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World Cup 2019, Match 1- ENG Vs SA, Preview: The Trophy Doomed Teams Ready To Engage In The Curtain Raiser Battle

The months of wait and hounds of excitement is about to come to an end as the much-anticipated World Cup 2019 is finally here and ready to take the center stage for the next-one-and-a half month. The top ten teams of the 50 –overs cricket will be squaring off in a round-robin format and the best four sides will qualify for the knockouts. The Grand Finale of the biggest cricketing carnival will be held at the iconic Lord’s on July 14, with the triumphant team grabbing its hands on the coveted title. In the tournament opener, hosts England will be locking horns with South Africa on May 30 at the Kennington Oval.

Both the teams will be surely hoping to start this long tournament on a winning note. England, who are reckoned to be the overwhelming favourites to lift their maiden trophy, are clearly the better-placed side going into this game. With the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Joe Root occupying the opening three batting slots, their top-order seems to be one of the strongest in this competition. The firepower in the batting department does not ends here as the player to watch out for- Jos Buttler will then arrive at the crease to take the full throttle and with all-rounders like Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, there is enough of depth.

The trio of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and skipper Eoin Morgan have recovered from their respective injuries and will be available for selection in this match. England’s bowling also offers much depth to skipper Morgan as Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will be the key in the spin department. The likes of Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Tom Curran along with Archer and Wood will handle the fast bowling duties in turns in the long competition.

On the other hand, South Africa have also sorted out most of their concerns in the warm-up fixtures against Sri Lanka and the Windies, which ended in a no-result. The biggest positive for the Proteas’ team management is that their most experienced batsman, Hashim Amla, is finally back amongst the runs and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and David Miller along with Amla, the South African batting line-up also looks pretty solid.

However, in the bowling department, they would certainly feel the absence of Dale Steyn, who has already been ruled out for the tournament opener. Now the duo of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada will have to take the responsibility of leading this bowling attack along with the widely experienced Imran Tahir.

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England’s likely Playing XI

 The explosive in-form pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy will be opening the innings for England. Joe Root will be the key as he will have to play the leading role in this batting department at number three. He will be accompanied by the English skipper Eoin Morgan coming in at four. The batting positions of the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali will be decided in accordance with the situation of the game.

The duo comprising of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will shoulder the responsibilities of the spin bowling department. However, the major selection worry for the England team management will arrive on deciding the fast bowling combination for the opening game. The pair of Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett are sure starters and one of Jofra Archer, Tom Curran or Mark Wood will get the call for the third seamer’s slot.

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer/Tom Curran/Mark Wood.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

Hashim Amla’s coming back in form has eased the selection of opening pair worries for the South African team management. Amla and Quinton de Kock will form the opening combination for this game and Aiden Markram will have to sit on the bench. Young Rassie van der Dussen will take up the crucial number three slot and skipper Faf du Plessis is likely to come in at four. Although, he hasn’t had much of game time leading into this tournament, JP Duminy is a sure shot starter in the playing XI to accompany David Miller in the middle-order.

Dale Steyn’s unavailability allows South Africa to play two-seam bowling all-rounders in the side out of Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will be the frontline fast bowlers along with Imran Tahir being the lone specialist spinner.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris/Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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