SA vs ENG Fantasy Prediction: South Africa vs England 1st ODI – 6 December (Cape Town). The first ODI game was set to play to be played on 4th December whereas, it will now be played on 6th due to the COVID-19 protocol breach.
Hosts South Africa will take on England in the 1st ODI match of the three games ODI series. The T20 series is done, and the world champions will take on Proteas in their favourite format.
South Africa lost the T20 series and, the ODI series is also going to be a tough affair. Kagiso Rabada is going to miss the series whereas, the main all-rounders of the side are also injured. The team will rely heavily on Quinton de Kock’s batting whereas, Lungi Ngidi is going to lead the bowling line-up. This is going to be a tough game for the hosts.
England won the T20I series convincingly and will go as the favourites in the ODI series as well. There are going to be a lot of shuffle in the ODI squad with many players leaving the side. Jason Roy’s fate is on thin ice, whereas Sam Billings would be eager to cement his place in the team. The arrival of Joe Root is going to be a big plus for this side. This should be another easy series for the visitors.
Pitch Conditions and Weather Details
The pacers get some movement on this track, but this is an excellent decent to bat on in Cape Town.
Total ODI Games Played: 43; Bat 1st Won: 28; Bat 2nd Won: 15
We can expect clear skies throughout the game.
Probable XI for both sides:-
South Africa – Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Jon-Jon Smuts, Heinrich Klassen, George Linde, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla.
England – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.
Three Match ODI Series
Match: South Africa vs England First ODI Match
Date and Time: 6 December, Sunday- 1:30 PM IST
Venue: The Newlands, Cape Town.
Where to Watch: Star Sports 1/HD
Top 4 Batting Order
Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, and Faf du Plessis.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Eoin Morgan.
Death Over Specialists
- Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi
- Tom Curran and Mark Wood
SA vs ENG Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Quinton de Kock and Jonny Bairstow will be our wicket-keepers in this game. De Kock and Bairstow are world-class players and open the innings for their side. Bairstow has scored 3207 ODI runs at an average of 47.16 whereas, Quinny has scored 5135 ODI runs at an average of 44.65. Both of them are un-droppable options.
SA vs ENG Fantasy Batsmen
Rassie van der Dussen will be our batsman from South Africa. Dussen was brilliant in the T20I series, whereas his ODI stats are impressive as well. He has scored 707 ODI runs at an average of 70.70.
Joe Root, Jason Roy, and Eoin Morgan will be our batsmen from England. Root and Morgan are some of the most reliable players of the ODI format. Root has scored 5962 ODI runs at an average of 50.10 whereas, Morgan has scored 7598 runs at an average of 39.57. Joe Root is a wild-card option with his bowling as well. Roy, on the other hand, is in poor form but is a genuine game-changer of this format. He has scored 3483 ODI runs at an average of 40.03 whereas, his strike-rate has been 106.68.
SA vs ENG Fantasy All-Rounders
George Linde will be our all-rounder from South Africa. Linde is the only all-rounder who is expected to play the game.
SA vs ENG Fantasy Bowlers
From South Africa, the duo of Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi will make it into our team. Both of them were the highest wicket-takers of the T20I series with four wickets each. Shamsi has picked 26 ODI wickets whereas, Ngidi has picked 56. Both of them are the main-bowlers for the Proteas.
Chris Woakes and Mark Wood will be our bowlers from England. Woakes has picked 149 ODI wickets whereas, he has scored 1315 runs with the bat as well. Wood, on the other hand, has picked 64 wickets in 52 ODI games whereas, his economy has been just 5.51. Both of them are genuine wicket-takers with the white ball.
Match Prediction: England are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Quinton de Kock and Joe Root
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Faf du Plessis and Jonny Bairstow
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