Overview – Match 1, England vs South Africa under ICC World Cup 2019 is the most awaited event in the historical game of cricket is finally all set for its grand start. After a long periodic time of 4 long years, the ICC World Cup 2019 :  will be on the line once again from this 30th May 2019. The ICC World Cup 2019 will be hosted by England and Wales.

The host England will take on South Africa in the opening match of this season. It’s going to be one heck of a tournament and what would be better than two tournament favorites to kick start the competition.

  • Venue : The Oval
  • Date : Thursday, 30 May, 2019
  • Start : 03:00 pm INR

What is England VS South Africa all about?

The opening match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup between the hosts, England, and South Africa will be played on 30th May 2019 @3.00 pm at The Oval. The match will be the 1st ICC World Cup 2019 match.

When is it?

Thursday, May 30-it would be the 1st grand opening match of ICC World Cup 2019.

What time does it start?

3.00 pm.

England Strength and Weakness

England is believed to be the top contender for the title this time around. Eoin Morgan and his men have dominated ODI cricket in the past couple of years. They are the No.1 ranked side in the world. The strength lies in their batting. England has a proper batsman coming in at No.8 which makes just about any target achievable. They have a destructive batting line-up all along.

Also, they possess strength in the spin department with the presence of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. The all-rounders like Ben Stokes and Chris Woakesadd to the power. The only weakness could be in the pace department. In the recent series against Windies, the pace attack was exposed and the world witnessed that it can be vulnerable at times.

South Africa Strength and Weakness

South Africa’s strength lies in the experience. The likes of Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn have seen it all. Also, they have the exuberance of youth which makes them a threat. The pace attack is also lethal with the presence of Kagiso Rabada is a world-class spinner who would be a vital cog in the wheel.

However, the Proteas are known to be the chokers in big games. They have succumbed under pressure in previous ICC tournaments. There have been several occasions in which South Africa crumbled and lost games which they should have won. Each year, they are deemed to be one of the contenders with strong squads but somehow they find a way to lose crucial games.

Predicted Playing Team ENG VS SA ICC WORLDCUP 2019

England Team- Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

South Africa Team- Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.

Head to Head Statistics

  • ENG vs SA Total Matches: 61
  • England Won: 26
  • South Africa Won: 29
  • No result/Cancelled/Abandoned/Tied: 6
  • What’s our prediction?

As tournament openers go, this is a toughie. Both teams are blessed with fine one-day batsmen and potent bowling attacks. This game could be tight and it will come down to who can hold their nerve the best under pressure.

Predicted result: England win