SA vs ENG Match Prediction - Who will win today's 1st ODI match between South Africa vs England?

The last time South Africa and England met in an ODI series was back in February 2020, when the series ended in a stalemate with both teams winning a game each.

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South Africa (SA) will lock horns with England (ENG) in the first game of the three-match ODI series at Mangaung Oval on Friday, January 27. The last time both heavyweight nations took center stage in the 50-over format in South Africa was back in February 2020 and the series ended in a stalemate with two teams winning a game each.

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England got whitewashed in their previous ODI assignment, which was against Australia on the latter’s turf. They would look to bring their A-game into play when they clash against the Proteas. Temba Bavuma & Co. have a formidable team, packed with match-winners and one can expect a nail-biting contest between the two sides.

Match Details:

Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Date & Time: January 27, 4:30 PM IST

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar for live streaming

Pitch Report

Bloemfontein will be hosting the first ODI game since March 2020 and it is expected to be batting-friendly surface. However, there will be some juice on the wicket and pacers will also have some say in the contest. With both teams having a power-packed batting line-ups, they might back their batters to hunt down any sort of target. Thus, the side winning the toss might bowl first.

Probable Playing XIs for SA vs ENG

South Africa (SA):

Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje 

England (ENG):

Phil Salt, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley 

Probable Best Performers for SA vs ENG

Probable Best Batter: Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler has been a ferocious striker of the cricket ball in the white-ball circuit. He has destroyed bowling attacks with his swashbuckling stroke play and piled on runs for fun. The wicketkeeper-batter displayed his batting might in the SA20 2023 as well, plundering 285 runs in eight games. Thus, it would not be a surprise if he puts up a show in the first ODI.

Probable Best Bowler: Anrich Nortje 

Anrich Nortje has clocked speeds of over 145 kmph on a consistent basis and rattled batters with his fiery pace. He wreaked havoc in the SA20 2023, picking up 13 scalps in seven games. Given the speedster is in good bowling form, he can weave the magic with the ball in the encounter against England.

Today’s Match Prediction: England to win the match

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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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