It’s been 4 years since Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the 5th time. Once again, the battle lines have been drawn. The top 10 teams in the world are ready to battle it out for the ultimate glory. The co-hosts Englandwill face South Africa in the opening game of the tournament on May 30 at the Kennington Oval, London. Keep reading to find out the ICC World Cup 2019 Match 1 England vs South Africa Match Prediction.
England is being termed as the favourites to win their first ever World Cup. Eoin Morgan and his men have been in a tremendous form in the 50-over format. Given they play all the matches at home, adds to the advantage. England possesses a fearsome batting line-up that is capable of achieving any target. Whether they remain consistent enough to go through the distance, only time will tell.
Against them first up is a team that has gone into every World Cup with a strong squad. But somehow, they don’t seize the crucial moments and end up getting out prematurely. The Proteas have earned the title of being chokers and they would be itching to get rid of that this time around. Let’s find out who will win today match prediction between ENG vs SA.
Who Will Win England vs South Africa, ICC CWC 2019?
England and South Africa will begin their bid for their first ever World Cup title when they face each other in this opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Kennington Oval in London will be the venue for this match to be played on May 30. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM local time.
ENG vs SA, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Star Cricket, Fox Sports, Sky Sports, Ten Sports, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Foxtel Go, Sky Go, Now TV, OSN Play
ENG vs SA Toss Prediction
The pitch at the Kennington Oval for the warm-up game between India and New Zealand was a bit tricky for the batsmen, but the one that will be used for this game is expected to be pretty flat and should remain good for batting throughout. Since batting second tends to bring success more often at this ground, the toss-winning captain will probably prefer to chase.
Here is our ENG vs SA World Cup 2019 Match 1 Prediction
Case1: If England bats first
First Innings score prediction: England will score 340-350
Result prediction: England will win the match by 20-30 runs
Case2: If South Africa bats first
First Innings score prediction: South Africa will score 315-325
Result prediction: England will win the match by 4 wickets
ENG vs SA Predicted XIs
England Predicted XI
Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
South Africa Predicted XI
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
ENG vs SA Match Prediction: Both teams are strong but at home, England is too difficult to beat. The hosts would begin favourites to get off to a winning start.
England vs South Africa – Key players
Jonny Bairstow – Bairstow has made the openers spot his own since being given an opportunity to break into the ODI setup as a specialist batsman.
Jofra Archer – He may just have started his international career but Archer has been grabbing headlines for some time already. The Barbados-born allrounder is arguably the most exciting fast bowling prospect outside of South Africa.
Quinton de Kock – De Kock represents the Proteas best hope of keeping pace with England’s explosive top order. The left-handed wicketkeeper batsman didn’t open against Sri Lanka but was back at the top for the washout against the Windies.
Kagiso Rabada – Rabada was on fire in the IPL and could be the man to knock the wheels off of England’s World cup bus. His pace and aggression will provide England with opportunities to send him to the boundary but he is a proven wicket-taker.
England vs South Africa – The Oval pitch report
The forecast long hot English summer has yet to arrive which could mean that there is a little more assistance for the quicks in the Oval surface.
There is also expected to be plenty of cloud around when the first World Cup 2019 game gets underway in London, though the Dukes balls used for the World Cup appear to swing less than is usual.
The last Cricket World Cup fixture at the Oval saw Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq take a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in 1999. We can expect both Adil Rashid of England and Imran Tahir of South Africa to play a role whether there is prodigious turn or not.
England vs South Africa – Broadcast and live stream info
Start time: 11:30 SAST Thursday 30 May
TV Broadcast: Supersport 2 and SABC 3
Live Stream: DSTV Now
Radio: Radio 2000