Date & Time: Thursday, 30th May. 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
On 30th May 2019, the much-awaited first match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played at the Kennington Oval at 3:00 PM IST, in London. England, with a deep batting lineup, is hot favorites of the season as they take on the Proteas in the primary fixture. It is rather rare to see that South Africa not making it to the favorites’ list.
South Africa (RSA)
For the first match, Mark Wood is declared fit, while it is doubtful if Dale Steyn will be playing the field against England. Liam Plunkett may enter the match as well if Mark Wood is to still be given some rest. This leaves England’s explosive openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy to bat against bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada. For Proteas, the experimentative and innovative Faf Du Plessis reigns with his grit, determination, and aggression. Right now, SA needs everything to upset England.
Probable Playing XI
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram / Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (C), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Although the ODI does seem like England’s Juggernaut after their steady rise under skipper Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss, the team was still shunted out, in the group stages of the 2015 World Cup. It is echoed that after the warmup win over Afghanistan, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy are only exuberating positives in the dressing room. As opportunists, they stand to impose and stay by the stumps in the top order.
Probable Playing XI
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett / Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid.
Oval Pitch Report
There are still prospects for some quicks on the Oval Pitch if we were to believe forecasts that a hot and long English summer is yet to dawn. In fact, the weather is predicted to be cloudy as the first World Cup 2019 match begins, and the Dukes balls will swing lesser than usual for the tournament. Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq took a hat trick in the last World Cup fixture at the Oval in 1999, against Zimbabwe. Exceptionalities apart, you could look forward to some performances from both Adil Rashid of England and Imran Tahir of South Africa on the same lines.
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