World Cup 2019 begins: The very first match to be played between the host Country England and South Africa

One day World Cup 2019: The first match England v/s South Africa will be played on Thursday In Oval. This time the hosting country England seems to be a strong contender to win the World Cup title.The team during last year won 17 matches out of 25 played, they lost 5 matches and 3 were undeclared. On their home ground, the team played 13 oneday matches and won 11 matches of it. They lost one match and the other was undeclared.

Team South Africa also maintains a good record. Last year the team played 21 matches and won 16 of it. But, talking about the ground of Oval, the team here played 9 One days and won just 3 of it.

About the pitch : The weather seems to be a little cloudy today and are chances of a little rain in the area. The bowlers due to this will receive less swings than average. Toss winning team may probably choose to bowl first.

The ground has witnessed a massive score of 300+ in 3 out of 5 matches played.

Strength of team England

Jonny Bairstow : The opener of the England team played 21 matches last year. With an average of 46.21, he scored 878 runs including 3 hundreds.His performance in IPL 2019 was also commendable.

Jofra Archer : The 24 years old lad played 3 One days till date and  took 3 wickets. His IPL 2019 was amazing. Playing from Rajasthan Royals he took 11 wickets in 11 matches.

Weakness of team England

The team is strong in all aspects but their bowling skills are a bit lacking which is a major concern.Mark Wood 40, Adil Rashid 87, Liam Plunkett 81, Tom Curran 17, Chris Woakes 87,and Archer played just 3 One days.

Strength of team South Africa

Quinton de Kock: He has played 106 One Days and made 4602 runs with an average of 45.56. Last year he played 16 ODI matches and scored 742 runs with an average of 46.37. Talking about his IPL performance, he was in the TOP- 5 scorers.

Imran Tahir : He has played  98 ODI matches till date. He took 162 wickets with an economy of 4.62. He topped the IPL wicket board as he took the highest wicket. He took 26 wickets with an economy of 6.69.

Weakness of Team South Africa

Dale Steyn is recovering from his past injury and so, will not be playing in today’s match.


Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-attendant), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.


by Lokendra Sharma | Thu, May 30 - 11:30 AM

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