Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa vs England 2020 - 1st ODI
The 1st ODI of the three-match series between South Africa and England will be played at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa.
Cape Town is the same venue where the first and the third matches of the T20I series were played. Scores in excess of 180 were chased down in both the matches and hence a minimum of 300 is expected to be scored by the team batting first.
The absence of several of England's key players provides parity to the series. England will be without four of their main players in Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Sam Curran. At the same time, South Africa, too, will miss the services of their kingpin bowler Kagiso Rabada who has sustained a right adductor strain.
Despite Jason Roy's poor form, he is expected to keep his place at the top of the order alongside Jonny Bairstow. The inclusion of Joe Root will beef up the England batting line-up, with Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler slotted to bat next.
Chris Woakes will be in the role of an all-rounder with Reece Topley, Mark Wood and Tom Curran playing as England's leading pace bowlers.
Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis are expected to go big for South Africa. Anrich Nortje will be the team's best bet with the ball, given his exploits in the recently-concluded IPL.
Nortje will pair with Lungi Ngidi to take the new ball. The spin bowling load will be shared by George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings/ Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Janneman Malan/Temba Bavuma, JJ Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf Du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Adil Rashid (England), Anrich Nortje (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Man of the Match – Eoin Morgan
Team Scores Batting first – England 330+, South Africa 310+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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