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Cricket World Cup 2023: ENG vs SA Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: England vs South Africa, Cricket World Cup 2023 (ENG vs SA)

Date: October 21, Saturday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

England and South Africa will play match 20 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 21. Both teams lost their respective last matches to underdogs. England lost to Afghanistan while South Africa were defeated by the Netherlands.

In the match between England and Afghanistan, the batting of the defending champions came under the scanner. Apart from Harry Brook (66), no other batsman was able to stand up to the occasion. Chasing 285 to win, England lost by 69 runs, which has also affected their net run rate.

In the match between South Africa and Netherlands, the Proteas fell short of the target by 38 runs. David Miller and Keshav Maharaj scored in 40s, but no other batsman was able to contribute substantially. Earlier in the game, each of the bowlers took at least one wicket to bowl out Netherlands for 245 in 34 overs.

Jos Buttler and Co. are currently placed fifth in the points table with two points, having won only one of their three games. South Africa, on the other hand, are third on the points table with two wins from three matches.

Ahead of match 20 of the Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximize your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for ENG vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023 

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is batting friendly. Bowling first here is the ideal option as teams batting second here have won 70 per cent of the matches. A total of 29 ODIs have been played here, from which the average first innings score reads 234. The highest total recorded at the venue is 438 for 4.

The weather in Mumbai will be warm and sunny with a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius during the day. The evening will be a bit pleasant.

England team news and predicted XI

Team news: Ben Stokes, who has recovered from a hip injury, is set to make his first appearance at the 2023 World Cup. However, he will be playing only as a specialist batsman and not an all-rounder, as his left knee issue still persists. With Stokes returning, Harry Brook may have to make his way out, despite top scoring for England against Afghanistan.

Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson

Predicted XI:  1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 6 Harry Brook, 7 Chris Woakes/Gus Atkinson, 8 David Willey, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Reece Topley

South Africa team news and predicted XI

Team news: South Africa do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to change their playing XI.

Squad: Temba Bavuma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Reeza Hendricks, Lizaad Williams

Predicted XI:  1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Gerald Coetzee

Head-to-head record

England and South Africa have met on 69 occasions in the ODI format, with the Proteas holding the edge with 33 victories, while England have won 30 games. 5 of the matches ended without a result and one was tied. At the World Cup, the two teams have played 7 matches, of which four were won by England. South Africa won three World Cup matches against England on a trot in 1996, 1999 and 2008, but have lost their last two in 2011 and 2019.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for ENG vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023

Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper batsman, South Africa

Quinton de Kock has so far been South Africa’s best batsman in the tournament. He started with two consecutive centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively, and despite being unable to do well against the Dutch, de Kock is still a good option for your MPL team’s vice captaincy for this game.

Jos Buttler – wicketkeeper batsman, England 

England captain Jos Buttler is yet to play his A game in the 2023 World Cup, but it wouldn’t be a wise idea to leave him out of your fantasy team. With the kind of experience Buttler brings to the table, a big knock could be round the corner. In 172 ODIs for England, Buttler has scored 4895 runs at an average of 41.13.

Kagiso Rabada – bowler, South Africa

Kagiso Rabada has started the tournament on a good note, picking up seven wickets in three games two each against Sri Lanka and Netherlands, and three against Australia. Rabada will be expected to play a key role in keeping the England batsmen in check.

Joe Root – batsman, England

Joe Root scored only 11 against the Netherlands, but started the tournament with 77 against New Zealand and 82 against Bangladesh. Root brings with him the experience of 165 ODIs, from which he has scored 6416 runs at an average of 48.97.

Aiden Markram – batsman, South Africa

Aiden Markram has been performing brilliantly for South Africa. Against Sri Lanka a few days ago, he achieved the record of scoring the fastest century in World Cup history, reaching the triple figure in only 49 balls. Against Australia, he scored 56 from 44 balls. Markram will now be looking for another big knock in the next game.

MPL fantasy XI – ENG vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023

ENG vs SA – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The England vs South Africa ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on October 21.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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