England vs South Africa, Match 1 Prediction2019-05-31
Kennington Oval, London
? England has won six and lost two in their last 10 international matches.
? South Africa is on a six-match winning streak in the ODIs and has won 8 of their last 10 matches.
? England and South Africa are locked at 4-4 Head to head in the ODI match played after the 2015 World Cup.
? England has edge over South Africa winning their last three matches in ICC tournaments (2009 & 2013 Champions trophy, 2011 World Cup).
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: England will win the match!
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The much awaited and anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has arrived and it is a festive season for all the cricket lovers.
Hosts England is the hot favorites to win the 2019 World Cup. They play against a strong South African team in the tournament opener. England has the best batting line-up and they have a very deep batting line-up. Their batting unit has scored runs over 350 runs consistently and is known for their aggressive intent. Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow set the tempo for their batting innings at the top. Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes form an excellent middle order combination that has experience and batting prowess on their side. Jos Buttler takes up the finisher`s role and is expected to provide the surge in the end overs. Jofra Archer`s inclusion has strengthened their bowling unit. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett will the pace bowlers expected to slot in the starting XI. Leg spinner Adil Rashid will combine with all-rounder Moeen Ali to take care of spin bowling department.
The South African team is a strong unit with a good mix of experienced and young players. Hashim Amla`s return to form at the right moment will delight the South African team. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis have been their batting stalwarts scoring the bulk of runs in the last 4-6 months. Experienced players David Miller and JP Duminy form the core of the middle order. Andile Phehlukwayo is expected to take up the all-rounder`s slot in the team. Dale Steyn will be missed in this match due to his shoulder injury. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will take up the pace bowling duties of the team. Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius will have a shoot out for the third bowler`s slot in the team. Imran Tahir will be the lone spinner in the playing XI and he is an exceptional bowler who can trouble any batsmen. JP Duminy may roll up some crucial overs with his part-time bowling during the middle phase.
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Jason Roy – Jason Roy has been at his best in the recent matches piling up runs at a good rate. His batting approach will put the opposition on the back foot very early in the match. Jason Roy can play shots all around the park and is a tough batsman to contain.
Jofra Archer – Archer was fast-tracked into the England side due to his excellent bowling abilities. Jofra Archer has less experience playing ODI format but has played T20 leagues across different countries. He is will be an X-factor bowler for the team with his raw pace and variations.
Recent Stats (Practice matches)
Jason Roy - 121 runs, Avg. -121, Strike rate – 146, HS -89*, 50s -1
Liam Plunkett – 4 wickets, Economy – 7.7 RPO, BB -4/69
Eoin Morgan(C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer
Quinton de Kock – Quinton de Kock has been in good form over a period of 4-6 months and is one of the most consistent batsmen for South Africa. He can tee-off at the start and set the tone of the batting for South Africa. He is also an excellent keeper behind the stumps.
Kagiso Rabada – Rabada is the pace spearhead of the South African team and is expected to lead the charge with the new ball in hand. He is one of the very exciting young talents in the international circuit.
Recent Stats (Practice matches)
Hashim Amla - 115 runs, Avg. -115, Strike rate – 107, HS -65, 50s -2
Andile Phehlukwayo – 4 wickets, Economy – 5.1 RPO, BB -4/36
Faf Du Plessis(C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(Wk), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Rassie Van Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius/Chris Morris
Kennington Oval pitch aids the seam bowlers very early in the match. The new ball will swing in the overcast conditions and trouble batsmen. Batsmen will find it easier to score as the match progresses. We can expect scores in the range of 280-300 runs in this pitch. The match day weather promises to be cloudy and overcast with 20% chances of rain.
Both captains will look to take advantage of the seaming pitch early in the match. They will look to put the opposition batsmen in the tougher conditions. And chasing has been the best option in the recent matches.
England team has better depth in their batting line-up and a variety of bowling options with a number of all-rounders in the playing XI. But, South African team`s bowling attack looks stronger than the England attack on paper. We expect England to win this riveting contest between two quality teams in the tournament!
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