The 1st match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (9:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).
The ICC World Cup 2019, after a lot of anticipation, is set to get underway. The hosts, England, and South Africa will lock horns in the tournament opener and there will be no more warm-ups now. The serious business starts and both the teams will be eager to make a mark and gain enough confidence early in the competition. England are the hot favorites to win the title while the SA are also a team brimming with talent and experience.
It will all be about the nerves in the first few overs for both the sides and it will be interesting to see how things unfold then. As far as the team combination is concerned, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes seem to make it to the playing XI with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali as the two spinners. The batting order picks itself. South Africa have an injury issue with Dale Steyn being ruled out of the opening game and Dwaine Pretorius or Chris Morris could play this game.
ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Pitch Report:
The pitch at the Kennington Oval has changed a lot since the start of the season this year. Earlier, the scores close to 300 were racked up easily but then the totals were decreased suddenly. The last three One-Day matches (including World Cup warm-ups) have seen the team batting first getting bowled for less than 200. Having said that, a fresh pitch is likely to be on offer for the tournament opener.
Average first innings score: 221 (last six One-Day matches including World Cup warm-ups)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 3
ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Probable Playing XIs:
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Team News:
- Dale Steyn is ruled out of this game as is yet to recover fully from a shoulder injury.
- Mark Wood was declared fit after getting injured in the warm-up game.
- Eoin Morgan suffered a flake fracture ahead of the warm-up matches but is fit for this game.
ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Live streaming
The game will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
ICC World Cup 2019 England vs South Africa Result & Highlights
- England Win by 105 Runs.