formidable touch of late and played a blistering knock to see his team home against Afghanistan in the second warm-up match. However, it would be interesting to see him cope with some quality pace bowling when they face South Africa in the tournament opener. Joe Root would provide the much-required stability at number three while Morgan, Stokes would look to settle the middle order from any collapse. Jos Buttler would be the key player who would look to unsettle the opposition to edge England past any team. The team has a great milieu of all-rounders in Ben Stokes and Tom Curran who strive to finish well for the team.

England vs South Africa 1st ODI match Preview

The bowling looks quite settled with the fast-tracked inclusion of Jofra Archer who can unsettle any batsman while also moving the ball both ways in swinging conditions. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood would be a sure starter while left-arm spinner Liam Dawson could be considered ahead of Adil Rashid.

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Team: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Probable XI – Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

South Africa Team Preview

icc cwc 2019 south africa team

Following the thumping of South Africa by India in their own backyard, the African side has not looked back. The team looks confident with the bat and the ball. While there was much talk about Amla’s form before the start of the tournament, it has crashed by him through two promising innings in the warm-up games. Quinton De Kock looks to be in sublime touch in the recently concluded IPL where he contributed massively to take his side to the crown, something which would be desired of him when South Africa takes the field. The team recalled the faith in JP Duminy and David Miller, both of whose careers rests on their prospective run in this world cup. Faf Du Plessis would prefer to be the floater the team desperately needs.

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The bowling department looks quite formidable given the quality in both pace and spin department. Inclusion of Dale Steyn in the team speaks volumes of his resurgence from surgery and would be expected to lead the pack consisting of lethal Kagiso Rabada, vicious Lungi Ngidi, and valiant Dwaine Pretorius while the spin department would rest heavily on the shoulders of an experienced campaigner Imran Tahir. Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo would don the roles of all-rounders to finish and give an edge to the Proteas.

Team: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen

Probable XI – Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf Du Plessis (C), JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.

England vs South Africa 1st ODI match Preview


Where: Kennington Oval, London

When: Thursday, May 30, 03:00 PM, IST

Average 1st innings score: 247

Average 2nd innings score: 213

Highest Total: 398/5 (50 Overs) by NZ vs England

Lowest Total: 103/10 (41 Overs) by England vs RSA

Highest Chased: 322/3 (48.4 Overs) by SL vs IND

Lowest Defended: 241/10 (49.4 Overs) by PAK vs England

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