CWC 2019: England Vs South Africa Dkoded
In this World Cup England’s to lose? Most definitely. Are South Africa underdogs in this World Cup? Probably. These would have been unthinkable propositions two decade ago.
Such has been the nature of cricket in recent years that it has prompted a reversal of prediction for two teams that have the most unwanted history in the World Cup.
Talking About England
England will be hoping to create a landmark by winning their first game in World Cup, that too at home, as they have been backed as among the favourites for the tournament.
Eoin Morgan (Captain)
Morgan is undoubtedly the main man for the hosts of the tournament. His guidance has brought the squad to No. 1 rankings.
Do you know? He holds the record of fastest fifty by any English batsmen.
Joe Root (Batsman)
His batting ability in the top and performing rate of almost in every single match makes him standout than others.
Do you know? Joe Root has been compared to Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan, two of Yorkshire’s premium batsmen due to his batting ability.
Jofra Archer (All rounder)
Jofra Archer is the latest sensation in the team due to his bowling ability, especially in slog overs.
Do you know? Archer was not selected in England’s preliminary squad for CWC 2019.
Also, with the likeables of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy in the batting line up the hosts are pretty much ahead of the opponents.
Talking about South Africa
Without AB de Villiers, without Dale Steyn in the first game, this is as low profile a South Africa team that can be in a World Cup.
South Africa will be looking for a better display in this World Cup as they have been the eternal underachievers at the top level of cricket. They are not far behind in ICC Rankings from England. If England is on top South Africa too is eyeing while owning the third position.
Faf du Plessis (Captain)
Faf du Plessis emerged as one of South Africa’s most consistent batsmen in the post-Jacques Kallis era. He is strong on the front foot, has impeccable defences and enjoys spending time at the crease.
Do you know? du Plessis was the first batsman to score centuries in all three formats of cricket at a single venue.
Quinton de Kock (Batsman)
Quinton de Kock’s fearless striking and handy glovework has earned him comparisons to greats of the game like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher, early in his career.
Do you know? He is the fastest South African to reach 1,000 runs in ODI.
Kagiso Rabada (Bowler)
Kagiso Rabada is the most exciting talent to emerge from South Africa. Known for his dangerous yorkers, he has established himself as a potential leader of the attack.
Do you know? Rabada surpassed the record of Harbhajan to become the youngest ever bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket and also became the third fastest South African to reach 150 test wickets in terms of matches .
Where – The Oval
With a capacity to seat 25,000 people, The Oval is the second biggest ground at the World Cup.
The Oval has been a fairly good ground for batting with batsman averaging 35.9 runs per wicket in the past 10 years.
With a batting-friendly pitch and England’s squad filled up with some amazing batsmen like Joe Root, Jason Roy, Morgan, Bairstow, and Stokes, Englands are favourite for the day.