Blockbuster on the cards as England, South Africa open Cricket World Cup 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 kick starts on May 30 (Thursday) with hosts and favourites England taking on heavyweights South Africa at the Oval, London.  Boasting a plethora of big-hitting white-ball specialists, England are the top-ranked team in the 50-over game and with their recent marauding form South Africa will have a tough time in the opener.

England are even threatening to smash the 500-run barrier for the first time in an ODI innings, having set a new record total of 481 for six against Australia in Nottingham last year. And their attack now has an extra threat in recently qualified Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer. So embarrassing was England’s first-round exit at the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand it prompted a major rethink of their attitude to the white-ball game.

The transformation has been remarkable, with Eoin Morgan‘s men climbing to the top of the one-day international rankings and twice setting a new record for the highest one-day international total, which now stands at 481 for six.

South Africa have been dealt with a major blow with Dale Steyn unavailable for the opener and have largely flown under the radar to the build up to the mega event, largely owing to the lack of form of Hashim Amla and inexperienced top-order. but in Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and seam-bowling allrounders, the Proteas will most definitely pack a punch

South Africa, captained by Faf du Plessis, are without retired star batsman AB de Villiers but their top order includes the talented Quinton de Kock.

What: England vs South Africa, Match 1

When: May 30, Thursday

Where: The Oval, London

Timing: 3:00 pm IST

Weather: 17 degree with 66 percent humidity

Scorecard: ENG vs SA

Team News


With a thumping win over Afghanistan, England more or less ticked all the boxes. From the squad Mark Wood, James Vince, Liam Dawson and one of either Liam Plunkett or Tom Curran could be the men to miss out in this opening match.

Probable XI: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (capt), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler (wk), 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Liam Plunkett / Tom Curran, 10. Jofra Archer, 11. Adil Rashid

South Africa

Steyn,who  had complained of a shoulder flare-up during the IPL will be rested for the first two game and coach Ottis Gibson will have to turn to either Chris Morris or Dwaine Pretorius to complete the bowling attack alongside Rabada, Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir. Morris and Pretorius add batting depth. But their lack of venom with the ball could very well be exploited by England’s powerful batting order.

Probable XI: 1. Hashim Amla, 2. Quinton de Kock (wk), 3. Aiden Markram / Rassie van der Dussen, 4. Faf du Plessis (C), 5. JP Duminy, 6. David Miller, 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Lungi Ngidi, 11. Imran Tahir.

Head to Head

Played: 59

England wins: 26

South Africa wins: 29

No-Results: 3

Ties: 1

Head to Head in World Cups:

Played: 6

England wins: 3

South Africa wins: 3

No-Results: 0

Ties: 0

Dream XI Tips and Predictions

1.Jonny Bairstow, 2.Jos Buttler (VICE CAPTAIN), 3. Quinton de Kock, 4. Joe Root, 5. Faf du Plessis, 6. Hashim Amla (CAPTAIN), 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Andile Phehlukwayo, 9. Liam Plunkett, 10. Jofra Archer, 11. Imran Tahir

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