England vs South Africa Match Preview – Indian Premier League 2019 is over and the cricketing fans from all around the world are excited for another mega-tournament, i.e. the ICC World Cup 2019.
The opener of this biggest tournament of the sport will be played between the hosts, England, and South Africa at Kennington Oval in London.
Both the teams are looking strong, having a good combination of batsmen, bowlers, and all-rounders in their respective sides.
Both England and South Africa share a common and unwanted stat to their name, i.e. “never winning an ODI World Cup”. However, they’ll be desperately looking to change this stat by winning their first ever ODI World Cup Title this year.
England is the favourites of this tournament, but one should not afford to take the South African team lightly.
It’ll be very interesting to see, how both the teams will anticipate each other today at the Oval to start their journey of the World Cup on a winning note.
Here are the match preview, Dream 11 fantasy league teams, pitch report, weather conditions, our power picks, and all the details of today’s match.
The 1st match of the ICC World Cup 2019 of England vs South Africa will be hosted by the Kennington Oval, London.
This encounter between both the teams will start at 10:30 PM local time today (03:00 pm IST).
In India, the official broadcasting channel for live telecasting of World Cup 2019 matches is Star Sports.
You can also watch the online Live Streaming of today’s game of ENG vs SA on Hotstar.
Since the start of the season, the pitch of Kennington Oval has been changed a lot. The pitch supports fast bowlers and thus unlike other wickets in England, this pitch bundles the batting team at low scores.
In the last three ODIs that have been played here, the team batting first has failed to score more than 200 runs. The wicket is covered with grass will thus offer extra pace and bounce to the fast bowlers.
Average 1st Innings total at Kennington Oval, London (last 6 ODI games): 220
Records of the chasing teams at this venue: Won – 3, Lost – 3
According to our weather reports for this game, there are 7-9% chances of rain today here in England, however, the temperature will hover around 13-15 degree Celsius during the match time.
Possible Playing 11:
Here are possible playing 11 of the England (ENG) and South Africa (SA) for tonight’s match.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett
ENG’s Bench Strength – Tom Curran, Mark Wood, James Vince, Liam Dawson
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
SA’s Bench Strength – Chris Morris, Aiden Markram, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi
South African pacer Dale Steyn is suffering from a shoulder injury and will thus miss today’s opening game against the hosts.
On the other hand, Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood are declared fit to participate in this encounter.
Fantasy Cricket League Tips
Win Small and Grand leagues of fantasy cricket leagues by following our tips and match predictions. Here are our suggested options for Captain and Vice-captain choices for today’s match of England vs South Africa.
Captain Choices: Jonny Bairstow, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock
Vice Captain Choices: Andil Phehlukwayo, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler
Crickclassics’ Dream 11 Teams
At Crickclassics, we carry out an in-depth analysis of each and every match to make the best and winning teams for the fantasy cricket leagues such as; Dream11, Hala Play, My Team 11, Mobile Premier League, 11 Wickets, etc.
Here are our teams for small and grand leagues of Dream 11 for today’s match of England vs South Africa.
Small League/Head To Head Team
Wicket Keeper – Jonny Bairstow (VC), Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock (C)
Batsman – Faf du Plessis, Joe Root, Rassie van der Dussen
All-Rounders – Andile Phehlukwayo
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada
Grand/Mega League Team
Wicket Keeper – Jonny Bairstow (C), Quinton de Kock
Batsman – Faf du Plessis (VC), Eoin Morgan, Hashim Amla
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes
Bowlers – Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Power Pick Player
Our power pick for today’s match between England and South Africa is Kagiso Rabada.
In his last 7 matches against England in ODIs, Rabada has taken 16 wickets at an average of 20.70, making him a must-have player in small leagues.
Since the pitch of Oval supports fast bowlers, it will be a wise choice to pick pacers from both the teams. With new team-making rules getting implemented in the Dream11, you can now pick 6 bowlers in your fantasy team.
Our Match Prediction:
England being the favourites of this World Cup 2019, we predict the hosts to win this encounter against the South Africa.
Our fantasy cricket league teams for matches in IPL 2019 performed really well, and we hope you win small & grand leagues of fantasy cricket games with our today’s teams, match predictions, match previews, detailed analysis of the match, and fantasy cricket tips as well.
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*Disclaimer: These teams are based on the analysis, instinct, and understanding of the author. Make your own decision and consider the points mentioned while selecting your team.