The World Cup 2019 is all set to get down in business, as today two of the most prominent teams in this tournament face each other in the opening match.
The crowd and experts favorite, England, will face off South Africa today in Kennington Oval, London.
Both the teams walk in with confidence as they pack their best players, however, neither of the two have won the World Cup before and are all set to turn that remark in the other direction. England has appeared in the Finals thrice till date and South Africa have reached the Semi-finals 4 times, but not once have they reached the finals.
Both the teams are equipped with world-class players and it’ll certainly be a breath taking match to experience in the World Cup starter.
England (Probable XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Butler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid.
South Africa (Probable XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (C), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Jos Butler vs Kagiso Rabada
Considered as one of the most destructive batsman to play the game today, Jos Butler will be a player to watch out for throughout the tournament. The English opener has been in good touch and currently is in the form of his life.
With 18 fifties and 8 centuries, the right hander averages 41 in ODIs. With a Strike Rate of 120, Butler will surely be a batsman that won’t be taken lightly. Butler has played 130 ODI matches and has scored 3531 runs till date with a personal high score of 150.
The upcoming bowling sensation, Kagiso Rabada, is having a similar run at present and is ranked 5th in the ICC ODI bowlers list. The quickster has an economy of 4 and has a brilliant average of 26. The right arm quick has been a key factor for his team, since his debut and is highly regarded by the experts as well.
Rabada will be expected to lead the pace attack and play a pivotal role to see his side through. Rabada has played over 60 matches in which he has picked 106 wickets with an S/R of 31.83 and has a personal best of 6/16.
Rabada and Butler have faced each other 7 times before and the Proteas bowler has dismissed Butler thrice in those battles. The seamer exposed a lot of Butler’s weaknesses, such as facing short balls etc.
This clash is one of the most anticipated face-offs in this season.
Jofra Archer vs Quinton de Kock
The T20 bowling sensation, Jofra Archer, is all set to make his World Cup debut for England. The right arm bowler is just 3 matches old in International Cricket, however, he has a lot of county and T20 experience. The right arm quick has played 17 List-A matches, in which he has picked up 24 wickets with an average of 31 and has a personal best of 5/4. Archer is also known to be economical and has an economy of just over 5 in his List-A career.
Quinton De Kock is one of the most consistent players in today’s world. The left arm opener is ranked 5th in the ICC ODI rankings. De Kock will be a key factor for South Africa this World Cup and will play a crucial role in constructing the South African innings.
De Kock averages 45 in ODI cricket and has a personal best of 178. The leftie also has a good strike rate of 95 and has 21 fifties and 14 centuries jotted to his name.
The battle between Archer and De Kock will be a battle to look out for, as both the youngsters are in tremendous touch and have been consistently performing for their respective teams.
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Today’s battle will be between the Proteas bowlers and English batsmen, as the respective departments have been crucial for their squads. Since the match will be played in England, the English squad will definitely have an edge over Africa in today’s game. It sure will be cut throat competition in the starter.
The South African side is expected to give a tough fight, but Team CricWizz predicts England to win this match, with their balanced squad. We also predict this match will be a high scoring game with both the teams scoring over 300, but the English side taking the game home by a small margin.
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