The match will be broadcast on Star Sports Network from 3 pm
Dale Steyn of South Africa will not be able to play in this match due to injury
Sports desk The first match of the One Day World Cup will be played between England and South Africa on Thursday at the Oval of London. This time the England team is considered to be the strongest contender of the title. Talking about the past one year, he has won 17 ODIs in 25 matches, while in 5 he has lost. The results of the three matches did not come out. During this time he played 13 ODIs on home ground. Of these, he won 11 and lost a match. One match was pending.
South Africa also has a better record. He has won 16 of his 21 ODIs in the last one year, while he lost 5. During this time, it has been better performing abroad too. He has won five out of 8 ODIs. However, his performance on this field has been disappointing.
South Africa win three out of 9 matches at Oval
South Africa have played 9 ODIs so far in the Oval Of these, he has won 3, while losing 6. He played a match for the World Cup on 22 May 1999 on this ground. Then he defeated England by 122 runs.
Pitch mood: There is a possibility of a cloud in the sky during the first World Cup match. Light rain can also occur. For this reason the bowlers can get less swing than usual. The toss-winning team is more likely to choose the bowling. On the field, 3 out of the last five have scored more than 300 in ODIs.
Strength of England
Johnny Bairstow: The England opener is able to give his team a good start. He played 21 ODIs in the last one year. In this, he scored 878 runs at an average of 46.21. It includes three centuries in it. Recently, his performance in the IPL was also fantastic. There he scored 445 runs in 10 matches at an average of 55.62.
Jofra Archer: 24-year-old Jopra has been able to play only three ODIs for England so far. In this they have taken 3 wickets. His performance in the IPL also was fantastic. Playing on behalf of the Rajasthan Royals, Joffra took 11 wickets in 11 matches. He also scored runs at an average of 33.50.
Lack of experience in bowling: England's team is strong in every division like South Africa, but lack of experience in bowling can cause anxiety for it in this big tournament. Marc Wood, 40, Adil Rashid 87, Lim Plunkett 81, Tom Karan 17, Chris Woakes 87 and Archer only played three ODIs.
Strength of south africa
Quinton Deacock: Quinton Deacock has played 106 ODIs so far. In this he scored 4602 runs at an average of 45.56. He scored 742 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 46.37 during the last one year. It includes a hundred of them. Deccock made 529 runs in the IPL at an average of 35.26. They were at number three in top-5 scorers.
Imran Tahir: World Cup's oldest player. However, he has yet to play 98 ODIs. In this, he took 162 wickets from the economy of 4.62. Among the highest wicket takers in the IPL, he was at number one. He took 26 wickets from the economy of 6.69.
South Africa's weakness
Dale Steyn injury: The injury caused by the injury of the fast bowler of South Africa, playing his third World Cup. For this reason they will not be able to play against England. Their current form is good. In such a situation, he has a jolt for the team outside of the playing eleven.
England: Ian Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Moin Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jopra Archer, Adil Rashid, Tom Karan, Mark Wood, James Vince, Liam Dawson
South Africa: Fifth Duplessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Quintan Dickak (wicketkeeper), Rasie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andy Fehlukiewo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Engidae, Imran Tahir, Eden Markram, Tabrez Shamsi, Chris Morris