The first match of the ICC world cup tournament will be hosted by England with its eyes set on victory. The match between England and South Africa will be held at the Kennington Oval, on the 30th May, 2019 London and will commence at 10.30 AM Local time.
England being ranked World’s number one team in ODI cricket right now, comes into this tournament beaming with confidence as the English team has plenty of great players amongst the ranks adding to their strength. Also England’s batting is quite strong.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, and Tom Curran are expected to start for the English team.
South Africa Preview
South Africa has lost to Sri Lanka several times at home in the ODI format and has not won any world cups yet. Faf du Plessis, who has won many matches for South Africa earlier, will be leading for them. Dayle Stane is likely to be out from this match due to an injury. Hashim Amla’s performance had not been that great in the last few months. Quinton de Kock is the batsman who will open for South Africa but it is not finalized yet who will be the other opener for them.
South Africa Squad
Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius are the team of South Africa.
England Vs South Africa Prediction
We expect England to come out playing aggressive cricket and go hard at the South Africans. While South Africa is a has strong bowling, England has excellent batting and they are undeniably the number one ODI team. Also England will be under considerable pressure to get the tournament underway with a win, not only for their hopes of progressing later on but also to bring about a buzz around the country. For South Africa, the likes of Quinton De Cock and Rabada have the potential to be among the stars of the tournament, but with England flying after having demolished Pakistan in a 4-0 series earlier this month, they will find it hard to stop them. Therefore as the hosts have this match in their favor and England is too difficult to beat this time.