England Vs. South Africa: A Contest of Top Favorite and an Underdog
May 29, 2019
England and South Africa are the only teams who haven’t won the World Cup yet. An early start to their Road To Finals can be geared up from here. England needs to have a good start as a defeat on its home ground won’t be a good sign. The Proteas on the other end has lost an experienced bowler in the form of Dale Steyn.
The previous encounter between them was in May 2017 with South Africa clinching the win by seven wickets. South Africa is at number 3 above the home team at number 4.
Pitch Conditions And Weather
Kennington Oval is one of the premier ground of England. The pitch has given runs till 350 and even 218, which says how the ball constantly changes its behavior. The margin of winning to wickets and runs is also narrow in the last ten games. The teams will still opt to bat second.
The pitch is expected to help seamers with the current weather conditions, but in previous matches showed the spinners have also dominated in bowling. We can see a good contest with a mix-up of bowlers in the bowling department.
England is the home team, and they have entered as favorites in the tournament. They strengthened their chances to win the World Cup by outclassing the feared bowling attack of Pakistan. Their hit of a menacing target of 481 has recorded in the books of history.
They have all the departments filled with outstanding players and Jofra Archer in the team has made him the X-factor. Their batting attack looks destructive after watching Jos Buttler showed his capability at IPL. They have got so many options the team might face a tough time selecting the line for this match.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett
One of the most consistent side for inconsistency. The Proteas have the best chance to have this World Cup going to their case. The team has good core players with them and might be the best till now. They are entering the tournament with a white-wash to Sri Lanka and a series win against Pakistan.
Quinton De Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Luigi Ngidi are some young gunners of the team with a backpack of good form with them. Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla might be playing their last World so they need to start with a full throttle this time.
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
Final Conclusion and Predictions
This is going to be a thriller start of the World Cup, only if the rain doesn’t wash away the entertainment.
A good performance can be expected from Kagiso Rabada from South Africa and Jos Buttler from England.
The odds are favoring England to win the first match.