SA vs ENG, 1st ODI: Head to Head, Playing XI, Preview, Where to Watch on TV, Online, and Live Streaming Details
Reigning World Champions England will take on hosts South Africa in the first of three ODIs in Bloemfontein.
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The inaugural edition of the SA20 has dished out plenty of fireworks during the initial group stages, but the tournament comes to a standstill to accommodate South Africa's ODI series against visitors England, commencing on January 27.
The home side endured a rough couple of months that included a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign in Australia, followed by an embarrassing whitewash in a red-ball series against the Aussies. Temba Bavuma will be looking to rectify the mistakes with the ODI World Cup later this year.
However, they will face a stern test against defending champions England, who will be buoyed by the return of fast bowling ace Jofra Archer. Jos Buttler's side is one of the firm favorites for the ICC mega event later this year and will be looking to make a statement in the upcoming series against the Proteas.
The last ODI at this venue saw the home side chase a stiff target with relative ease against the Aussies. The surface at the Mangaung Oval assists the quick bowlers with extra pace and bounce but also has a bit of spin on offer for the slower bowlers. A similar kind of play will be expected on this pitch in the upcoming encounter.
Playing Combinations for SA vs ENG
The hosts are not sort of talent when it comes to their squad, but they have been plagued by inconsistency in the recent past. However, they will be buoyed by the performance of their speedsters, especially Anrich Nortje in the SA20.
Predicted Playing XI
Quinton de Kock (w), Janneman Malan, Temba Buvuma (c), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
The reigning champions unearthed a batting superstar in the form of Harry Brook last year, with the youngster showcasing his talent across formats with extraordinary swagger. Although Jofra Archer returns to the national team after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injuries, Jos Buttler remains cautious with his fitness.
Predicted Playing XI
Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (c&wk), Harry Brook, Phil Salt, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Adil Rashid
SA vs ENG Head-to-Head
Played – 66, SA – 31, ENG – 29, NR - 5, Tie - 1
SA vs ENG Broadcast & Live Streaming Details
Match Timings- 4:30 PM IST
Live telecast- Star Sports network
Live streaming- Hotstar
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