ENG vs RSA Match Prediction & Betting Tips - May 30, 2019
The biggest event in cricket is about to get underway and it will the hosts that are in action for the first match of the ICC World Cup 2019. There are several things different about the cricket world cup 2019 from the previous version.
There are only ten teams and every team is going to play each other once. There are no groups or Super Six stages and the top-4 teams will qualify for the semi-finals. At least three to four teams look capable of winning CWC 2019 but there is no doubt that England goes into this tournament as the favorite.
South Africa has never won a cricket world cup but it has probably never had such an under-rated build up to the event either. Unlike many previous occasions, South Africa is not being billed as the favorites and that may be a good thing for the side.
Every single match between every side is going to be important at the World Cup 2019. Losing the opening match is not going to be the end of the world but winning it is going to be a huge relief for both teams.
England vs South Africa ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be played at the Kennington Oval, London on the 30th of May 2019.
ENG vs RSA Team Previews
England is the World’s number one ranked team in ODI cricket right now and comes into this tournament full of confidence. They have won eleven out of the last twelve ODI bilateral series that they have played, drawing the remaining one with the West Indies.
England has just completed a 4-0 sweep against Pakistan where they chased down 340 plus totals in two consecutive matches. There is no team that has hit 300 plus scores more regularly than England since the last world cup and it is fair to say that this English team has reset the rules of ODI batting.
That does not mean England cannot be beaten. They lost to Pakistan at the semi-final stage of the Champions Trophy on a pitch that offered the Pakistanis some turn. Eoin Morgan has made it very clear that he believes England should get flat batting wickets to suits their game in the ICC World Cup 2019, although, the pitches are going to be prepared under ICC oversight and not by the English cricket board.
Three last-minute changes to the England World Cup 2019 squad have strengthened the side even more. Jofra Archer, James Vince, and Liam Dawson have all found a place in the squad. Selecting the first eleven is going to be difficult but there is not a single player in the entire squad that can be considered a liability.
England’s biggest strength is its depth in batting. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, and Tom Curran are expected to start for the England side.
Liam Plunkett and Liam Dawson could get a chance depending upon the conditions but we don’t think there will be too much of changing the side around just for the sake of it.
This means that England has batting till number eleven and seven bowling options to choose from. We expect England to come out playing aggressive cricket and go hard at the South Africans. This approach has been successful for England but can sometimes backfire spectacularly as well.
England Playing 11
JJ Roy, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, CR Woakes, LE Plunkett, Jofra Chioke Archer, AU Rashid.
We cannot remember a single other cricket world cup where South Africa was almost unnoticed, to begin with. This is not a bad thing for the South Africans since they have not been very good at handling the bright spotlight in the past.
There is a lot to like about South Africa’s ODI team. They are led by Faf du Plessis, who we believe is one of the sharpest cricketing minds around, and they are filled with match winners. There has been a lot more experimentation in the South African squad in the build-up to the ICC World Cup 2019 and a few injuries to contend with as well.
South Africa has suffered some big defeats to India at home in the ODI format and was run close by Pakistan as well. Their batting is going to be led by Quinton de Kock at the top of the order but it is unclear who is going to open the batting with him.
South Africa has the option to choose between Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram. We think the experienced Amla will get the nod for the first match of the world cup. Amla has not been in great touch over the last couple of years and his domestic performances are not too encouraging either.
Amla is still an ODI legend, though, and we would not write him off just yet.
Faf du Plessis bats at three followed by JP Duminy, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Imran Tahir.
This is a very strong batting lineup with plenty of firepower. Like England, South Africa also has some world-class all-rounders to help lengthen the batting without compromising the bowling quality. Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Lungi Ngidi are all excellent options that could play if the conditions demand it.
In terms of bowling quality, we think South Africa is stronger than England. Rabada, Steyn, and Tahir are going to be hard for the England batting to target. The trick for South Africa is going to be score as many runs as England.
This is where Faf du Plessis is our pick to be the leading run-scorer for South Africa and Rassie van der Dussen is another player that we strongly recommend keeping an eye on.
South Africa Playing 11
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, RVD Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
ENG vs RSA Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss is likely to want to field first. Chasing is the way to go on the small English grounds where the conditions for batting remain good throughout the match.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
England vs South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going to be played at the Kennington Oval, London. The weather forecast for the first match of CWC 2019 is pretty good. There is a 20% chance of rain but we should have sunny skies for the majority of the day. There is also a very good chance of no rainfall at all.
The pitch at the Oval is going to be completely flat. The batsmen will be able to hit through the line and a score of 330 appears to be par for the venue.
ENG vs RSA Dream11 Prediction
The new Dream11 rules are in place for the ICC World Cup 2019 and we are making the full use of them. Our Dream11 team for England vs South Africa is going to be loaded with hard-hitting batsmen and bowlers that are genuine wicket-takers. We will be updated the Dream11 team after the pitch report, toss, and final team announcement on Twitter. Please follow @cricketbettings for the latest updates.
Wicketkeeper: There are three options available for this match and we have picked all of them. Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Quinton de Kock are all among the leading batsmen of their sides. Bairstow and de Kock had an excellent IPL while Jos Buttler regained form against Pakistan.
Batsmen: We have selected Joe Root, Faf du Plessis, and Hashim Amla ahead of players like Morgan, Roy, and Miller. Root and Faf du Plessis are very consistent in this format and try to bat through the entire inning while Hashim Amla has been scintillating form during the warm-ups.
All three of these batsmen are modern ODI greats but Amla is the one that has the most dangerous look about him right now.
All-rounders: Picking three wicketkeepers has limited the number of all-rounders available to us to two. We have chosen Moeen Ali and Andile Phehlukwayo. These players are available for just 8.0 points each and that is a steal.
Both these players are going to be bowling a majority of their overs and are powerful hitters of the ball.
Bowlers: There are some excellent bowling options available and clarity on who is going to miss out is not yet available. Assuming that everyone is fit, we think that Imran Tahir, Liam Plunkett, and Jofra Archers should be able to make the team. Tahir's wrist spin could challenge the big hitters from England while Jofra Archer is going to be a force during the end overs. Liam Plunkett has been quite successful at picking wickets in the middle.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have picked Hashim Amla as captain and Jos Buttler as our vice-captain for this match.
ENG vs RSA Playing 11
- Jonny Bairstow
- Jos Buttler (vc)
- Quinton de Kock
- Joe Root
- Faf du Plessis
- Hashim Amla (c)
- Moeen Ali
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Liam Plunkett
- Jofra Archer
- Imran Tahir
Find more Dream11 predictions and other tips and tricks on our dedicated Dream11 guide.
ENG vs RSA Betting Tips
The team that wins the toss and chases is going to have a huge advantage. That being said, we like the chances of South Africa’s bowling lineup against England. South Africa has won four out of the last six matches it has played against England, although the most recent meeting was in 2017.
England’s batting strength is much better than that of South Africa and they are especially dangerous while chasing. We recommend betting on South Africa but hedging on England if the hosts are chasing.
Bet on South Africa to win.
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