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ICC World Cup 2019, Match 1: England vs South Africa, Kennington Oval – Match Preview, Where to Watch, Live Streaming, Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Prediction 

ICC World Cup 2019, Match 1: England vs South Africa, Kennington Oval – Match Preview, Where to Watch, Live Streaming, Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Prediction
England vs South Africa ICC World Cup 2019 opener will begin at the Oval in London. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The much-awaited England vs South Africa game will officially mark the beginning of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday (May 30). The No. 1 ranked England are brimming with confidence with the way they’ve reaped the rewards season after another. Meanwhile, the Proteas are equally raring to go in a bid to begin their ODI showpiece campaign on a positive note.

Besides, the marquee clash will definitely witness some challenge between the players, which eventually inspires youngsters within a team.

Notably, the interviews from Faf du Plessis and Eoin Morgan have already given a fair idea of how both teams are looking at the quadrennial event.

Aggression vs Determination:

Meanwhile, the Proteas would dearly miss their premium speedster, Dale Steyn. The prominent bowler has been sidelined for the curtain-raiser after complaining about the troublesome shoulder.

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
Roy, Bairstow ready to launch an assault. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the eyes would be on England’s batting depth with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in good stead.

Also, the wrist spinners are supposed to leave an impact in the impending World Cup. England is having Adil Rashid, whereas, the Proteas will rely on guile Imran Tahir. These two players could also make a difference in the middle-order, which would be necessary for such conditions in England.

Also Read: ICC World Cup 2019: England vs South Africa, Kennington Oval – England’s Predicted Playing XI 

It would also be the test of both the skippers who have had done tremendously well to keep their respective teams at the top.

South Africa, Ottis Gibson, Cricket World Cup
South Africa ready to take off. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With England showing character, the Proteas aggression would further add fuel to the game between the heavyweight.

Also, Kagiso Rabada would be ready with his searing yorkers, and for England, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer are keen enough to cross the 90 mph barrier regularly.

England vs South Africa: Where to watch, Live streaming, Match preview, Match prediction and Weather forecast ( For details click here)


Kennington Oval in London will host the England vs South Africa game.

When to watch:

The game will begin at 3:00 PM IST (9:30 AM GMT)

Where to watch, live streaming – playing XI:

The viewers could watch the live telecast on the Star Sports network. Plus, the match will be available via streaming via Hotstar.

ICC World Cup 2019 – Here’s the line-up:

England’s Predicted XI:

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Mooen Ali, Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

South Africa’s Predicted XI:

Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi

Also Read: ICC World Cup 2019, Match 1: England vs South Africa- RSA Predicted Playing XI 

Pitch Condition:

Even though the Oval surface is being dubbed as a perfect to bat on, but considering the pool of options from England as well as the Proteas, it will be an enticing competition.

Despite the overcast conditions, the batsmen indeed hold an edge in the World Cup opener.

Weather Report:

Following rain on Wednesday, the conditions will be cloudy with maximum temperature hovering around 23-degree Celsius.

The overcast conditions could play a crucial role in setting up things for the fast bowlers. However, the precipitation would be around 20 per cent.

According to the weatherman, there’s no forecast for the rain on a particular day.

Match Prediction:

While going by their head-to-head games, England is a game ahead in terms of victories over the Proteas. The Three Lions have managed to win 26 matches, whereas Proteas saw themselves over the line on 25 occasions out of 59 ODIs.

On paper, both teams look quite strong, but again they have got the similar problem of coming close but yet so far.

Also Read in details : ICC World Cup 2019: Match 1, England vs South Africa- Match Prediction 

Meanwhile, since it’s the first game a team winning the toss is expected to set the total. The first innings total is expected to be around 320-plus.

But again when it comes to the results, we’re expecting England to draw the first blood.

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